Truro, Cornwall
£32,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Role purpose:

ShelterBox is seeking a Safety & Security Advisor to direct the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of humanitarian operations, as well as provide for the safety and security training and support for all staff and volunteers who travel on behalf of ShelterBox’s mission.

The Safety & Security Advisor will also liaise with other NGO and UN safety and security fora at a global level and act as the subject matter expert on all safety and security related matters at ShelterBox. The role will also assist in connecting staff who travel, to local safety and security forums and contacts.

The role will be responsible for establishing policies and standards affecting safety and security of staff members (including staff training), field facilities and assets, and aid delivery activities globally. The Safety & Security Advisor will also support a collaborative culture with our local partners to ensure their safety and security in the delivery of any projects funded by ShelterBox.

The incumbent will ensure security protocols and mechanisms are in place to address each project’s context and environment. The Safety & Security Advisor provides direction and technical support in developing and maintaining context specific field security plans.

Our people are essential to the organisation and you will be responsible for mentoring both deployable staff and Response Team volunteers in effective safety and security planning, and human factors.

This is a deployable role which may need to travel at short notice but will predominantly be based in HQ or other UK location.


Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Serve as the primary focal point for safety and security for both UK office and program offices globally;
  • Support the leadership of the Operations Dept in ensuring that ‘operational’ safety and security is managed appropriately across all activities.
  • Provide technical support where we have humanitarian programmes in the following areas:
    1. security/risk assessments;
    2. scenario planning, security plan development;
    3. crisis/contingency planning; and
    4. other security-related functions.
  • Work with the Department Director to develop and update security plans, business continuity plans and crisis management plans, and policies and procedures, in accordance with best practices and ensure their implementation;
  • Develop a culture of safety and security management for the organisation, including all associated policies, processes and tools. Ensuring that these are best in class.
  • Provide advice and counsel to Operations management on matters relating to staff and volunteers and property safety and security;
  • Investigate all safety and security related issues;
  • In partnership with ShelterBox’s Learning & Development (L&D) team Develop and facilitate appropriate security and safety training for all deployable staff and volunteers;
  • Conduct training needs assessments with key stakeholders resulting in increased safety, security and risk management capacity;
  • Monitor security conditions and liaise and coordinate with external agencies – UN, peacekeeping missions, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, private security contractors etc.
  • Prioritising ‘do no harm’ principles. Ensuring those who encounter ShelterBox as a result of our activities are safeguarded from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings which place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm.
  • Support the organisation’s critical incident management, including the development of processes and tools and ensuring organisational readiness.
  • Support the humanitarian leadership at ShelterBox with responses as required.
  • Collaborate with Operations/People Team colleagues on safety & security elements of recruitment and training design/delivery.
  • Work away from home, which is unlikely to exceed 1 month at any one time – this may be UK or overseas training or deployment to disaster affected areas.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and motivation to operational staff and foster teamwork ensuring all activities are within the charity’s aims, objectives and values and in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Establish and build effective working relationships across the organisation and with selected external partners.
  • Keep up to date with industry trends and developments.
  • Any other work assigned by the Director of International Programmes;
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Posted on: 18 September 2021
Closed date: 03 October 2021
Tags: Intl Development, Operations

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