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Director, CI Safety and Security Unit (CISSU)

Care International Secretariat
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last Date: June 5, 2011

JD CISSU Director April 2011 1


* Specific responsibilities are subject to change.

Location: CI Secretariat, Geneva
Supervisor: Secretary General, CARE International Secretariat
Supervises: Safety & Security Desk Officer
Timing: Summer 2011

The CARE International Safety and Security Unit (CISSU) Director leads the ongoing developments to manage the safety and security of personnel effectively and within agreed levels of risk. In doing so, the Director maintains oversight of CI's safety and security in general, and ensures that the CI Board is equipped to fulfil its governance responsibilities in this area. The Director coordinates support to operational CI members dealing with situations of acute insecurity in the field, and ensures to have relevant, updated information regarding security concerns and issues to the particular areas under review.


Policy & development (40%):
1. Lead the development of policies and standards needed to support adequate safety and security practice within CI, which would apply to all members and country offices.
2. Support operational members in their efforts to ensure that all country offices are equipped to implement CI safety and security policies, tools and standards.
3. Act on policy recommendations emerging from evaluations that would keep CI's practice current and that support safety and security in the field. More generally, follow up with operational members on the implementation of recommendations made by such evaluations.
4. Lead and coordinate the setup of a CI specific training program in the area of safety and security, based on the needs and priorities identified by CI Members, and ensure that training resources of members are effectively coordinated and optimized.

Supporting Operations (20%):
5. Maintain an overview of CI's operating environments, and in particular those situations in which safety and security issues are acute and/or escalating (country offices at risk).
6. Advise CI members of developments, whether in general or country-specific, that impact on staff safety and security.
7. Monitor the deployment of CI member safety and security resources in relation to country office needs, recommending additional coordination and support as needed.
8. Provide support for CI emergency assessments including possible participation depending upon the level of need as determined by and in consultation with relevant CI members.
9. Advise CI members in their responses to dramatic escalations in insecurity and as appropriate, provide direct support to operational members during dramatic escalations in insecurity through e.g. deployment of safety and security specialists.

Monitoring and Oversight (20%):
10. Refine and update a system for monitoring CI member and country office compliance with CI's safety and security policies and standards, including on-theground effectiveness of responses to acute situations.
11. Report the findings of the monitoring system to the CI Board Committee on Safety and Security on a 4-monthly basis.
12. Provide guidance to CI members and country offices in situations where CI policy or standards are not being met.
13. In the event of persistent non-compliance by a CI-member or country office, refer the matter for consideration by the Secretary General and CI Board.
14. Support and as appropriate participate in the evaluation of CI's safety and security responses.
15. Ensure the results of monitoring and evaluation are fed into CI's policies and standards on safety and security, including identification of training and support required

Coordination, communication and information sharing (10%):
16. Provide input to the Annual Performance Appraisals of CI member safety and security personnel.
17. Coordinate Annual Operation Plan objectives of Lead Members to ensure that security objectives across the CI membership collaborate.
18. Lead the development of a CI wide Safety and Security information sharing system.

Secretariat (10%):
19. Serve as a member of the CI Secretariat team by supporting colleagues and participating in joint planning events.
20. In collaboration with the Finance & Administration Officer, put in place adequate measures to ensure that Secretariat¡¦s staff is adequately informed of risks and receive adequate training on Safety and Security.


* The CI Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, CI Humanitarian Director, head of CI Global Advocacy, and other members of CI Secretariat senior staff;
* Members of the Safety and Security Management Working Group (SSMWG) including Directors of Lead Member Security Units and Regional Security Advisors;
* Country Directors and Regional Management Unit Directors;
* CI Safety & Security Desk Officer, staff of the CI emergency group (CEG);
* Members of HR Safety and Security Committee to the CARE International Board.

* Safety and Security directors and focal points of UN agencies, international NGOs, the Red Cross/Crescent movement, institutional donors and governments;

* Ten years' of senior management experience in safety and security operations in developing countries, some of which would ideally have been with an international or non-governmental organisation;
* Experience working for international NGOs and familiarity with other major humanitarian actors, including the UN, governments, and institutional donors;
* Expert knowledge of the safety and security sector including principles, trends, standards and laws;
* A graduate degree in an appropriate field, or an equivalent combination of a bachelors' degree and experience.

Skills and Core Competencies:
* Outstanding leadership and strong people-management and facilitation skills;
* Political acumen to co-ordinate, facilitate and negotiate at all levels across a large and complex confederation;
* High level of socio-cultural, political and economic understanding of the many contexts wherein CARE works;
* Advanced oral and written communication skills;
* Policy, analysis, advocacy and representation skills;
* Systems and capacity building skills;
* Excellent teamwork and inter-personal skills;
* Fluency in written and spoken English required and other major language skills desired.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, but the Director is expected to travel extensively - up to 40-50%. Much of the travel will be arduous and to insecure locations.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CVs and a short covering letter to  by 5 June 2011. Please indicate the reference CISSU in the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after the closing date.


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