Security Advisor (Partnerships and Access)

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Trócaire is a social justice organisation working in partnership with local organisations and communities to tackle the root causes of poverty, injustice and violence. We support people to use their own power to create positive and lasting change. Trócaire works in up to 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

We have 5 Goals: Defend Human Rights; Achieve Climate & Environmental Justice; Ensure Women & Girls’ Protection, Voice & Influence; and Mobilise the Public on the island of Ireland to achieve Global Justice.

This post is situated within the International Division within Trócaire and the selected candidate will form part of the security management team enabling safe and secure operations across our country teams, programmes and project areas.

The Security Advisor (Partnerships and Access) is an exciting new global role to support the security management function and will focus on our commitment to enhanced capacity building within partner security and to strengthen the exiting security structure in place by providing depth and increased crisis management capacity.

As a global role travel will be required in order to gain an appreciation of the context and to effectively engage with Country Management Teams in case of emergency. During such travels it is expected that the post holder will engage proactively with teams, individual staff and partners. For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

Reporting to Global Head of Security, this is a Fixed Term Contact for three years and will be based in Nairobi – Kenya.

Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults

Trócaire is committed to safeguarding people within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and the responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives.

Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. All offers of employment will be subject to pre employment checks including satisfactory references and appropriate screening (e.g. police vetting, counter terrorism and anti-trafficking). Trócaire also participates in the InterAgency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and all employees will be subject to this as part of contract of employment.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Security strategy, plans and procedures

a. Support the Global Security Adviser & Country teams to develop and maintain security management plans across Trócaire Country offices

b. Support Country teams to strengthen local partner capacity to develop and implement security policies

c. Support the GSA to develop systems and guidance that support security management of Trócaire staff

d. Other duties as assigned from time to time by Trócaire management

  1. Coordination, advice and support

a. Provide technical support and guidance to partners and staff on security-related matters in line with the Global Policies.

b. Ensure regular communication with country teams on partner security issues, proactively encouraging the development of an improved security culture at Trócaire.

c. Stay abreast of major security/political/economic/social developments in the countries/regions Trócaire operates

d. In the absence of the GSA support HQ in all matters regarding security and be available for consultation on a needs basis particularly in times of crisis.

e. Be prepared to engage with the Crisis Management Group in an advisory capacity.

  1. Security Assessments

a. Work with country offices to undertake security assessments/audits of partner organisations with the aim of strengthening their security capacity.

b. Undertake site/office/residence security assessments as requested and advise on the overall security and the current security measures in place;

c. Undertake country office security compliance monitoring and rapid response to incidents as requested by the GSA.

  1. Briefing, training and learning

a. Provide security training to staff as required globally and be prepared to train field staff or on an ad hoc/needs basis.

b. Support partner training and schedule capacity building sessions and clinics on a priority needs basis.

5. Representation

a. Develop and maintain good working relationships with security personnel in other organisations, particularly in in country forums and seek out opportunities for increased networking.

b. Represent Trócaire at Global Inter-agency Security Forum (GISF) meetings and at other networks as required in the absence of the GSA.

6. Policy

a. Ensure Trócaire’s has a definitive policy in relation to partner security, risk transference and duty of care supported by appropriate guidelines and deliverable accountable procedures and systems.

b. Support the implementation and maintenance of divisional and organizational systems and procedures for ensuring best practice and meeting sectoral standards on accountability and programme quality, including the Red Cross Code of Conduct, the SPHERE standards and People in Aid. Promote compliance with HAP-I standards on accountability to beneficiaries. Promote Caritas Internationalis Standards.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework

· Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.

· Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.

· Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.

· Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.

· Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision making.

· Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.

· Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

A specialised professional qualification or membership of professional institute in the security sector.

(E) Experience

· Significant international security management experience through national security forces and/or commercial humanitarian international security.

· A sound understanding of international relations, geopolitics and ongoing international security issues.

· Two years’ experience working in a security capacity with an international development or humanitarian NGO or multi-lateral agency (UN, EU) in a developing country.

· Experience of security risk management standards, of undertaking security assessments and audits and implementing security management systems and protocols.

· Experience of working in a variety of contexts and insecure environments.

· Experience of developing, presenting and facilitating successful trainings and workshops.

· Some familiarity with humanitarian standards (e.g. Humanitarian Charter, SPHERE, People in Aid, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct and IHL instruments, HAP).

· Experience of working with local partner organisations.

(E) Skills

· Excellent communication skills in written and oral English, with a proven ability to communicate across differences in culture and language.

· Ability to prioritise work and manage in high pressure situations.

· Ability to collaborate with a variety of different team’s across the entire organisation and formulate bespoke solutions that are pragmatic and user friendly.

· Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with a range of key internal and external stakeholders.

· Ability to identify risks and solve problems in a rapidly-changing context, particularly at times of crisis, while remaining calm and assuming a leadership role as required.

· Excellent training and facilitation skills.

· Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.

(E) Qualities

· Social awareness and teamwork – Ability to build credibility, work with, and influence a variety of colleagues in the development and implementation of systems and processes.

· Empathy – An understanding of and empathy with the ethos and values of Trócaire as a Catholic Church agency.

· Confidentiality – The ability to work with teams and key staff on sensitive topics and act in confidence.

· Dependability – Remain in touch and follow through on supports to country teams, staff and partners.

(D) Other

Desirable working knowledge of French and/or Spanish and/or Arabic.

How to apply

For the Candidate wit**h the required experience and passion for the role, Trocaire Offers a competitive package of salary and benefits**

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10TH November 2021.

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