International Rescue Committee Security & Access Coordinator in Tunisia


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to survive.



The IRC is seeking a Security & Access Coordinator (SAC) for its Tunisia/Libya Program, based in Tunis with very frequent travel to program locations. The position will work with the country management team to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and advise on humanitarian access processes and approaches in close coordination with program teams. Under the supervision of the Head of Office/ Country Director, the SAC will analyze security trends, advise, update, and implement the IRC’s Security Management Plan. The SAC will streamline humanitarian access approaches in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, and the IRC’s strategy action plan for Libya. The SAC will conduct onsite training for staff, facilitate the development and implementation of appropriate plans, standard operating procedures and contingency pans. 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.


Reports to: Head of Office/ Country Director

Dotted-Line to: EU Security coordinator

Supervision: Safety & Security field staff

*Coordinates With: *

Internal:Field Coordinators, Program Coordinators, Regional Unit

External: All stakeholders related to Access, safety and security


Safety and Security Management Planning

  • Provide technical support to the Head of Office/ CD on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity in Libya;
  • Evaluate, review and update the security management plans on a regular basis. Reference and ensure compliance to IRC Security Management Framework within the SMP and all annexes.
  • Work with Head of Office/ CD and Field Coordinators to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
  • Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all IRC offices and residences in Libya and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
  • Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
  • Undertake continual assessments of equipment, and the protocols by which that equipment is used, to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
  • Provide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including here proposing safe alternative means of communication and equipment

Humanitarian Access Management

  • Develop ongoing relationships with local authorities as needed and other power brokers within Libya.
  • Work to ensure that IRC, its mission and work in the areas of operations is known and accepted.
  • Work to encourage stakeholders to work with the IRC in ensuring that staff and programs are safe and allowed to continue humanitarian activities in Libya.
  • Lead on security assessments for new operational areas. Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new IRC programs in new geographic areas.
  • In coordination with Head of Office/ CD, DDP, and Program Coordinators, liaise with relevant security actors e.g., NGO Security Focal Point, other NGO security coordinators, region UNDSS contacts, local community stakeholders, Governors, etc.

Monitoring, Analysis and Supervision

  • Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approach to assure IRC facilities are
  • Compile and submit monthly security reporting that track incidents and trends within the IRC’s area of operation. Submit daily contextual updates as needed to the Head of Office/ Country Director (CD) /EU Security Coordinator/DISS.
  • Work closely with IRC teams in Field Offices in Libya to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately. Ensure also that final incident reports are provided when IRC is closing the case.
  • Coordinate regularly with the EU Security Coordinator on safety and security, and fulfill reporting requirements to HQ.
  • Collect and compile all security reports for IRC Libya.

Security & Access Training and Orientation

  • Provide a development plan with precise capacity building method to the Safety and Security team.
  • Provide regular trainings for IRC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; Communications protocols, etc.
  • Working with the HR focal point on reviewing, updating the IRC Libya Security Information package for new hires and visitors.

HR Management

  • Hire and train new security field staff.
  • 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, organizing and executing humanitarian security operations in the field.
  • Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
  • Advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
  • Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
  • Regional experience strongly preferred
  • Previous NGO security management an asset.

Written and verbal English mandatory and Arabic Skills a preferred plus

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.

Sector: Safety & Security

Location: Tunisia

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time