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Staff Safety and Security Officer
Catholic Relief Services

We work with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.


 Salary Band: 7
 Section/Unit: Safety and Security
 Supervisor: Head of Office (HoO), West Darfur
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Geneina, West Darfur
 Closing Date: 27 Feb 2020


Primary Function:

The Staff Safety and Security Officer’s main function is to provide support in staff safety & security to all CRS departments and field bases in Darfur.

 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a security focal point for CRS Darfur programs;
  • Advice to the HoO on all matters related but not limited to staff safety management, planning and implementation, staff and site security protocols and procedures;
  • Prepare and/or update security and contingency plans for Geneina and deep field Offices and ensure that all staff members are aware of these plans.
  • Conduct security and safety drills (e.g., fire drills) on a regular basis in the Geneina and deep field offices office.
  • Review and ensure that safety measures are put in place and safety tools and equipment’s are provided in all CRS facilities in WD .
  • Ensure proper security measures are put in all CRS facilities.
  • Ensure CRS security services provider is complying with contract terms and conditions
  • Work closely with Staff Safety and Security Officer in Khartoum, consult him On regular basis on security related issues and maintain a strong working relationship for smooth functioning of staff safety and security responsibilities .
  • Lead the regular review (with the participation of staff) of the CRS Sudan Field Security Plan and SOPs. Provide detailed recommendations for updates as needed;
  • Review the safety of staff movement within Darfur states and clear staff movements,
  • Orient / brief new staff arriving in Darfur with a comprehensive overview of security threats in Darfur and in the areas where staff will be based;
  • Track staff movement and report on a regular basis to the HOO.
  • Gather staff safety related information from different sources (communities, UN, Governmental and NGO sources, etc) and inform the Head of Office of changes impacting CRS’ security on a timely basis;
  • Prepare incident reports, maps and analysis capacity through simple means for CRS staff in all Darfur states and field level;
  • Offer incident warning by mapping and visualizing the geographical areas affected – or likely to be affected - by conflict, violence and crime, and capitulate useful information and insights into patterns and potential developments that might not emerge so clearly from a written report.
  • Based on the existing CRS documents, prepare a weekly security update for submission to Head of Office and the Senior Security Management Team for action including the weekly staff locator chart.
  • Follow and ensure the implementation of the CRS Global Security policies and workbook manuals, including the Security Management Plan and Minimum Operating Standards for Security in Darfur;
  • Maintain and ensure CRS/Darfur has a current, appropriate Security Management Plan that reflects an updated risk assessment; Update the Standard Operating Procedures according to the above-mentioned assessment in relation with the Security Managers on the field;
  • Conduct regular security field inspection and site assessments to assess security environments, report on findings, design and implement necessary improvements;
  • Assist and provide expertise to Darfur-based departments on security risk assessment and analysis for future projects;
  • Coordinate post-incident follow up actions, analysis and recommendations;
  • Facilitate, provide support and train in the proper use of common communications including HF and VHF radio networks and satellite phones according to radio protocols and other communications technologies
  • Develop a network of relationships with peers in the humanitarian community (UN, NGO) and actively seek opportunities for formal and informal cooperation Represent CRS Sudan at interagency security forums and meetings;
  • In coordination with radio operation & communication, monitor the movement of the travelers during the field visits
  • Provide support to Material resource/property function in the area of inventory & fixed asset management when requested & need arisen.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • University degree in related field or relevant field experience;
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills;
  • 5 years’ experience in the field of security with UN and/or INGO .
  • security management training or training of trainers a plus;
  • Previous experience in conflict and/or post conflict environments;
  • Competency and training experience in field-based communications systems such as Codan, ICOM, Barrett, Motorola and fixed and mobile satellite systems;
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other database/mapping systems;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in all CRS areas of operation in Darfur,
  • Work both independently and as a team member and possess strong interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills;


Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • N/A

Key Working Relationships:

  • Internal: Staff Safety and Security Officer in Khartoum, Area Managers, Administration & Logistics Manager, Travel & Transportation Officer, Head of Office
  • External: HAC, National Security Office, National Police Office, and locality Representatives.


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfil his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning


  • This Template is not intended to be an exhaustive Job Description for the named position. The purpose of this document is to list minimum and possible supplemental functions and requisite minimum standards. A full standard Job Description is to be developed under the leadership.


CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, human trafficking everywhere and at all times. I, the applicant, accept these requirements as part of my job application.

If Interested and have the qualifications required, please submit all applications with covering letter and copies of certificates attached with your Resume to:

(Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) Elgeneina, West Darfur Commission). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview.

And please note that all the recruitment process will be doneat CRS-West Darfur EL Geneina Office.  


Net Salary will be Paid in USD as per internal regulation

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