Head of Safety and Security (f/m)

Location: International Office, Vienna/Austria

SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organisation for the global federation of SOS Children’s Villages. As a non-governmental social development organisation we support children without parental care and families in difficult living conditions through services in care, education, health and emergency relief, and we advocate for the rights of children and young people, in alliance with a great diversity of partners. We work in 135 countries and territories, reaching over one million children, young people, families and caregivers each year.

Mission

The Head of Safety & Security ensures that the SOS Children’s Villages International (CVI) strategy 2020 will be implemented. This Strategy comprises the establishment of risk reduction mechanism in 60 Member Associations to improve security and safety of children, staff and assets by 2020.

The Head of Safety & Security

  • Supports the Global Emergency Response (GER) team with implementation and operationalisation of the SOS Children’s Villages International (CVI) Security Policy in order to meet the organisation’s duty of care obligations

  • Leads with safety and security risk assessments of the GER team and advises line-management with regard to decision-making in operational environments

  • Serves as a resource to operational staff by providing guidance, advice, information and technical support in order to maximise an organisational culture of security, individual responsibility and compliance

  • Contributes to organisational and programme resilience by planning and gives guidance and advice to all decision-making levels in the federation in the management of crisis events and/or situations

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Articulate steps and measures to implement the institutional Security Policy and lead and coordinate the practical implementation of the security policy in the different locations

  • Lead the development and review of security plans and procedures, including, but not limited to, contingency and crisis response plans, severe incident management protocol (kidnapping), standard operating procedures, emergency communications

  • Provide advice and respond to training needs to develop staff safety and security competencies – also by drawing from the experience of local teams and stakeholders

  • Undertake regular security assessment missions in existing and potential areas of intervention and intervene/assist in case a need is expressed by the International Office/International Office Region or Member Association for support in severe incident management, crisis management or other

  • Maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders to develop a network of security specialists in all regions and build relationships with key actors

  • Monitor the reporting and data gathering of security incidents and generate analysis/reports on security trends, responses and vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned from security and safety incidents

Requirements
  • Master level university degree in a relevant domain, such as Disaster Management, Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations

  • Minimum of 10 years of operational experience in humanitarian aid and/or development work, in particular in multi-cluster INGOs or multinational organisations

  • Demonstrable expertise in safety and security management in hazardous/complex environments, including design and management of safety and security risk management structures and operational application

  • Excellent command of English (written and oral); advanced knowledge of French or Spanish or Arabic would be an advantage

  • Strong organisational, planning, training, analytical and coordination skills

  • Familiarity with recent developments in the non-profit and multinational environment as to duty of care and risk management (such as ISO 31000)

  • Understanding of non-profit and multinational safety and security networks and fora, at both the organisational and operational level

  • Applicants preferably hold a valid Austrian working permit or are eligible to work within the EU

We offer
  • A diverse range of challenging tasks in a leading international NGO multicultural working environment to increase safety and security and to develop risk reduction measures within the whole organisation

  • A salary that will be commensurate with experience and qualification

 
If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application by 30 April 2018 at the latest to personal@sos-kd.org, SOS-Children’s Villages International, www.sos-childrensvillages.org/.

SOS Children’s Villages International strives to ensure gender balance, therefore we strongly encourage women to apply for this position

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