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Security Coordinator

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OrganisationInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Downloads Surge Security Coordinator Role Profile Final (241 KB PDF)

You can view the full job requirements in the attached Job Description.

Due to the nature of emergency response operations, this role profile is an outline of the likely responsibilities applicable to Surge Security Coordinator deployed to an IFRC co-ordinated operation. They are complementary to and should be read in conjunction with the specific tasks elaborated in the Deployment Order / Terms of Reference.

Job purpose

The Surge Security Coordinator is required to deploy in a complex and / or large-scale emergency. The Security Surge Coordinator will be expected to provide professional security risk management (SRM) advice and support/guidance and recommendations to management of the operation. The Surge Security Coordinator will work closely with the in-country IFRC operations, should they exist. 

In certain circumstances, the post-holder will be expected to mentor and/or build capacity of National Society or IFRC staff or volunteers to ensure continuous security cover for the mission. 

The Surge Security Coordinator will report directly to the IFRC Head of Emergency Operations (HeOps) (or Senior IFRC manager for the operation) with a technical reporting line to the Head of Country Office / in-country Security Delegate (should one be in place) and the relevant IFRC Regional Security Manager. 

Role (Job Requirements)

Job duties and responsibilities

 Strategic management/support

  • Advise and support the HeOps / Senior IFRC manager for the operation / Head of Country Office (HoCO) – henceforth referred to as HeOps – on security related matters focusing on all personnel and assets that are under IFRC security management responsibility.
  • Provide technical guidance in relation to security related issues in Emergency appeals and budgets, for continued operations.

Operational management/support

  • Guide and support the in-country security risk management process, e.g. the development of a comprehensive security risk assessment and the identification of functional and practical risk prevention and mitigation measures.
  • To assist HeOps in creating basic security management systems and provide rapid and professional. support/assistance to the various components of the mission, including but not limited to, conducting security assessments at field locations, create and maintain security regulations/emergency procedures, undertake site security assessments (as required) and provide recommendations for accommodation, coordinating, if needed, staff relocation and support to Staff Health for medical evacuations.
  • Ensure that the operation has valid and approved contingency and critical incident management plans and to oversee the implementation of these procedures if required.
  • Follow-up on security incident reporting and assist the HeOps in incident analysis and incident mapping.
  • Monitor and analyse the security / political and socio-economic situation in the operational area and identify possible security related trends and issues that may affect the IFRC operations. Update the IFRC Risk Register as and when necessary and report any changes and make appropriate recommendations to HeOps.


  • Guide and support the development of in-country minimum security requirements (MSR), including the relevant documentation, procedures, compliance and trainings / exercises.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation of MSRs.


  • Establish and maintain a security network of internal and external contacts and participate in relevant meetings both internally and externally, e.g. with ICRC, HNS, PNS, UN Security, INSO, INGOs, and local authorities and communities. Ensure that this security network is well documented to facilitate handover at EOM.

Training & development

  • Conduct security briefings for all incoming personnel (and National Society; only upon request) and provide general or more specific trainings (e.g. defensive driving [in coordination with Fleet], radio communications [in coordination with IT], guard training [in coordination with supplier]).

If time allows:

  • Provide generic or more specific security management trainings to National Society personnel to enhance security management capability, strengthen the security culture and contribute to more safe and secure operations.
  • Mentor National Society security focal point / security managers to build security management capability.

Duties applicable to all staff

1.Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals
2.Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles
3.Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

IFRC would prefer someone with Haiti experience but, for the right candidate, it would not be required.

Contact: security.unit@ifrc.org


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