Field Security Assistant - (Field Only)

Catholic Relief Services

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Borno, Nigeria (On-site) Be the First to Apply

Job Description

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About CRS Nigeria

CRS has been supporting program activities in Nigeria for over 30 years and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. The Nigeria country program has a diverse funding base with projects in health, nutrition, food security and agricultural livelihoods, microfinance (SILC), emergency response and peacebuilding. CRS/Nigeria currently has over 210 national and 8 international staff. With an FY22 annual budget of over USD $100 million, coupled with strong donor interest in supporting CRSâ work in the country, significant growth opportunities exist for the CP. The CP has been supporting emergency activities in the NE states since 2015 with offices in Damaturu, Maiduguri and Yola. 


CRS seeks to continue working in Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri, leveraging the experiences and gains of CRII in targeting vulnerable HH to address the multi-faceted and inter-sectoral drivers of food insecurity and poor nutrition through the integration of food security, WASH, and nutrition interventions. This program will provide timely support to vulnerable HHs affected by the ongoing conflict in NE Nigeria that will save lives and restore dignity.

Job Summary:

You will assist emergency programming field activities by working directly with local partners and community members in support of Catholic Relief Servicesâ (CRS) work to serve the poor and vulnerable. Your service and community interpersonal skills contribute to projects that benefit local communities that consistently applies best practices and continuously works towards improving its impact.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:  

Policies and Procedures:

Be familiar with CRSâs Safety and Security procedures and policies and Safe and Sound Manual and support the Head of Office in ensuring they are always adhered to by staff. Work with the Security Coordinator and the Security Manager to implement, and regularly review operating procedures and security plans across Borno, Northeast Nigeria. Assist the Security Manager to provide training(s) that may include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Contingency Plans (CPs), Security Management, Incident Reporting, Prevention and Response Mechanisms, Communications (including satellite phones), and risk/threat analysis.


Provide thorough security briefings to CRS staff and visitors upon arrival in the State. Initiate, review, and collate security incident reports for each field site.  Maintain, and regularly update the CRS State staff and visitors list, Security Communications Tree and SOPs as needed. Ensure the communication equipment always functions (HF radio, sat phone, internet, phone lines). Follow-up on any calls made by satellite phone and radio.

Staff and Vehicle Movement:

In collaboration with the Travel Team, monitor movement and provide security guidance to international and national staff on the current situation in operational areas. Daily track and record all CRS field movement Borno. Maintain strong communication to report and record observations, information, and occurrences during staff movement. Serve as focal point with drivers during interstate movement by tracking the location of all vehicles and staff and communicate with CRS Security Focal Points in other states. Regularly conduct 30% field visits to assess field site compliance with safety and security procedure during field activities. Ensure vehicle and personal tracking systems are appropriate, fully resourced, and operational.

Monitoring and Analysis:

Collect information regarding politics and security in Borno as well as on safety and security issues concerning CRS. Respond to security relevant incidents with information gathering and inform the Security Coordinator, Head of Office, and the Country Security Manger.  Undertake continual assessments of equipment (including vehicles) and organizational assets to ensure that minimal conditions for security are met. Prevent loss and damage by reporting irregularities, informing violators of policy and procedures. Ensure that perimeter security staff (guards) have the capacities to perform their duties as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with guidance from the Security coordinator. Under the guidance of the Security coordinator, conduct monthly health and safety inspections such as, but not limited to: fire extinguishers, smoke/fire detectors and inspection of CRS facilities  Regular inventory and stock taking of hibernation kits, first aid kits, and vehicle safety kits; ensure that staff know what is in the kits and how and when to use them. Submit regular contextual updates (weekly/monthly situational reports) to the Head of Office through the Security Coordinator. Work closely with CRS field teams to ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with an official written Incident Report, which is then shared with relevant stakeholders and filed appropriately. Take appropriate measures to secure CRS premises, personnel, assets, and properties by regularly monitoring and control of CRS existing security set-up. Check that Gubio and Maiduguri facilities and equipment conform to security norms (closures and doorways are in a good state, open spaces lit up, buildings identified, fire extinguishers present, electrical installations buried, etc.). Review lodging options for staff in Borno and in field locations, ensuring they meet CRS standard operating procedures.


Maintain a wide professional and personal network of influential actors and clearly communicate CRSâs status and mission Borno NE, Nigeria. Build acceptance to facilitate continuity of current CRS programs and any future humanitarian or development programming by liaising with local communities, local authorities and other humanitarian actors and stakeholders within the state. Coordinate regularly with the Country Security Manger on safety and security issues and fulfill all reporting requirements to the Country Office in Abuja.

Required Languages - List languages required to perform the job 

Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 60% to field locations in Borno State. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilitie s   

Excellent analytical skills with ability to detect and report inconsistencies. Excellent organizational skills with great attention to detail Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized professional and organizational codes of ethics Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results oriented. Ability to work collaboratively. Ability to plan and organize work and write clear and concise reports and communicate effectively (both in writing and verbally).  Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.  Stable, moral, reliable, and robust character and a good team-player.  Excellent communication skills, calm, with a good sense of humor.  Proven commitment to accountability practices.  Demonstrable training and capacity building experience.

Supervisory Responsibilities (none)  

Key Working Relationships:   

Internal:  Security Coordinator (Maiduguri), Security Manager (Abuja), Finance/Grants Assistant, Procurement Assistant, Head of Office Borno, Admin/Fleet, CRS programs staff.

External : Government, Ministries, departments and agencies, local and international NGOs, coordination platforms and working groups, community leaders


Basic Qualifications  

Bachelorâs degree in criminology, peace & security studies, political sciences, or related subject.  Professional Certification in security studies.  Minimum of 2 yearsâ experience in the field of community engagement, risk management, safety, and security management in International or Local NGO context. Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, Emails, Skype, Web research). 

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

Personal Accountability â Consistently takes responsibility for oneâs own actions. Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest. Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions. Collaborates with Others â Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams. Open to Learn â Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies:

Lead Change â Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation. Develops and Recognizes Others â Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance. Strategic Mindset â Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

About Us

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRSâ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Info

Job Identification3001048 Job CategoryProgram Management Posting Date11/03/2023, 03:29 AM Apply Before11/14/2023, 06:59 PM Job ScheduleFull time Job ShiftDay Locations House 7, No1 Dipcharima Road, Old GRA, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, Maiduguri, Borno, NG (On-site)

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