Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th December, 2017

Job Description

INTERSOS is an independent non-profit humanitarian organization committed to assist the victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, and respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable and unprotected people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: Safety and Security Coordinator

Code: SR-52-310

Country: Libya

Duty Station: Based in Tunis with frequent missions to Libya, according to security situation.

Starting date: 02/01/2018

Contract duration: 3 months (renewable)

Reporting to: Head of Mission

Supervision of: 1 or 2 National Security Staff

Dependents: No

General context of the project

INTERSOS is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts.

INTERSOS is starting its operations in Libya now, in coordination with UNICEF in the frame of the Migration Unit.

INTERSOS has never worked in the country before. The first start-up mission was launched in November 2017.

In recent years the country has been a key springboard for migrants heading for Europe. There are concerns over the rise of Islamist militancy.

A severe humanitarian crisis is taking place in Libya today. It impacts hundreds of thousands of migrants that enter Libya in the attempt to cross the central Mediterranean sea towards Italy. Migrants are hosted in ‘detention centres’ in inhuman conditions. At thesame time, Libya is the most debated scenario for European diplomacy, as the country is struggling to stop the migration influx to Europe through all available diplomatic and economic means. Along with the difficult security situation, which still needs to be fully assessed, Libya is an extremely difficult context for humanitarian intervention.

General purpose of the position

S/He will manage the Safety and Security and direct the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and provide for the safety and security of all employees. The SSC shall also serve as expert on all safety and security related matters. S/He will be responsible for putting in place policies and standards aimed at guaranteeing the safety and security of staff members, field facilities, assets, and program activities in Libya. S/He will also ensure that security protocols and mechanisms are in place to address country programs’ unique security challenges. S/He will provide direction and technical support in developing and maintaining country programs’ context-specific field security plans.

Main responsibilities and tasks

The SSC will:

  • Serve as the primary focal point for safety and security for both home office and program offices in Tunis and in Libya
  • Provide technical support to the field operations in the following areas:
  • security/risk assessments;
  • scenario planning security plan development;
  • crisis/contingency planning; and
  • other security-related functions
  • hiring and training national security focal points
  • Develop and update security plans, business continuity plans and crisis management plans
  • Develop policies and procedures in accordance with best practices and ensure their implementation
  • Advise management on matters related to staff and property safety and security
  • Investigate on all safety, security and risk management related issues
  • Develop and facilitate security and safety training both at HQ and field level
  • Conduct training and needs assessments with key stakeholders aimed at increasing safety, security and risk management capacity
  • Monitor security conditions and liase with external agencies (UNICHA – INSO) UN, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc.

Required profile and experience


  • University degree
  • Specific courses, advanced trainings in Security Management

Professional experience

  • At least 10 years of professional experience and at least 5 years of specific experience as Security Officer in contexts of crisis
  • Proven practical knowledge of the regional context
  • Previous experience in Libya or any other high-risk environments
  • Previous experience in a coordination role in Security Operations in recent scenarios is an asset
  • Proficient knowledge of English is required. Arabic is an asset
  • Remote control experience is an asset
  • Risk management knowledge is an asset
  • Experience in Security Management in INGOs is preferable

Professional requirements

  • Strong diplomatic capacities and negotiation skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to set high standards for quality of work
  • Ability to analyze the regional dimension of the Libyan situation
  • Ability to analyze and integrate information from a wide range of sources
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Proficient user of IT tools (MS Office package, internet, e-mail, etc.)Languages
  • Fluent in English compulsory, Italian is an asset and Arabic a plus.

Personal requirements

  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with an analytic approach
  • Strong diplomatic capacities and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work autonomously
  • Ability to integrate and work well with multi-ethnic and multicultural teams


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