Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator

Closing date: 14 Mar 2020


The IRC is seeking a Humanitarian Access & Security Coordinator (HASC) for its DRC Country Program, based in Goma with very frequent travel to program locations. The position will be part of the country Senior Management Team (SMT) to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and advise on humanitarian access in close coordination with program teams. Under the supervision of the Country Director (CD), the HASC will analyze security trends, advise, update, implement the IRC’s Security Management Plan and manage a team of safety and security professionals in the country.

The HASC will streamline humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, and IRC’s strategic action plan for the DRC. The HASC will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans, standard operating procedures and contingency plans. S/he will provide expert humanitarian security and access advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office including access negotiations and mediation, context and conflict analysis, advisories, and incident management.

Location: Goma, DRC

Travel Requirements: Whole of DRC, about 40% of the time

Project/Dept: Safety & Security Unit

Employee Type: This is an international full-time position based in IRC’s DRC country program.

Reports to: Management in Partnership with CD (geographic), RSSA (functional)

Supervision (functional): Safety & Security Managers and Officers across the country program


Facilitation of Humanitarian Access (25%)

  • Facilitate the development of an access strategy and framework for the country program;
  • Support the Security Foal Points (SFP) as well as program teams in the design of operational strategies for the opening of new project, including with actor mapping and engagement strategies.
  • Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities, non-State armed actors and other power brokers within the DRC;
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted;
  • Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas.

Team Management and Internal/External Coordination (20%)

  • Provide technical support and coordination to the Security Focal Points (SFPs) within the Country Program;
  • Ensure that each dedicated safety and security staff member has a clear work plan with measurable objectives;
  • Participate in Senior Management Team (SMT) meetings at country level and advise the group on security and access issues;
  • Participate in internal project meetings, including Grant Opening Meetings(GOM), Grant Review Meetings (GRM) and Grant Closing Meetings (GCM).

Context Monitoring and Analysis (15%)

  • Contribute to the strategic discussions with the country leadership team by providing continuous analysis of the security, economic and political context in the country;
  • Identify the contextual trends that could potentially affect IRC operations in the country;
  • Produce analysis of the likely scenarios in IRC areas of presence and advise the country team on how to adapt programs and operations accordingly;
  • Compile and submit daily and monthly security reports as per IRC standard processes;

Operational Security Management (15%)

  • Support IRC teams in the identification and management of the various safety and security risks inherent to their work;
  • Ensure that IRC security protocols, procedures and plans are followed by all IRC staff members;
  • Ensure that each safety or security incident is managed and reported in line with IRC procedures, and ensure that the persons affected are supported in a sensible and respectful manner, including when confidentiality is required;
  • Provide an analysis of the most significant incidents and provide recommendations to limit the likelihood and impact of future similar incidents;
  • Advise operations teams on the best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipment;

Training, Briefings and Orientations (15%)

  • Develop a training plan that addresses the capacity building needs for IRC DRC teams;
  • Organize and facilitate regular trainings for IRC staff on security awareness (level 1) for all staff members
  • Organize and facilitate regular trainings for IRC staff on security management (level 2) and humanitarian access for Security Focal points;
  • In coordination with HR, coordinate the online training initiative for all staff members and for Security Focal Points
  • Ensure that each visitor and new staff member receives appropriate briefing and/or orientation on arrival;

Planning and Documentation (15%)

  • In coordination with the Senior Management Team (SMT), pilot the design, the update and the dissemination of all security and access policies, procedures, plans and assessments within the Country program, including:

o The implementation and regular update of the Security Risk Assessments (SRA);

o The design and regular update of the Security Management Plans (SMPs), which include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Contingency Plans;

o The evaluation, review and update of hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences within the country program;

o The design and regular update of briefing materials for visitors and new staff members.


  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions including staff development plans.
  • Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct - and ensure adherence.


  • A minimum of 5 years of non-profit or NGO work experience within international humanitarian assistance programs with demonstrated capabilities in planning and implementing complex tasks and projects.
  • Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
  • Ability to carry out complex contextual analysis and identify developing trends.
  • Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement and facilitate learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Regional experience preferred.
  • Previous NGO security management an asset.
  • Ability to work in both French and English is mandatory. Knowledge of Swahili is an asset.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

How to apply:

How to apply

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

Social Science in Humanitarian Action: Social Science and Behavioural Data Compilation (No. 5), Ebola Outbreak Eastern DRC September - November 2019 17 Jan 2020

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

USAID: Democratic Republic of the Congo – Ebola Outbreak Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 (January 17, 2020) 17 Jan 2020

UNICEF: UNICEF DR Congo Ebola Situation Report #51 North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu - Reporting Period: 16 December 2019 to 05 January 2020 05 Jan 2020