Risk Officer

Published September 22, 2022
Location Tripoli, Libya
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  


Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the CARE Country Director and in close cooperation with the CARE Deutschland Safety & Security Manager, the Risk Officer is responsible for ensuring that risks for the country programme remain acceptable and proportionate, and that CARE meets its duty of care to staff in designing, applying, up-dating and respecting a comprehensive range of risk mitigating measures. This will be achieved through maintaining oversight of the general political situation and specific safety and security aspects conditioning CARE’s access and operational risk issues, providing advice to management in real time, and implementing CARE’s country Risk Management Plan. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to security, health & safety, operational and information security risks; as well as fiduciary, reputational, compliance, legal risks the position is based in Tripoli, with significant periods of time spent visiting field locations, and other areas of Libya such as Sabha, programme areas in southern Tripoli.


The Risk Officer, through sound situation, threat, vulnerability and risk analysis, and the consistent implementation of the country Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP), works with staff, partners, communities and counterparts to reduce health, safety & security risks to the lowest possible level. Supporting this objective, the Risk Officer is facilitating and supporting access to programme areas, providing routine and timely assessments, and when required incident reports to the Country Director.


The Risk Officer will coordinate with the Country Director to ensure that staff are informed of security and safety issues and provide mentoring and building capacity to ensure that that staff understand and implement the SSMP. The Risk Officer will report non-compliance issues to the Country Director.


The Risk Manager will be responsible for managing the Risk Management Officer & Risk Focal Point teams.


Responsibilities and tasks:

Safety & Security Management


Planning and Preparation

The Risk Officer is responsible for:


Developing and maintaining a strong contextual understanding of the areas of operations in consultation with staff, managers and the Country Director

Monitor the political and security environment in operational areas, updating situation and risk assessments on a routine basis, informing the Country Director in real time of current and emerging safety and security trends, threats and risks. As part of this situational awareness, the Security Officer attends security network meetings, either bilaterally and in larger group sessions with INSO and other INGOs.

Advise the Country Director on an ongoing basis of events that could potentially affect safety and security

Support the development of a safety and security culture among all CARE staff and those of CARE partner organisations in Iraq, that is supported and reinforced by the SSMP.

Liaise with government, to ensure that CARE staff can maintain access to programme areas within limits of acceptable risk.

Update and maintain the Country Office (CO) Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP), using the CARE Deutschland template and must ensure that all CARE activities and facilities are included in the plan and the plan is kept current to any changes.

Assist the CO Incident/Crisis Management Team to plan and prepare for major safety and security events and critical incidents.

Conduct safety and security risk management awareness and preparedness training in accordance with CARE Deutschland policies and procedures.

Work with the programme department and where appropriate partner staff in development of new projects to help develop projects that are designed to have built in risk mitigation.

Procedures and Protocols.

Brief all new staff in the operational area on security conditions and protocols in Libya and the region.

Maintain high levels of oversight for physical security issues at offices and guesthouses.

Oversee the maintenance of staff contact lists and the security information trees.

Disseminate security flash alerts and advisories to staff and partners as and when required.

Support in reviewing and developing SOPs to match safety and security challenges, and operational realities.

Report to the Country Director, events and personnel in non-compliance with CARE procedures and / or security breaches.

Approve field mission travel clearance for all staff.

Ensure that effective communications are in place and that all staff members are adequately trained to use any equipment that is included in the SSMP, and that all staff members are capable of following communication protocols.

Assure, under the authority of the Country Director and the supervision of the CARE Deutschland S&S Manager, that the CARE Libya programme meets the safety & security audit standards defined by CARE and supervised by CARE International under the responsibility of the Safety & Security Coordination Group.

Support during & after an Incident and / or a Crisis

Providing incident reports and analysis to the Country Director as required.

Ensure contingency planning for major events and critical incidents is adequate, based on safety and security risk assessments for each area where CARE and its partners are present and / or active.

Support Incident Management or Crisis Management Team(s) in the event of a major incident or in a time of crisis.

Assist with emergency medical evacuations within the country and abroad as necessary.

Reports and Advisories

Prepare a monthly situation report for the Country Director and the CARE Deutschland Safety & Security Manager.

Brief the Country Senior Management Team on developments in the situation, changes in threats, vulnerabilities, and risks within the area of operations for CARE and its partners.

Oversee the completion of reports for the Country Office, on a regular and ongoing basis.

Complete reports as required by CARE Deutschland.

Provide feedback to the Country Director on progress in respect to safety and security risk management actions and initiatives.

Ensure that regular strategic risk assessments are conducted, and management informed of emerging trends and threats.

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to humanitarian work or security management or equivalent field / operational experience

A minimum of two years’ experience in Security and Risk Management preferably with an INGO.

Skills and Core Competencies

Excellent oral and written communication skills. English is required.

Strong assessment, evaluation, analysis, and strategic planning skills.

IT literate, MS – Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Knowledge in developing security related technical tools guidelines and systems.

Inter-personal communication and proven written / presentation skills.

Demonstrated ability to manage persons’ activities under stressful conditions.

Demonstrable expertise of humanitarian risk management.

Strong demonstrated inter-personal skills in a multi-cultural environment.

Ability to make good judgment on staff safety and security, as well as provide appropriate analysis and recommendations.

Understanding of programming in humanitarian and development projects.

Working Conditions

The Risk Officer is based within the CARE Libya office in Tripoli. It is anticipated that the Risk Officer spends up to 20% of time traveling within Libya.


How to apply


Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references) only in English Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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