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About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps has been present in Afghanistan since 1986. Our work seeks to enable Afghans to improve their quality of life by strengthening their sustainable, equitable and legitimate livelihoods, with the ultimate goal to support Afghanistan to evolve from a fragile to a strong state. We focus our interventions on promotion of sustainable livelihoods, agriculture development, youth vocational training, Renewable Energy and natural resource management; it has helped more than 2.5 million Afghans through these wide-range of community–based agriculture and economic development programs. It is to mention that currently Mercy Corps is working in Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Takhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Baghlan , Nangarhar, Urozgan, Balkh and Samangan.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Job Description:

General Position Summary

Regional Access & Security Coordinator’s (RASC) responsibility is to monitor the overall security situation, enforce security regulations and provide sound and timely advice to Mercy Corps Afghanistan (MCA) team members and regional management in order to support the safe access and efficient delivery of program activities in the designated areas of operations in Southern Region. Under the supervision of the Regional Director for Southern Region with the technical supervision of the Access and Security Manager (ASM).

The RASC contributes in the analysis of accessibility in and within Southern Region in order to facilitate useful information for the planning of humanitarian intervention and MCA programs. The RASC supports the Regional Director and MCA Program teams in evaluating access constraints for the MC intervention in assigned provinces. The RASC will maintain, improve and expand principled humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations in area of responsibility through liaison, analysis, monitoring, reporting and training.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain relations and a network of contacts in assigned provinces (Local Government authority, Security Forces, and other parties concerned) allowing the collection of information and the facilitation of documentation related to the humanitarian access and security, specifically in the areas of current or planned intervention.
  • Provide technical support to the ASM on all policies, procedures, guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security and program continuity;
  • Work with the Regional Director and ASM to develop, consolidate and implement operating procedures and contingency plans;
  • Conduct risk assessments of contracted and prospective offices and residences. Undertake continual assessments of equipment to ensure that minimal conditions for security are being met.
  • Evaluate, review and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for all MC premises, and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved;
  • Conduct safety inspections such as; monthly fire extinguishers, smoke/fire detectors and inspection of MC facilities as it pertains to health and safety.
  • Support the ASM and the Regional Director in responding to access and security incidents and work collaboratively with the local authority, law enforcement and other stakeholders to ensure all incidents and accidents (access and security) are followed up and reported as appropriate. Develop and regularly update internal maps on safe and insecure areas.
  • Conduct security risk assessments as required, to include but not limited to; road assessments, rapid area assessment and ad-hoc area assessment.
  • Provide technical input and advice in assessments to consider new MC programs in new geographic areas, and technical input in the writing of new program proposals as required.
  • Technically supervise and manage field security focal points. Coordinate with security focal points for maintaining trainings and scheduling programs for the security guards. Evaluate and assess performance.
  • Report any violations to appropriate MC authority, and participate in preventative initiatives.
  • Assist in providing regular trainings for MC staff on security preparedness, prevention and response. Training(s) may include Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); Security Management; Incident Reporting; Prevention and Response Mechanisms; and Communications. Provide Security Briefing to all new staff and visitors.
  • Follow and enforce all MC codes of conduct and policies, and Uphold the mission, values, and spirit of MC.
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.

Job Requirements:

Hard Skills

  • 4-6 years’ experience in humanitarian access, safety & security with a local and/or international NGO
  • An advanced degree and/or an equivalent of 5 -7 years of relevant experience with recognised access, safety and security qualifications.
  • Training or experience in crisis management, preferable
  • Training in safety, fire and evacuation procedures, preferable
  • Adequate understanding of donor rules and regulations is required
  • Strong coordination and reporting skills are required
  • Fluent in Pashto or Dari and fluency in English (Verbal and in writing) is required.

Soft Skills

  • Attention to detail, following procedures, meeting deadlines and working and problem-solving independently and cooperatively.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and prioritize effectively
  • Advanced ability to analyse data and information to effectively process in to strategy, implementation and policy
  • Advanced Computer Knowledge (MS Office etc)
  • Strong communication skills required
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices with strong communication network in the region
  • Willing to travel regularly to Mercy Corps field offices, contracted training centres and project sites approximately 50%
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment

Submission Guideline:

While sending your CV & Cover letter, please mention the vacancy number and position in the subject line, application received after the closing date and without subject line will not be given consideration. Please include three references from you previous and current supervisors in your CV and make sure that their official email addresses are mentioned in the reference information.

Only short listed candidates whose application responds to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. Interested candidates should send their Application to :

Females are highly encouraged to apply

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