Created in 1979, Action contre la Faim is a non-governmental organization that fights against hunger. Its charter of humanitarian principals- independence, neutrality, non-discrimination, free and direct access to victims, professionalism, transparency - has been part of its identity for more than 40 years. Its mission is to save lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of under-nutrition, particularly during and after emergency situations linked to conflicts or natural disasters. Action contre la Faim focuses its actions on 5 main areas of expertise: Nutrition and Health – Mental Health, Psychosocial Support and Protection – Food Security and Livelihoods – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Advocacy. In 2019, Action contre la Faim provided aid to 17 million people in more than 49 countries worldwide.
ACF started working in Afghanistan in 1995. The coordination office is based Kabul and the field offices are in Helmand, Ghor, Daikundi & Badakhshan. Head of Department's, Country Director and Deputy Country Director are stationed in Kabul and each base having an expat field coordinator.
AAH is currently scaling its country programme to respond to the largest humanitarian crisis in the country for the last 40 years. AAH is playing a key role among the INGO community, being one of the longest standing INGO in the country, playing a critical role, notably in nutrition. In this evolving and volatile context, we need a strong Country Director to lead our country team and programmes.
Under the direct responsibility of the Country Director, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety and security of ACF operations in Afghanistan; while leading on the provision of safe and secure access, allowing ACF to be at the cutting edge of the operational implementation.
Your main responsibilities include the following:
- Lead the improvement of the Access & Security Dept. organisational structure, the Mission's risks assessments, the Bases security level' indicators and SOPs, through an evidence-based and collaborative approach, and by building on both quantitative and qualitativive analysis.
- Develop the Mission security management system's adaptability to the political and security contextual dynamics, while enhancing the individual/organisational "security culture".
- Actively support the Field Coordinators in the assessment of ACF acceptance in the Mission's area of interventions, and lead onto the design of the Mission visibility strategy.
- Lead onto the definition of the National Humanitarian Access strategy through an evidence-based and collaborative approach, while actively supporting the Field Coordinator in the design of the Local Humanitarian Access strategies.
- Efficiently manage the Security team members, by revewing role & responsibilities, focusing on their career development and building their competences particuarly their critical, analytical and writing skills.
- Ensure a smooth, timely and effective communication between the AFG Access & Security team, HQ and the Mission staff.
- You will also play a key role reinforcing the capacity of ACF security staff, and will have the opportunity to train Deputy Humanitarian Access and Security Head of Department
You have an education/experience in either Safety and Security Management or field coordination within INGOs
You are a critical thinker, and adopt an evidence-based approach to humanitarian access, security and safety management
You have expertise in modern access and security practices and global issues affecting the aid sector and have comprehensive knowledge of the Afghan political and security context
You have the ability to work within a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic team, with heavy movement restrictions
You have previous INGO work experiences in access and security management in violent environments
You have extensive knowledge of individual and organisational security issues, expertise in threat/risk assessment, security management and security awareness in violent environments
You have the ability to adapt to the beneficiary' needs while balancing community and security actors' demands
You have experience in crisis/incident management, and incident reporting, mapping, and quantitative analysis
You have proven facilitation/pedagogical skills to conduct effectively and efficiently training and briefings
You are self-motivated and autonomous individual in a highly stressful environment
You have proven analytical and writing skills; from complex multi-layered political and security topics, ability to come out concisely with simple theories underpinned by evidence-based arguments
You have knowledge of excellent Microsoft Office and outlook
You are committed to the humanitarian principles, ACF mandate and charter. In particular, a good understanding of ACF's action and ensuring continuity to underpin all aspects of the job.
You speak fluently English (written and verbal) and knowledge of national language Pashto & Dari is an asset.
• 12 MONTHS fixed term contract under French legislation
• Monthly gross salary from 2450 to 2800€ upon experience
• Monthly per diem and living allowance: 456€ net, field paid
• Monthly country allowance: 450€
• Child allowance: 1500€ per year per child present in the country of origin (maximum 6000€/year)
• 16% of the gross monthly salary for pension insurance reimbursement for non-French citizens
• Transportation and accommodation: Coverage of transportation costs and guest house
• Medical coverage: 100% coverage of health contributions (social security + health insurance) and repatriation insurance
• Leaves and RnR: 25 days of paid leaves per year, 20 RnR per year and 215 € at each RnR period
• Training: Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©