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Yemen: Safety and Security Coordinator – YEMEN

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Handicap International
Country: Yemen
Closing date: 26 May 2017


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions: The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH); and the Direction of Development Action (DAD)


18.8 million people are considered to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen at present. Of these, 17.7 million are facing food insecurity, which represents more than 60% of the Yemeni population. As most of the country is highly dependent on food imports, the current Yemen food security crisis is directly caused by the conflict’s impact on economic activities and livelihoods.

Due to the deteriorated economic environment, about 50% of the population is estimated to have lost their main livelihood source; the lack of income is estimated to be the main barrier to accessing most basic commodities and to meeting basic household needs, including food.

After more than 2 years of conflict, the population has exhausted coping strategies, especially for the 2 million IDPs and 1 million returnees in the country. On-off peace talks between the conflict parties since April 2016 have so far failed to make any significant progress in finding a political solution to the conflict. Military offensives and conflict rhetoric continue to escalate.

The security context, combined with bureaucratic impediments and limited funding makes access to affected populations more than challenging for humanitarian actors, leaving major gaps both in terms of geographical and sectorial coverage of the response;

The humanitarian Response is focusing on life saving activities and therefore putting the emphasis on Food Security, WASH and Health sectors and interventions in “front line governorates”.

-- Handicap International (HI) has been intervening in Yemen on and off for the last 12 years, with its actions initially focused on development issues, notably through the support to the development of physical and functional rehabilitation services for people with disabilities (PwDs) as well as through the capacity-building of the national networks of Yemen Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs).


Since 2015, HI interventions have been adapted to the current context of conflict in Yemen. With the support of DFATD, ECHO and UNICEF, HI has been supporting two hospitals and one physical and functional rehabilitation centre in Sana'a City, building the capacities of their key staff in early rehabilitation care and psychological first aid (including specifically for children), supplying rehabilitation equipment, and directly providing physical and functional rehabilitation care to war affected people (including through the donation of assistive devices).

In parallel, HI has implemented an inclusion and protection mainstreaming project, funded by DFATD and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to increase the knowledge and capacities of the staff of local and International NGOs as well as of other humanitarian actors in the inclusion of the most vulnerable persons in their humanitarian response, so as to help increase their access to essential services.

In 2017, HI aims to expand its interventions to populations and health facilities outside of Sana’a city; through direct implementation and through partnerships. Assessments for rehabilitation and psychosocial support as well as for basic needs (food security, shelter) have been conducted in the first months of 2017 and are ongoing.

The proposed role is aimed at helping to ensure the safety and security of HI mission staff at all times and to support the feasibility and achievement of planned activities through ensuring proper risk analysis, security frameworks and tools and protocols are in place and at the same time supervising their correct and effective implementation. The secondary objective is to build capacity of safety and security management across the mission team at all levels.


The Safety and Security Coordinator will be under the responsibility and the line management of the HoM with the technical support of the Security Advisor at HQ level. They will also work very closely with the Field Coordinator and national Security Officer in Sana’a. Within the framework of developing and implementing an overall safety and security strategy in Yemen, he/she will be in charge of:

  1. Conducting routine and formalised safety and security monitoring
  2. Under the HoM, coordinating the overall safety and security management of the mission (staff and operations)
  3. Ensuring compliance to the HI global risk management model
  4. Coordination and implementation of safety and security capacity building and briefings
  5. Reporting
  6. Networking and Representation


The position is based in Sanaa – Yemen, but during the first part of the mission, the expatriate will be based in HI remote office in Amman, until his/her VISA for Yemen is approved,; the office in Amman is used as a back-up office for HI expatriates to follow-up the mission, until they can visit Yemen/between visits (depending on the type of Yemen visa secured).


  • Advanced level university degree; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
  • Considerable and strong security planning and implementation work experience gained in the context of field relief operations in insecure areas.
  • Experience of working with INGOs preferably in a similar or senior management/operational role
  • Substantial experience of working in conflict-affected areas and of associated risks to personal and organisational security
  • Substantial experience in the development and implementation of safety and security management frameworks and protocols
  • Experience of conducting humanitarian/similar assessments and of providing analytical feedback and reports
  • Experience of working with teams of people with varying experience and understanding of security planning and management
  • Prior experience of working in Yemen/the region a strong asset

  • Good oral and written reporting skills in English

  • English mandatory (oral and written)

  • Arabic would be an asset

  • Excellent capacity building skills and ability to provide (basic-intermediate) security training to staff and colleagues

  • Good networking skills

  • Ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams

  • Proven excellence in communication and liaison skills

  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

  • Good communication and representational ability

  • Highly organised

  • A positive, solutions-oriented person

  • Ability to work under pressure and in response to changing needs


  • Salary from 2,700€(gross/month) regarding the experience of the candidate
  • Perdiem (net/month) : 550€ for Yemen ; 674€ for Jordan
  • Hardship allowance(net/month) : 500€ for Yemen
  • Insurances : medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday : 25 days per year
  • R&R : 5 days every 6 weeks for Yemen (in Grece) 1 day per month for Jordan
  • Status : Single in Sanaa ; couple possible in Amman
  • Housing : collective or individual (in case of couple posting)
  • Length of th contract : 6 to 12 months

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