Security Section Head

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018
"Security Section Head" for the Stabilisation Unit within the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) wanted!...
Task description: 

The SRTF is a multi-donor trust fund that was established in September 2013 to finance recovery and rehabilitation activities aimed at alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people affected by the conflict. The Stabilisation Unit of the SRTF was established in September 2017 to finance community stabilisation activities in newly liberated areas from ISIS.

The governance structure of the Fund consists of a Steering Board that defines overall Fund strategic direction and policies, a Management Committee that decide on funding proposals and a robust Management Unit (MU), responsible for running of the Fund from initiation, vetting and submission of project proposals, procurement on behalf of some Syrian Implementing Entities some, to subsequent monitoring of progress and reporting of results and outcomes. The MU is currently registered in Turkey as SRTF Management A.S. (Syria Inc.) The Stabilisation Platform of the SRTF will be managed from a satellite office in Erbil, Iraq. A Director General (DG) and a Chief Operating Officer (COO) lead the MU.

The Director of Security (DS) is a senior management position within the Stabilisation Unit of the SRTF with responsibilities for ensuring the overall safety of staff working for the SRTF in Iraq and Syria. The DS reports to the Director of Stability Programming and is charged with developing security protocols for Iraq and Syria-based SRTF staff and ensure they are adhered to. Additionally, the DS may be charged with managing a contract with a security firm to ensure the deliverables of the contract are met.

Key responsibilities of the Security Section Head

Under the management of the DG/COO and under the direct supervision of the Director of Stabilisation Programming, the incumbent must be adept at managing a fast-paced operation with significant numbers of international and national staff amidst a fluid, rapidly changing security environment. The Security Section Head will develop a forward-leaning security posture recognising that SRTF staff operate in a fluid environment in Iraq and Syria. Staff must remain able to access project sites and the Security Head will be tasked with developing security protocols and procedures that best mitigate the risks that accompany working in Syria/Iraq.

Management competencies

  • Knowledge and deep understanding of the conflict environment within Iraq and Syria with particular focus on SRTF project sites and areas of operation:
  • Develop a comprehensive security plan and implementation protocols for SRTF staff operating in Iraq/Syria;
  • Maintain direct line management for a conflict analyst who will track conflict dynamics. The Security Head is responsible for incorporating conflict analyses into staff movements and activity implementation;
  • Regularly engage and liaise with security personnel with INGOs, UN, INSO, and other entities delivering projects in Syria and Iraq;
  • Design and implement security standards for all SRTF stability operations;
  • Identify required resources for the delivery and implementation of the safety/security plan and work with COO to ensure necessary resources are made available;
  • Conduct personal security trainings for SRTF staff and consultants;
  • Give weekly briefings to SRTF senior staff on security dynamics in Syria and Iraq;
  • Maintain accountability for all staff while on missions throughout Iraq and Syria;
  • Contribute to the contract tendering process for an external security team to manage security operations in Iraq; and
  • Provide direct supervision to all security-related staff including but not limited to: office guards, warehouse guards, drivers, conflict analyst.


The incumbent is responsible for:

  • Preparing weekly security reports for the DG/COO with conflict analyses and their impact on staff movements and project implementation;
  • Developing a process through which staff movements are received, reviewed and approved/disapproved based on multiple information streams;
  • Contributing security-related information to activity review process;
  • Adhering to Management Unit’s regulations on security and confidentiality; and
  • Provide security recommendations to the COO and Director of Stability Programming to ensure staff safety.

Supervision and guidance received

  • The incumbent shall work under the direct supervision of the Director of Stabilisation Programming;
  • The incumbent provides direct line management to two (2) security field coordinators, a fleet manager, and drivers/guards in Iraq and Syria;
  • Attend to any special security tasks or assignments as may be directed by the DG and/or the COO.
  • Technical or security-related university degree preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years professional experience of direct security experience working in conflict zones
  • 8 years documented experience developing staff security plans and managing staff security in highly volatile environments.
  • 8 years providing direct supervision to security-related staff at the field level.
  • 3 years documented experience conducting staff security trainings
  • 3 years documented experience conducting trainings focusing on personal security in war zones
  • Computer literacy in basic software applications, (Microsoft office, MS Project, Primavera, etc.);
  • Project Management Certification (e.g. PMP, CPA, etc.);
  • Business proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in Arabic is preferred.


Other information : 

Location and duration of assignment

  • Location: Jordan, with possible missions to regional cities
  • Timeframe of assignment: TBD
How to apply: 

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