Safety, Security and Humanitarian Access Coordinator

International Rescue Committee

About the organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees required to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.


The Safety & Security Coordinator is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), reporting to the Country Director (CD). She or he will develop and oversee the implementation of humanitarian access and security management systems and protocols in line with humanitarian principles, humanitarian needs, duty of care principles, and IRC’s strategy in Mexico.

The Safety and Security Coordinator will identify changes and trends in the humanitarian access and security environment in the country, develop and oversee the implementation of responsive plans, standard operating procedures, and contingency plans, and facilitate training and capacity building of both management and field staff.

The position holder will provide expert humanitarian access and security risk management advice to all levels of IRC staff in the country office on building relationships with stakeholders, negotiating and mediating humanitarian access, contextual understanding, managing critical incidents, and providing timely advisories.

The safety and security coordinator will work closely with the SMT and the Field Coordinators (FC) to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are responsive to the context, adequate and known to staff, and in line with global safety and security standards.


• Graduate degree in a related field, or equivalent work experience.
• At least 5 years’ experience in a non-profit or NGO within international humanitarian assistance programs.
• Previous NGO security management experience is an asset.
• Demonstrated capabilities in coordination, planning, organizing, and executing humanitarian security operations in the field.
• Understanding the humanitarian principles, code of conduct and specific sub-sector work linked to NGO field and operations contexts.
• Advanced knowledge in communications technology, including, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.
• Strong experience as a trainer; ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
• Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
• Demonstrated strong writing and reporting skills.
• Regional LATAM experience is highly preferred
• Excellent oral and written skills in both Spanish & English.
• Critical thinking

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