Regional Security and Access Director (RSAD) (Africa/Asia)

Position: Regional Security and Access Director (RSAD) (Africa/Asia)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya or to be negotiated within time zone range of GMT to PKT; frequent travel in the region at minimum of 30% of time

Reports to: Regional Director (RD) – Africa/Asia; dotted line technical management to Global Safety and Security Director (GSSD)

Direct Reports: Dotted line technical management and support to Security Managers (or equivalent) in all Country Offices of Africa/Asia Region

About Relief International:

Relief International (RI) is a leading non-profit organization working in 16 countries globally to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

RI combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach – which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

RI includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RI-France and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

About our Country/Regional Programs:

RI operates in nine countries in the Africa/Asia region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, and Sudan, with a focus on the four RI sector pillars: Health, WASH, Education and Economic Opportunity. RI currently employs more than 3,000 staff (direct and indirect) in the Africa/Asia region and implements a range of emergency response and development programs valued at approximately $60 million USD on an annual basis.


The Regional Security and Access Director (RSAD) reports to the Regional Director (RD), with technical supervision from the Vice President Safety and Security (VPSS) based in Washington DC. The RSAD will take on a rigorous leadership role to support and guide the country offices to strengthen, fine-tune and/or build security resources and systems in each country office within Africa/Asia region, in addition to focusing on improving the overall culture of security management in Africa/Asia region. The RSAD will be responsible for coordinating, overseeing and advising on safety and security management, and access strategy of all activities and operational functions in the countries that comprise the Africa/Asia region at RI. In addition, the RSAD will be responsible for ensuring up to date and adequate risk assessments and SOPs, submitting timely and accurate reports and assessments to the RD and GSO, ensuring capacity building and training on security for staff in the region, and representing the organization in security coordination fora.


Safety and Security Management

· Coordinates design, establishment and maintenance of security support systems; ensures that RI is linked via all interagency and security coordination lists to ensure RI security presence in the INGO community. Including INSO, OSAC and NGO security forum’ as well as implementation of UNDSS/NGO SLT at RI field level operations.

· In full coordination with Country and Regional Senior management conducts scheduled and ad-hoc field residencies at each program site, including central and sub-offices and program delivery locations for security assessments, audits and ongoing staff training and security awareness developing clear deliverables as an outcome for each site and supporting Country Offices in the review and strengthening of all security SOPs.

· Trains, technically supervises and mentors country security staff. Recommends and/or provides staff training on safety and security in a proactive and positive manner that promotes inclusion, participation, and leadership among the entire RI team, including international, national staff. Is knowledgeable and sensitive to training needs and issues that must be understood to promote a positive organizational profile, cultural respect, and abide by the RI Code of Conduct.

· Takes a lead on regular safety and security drills for all Africa/Asia countries: conducts safety and security drills, trains national counterparts in how to conduct drills, and ensures that national counterparts implement drills regularly including but not limited to HRE plans and Warden Systems.

· Leads an ongoing process of design, establishment, review and revision of security policies and procedures to ensure understanding, buy-in, and compliance by staff; routinely revises safety and security plans to adapt to evolving security situations in conjunction with country counterparts and country directors, and GSO Global Security.

· Amends and/or revises reporting systems, above policies and requirements to streamline and eliminate inefficient and wasteful/redundant reporting.

· Liaises with regional UN & interagency security personnel on security matters for country programs; advises Country Director(s), RD and GSO Global Security on security issues.

· In close coordination with Country Directors, develops and maintains contacts with national law enforcement agencies, where appropriate; respects and is fully current at all times on political issues and local policies that impact INGO operations and safety.

· Conducts him or herself and the RI regional security operations in a manner that ensures reduced risk for exposure to issues with any group or government; presents the RI programs in a respectful and positive manner in all interagency interactions.

· Maps security incidents, ensures monthly security reports in all countries and understands patterns and threats; facilitates the development of situation-specific, coordinated evacuation plans; writes well-researched security incident reports for review by supervisor and GSO.

· Provides technical and practical assistance to country SMTs for timely submission of SRAs and other documentation to maintain an organizational generic level of security risk management.

· In coordination with CDs and the RD routinely draw up and have scenario plans in place as conflicts or programming implementation evolves in the region.

· In collaboration with country teams ensure that RI’ acceptance first policy in security is operationalized at a granular level at field operational sites to enable secure and safe management of operations. The RI security acceptance policy is a cornerstone to RI’ safe and secure program implementation, it is imperative that the Regional Security Director at all times ensures that each RI Africa/Asia country fully implements the policy, in both a strategic and practical manor.

