Terre des hommes Foundation – Helping children worldwide (Tdh), is the leading Swiss foundation for children’s aid, with its headquarters in Lausanne, and registered in Iraq with the No 2178598. Tdh aims to create a positive impact on children's lives in almost 40 countries around the world, through our Health, Access to Justice, Migration and Child Protection transversal programmes.
Tdh started its operations in Iraq in Dec 2014 responding to needs of children and youth between the age group of 9-22 years, affected by the ISIL -driven crisis of 2014-2017. Due to high unmet needs for children, youth, and their families affected by the crisis, Tdh scaled up its interventions to 12 districts within 5 governorates (Anbar, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Baghdad & Salah al-Din), providing assistance in child protection, juvenile justice, education and WASH assistance in emergency.
In the long-term, through its Multi-year Country Strategy 2022 – 2024 and its long term Vision for the Country Programme, Tdh plans to reinforce and expand interventions due to the persistent overwhelming needs of children, youth and families through a NEXUS approach, responding to the protracted humanitarian needs while contributing to achieving durable solutions for the most vulnerable and at-risk population groups in the sectors of Child Protection, Education, WASH and Access to Justice for children, youth and women.
As of December 2021, Tdh with its 120 staff employees, is currently implementing a 7,5 Million CHF emergency, rehabilitation, and development program, across the country through its bases and offices in Baghdad, Ninewa, Salah al-Din and Kirkuk governorates working alongside and in collaboration with local partners and national authorities. The main donors are USG, UNOCHA, ECHO, SDC, GIZ, UNICEF. The main coordination office is in Erbil with a multi-cultural, very experienced, and highly motivated team providing support, technical expertise and ensuring accountability, while working closely with the collaborators in the Regional office in Amman, Jordan and the Head Quarters (HQ) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Overall job purposes
The appointment of the Security Assistant is essential to provide regular security-related updates to Tdh field office management and field staff including guards, drivers, and the security assistant responsibility is to ensure that minimum operating security standards and procedures are implemented in the field office. He/she will assist Field Coordinator/Base Manager in terms of liaison/communication with National Government Authorities and other stakeholders including NGOs. The Security Assistant should have analytical skills in security, humanitarian and development project trends.
The context of ongoing conflict presents inherent risks. A professional sense of security, confidentiality, and proper representation is essential.
Security context assessment and analysis and provision of updates.
Networking and external coordination.
1.1 Act as Terre des hommes’ focal person for all access-related issues to the areas of intervention;
1.2 Build and maintain a contacts network for security and access monitoring;
1.3 Daily monitor the security situation in the areas of intervention and documentation and security updates to the Field Coordinator and Staff;
1.4 Brief visitors and incoming staff to Iraq / Talafar on the humanitarian and
socio- political situation in the areas of intervention;
1.5 Recommend communication and visibility strategies in line with security requirements;
1.6 Support the Security Manager to conduct regular security and risk
assessments to identify safety and security needs;
1.7 Proactively contact members of this information network to collect
information on security in order to provide advice to the FC and Security
Manager on day to day security issues;
1.6 Any other task as requested by the field coordination and/or Security manager.
2- Networking and external communication
2.1 Establish and maintain professional contacts with relevant authorities, depending on the context and the needs of the field office and mission;
2.2 Participate in meetings related to security issues;
2.3 By the request of Field Co/base manager arrange all necessary meetings related to administrative/program issues;
2.4 Keep a complete and update detailed list of all useful contacts in the field office/country/mission with names, telephones, addresses and other relevant details;
2.5 Liaise with NGOs and other external actors to share security information as appropriate;
2.6 Organize and participate in meetings with relevant authorities and local
communities and maintain contact with relevant stakeholders in order
to be permanently updated on the evolution of the situation;
2.6 Translate during meetings in Arabic and Turkman;
2.7 Translate documents related to communication and reporting;
2.8 Facilitation of check in and check out of expatriate staff and HQ visitors in Tal Afar, arranging their stay in Tal Afar, swift transfer to the field and arrangement of pick and drop them.
3- Administration, Finance, and Logistics
3.1 Ensure vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to
procedures. Ensure availability, monitoring and tracking of necessary
and functional safety and security equipment;
3.2 In coordination with logistics team Follow up on the movement of Tdh
car fleet and ensure the safety and security of the staff;
3.3 Manage administrative and immigration procedures for the international employees at local level when needed and requested;
4- Reporting and Monitoring
4.1 Support the development and strengthening of monitoring procedures;
4.2 Support the Field Co and SM to collect monitoring data
4.3 Support the Field Co and SM for reporting on Report monthly, quarterly, half- yearly and annual progress on all project activities;
4.4 Participate in the monitoring of all project activities;
4.5 Write visit reports
4.6 Provide weekly report on current week’s activities and plans for coming week to the Security Manager.
4.7 Assist Security Manager and Field Co in following up the submit Tdh Security and activity reports to the
related government departments (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and
5- Humanitarian response programming and partnership
5.1 Take lead and follow-up with any pending authorizations/permissions to conduct programme activities and ensure access to project sites when needed;
5.2 Support the mapping and assessment of potential partners in the areas of intervention;
5.3 Advise programme team on specific regulations implemented by the authorities that impact the design and implementation of activities;
5.4 Support the opening of the new bases
5.5 Prepare and participate to field assessments (at security and programmatic level)
6- Others: accepts new responsibilities as and when those are assigned by the line manager.
The post holder is polite, respectful, honest, punctual (and respects deadlines), creative, pacifist, proactive, committed and – during office hours – non-political. S/he is in constant exchange with colleagues and supervisors, communicates problems and enriches discussions. S/he treats people of different religion, age, sex, and economic status appropriate and equally and actively ensures their wellbeing and raises his/her voice when required. S/he is willing to improve own capacities and is open for all topics Tdh is working on to actively contribute to a comprehensive programme implementation.
S/he uses Tdh equipment, vehicles and premises, internet and electricity economically and responsibly. S/he positively represents Tdh to beneficiaries, stake holders and the general public.
Abuse Prevention Policy (CSP) - Operational Risk Management
The post holder complies with the Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety Policy and Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy.
S/he reports any breach observed in the framework of this policy during his/her professional activities both as regards the proven or suspected offence and a preventive breach.
Tdh Regulations and Policies:
The post holder abides by all internal rules, regulations and policies.
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- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to consistently work with a diverse range of stakeholders with tact and diplomacy;
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a fluid and sometimes insecure environment;
- Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Knowledge of Iraq in terms of its political, economic and social trends;
- Fluency in written and spoken Arabic & English
- Kurdish and Turkman is an added value.
Application should contain the following two attachments: CV and Cover letter.
Application should be submitted to " email@example.com " with writing the exact subject (Security Assistant - Ninawa ). Otherwise CV not be accepted.
- Sending CV with Link will be disregarded.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
- Preference will be given to qualified candidates from the targeted area