Humanitarian Access & Security Expert – Ethiopia-Somalia Program

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 18 Apr 2021


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HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than 55 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

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Long time tensions between the Federal Government and Tigray’s ruling party (Tigray People's Liberation Front - TPLF) have been escalating since the unilaterally held regional elections on Sept. 2020, while the national elections were postponed due to the COVID-19. On 3 Nov. 2020, the TPLF attacked the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) Northern Command. In response, the Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered a military offensive against the TPLF.
Three months after, while the war was officially declared over after capturing Mekelle in December, localized fighting continues. So far 2.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict, including food, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection, health (including psychosocial support), safety and security, and access to public services. There are 222,413 internally displaced persons in Tigray only. 60,000 persons fled to neighboring Sudan and the Eritreans refugees present in the region prior the conflict faced the destruction of their camps and forced return to Eritrea. Several reports started to flag serious human rights and international humanitarian law violations. The humanitarian community support high-level advocacy, negotiating access to scale up operational capacity. The insecurity, the ongoing fighting, the bureaucratic hurdles and the telecommunications cuts off are the main challenges for humanitarian actors.

Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing development and humanitarian interventions in Ethiopia since 1986. HI was working in the area of physical rehabilitation, inclusive education, mine risk education, community based rehabilitation, HIV and AIDS, capacity building of local associations of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), inclusive sexual reproductive health, protection and recently on COVID 19 response. HI has also been implementing protection projects for Internally Displaced Persons and South Suddenness Refugees. Currently, HI is implementing an inclusive protection projects in Somali region, Liben Zone (Filtu and Deka Suftu districts) and Benshangul Gumuz region, Kamashi zone as well as integrated multi-sectoral lifesaving response to conflict and climate induced affected IDPs in Somali, Oromia, Southern Nation Nationalities People (SNNP) regions, Benshangul Gumuz region, Kamashi zone and Gambela refugee camp.

HI promotes an inclusive approach by focusing on access to services for all whenever possible rather than developing specific actions for people with disabilities. HI works not only with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, but also with their families, their communities, and the society.

HI Ethiopia also signed strategic partnership agreement with different International NGOs with commitment to support their programs are inclusive humanitarian action.


In view of the dire humanitarian crisis taking place in Tigray, HI Ethiopia, not present in this area, has launched an initial assessment to support the definition of an operational and security strategy. Based on the assessment initial results, the Humanitarian Access and Security Expert will support the establishment of HI presence in the Region in constant link with the Area Manager and the Program Director. While the focus will be on the Tigray region, the HAS Expert will also support the Ethiopia-Somalia Program generally with regards to context & risk analysis, security documentation, and incident management. The HAS Expert will ensure operational security management and humanitarian access based on constant watch, coordination/Liaison and assessments. He/She will constantly assess the situation, provide advice, sensitizations and trainings, develop tools, security plans, etc. He/she will institute appropriate mitigation measures, security requirements and means to support the operations, develop local contacts/connections to ensure acceptance and authorization clearance, implement the humanitarian access strategy, and modify risk analyses and security & contingency plans as necessary

Operational security management

• Support the Program Director and Area Managers in context analysis

• Follow the evolution of local, national, regional and international context.

• Support the diversification of information sources and capitalize information about key contacts.

• Develop his/her own network in order to gather and cross check information

• Provide context analysis, potential scenario and mitigation measures through regular reporting to the Program Director

• Ensure that the program is in-line with HI’s security policy

• Support the development, update and implementation of the security pack for HI Ethiopia (risk analysis, security and contingency plan)

• Follow up the application of security procedures, analyses and formalized lessons learnt to Program Director and Area Managers.

• Propose to Program Director and Area Managers improvements for the management of security in the program, particularly in the Tigray region, and participate to the planning of security procedures implementation.

• Provide feedback and advice on security risks, as well as resources, security documents, strategies and good practice for security management of the HI activities in the country including direction for future proposals.

• Conduct regular field visits for security assessments and support to staff

• Incident Management Support when needed and relevant

• Track HI’s acceptance among the community, ensuring an active acceptance strategy is in place

Representation and coordination

• Represent HI in bilateral meeting with humanitarian actors and with local actors on access and security issues

• Maintain and expand HI’s network of contact with key staff of INGOs or UN agencies specialized in analysis and security and with security/access focal points of governmental entities if required

• Maintain regular discussion and organize regular updates on security and context with the HQ humanitarian access & security advisor.

Training and management

• Assess risk behavior from HI staff (national and international)

• Provide training and on the job training toward persons who have security responsibilities in the missions

• Organize and provide extensive training on any security related issues to all HI staff ; induction for new comers, regular briefing for international and national staff on security rules and procedures and any other specific training for staff

Humanitarian Access

• Continually analyze the humanitarian context, identifying challenges to access, opportunities for improvement, and key actors

• Support Program Director in implementing a program-specific strategy for improving humanitarian access (specifically in the Tigray region)

• Support Program Director in dialogue and negotiations to obtain access with authorities and key stakeholders

• Support Program Director on the preparation of exploratory visits and the opening of new areas



• University degree or equivalent experience in international relations, security, or humanitarian action

• HEAT certified

• Certificate in humanitarian negotiation

• Certificate in security management

Experience :

• Proven experience of developing and implementing security plans and analysis tools

• Proven experience of working in conflict-affected areas

• Incident Management experience

• Proven experience in producing of quality reports and documents, including maps

Skills :

• Good written and spoken English is essential

• Humanitarian negotiation skills

• Previous knowledge of the region and the context is preferred

Personal qualities:

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


At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission. Particular attention is paid to health issues and your personal situation.
We offer an induction and training path adapted to our staff members and we have a HR policy oriented toward mobility and professional development.

• 1,5 month international contract ideally starting mid May

• The international contract provides social coverage adapted to your situation

•Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals

•Pension scheme adapted to the situation of our employees: If you already have a personal pension scheme HI will contribute at the same level of your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of 272.53€/month ; If you do not have a personal pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of 272.53€/month and a contribution of HI of the same amount

•Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution

•Repatriation insurance paid by HI

• Salary from 2813€ gross/month upon experience

• Perdiem : 502€ net/month paid in the field

• Hardship allowance: 500€ net/month

• Paid leaves : 25 days per year

• R&R : 1 day of R&R per month

• Housing : taken in charge by HI

If you are resident in the country: local package

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