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A Security & Access Coordinator - Aden, Yemen


Duration : 12 months
Start date : 01/02/2019

Our work in Yemen  Salary & Benefits


General description of the position

You will have the responsibility to ensure the safety of Action contre la Faim (ACF) in Yemen, under the supervision of the Country Director, and you will provide an enabling security environment to allow ACF teams to be at the cutting edge of operational implementation in Yemen.


Main responsabilities

Define and implement ACF security management system: you will collect and analyze the security and political context by supporting the team in the field and sharing the analysis with the coordination team, the regional security advisor and the regional director. You will also alert on changes of context and establish likely forthcoming scenarios. You will contribute with the writing process of the security plan and design the contingency plans for the mission. You will be responsible for ensuring the dissemination of security plans by monitoring the implementation of the plans. You will evaluate the operational management of security and you will provide appropriate support to the logistics department.

Design ACF humanitarian access strategy: design, write and keep updated the humanitarian access strategy and make sure it is on line the program implementation strategy and security protocols. You will participate in negotiations on humanitarian access and you will be in charge of establishing a strong network with external stakeholders.

Train and make ACF staff aware of security environment, procedures and rules: build awareness plan on context and security for ACF teams. You will ensure a briefing plan for every new ACF employee, international staff and visitors. You will ensure that regular awareness sessions for all staff are completed (situation updates, security rules and procedures).

Manage the security team: management of the national security advisor and functional management of security team in the different bases including capacity building, clarification of roles and responsibilities.


Do you fit the requested profile ?

You have previous experience in security management in hostile/insecure environnement (which is mandatory) as well as experience in security in INGO.

You are aware on issues that affect aid workers globally and you know of the context and challenges of operating in Yemen.

You have experience working in a multi-cultural environment and you are known for your  diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues, your capacity to work  under pressure and your creativity.  

You are known for your analytical skills on security issues (risk/threat assessment, management, awareness, training, etc.) and your reporting skills (incidents, compilation of security, assessments, written reports, etc.).

You have good understanding of the ACF mandate and you will be willing to commit to ACF's aims and principles. 

You are fluent in English (written and spoken) and Arabic will be a plus.


Specific conditions / Salary

Contractfixed term contract under French legislation

The position will be based in Aden

Salary and profits:

  • Monthly gross salary from 2 688€ to 3 433€ upon experience.
  • Per diem and living allowance: 521€ net  - paid in the field
  • + 12 % of monthly gross salary as country allowance
  • + 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.

Transportation and accommodation:

  • Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.
  • Individual room in guesthouse covered

 Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.

 Leaves and RnR

  • 25 days of paid leaves per year.
  • + 20 RnR per year.  
  • + 215 € at each RnR period (every 8 weeks).
  • Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.

 Training: Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Cross knowledge ©.


Work context

Since the conflict between Al Houthi and the Saudi-led  coalition that started in March 2015, Yemen has become one of the three   emergency  in the world and is thus facing one of the worst  humanitarian  crisis,  with 80 % of the population who is now in need of  humanitarian aid. The  context is highly challenging in regards to  access to the communities  despite significant needs in the country.  Airstrike,  embargo, high  prices, etc. have caused a profound  deterioration of the  nutitritional  situation and hundreds of thousands lives are at risk. 


Since  2012, ACF has been present in Yemen and has been scaling up its   emergency intervention substantially throughout  2016. The mission is   now amongst one of the largest International NGOs  in the country and  is  recognized as one of the key emergency actors in  the country.  ACF  in  Yemen is responding to the current crisis using a  multisector  emergency  approach (Nutrition & Health, Food Security,  WASH and  Mental  Health programming), and to a multiple large-scale and   interconnected  emergencies: conflict, food security and cholera   epidemic. Along with  UNICEF, ACF designed and is piloting the  country’s  first Rapid Response  Mechanism, and is representative of the  INGO  community on the HCT,  ICCM, Access Working Group, the HPF  Advisory  Board, and on the Steering  Committee that manages evacuation  for the  humanitarian community.


ACF  is operationally working in 2 bases: Hodeida (to target the   northern  governorates) and Aden (to target the southern ones), with  its coordination team located in Sana’a. In total, the Yemen mission  counts  215 national staff and 17 international staff. The coordination is based in Sanaa, where nine expatriates are currently working at the coordination level, including technical and support department under the Country Director (CD) and Deputy  Country Director (DCD).


Security situation  remained  under close observation with limited access to other agencies,  few  super markets and official meetings. The security situation limits the social aspects of a regular living (limited  personal  movement outside the office or guesthouse, meeting friends  after  office, shopping, etc.). Therefore, the applicant must have  willingness  to work in such security context with minimized social  aspects of  living.


Manager word:

We expect you to be a team player, to be flexible and autonomous.

You will support the staffs, all request for support and raise concerns to the Senior Management Team and HQ in a timely fashion to ensure smooth implementation of program activities, the donor requirements and the rights, safety and protection of both ACF staffs and beneficiaries.


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