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International Rescue Committee Director Safety and Security Development in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req18959

Job Title: Director Safety and Security Development

Sector: Safety & Security

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

The Director of Safety and Security Development (the Director) will work with IRC’s staff and partners to ensure roll out of learning events, coaching/mentorship, and other types of capacity support to enhance humanitarian security management and access. The Director will, in close collaboration with regional Safety and Security Directors, identify safety and security learning needs for staff and partners, and develop appropriate interventions.

A key objective for the IRC’s safety and security unit is to continue the shift from S&S being perceived as a separate silo’ed responsibility towards the development of a security risk mentality across the entire organization. A foundation for this shift is building S&S proficiencies for all staff and for those individuals who have specific responsibilities for the safety and security of others. With a growing workforce and IRC working in more insecure environments, it is becoming vital that IRC matures from ad hoc training for S&S, to develop and implement an intentional vision and strategic plan for development.

IRC’s new organizational strategy – Strategy 100[3] - includes a highly results-oriented program of evolution with objectives to increase the impact of IRC global operations and ensure those programs are sensitive to gender, inclusiveness, diversity and partnership with local actors. The anticipated growth and evolution of IRC in the coming decade will give rise to new requirements related to safety and security.

The second priority will be strategic and will include coordination with RSSDs to ensure that training and capacity building efforts are holistically embraced by regional and country programs teams. Specifically, this will focus upon linking training actions with awareness, alignment of expectations, application of standards and management accountability. The intent is that training results in increased performance of security risk management and is not merely an isolated activity. The Director will craft relevant metrics for learning; the implementation of this data registration system will be handled by Regional Safety and Security Directors and their staff.

The third priority – of equal importance – is to energize and accelerate existing commitments for S&S learning. This task entails coordination and management of current programs for: crisis management training; IRC HEAT[4] training; oversight for in-person training for staff in moderately insecure environments; oversight of the foundational e-learning for CRRD staff in all 38 country programs and RAI elearning product. The Director will deliver a portion of training courses and to own the creation of new training products, using in-house capacities and/or external vendors.

The Director reports to the Chief Safety and Security Officer.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Lead and facilitate strategic and operational learning and development interventions with a focus on: S&S performance management and S&S budget planning and management;

  2. Facilitate the design, development and delivery of training programs in a manner consistent with modern instructional design and adult learning theory and which enhance the retention of safety and security personnel;

  3. Prioritize, implement and evaluate training and capacity building initiatives for safety and security. Maintain clear responsibilities for management and resourcing.

  4. Provides expertise and support in the design and implementation of talent management processes including succession planning for safety and security positions.

  5. Develop insights into learning efficiency, partnering with performance management to provide S&S managers and CP leadership teams with insights into effectiveness of learning and development programs.

    Job Requirements

    • Experience in facilitating the learning of others and supporting training initiatives

    • Experience in crisis and critical incident management for INGOs

    • Understanding of issues related to security and risk management.

    • Experience in coordinating learning and development activities for international humanitarian organization, including contribution to learning strategies.

    • Demonstrable skills in diplomacy and coordination within integrated teams

    • Self-motivated and able to work independently

    • Able to multi-task concurrent needs under duress; the ability to handle significant workload and stress

    • Excellent and persuasive communicator

    • Ability to travel 25% of time

    • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic preferred

    Working Environment: Standard office work environment.

    The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

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