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Libya: Humanitarian Access & Security Manager


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 organization working 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 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.
HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of workers living with a disability.
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HI is currently implementing several programmes in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, supporting vulnerable persons and their families such as people with disabilities (including people living with mental health problems), people with chronic diseases, older persons, displaced and returnees’ persons and families, migrants and refugees. Activities include provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and psychosocial support, provision of assistive & mobility devices as per needed; capacity building, technical support and donations of assistive devices and/or materials and equipment to health partners; training on inclusion principles to other humanitarian actors and health workers;

Since early 2019 HI is implementing a three-year project entitled ‘Action for Mental Health Assistance in Libya’ (AMAL) as part of wider initiatives to improve the access and quality of health care services in Libya. Implemented in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Health and a Tunisian NGO, the overall objective of the project is to allow the most vulnerable people in Libya from host communities, those internally displaced and returnees and migrants, suffering from mental health disorders/psychosocial disabilities to regain or to preserve good mental health by accessing quality interventions at community level, primary health care level, and secondary and tertiary level.

From June 2020 HI is also implementing a one-year project entitled ‘Strong And Loving Active Minds’ (SALAM) to enhance the development of a culture of peace, cooperation and responsibility – with a focus on youth (male and female) – through improved provision of MHPSS services at community level. This project will strongly rely on Libyan Civil Society Organisations.

HI is also involved in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) activities. As a response to increased ERW related accidents, HI is also currently resuming its Risk Education activities in greater Tripoli as of November 2020.

The post holder will be expected to spend at least 90% of their time in Libya including traveling between operational bases in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, along with other international staff.


The primary objective of the Humanitarian access & Security manager is to contribute to ensuring the safety and security of HI’s mission, staff and goods in Libya at all times and to support the feasibility and achievement of planned activities through ensuring robust risk analysis, security frameworks and tools and protocols are in place and effectively implemented. The secondary key objective is to build capacity in safety and security management across the programme team at all levels. Finally, the third key objective is develop HI’s capacity to analyse, dialogue, and negotiate in order for populations to fully access humanitarian aid.

Under the responsibility of the Country Manager and in close coordination with project and support staffs, the Humanitarian access & Security Libya manager will be in responsible to:

 Ensure follow-up and analysis of the political, conflict and security context and trends in Libya;

 Lead on a comprehensive security assessment and formulate recommendations designed to facilitate international staff visits to Libya on a short and on a long-term basis, and lead the follow up of implementation of the recommendations;

 Support the regular analysis and formulisation of risks and threats for the overall programme and the implementation of mitigation measures;

 Lead the review and implementation of adapted security procedures to ensure programme continuity, project monitoring and increased international staff presence;

 Design and deliver a series of capacity building initiatives to ensure sound understanding amongst teams on the programme’s security framework and processes;

 Maintain and expand HI’s external relationships with relevant security, context and access referents of other international agencies

Job description:

1) Contribute to the country strategies in line with the global strategies: steer security strategy and functioning through the active promotion of HI’s institutional policy and the optimization of resources

2) Standards and Accountability: ensure respect and application of HI standards, with regard to policy, processes and tools;

3) Operational security management: gain a thorough understanding on security issues in Libya, in link with neighboring countries and develop an effective and efficient security related information collection;

4) Representation and coordination: represent HI in bilateral meeting with humanitarian actors and with local actors when requested by the Country Manager; 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 referent of other governmental or non-governmental entities if required;

5) Training and management: assess risk behavior from HI staff (national and international) of the mission; provide training and on the job training toward persons who have security responsibilities in the mission;

6) Humanitarian Access: continually analyze the humanitarian context, identifying challenges to access, opportunities for improvement, and key actors.



• Formal education/training in political studies, conflict, security or humanitarian studies

Experience :

• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in the humanitarian sector, preferably in a contemporary conflict context in the Arab or African world

• Proven experience in developing and implementing analysis, planification and reporting tools

• Proven experience in working or opening access in sensitive conflict areas

• Experience in providing training and capacity building with international and national staff

• Experience living and working in Libya would be an asset, understanding of the region and country context

Skills :

• Highly developed analytical, reporting, interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation

• Demonstrated training and mentoring skills

• Excellent networking capacities for building constructive relationships government bodies and humanitarian actors

• Professional proficiency in English and Arabic (written and verbal)

• Strong IT skills, including the use of GPS and mapping software

Personal qualities:

• Willingness to work/ travel in difficult and insecure environments

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a multidisciplinary team

• Proactive and self-motivated

• Organised, Rigorous, Solution-oriented

• Flexible to requirements of mission and context


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.

• 12 months international contract starting mid July 2021

• 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 to the subscription)

• Repatriation insurance paid by HI

• Salary from 2813€ gross/month upon experience

• Perdiem : 693€ net/month in Libya paid in the field

• Hardship allowance: 500€ net /month provided when the employee is actually present at least 16 calendar days per month in Libya

• Paid leaves : 25 days per year

• R&R : 1 day of R&R for 8 days spent inside Libya

• Housing : taken in charge by HI

If you are resident in the country: local package

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