Iraq: Security Risk Management Advisor (m/f) for Northern Iraq

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 24 Nov 2017

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

For our operations in Iraq/Mossul, we are looking for a

Security Risk Management Advisor (m/f) for Northern Iraq

JOB-ID: 34274

Field of activity

The security risk management system in the Middle East develops strategies and measures to adequately and responsibly handle country-specific risks. This includes consultations aimed at improving the personal safety of employees, ensuring physical site security measures, providing of analysis, information and strategies to support the implementation of projects in areas with restricted access and under challenging security conditions, consulting on the conflict-sensitive implementation of projects, ensuring logistical and security support for movements of employees in the countries of assignment and preparation of technical and managerial protection concepts, as well as drafting and updating relevant HRE crisis plans (hibernation, relocation, evacuation).

Your tasks

  • Your position will be to support the senior security and risk management in various locations in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Mosul Iraq.
  • You will support the senior security and risk managers in the country with developing relevant security risk management strategies and measures in the countries, with a clear focus on enabling project activities.
  • You backstop the senior security risk managers, or location SRMA’s employed in the countries during their absences and ensure the smooth continuation of work processes in line with the overall strategy.
  • You carry out regular business trips in the region in order to take over advisory and management tasks as, particularly in remote locations with special security requirements.
  • You advise the German implementing organizations on strategies of risk management in a highly volatile context and provide analysis and information for decision-making and strategy development, with a particular focus on Iraq.
  • For this purpose, you prepare risk assessments and develop risk management strategies and procedures.
  • You conceptualize crisis plans, ensure their availability for implementing projects and the office as a whole, you will also facilitate regular crisis exercises.
  • Together with the in-country security risk management staff, you will ensure the functionality of a professional security risk management system in the event of crisis.
  • Together with the implementing projects, you will develop methods and procedures to foster project implementation in areas with high volatility and limited physical access.
  • You liaise with national and international security entities, exchange information regularly with your network on current political events and security developments in the countries of the region, and make this information available to the implementing projects through reports, briefings and analysis.

Your profile

  • A relevant university degree, preferably in the field of regional sciences, social sciences or the development economy, in addition to several years of relevant professional experience in the field of security and risk management in development cooperation in crisis regions or in developing countries, away from the main cities, in rural areas
  • Several years of leadership and management experience in development cooperation or humanitarian aid in crisis regions
  • In-depth knowledge of the region or alternatively multi-year work experience in other Islamic countries with a comparable security situation, as well as a pronounced readiness to acquire comprehensive knowledge on relevant political dynamics and the local widely differing security dynamics in the Middle East
  • Excellent English skills, language skills in Arabic and German are of great advantage
  • Sound management competences, in addition to a strong analytical and conceptual understanding, as well as excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to quickly comprehend complex tasks areas to work on them in a structured manner, with little supervision
  • Strong advisory skills in the context of Development Cooperation and / or humanitarian assistance, as well as the ability to take decisive decisions even under high pressure
  • Ability to work systematically and mindset of a service provider for projects with high implementation pressure in a volatile context

A formal security background is by no means necessary. A security background without relevant experience in development cooperation or humanitarian aid is by no means sufficient

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