Position: Health, Safety, & Security Officer – Derna (East Benghazi)
Reports to: AO4 Aream manager.
Supervision of: Security Guards (when recruited)
Duty station: Derna sub-Office
Travel: Frequent Travel (75%) primarily within Derna and to Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj, Shahat and Soussa.
Duration and type of contract: 3 months for emergency response – Renewable based on performance and funding.
All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s values. To be dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable are attitudes and beliefs that shall guide our actions and relationships.
- Role and responsibilities
The HSS Officer will be responsible for supporting NRC’s programming in AO4- East Libya, and the provision of professional security and access support. S/He will facilitate relations with local authorities, provide contextual and risk analysis, assist staff with the implementation of operational security procedures, lead security training, and ensure that all facilities abide by minimum NRC security standards.
- Implement NRC’s safety and security policies at office level
- Conduct regular security and risk assessments to identify safety and security needs
- Provide regular briefings and updates to all staff on regular basis.
- Immediately report all breaches of safety and security procedures and all threats to NRC staff, beneficiaries, activities, or assets.
- Facilitate staff relocation and evacuation in emergency situations in Derna.
- Liaise with the Emergency Operations room in Derna, Local authorities, UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain security and facilitate access.
- Ensure vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to procedures and that necessary safety and security equipment are available and in good condition.
- Prepare security updates and reports as required.
- Managing the guards in the office and in the warehouse once recruited
- Arrange and manage all needed communications with emergency operations room in Derna and , and the other local authority departments and obtain all needed approvals under supervision of HSSA Manager in CO, and in line with the AM of AO4, and in close collaboration with the HSS officer in Benghazi.
Safety and Security
- Monitor the Situation in Derna and area affected by the floods.
- Develop a strong and diverse security network to obtain reliable and up to date information.
- Provide updates to HSS mgr. and HSS team and share updates on all common platforms / Monitor local news (video/internet) and social media for security developments.
- Conduct field security and risk assessments for programmatic sites in Derna and areas affected by the floods as requested by security, program, or support staff.
- Maintain network of local NGO security professionals operating in the area.
- Assist in the development of fire safety, medical, and hibernation/relocation/evacuation plans for the area.
- Report any incident or accident in the field , submit Immediate Incident report.
- Provide weekly report to AO4 AM and HSS manager in Tunis
- Following up and Obtaining all Access and Approvals for staff and Movements
- Ensure that staff are fully prepared for contingency scenarios by delivering high-quality security training packages, to include basic safety and security Training, security awareness, basic First Aid training, fire safety, security driver procedures, and guard requirements.
- Participate in hiring panels for all incentive worker guards.
- Serve as the line manager for the guard.
- Manage administrative duties related to the guard force—including shift schedules and time sheets—and alert the AO4 AM of any potential gaps in coverage
- Conduct routine inspections of guards and their facilities to ensure their adherence to SOPs
- Maintain up to date contact lists for guards.
By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:
- NRC program and support staff in Derna, Shahat, Benghazi and Tunisia
- NRC HSS staff in Tripoli and Benghazi
- Other INGO security focal points and other local NGOs security focal points like the LRC and LibAid
- Local authorities, primarily:
- Derna operations room and relevant local security entities.
Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:
These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.
Generic professional competencies:
- 2-3 years of prior security, and liaison-related work experience with an NGO
- Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
- Fluency in English and Arabic required
Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
- University degree (or three years of relevant experience with high school degree)
- Knowledge of security guard best practices
- Knowledge of East Libya security context and surrounding areas
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to synthesize a large volume of information into concise reports
- Ability to determine and flag sources of bias in local media sources
- Experience delivering security training in a humanitarian context
These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies and the following are essential for this position:
- Working with people
- Communicating with impact and respect
- Planning and delivering results
- Handling insecure environments
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.