Training, Learning and Knowledge Sharing

· Support the rollout of RI Security strategy, associated policies, framework, tools and processes through training and participatory workshops

· Assist country program offices in arranging and delivering ad hoc security training workshops relevant to their context.

· Partner with the Regional program team to ensure that trainings and workshops are gender inclusive and sensitive.

· Support country and field offices with tools and templates for field security orientations and ensure that RI security information is up-to-date and utilized.

· Work with RI Global Security director and other regions to ensure consistency in the development and use of materials and trainings.

· Keep up-to-date with developments in humanitarian access and negotiation along with security issues in humanitarian aid and incorporate key components into the training curriculum.

· Support the implementation of training and capacity-building materials for remote management use and/or delivery.

· Identify all transferable and/or relevant content to implementing partners and build into tailored and specific training modules and support implementation.

· Capacitate Safety and Security Leads/ Humanitarian Access, Safety and Security Focal Persons (SSFPs) in the selected Country Offices on the delivery of training sessions

· Measure the effectiveness and impact of the trainings and capacity-building delivered

Humanitarian Access

· Keep up-to-date with developments in humanitarian access and negotiation along with security issues in humanitarian aid and incorporate key components into the training curriculum.

· Working with RSO and GSO, regional and country leadership teams, supporting the establishment of principled and secure humanitarian access to enable durable programming.

· Assist in the continued development of humanitarian access teams and activities.

· Contribute in reviewing and implementing guidelines for principled humanitarian access and engagement with non-state actors, using standard RI policies and guidance.

· Oversee and advise on the implementation and review of tailored acceptance and community engagement strategies.

Regional Geopolitical Trend Analysis

· Monitor, collate and verify contextual developments from a diverse range of information, such as NGOs, the UN, civil society organizations, research institutes and media sources.

· Develop Regional trends/reviews summary, based on a collection of Country Security Reports and developing contexts. Especially focus attention to countries with cross border programming potential (i.e. Afgh-Iran-Pak; MMR-BD, etc) Present and share these to respective CDs and the RD, to feed into opportunities to inform regional networks (i.e. ADSP) on developing trends for improved programming.

Regional Coordination and Country Supervision

· Serve as technical supervisor for Security Managers (or Security Focal Point) in each country office.

· Participate in country-level recruitment for Security staff as technical support.

· Participate in regional meetings as part of the regional SMT, ensuring that security considerations are threaded throughout all decision-making as part of an interdepartmental approach to regional management.

· Champion new organization initiatives related to security and risk management.

· Coordinate closely with regional team and CDs to ensure and internally advocate that security considerations are incorporated in planning for new projects and operational set-up at country level, which will include participation in program development and program modification processes.

· Monitor and audit country level progress towards improvements at country-level for each country office.

· Participation in Security and other RI working groups.

Risk Management

· Work closely with country teams on anticipating and mitigating programmatic and organizational risks.

· Assume a leadership role in the roll-out and follow-up of compliance and due diligence policies and procedures to country offices in coordination with other regional team members, especially as it applies to security

· Support the Regional Director to present calculated risks based on evidence-based assumptions to help identify actions and decisions that need to be taken. Develop action plans to move decisions forward, convening stakeholders and leading follow-up as needed.


· Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.

· Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, ensure all people who come into contact with Relief International are as safe as possible.

Position requires:

· Demonstrated progressive international security, access & risk management experience working in conflict-affected countries and complex relief settings in the fields of both security & communications.

· Demonstrated experience with implementing security strategies, policies, procedures, and standards.

· At least 3-year experience providing security and safety support in humanitarian relief/crisis response contexts for international NGOs (required).

· International experience in at least one of the countries where RI operates in Asia/Africa is a plus.

· Master’s degree in political, conflict, security or humanitarian studies; Equivalent university degree in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Security Administration preferred;

· ASIS Certified Protection Professional APP at a minimum or CPP designation desirable..

· Strategic commitment to innovatively incorporate and systematize analytical thinking into humanitarian projects, operations and programs.

· Demonstrated training and mentoring skills a must.

· Demonstrated and strong interpersonal and communication skills.

· Capacity to carry out multitasks and deliver good quality outputs.

· Demonstrated knowledge of UN MOSS and SRM processes, EISF Standards and or Interaction security standards, and other standard INGO security frameworks.

· Excellent references reflecting demonstrated teamwork, maturity of judgment, tolerance for hardship and stress, leadership and integrity of character.

· Ability to work independently to tight deadlines in difficult conditions

· Fluency in English – written and verbal. Regional languages knowledge is an advantage.

· Ability and willingness to train country staff counterparts; proven training leadership required.

· Strong comprehension and training in conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity and/or do no harm.

· Must be able to demonstrate strong writing, reporting, and situational analysis skills.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

How to apply

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