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 worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming. Mercy Corps Iraq’s goal is to work with civil society, public and private sector partners to meet immediate needs and reduce longer-term vulnerabilities of communities within Iraq. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to-resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict-affected populations to meet their own needs (3) sustainable development and good governance programming through strategic partnership with Iraqis and Iraqi government to design and implement programs and concepts towards sustainable development of Iraq as democratic and prosperous country.
The Access and Security Manager (ASM) as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) will work with the country management team to develop and implement an access strategy, to support program team with access processes and approaches, to ensure that organizational security policies and procedures are adequately responsive to the context, and to ensure that the country program adheres to and exceeds compliance with the Global Safety and Security Minimum Standards. This position must maintain an acute awareness of the context and all development as they relate to Mercy Corps.
The ASM will manage a team to implement, document and train access and security management planning, and lead high level access engagement with government officials and other relevant high-level actors. This person is expected to have a strong understanding of humanitarian values, access strategies, program management and logistical capacities. S/he is expected to apply these and other leadership qualities with the Mercy Corps team in Iraq.
The ASM is responsible for quality control and security management for all offices and programs. S/he also will advise the Country Director on operational access and security measures, as well as provide the program, operations/logistics, advocacy and management teams with up-to-date briefings, analysis and engage as a thought partner in finding solutions to safely and effectively reach people in need.
Lastly, this position will interact, as directed, with the regional and global teams in analysis, advocacy, and context updates.
Strategy, Planning and Management
Safety and Security Management
Liaison Management and Networking
Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development
Supervises the safety and security officers and liaison officer in Iraq
Reports to: The Country Director
Works directly with: Members of the SMT, Operations Management and team as well as with the Regional Safety & Security Advisor (ME) and Global safety and security teams.
Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Minimum Qualifications and Transferable Skills
This role is only open to Iraqi citizens and individuals who have the legal right to work in Iraq.
The perfect candidate is a person with a deep understanding of NGO’s best practices for security management and experience in a relevant field. The successful candidate will be able to follow and read the changing context and understand the political landscape to better plan and forecast. S/he will have experience/ confidence with high-level representation and will be comfortable in networking and communicating frequently with counterparts for a comprehensive portrayal and implementation of security and access. The successful candidate will be confident in taking the lead of a team, and clearly communicate and guide them.
This position is based in Baghdad or Erbil, Iraq. The position requires extensive presence in Baghdad as well as regular travels across operational areas.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
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 and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. 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 e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES:
Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions for the vacant positions. S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments and follow Mercy Corps procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline indicated below.
Please indicate on the subject of the email the title of the position you are applying for, for full position description for the noted posts, please visit websites NCCI and F-Job.
ALL APPLICATIONS/ CVs SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY February 19, 2024
Potential candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy Corps Human Resources policies and procedures. As soon as qualified candidates are identified the positions will be closed automatically. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for potential interview.
Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to candidates.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Females are highly encouraged to apply.
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply for This Position. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global Impact.
Mercy Corps Iraq offers a variety of arrangements that enable women to excel in their careers. Mercy Corps Iraq ensures a safe and inclusive working environment for women and men through field security training and measures to provide secure working arrangements on-site and in the office.