Security & Liaison Manager

Posted 9 months ago by Handicap International
Location Mosul Job Type Contract
Salary Sector Security

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Handicap International is a not-for-profit French organization with no religious or political affiliation.

Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991.

The program currently implemented in Iraq includes three main components:

- Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, awareness campaigns, community-based rehabilitation;

- Emergency response for Internally Displaced Persons and vulnerable host communities (rapid protection assessments, provision of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services);

- Mine Action component: risk education, victim assistance, non-technical survey and clearance operations.

The current operations are implemented in direct intervention and through local partners in the Kurdistan region and in the disputed territories of Iraq. The operations are implemented through local partners in Central and South Iraq. HI has currently a country coordination office in Erbil, field offices in Mosul, Kirkuk, Kalar and Baghdad as well as a support office in Suleymaniyeh.

Directly linked to the Emergency Response Department of Handicap International France, the employee will be mandated for the following mission:




Based in Mosul, the liaison and security manager will be in charge of keeping relations with main stakeholders, analysing the evolution of the political and security context and managing the security systems and procedures in Mosul base. He will assist the Senior Operational Advisor, the Project Manager and the Head of Mission in the definition and implementation of policies and procedures for security support to HI’s programs in and around Mosul. This will include the daily monitoring of security conditions in the governorate, the daily tracking of staff movements, and ensuring the understanding and respect of security policies and procedures by all staff members.





Coordination, networking and representation


  • Establish a network of contacts with local authorities in order to obtain/cross-check relevant information and facilitate passage/access to HI’s field teams
  • Establish and develop a network of local key informants to collect up to date information on context evolutions and potential security threats.
  • Upon request, participate in external meetings with local stakeholders and authorities. Ensure oral translation during meetings if needed.
  • Upon request, participate in security meetings of NGOs, UN organizations, and other stakeholders.


Security Management


  • Assist the MRA and the Country Director for initiating and carrying out security assessments in Mosul governorate.
  • Assist the MRA and the Country Director for developing and reviewing appropriate security policies and procedures.
  • Train and manage the watchman of Mosul base.
  • Coordinate weekly security meetings among the key staff of Mosul base.
  • Brief HI staff on the security policies and procedures and monitor their respect.
  • Hold regular refreshment trainings with drivers on vehicle safety and movement SOPs
  • Ensure the follow up and the good management of emergency boxes, first aid kits, and safety and security materials and equipment.
  • Define and put in place physical security measures against fire, bullets and blasts for HI premises.
  • Perform road security clearances and greenlight movements of HI staff.
  • Track and monitor movements of HI staff.
  • Assessment of security at checkpoints, external meeting venues, and intervention sites
  • Prepare and update security maps, staff contact lists, and other security documents



Internal communication


  • Facilitate communication between the coordination team in Erbil and the field team in Mosul.
  • Actively participate in organization of internal events, such as workshop, seminaries or team building events.
  • Participate to the contextual and security briefing for each new arrival in the base of Mosul (both expatriate and national staff).
  • Collect and share immediate information on any security incident with direct impact on HI staff and/or operations
  • Write regular reports on the political and security context and on relevant security incidents.
  • Collect and archive all information with the utmost accuracy and confidentiality



Other tasks


  • Upon request from the Logistic Coordinator, assist in small purchases and/or other logistic tasks.
  • Upon request from the Admin Coordinator, assist in small payments and/or other administrative tasks.
  • Upon request, accompany members of the coordination team during visits to governmental offices, local leaders or other relevant counterparts.
  • Perform any other relevant task assigned by the MRA and/or the Country Director.





  • Experience of a minimum of 5 years with NGOs or international organisations
  • Experience of a minimum of 5 years in a position related with security, context and/or representation
  • Higher education degree in political sciences, international relations, security, or related issues, or equivalent background acquired through extensive professional experience.
  • Experience in logistics is a plus.
  • Good knowledge of Iraq and of Mosul governorate
  • Ability to travel all over Mosul governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Salahaddin governorate.
  • Strong network of contacts and personal connections in Mosul governorate
  • Good capacities in context analysis, external representation and diplomacy
  • Fluent in Arabic and Kurdish, good command of English. Turkmen and/or Assyrian is a plus.
  • Very good writing and reporting skills in English and Arabic.
  • Good communication capacities
  • Good networking capacities



How to apply:


Handicap International is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from persons with disabilities

Interested candidates may please send their resume with cover letter so as to reach on or before

16th May 2019

Only applications completed in accordance with the following instructions will be

Taken into consideration, the others will be rejected automatically.


Mentioning clearly in the subject line of your e-mail the reference:

Ref: HI-IRQ-MSL-SLM2-410

Your application will not be taken into consideration if this information is omitted from the

Subject line of your e-mail

Please address all applications to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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