East Africa Regional Security Advisor (Nairobi, Kenya)

Apply by: 18 October 2009

Provide technical leadership in regional security management and assist national offices implement sound security practices into World Vision operations so as to enhance the safety & security of World Vision staff, assets & programmes and to minimise operational risks to WorldVision.

Lead the development and implementation of the regional security strategy. Develop an annual business plan in alignment with the regional security strategy and WV security policy and international best practice.
Contribute to global security & risk strategies, priorities and plans ensuring that strategy concerns of the Africa Region are integrated and prioritized.
Collaborate with the other regional functions to ensure that the regional security strategy appropriately supports the operational program priorities of HEA, Advocacy and Development.

Provide technical advice and support to the Regional Vice President and the regional team on security issues and its likely impact to World Vision's strategies and programme operations.
Work closely with national office security staff providing critical guidance and input in the area of security management.
Recommend on the safety, security and protection of the organisation and its staff, particularly in insecure complex humanitarian environments or during potential security risks and threats arising from changing political, social and economic situations in the national offices.
Contribute to development of global policies, guidelines and standards relating to security and provide leadership in contextualizing and mainstreaming them within the region.
Support and advise national offices in carrying out Security Risk Assessments, using standard tools and processes.

Provide sound technical leadership in managing critical incidents in the region and provide input to the regional senior management team in crisis management situations and reviews of critical incidents/.
Review Security Risk Ratings in the region and engage with national offices to develop mitigation strategies that are compliant with World Vision's Core Security Requirements (CSR).
Guide national offices in the development of security, evacuation and contingency plans in alignment with the Security Risk Assessment.
Monitor regional security incident reporting and ensure the appropriate dissemination of information during emergencies.
Manage ‘surge capacity' requirements for critical incidents that are beyond the scope of national offices (i.e. facilitate consultancies etc)

Coordinate assessment, development and implementation of regional capacity building plan for security management based on regional & national program Security Risk Assessments.
Engage with national offices and regional programme directors to raise the awareness of security management as per WorldVision Corporate Security policies.
Identify, share / facilitate access to security tools, resources and materials as well as learning and support opportunities for national offices. These may include facilitating, conducting training, engagement of trainers, establishing institutional links and identifying opportunities for staff exchange or mentoring.

Lead the process of continuous learning on international best practice in security management and identify tools and processes that can be implemented into World Vision operations in the Africa region.
Encourage mutual learning on security management issues within the region and globally.
Facilitate formation and coordination of regional security forum/network that promotes the embedding of security management in all layers of World Vision's programmes.
Facilitate the documentation of best practices and contribute to the community of practice and center of excellence.

Review minimum-security standards in the Africa region and promote alignment with World Vision's Core Security Requirements.
Support and advise national offices in observing the appropriate security standards in accordance with the country risk rating.
Support the Regional Vice President in addressing ministry quality issues and needs related to security.

Act as a strategic link for regional security connecting national offices, support offices and global centre.
Liaise with the World Vision security network on Africa security issues and provide analysis on the potential impact on World Vision operations. Regional Vice Presidents and actively contribute in the partnership forums, working groups and networks related to security management.
Work with other members of the Africa functional groups so as to ensure that they are adequately aware of potential security issues.
Work closely with the Office of Corporate Security so as to promote mutual learning, support and accountability.

Identify and develop strategic regional security networks to share information on security issues affecting humanitarian operations in the Africa area.
Liaise with external security networks (UN, INGO's, Embassies, etc) on global and Africa specific security issues and their likely impact with regards to national strategies and operations.

Relevant undergraduate degree; and/or relevant work experience in the professional security arena.
Sound knowledge of the security risk assessment process, security & contingency planning and crises management in the humanitarian context.
Understanding of implementing Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), or equivalent.
Excellent oral and written (English) communication skills.
Solid interpersonal, negotiating and networking skills.
Strong analytical (tactical & strategic), organizational and problem solving skills.
Ability to work under pressure.

Must be willing and able to travel extensively in Africa.