South Sudan - Security Consultancy

Employer:Solidarités International
Location:South Sudan
Closing date: 08 Feb 2015
Desired starting date: ASAP

Duration of the field mission: 1 month
Under the responsibility of (mission):the Head of mission

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL is present in South Sudan since 2006, and conducted a number of interventions aiming at improving the water, sanitation and hygiene situation in Greater Upper Nile (Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States). During the implementation of these programmes, SI responded to a number of emergencies within the areas of intervention.
These programs are implemented from 2 bases: Juba, which is both a base and the head office in the country, and Malakal, in the UNMISS base. There are currently 19 expatriate positions in the mission and 100 national staff, but this last figure may increase with the beginning of the FSL project.

The main objective of this consultancy is to provide the mission with an updated and usable security documents set, taking into account the volatility of context, and including Standard Operational Procedures for each base / program run by SI. It will be particularly important to take into consideration the specificity of the rapid response programs in place in the mission to propose adapted SOPs.

Objective 1:
To update the mission security plans
  • In coordination with the HoM, organise and animate a security workshop with the mission team, at coordination level and at base level
  • Analyse the trends
  • Update the different stakeholder’s analysis and look for synergies in security management and information sharing (with other INGOs)
  • Update security risks analysis (typography, hierarchy, mapping, etc.): at mission level + for each base
  • Propose mitigation measures to reduce the impact of the newly identify threats, and propose new solutions to improve the existing mitigation measures (balance between acceptance and deterrence)
  • Define the appropriate security strategy in accordance with identified risks
  • Set a list of indicators to follow the context situation at country and local level
  • Defines/update the security phase of each base and set up security measures accordingly
Objective 2:To update the hibernation and evacuation plans of each base + define SOPs for each base/program
  • Define a evacuation plan for each base to the capital or to a third country and from the capital to a third country
  • Define an hibernation plan for each base and for the capital
  • Define Standard Operational Procedures for each base or Program
  • Define a contingency plan for remote management set up and a capacity-building timetable to prepare our local staff.
Objective 3:To train all the staff (local and expatriate) in charge of security of their teams/bases
  • Organize training sessions in each base on the best practices in case of security incident, taking into consideration people’s exposure to risk depending on their job. At least 2 different training sessions should be organized per base: 1 for support staff: cook, cleaner, drivers and 1 for program staff.
  • Train on risk assessment and threats evaluation
  • Organize a presentation of the main security management tools at capital level, with the coordination team.
  • Risk analyses report (all bases)
  • List of security indicator to monitor the situation
  • Definition of phases with rules and roles
  • Updated evacuation and hibernation plans
  • A contingency plan report (Remote management set up included)
  • Standard Operational Procedures for each program/base
Detailed planning will be discussed and agreed with the consultant depending on security and logistics constraints for his/her field visits and the situation in each country at the time of his/her visit.
  • Master degree
  • Advanced training in security
  • Substantial security experience, ideally in an overseas NGO environment, but certainly in insecure developing countries (UN experience a plus)
  • Proven experience in crisis management
  • Experience of managing and training multinational security teams
  • Previous experience in security setting (ideally in South Sudan)
  • Strong personnel management experience (both expatriates and local staff)
  • Supportive personal management style, with the ability to build capacity
  • Flexibility and ability to work within different and difficult cultural and political environments
  • Ability to adapt to isolated and insecure environments
  • Understanding of and commitment to SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s spirit and values
Technical skills and knowledge:
  • Strong knowledge of complex security environments
  • An ability to analyze sometimes conflicting information quickly and accurately
  • A superlative understanding of security management
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Good problem-solving skills in crisis situations
  • Ability to write/edit quality reports in English and in French
  • Ability to liaise, local authorities, NGOs, other agencies and donors
  • Ability to make decisions and work autonomously
  • Familiar with HF/ VHF radio networks, BGAN, and satellite communication systems
  • Fluency in English
Other desirable qualities:
  • Previous experience with SI
  • Previous experience in one of the 2 countries**
Consultant or Salaried post: According to experience from 2300 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem 700 USD.
Solidarités International will cover accommodation and travel expenses from the expatriate’s home country to the site of the assignment.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).