Security Advisor – Switzerland

Employer: Medair
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Closing date December 31, 2015
Role and Responsibilities
Focused on field based security, the Security Advisor will lead the organisation’s strategic understanding and management of security and security-related risks, allowing Medair to remain operational in increasingly complex and insecure environments, while positioning Medair as an organisation of choice for staff and institutional donors in the area of security management.

Develop and maintain strategy, policies and procedures for on-going security management and for dealing with crisis situations where Medair staff or assets are in immediate danger, or the reputation of Medair is seriously threatened. Enhance security of Medair staff through appropriate briefing, training, and support of individual staff members. Engage in strategic networking in order to profit from information / skill / tool sharing and to contribute to sector learning.

Medair Headquarters

Medair Headquarters (HQ) provides operational guidance for country programmes and activities, along with both technical and compassionate support for our relief workers. Within our headquarters, we are also responsible for promoting the work of Medair to the world, to raise and manage the funds needed to run our life-saving and sustaining programmes. Our headquarters teams are also responsible for recruiting international and HQ staff, and like our field teams, we are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.


Medair Headquarters, Ecublens, near Lausanne, Switzerland

Starting Date

May 2015

Initial Contract Details

Full time, open-ended contract

Key Activity Areas

Strategy, Policy and Procedure Development

  • Review and revise Medair’s 3-year security risk management strategy.
  • Lead and coordinate the development and maintenance of organisation wide security related policies and procedures, and advise on on-going security issues.
  • 3 year organisational security strategy.
  • Minimum Standards – establishment and maintenance.
  • Crisis Management and Incident Management procedures.

Auditing and Monitoring

  • Review and approve country level security planning, including Security Location Plans and Crisis Management Team set-up (as defined in the minimum standards) for all Medair field locations.
  • Incident reports – review and recommendations feedback.
  • Security Location Plans and Field Crisis Management plans – technical approval.
  • Field audits (internal and external); Analysis (data, trend and context).
  • Quarterly security risk report to International Director.
  • Provide up-to-date security risk analysis and recommendations, including a quarterly security risk report to the International Director, through the gathering of security incident data, context analysis and networking with relevant networks.

Training and Briefing

  • Deliver security-related content for all Medair staff pre-deployment training and briefing at HQ, as well as the oversight of all field-based security briefing.
  • Including the Relief Orientation Course, HQ Briefing, Crisis Management Team, “BOB” Security Phone.
  • Other / external including for HQ staff and external visitors / consultants.
  • Security Focal Point development.

Technical Support

  • Support field-based Security Management Teams.
  • Advise on on-going issues, including incident management.
  • Member of CMT (Crisis Management Team); Responsible for CMT training, simulation and process / guideline revisions; Advisor to the CMT Leader on security related issues in the management of a crisis.
  • Member of the Emergency Response Committee (ERC).


  • Develop Medair’s profile within the humanitarian sector by increasing involvement in security sector learning and development, and by increasing our effectiveness and visibility in security related analysis and management.
  • Active member of selected security forums; Knowledge sharing; Other agency support, including partner NGOs; Institutional donors.


  • Security Management and / or Humanitarian Aid education


  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
  • Working knowledge of French and / or German (spoken and written) an asset

Experience / Competencies

  • At least 5 years’ experience in Humanitarian programmes / security required
  • 7 years’ experience in Humanitarian programmes / security with at least 2 years with Medair desirable
  • Experienced trainer and briefer; risk and crisis management experience
  • Excellent understanding of humanitarian security trends
  • Analytical thinker; highly stress resistant
  • Consultative management skills; clear communicator; ability to coach and empower others

Medair Standard Working Requirements for the International Headquarters

  • Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values
  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members and external contacts
  • At least one year of professional experience in a relevant field (more experience preferred)


  • Salary commensurate with pay-grade of the position
  • Travel expenses to country programmes (for staff who are required to make field visits)
  • Annual leave; Accident insurance and pension
  • Death and disability insurance; Health insurance for loss of earnings
  • The opportunity to work in a Christian organisation where your contributions make a difference for the world’s most vulnerable

HQ Working Conditions

  • Swiss or eligible EU citizens, or those with a valid work permit for Switzerland, can apply.
This is an HQ based position in Lausanne Switzerland with travel within Europe for training and networking up to 3 weeks per year, as well as travel to Medair field programme locations for training, support and audit purposes for up to 12 weeks per year.

Application Process

For further information or to peruse other Medair vacancies, please visit:

Follow this link:, check if you fit our standard working criteria, then: apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed.

Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.