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Safety and Security Manager

Closing date23 Sep 2021
OrganisationWar Child
External URL https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/jobs

Contract type: Fixed term

Grade: C-1

Reports to: Country Director

Supported by: Senior Management Team


War Child Canada is an international non-governmental organisation with headquarters based in Toronto, Canada and is currently operational in Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. Its mission is to help children in war-affected communities reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity, and justice. In Afghanistan, War Child Canada has been working for over 20 years to support children and their families and is currently working in collaboration with local partners in seven provinces Kabul, Logar, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Balkh, Takhar and Badakhshan. Programs have benefited women, men, children and communities through a wide range of interventions which include child protection, access to education, legal aid, economic empowerment, public awareness raising, and strengthening community-based initiatives and partnership with Afghan civil society organisations

Summary of Role

The Safety and Security Manager is an important member of the Afghanistan senior management team who maintains an effective and preventive security management system that includes regular assessment of safety and security plans; maintains the country office security plan, standard operating procedures and contingency plans, ensuring these are clearly understood and complied with. The Safety and Security Manager will also be responsible for building and maintaining contacts and relationship with key actors, power brokers, and external security agencies such as INSO, UNDSS, and local government authorities. The Safety and Security Manager will keep the senior management informed of changes in the context and security dynamics and advise short term and long terms response measures.

Security Management (40%)

  1. Regular scanning of political and security context, develop and update security plans, standard operating procedures, contingency, and scenario plans; ensure response measures are in place or clearly foreseen for each case scenario that align with humanitarian principles.
  2. Conduct regular assessments of operational areas in consultation with local partners – assessment should include actors mapping, identification of drivers of conflict, advising the program team of conflict sensitive approach to all programs
  3. Develop information and intelligence gathering system, provide written analysis on the political and security environment, and provide timely advise to the senior management team if changes in the program are needed
  4. Manage the security alert system for staff – advising staff on movement, field visits and logistical arrangements
  5. Identify and manage any required security upgrade ensuring the required standards of security equipment are in place at WCC compound(s).
  6. Ensure the availability of appropriate communications technology (24/7 operational radio room, GPS systems on vehicles, satellite phones, emergency equipment, CCTV etc); orient all staff to emergency communication procedures and technology; test and maintain emergency communication systems, analyse results, and make appropriate revisions; maintain an updated emergency communication contact list.
  7. Ensure that the Security Management Plans are clearly understood by all staff.
  8. Agree to abide by all policies and procedures in place.
  9. Periodically review and update security materials (fire extinguisher, smoke detector, emergency boxes, safe room, emergency alarms and other security devices that are installed in the compound.

Coordination & Communication (40%)

  1. Maintain key contacts – security agencies, security focal points from other NGOs, Police, hospitals, UNDSS, INSO – keep her/himself and the Country Director (CD) fully informed of the changing context and measures adopted by other that can be used/replicated
  2. Work closely with partners to Map key power brokers, actors (both state and non-state) and propose engagement strategies
  3. Build inter-personal relationship with government ministries and authorities, who can be reached out in emergency
  4. Support Manager Administration with processing of work-permits and visa for expats, consultants, and visitors – as a focal point with Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Immigration Directorate.
  5. Attend meetings and round table discussions with INSO, sharing notes with CD
  6. Maintain strong coordination with partner organisation; organise weekly calls and get updates; support them with security management matters.

Personnel Management (10%)

  1. Directly manage Security Officer/Radio Operators and compound guards, assess their performance on daily/weekly basis and provide tasks as per working schedules
  2. Conduct capacity gap assessment of all security staff; support with capacity improvement through regular on the job trainings, coaching and mentoring
  3. Participate in the hiring of new staff; responsible for on-boarding and assigning responsibilities
  4. Assist staff with developing objectives and conduct bi-annual and annual performance appraisal

Support to SMT (10%)

  1. Pro-active participation in SMT meetings, provide input especially on political and security landscape, changing context and response strategy
  2. Support the CD and SMT with incident and crisis management and reporting
  3. Perform any other task as and when delegated by the CD

Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, public administration or humanitarian law, master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive work experiences with non-profit international humanitarian assistance program(s).
  • Minimum of 3 years security management experience in humanitarian, military or police setting
  • Certification in advanced security training e.g., HEAT


  • Fluency in written and verbal English with strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Advanced level understanding of communications technologies
  • Dari or Pashtu is mandatory
  • Excellent computer, MS office skills
  • Good reporting skills including incident report writing
  • Extremely organised. Strong in security training skills.
  • Willingness to travel and stay in remote areas when needed

Application process

Qualified, Afghan nationals are invited to send a curriculum vitae and an accompanying cover letter electronically to:

Email: jobs@warchild.ca

Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of “Afghanistan Safety and Security Manager – [insert your name]’

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be notified. War Child regret they are unable to entertain phone calls. War Child Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

War Child Canada is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Final candidates will be vetted in accordance with War Child Canada’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Policy, including appropriate reference and security checks.

Afghan candidates should already be based in Afghanistan. This is not an international posting.

For more information about War Child Canada, please visit www.warchild.ca

Deadline for Applications: 23 September 2021

How to Apply

Email: jobs@warchild.ca

Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of “Afghanistan Safety and Security Manager – [insert your name]’


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