Safety and Security Officer

Region: Global. Africa, Middle East, Latin-America, Southeast Asia
Office: Nairobi, Kenya, Hivos East Africa
Hours: Fulltime
Application deadline: May 26, 2022

Safety and Security Officer We Lead and Free to be Me

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life-sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. We work in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on three impact areas: civic rights; gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and climate justice. Our approach is solution driven, and we build wider movements for change by amplifying and connecting voices.

About We Lead and Free to be Me Programs

We Lead and Free to be Me are new, global, inspiring, innovative and far-reaching programs.

We Lead aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) of four specific groups: young women living with HIV, who have a disability, identifying as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and who are affected by displacement. The program truly puts these young women rightsholders in the driving seat, and supports young women’s groups and organizations, while supporting them to impactfully and sustainably advocate for their SRH-R.

The program is being implemented in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central America. The We Lead consortium consists of six civil society organizations (Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund, Hivos). Hivos is the lead party.

Free to be Me will build and support a vibrant LGBTIQ+ civil society, that is able to successfully generate public support and influence governments, businesses and societal actors to become advocates for LGBTIQ+ people’s human and socio-economic rights. With Free to be Me, we focus on the pervasive issues of unemployment and poverty in LGBTIQ+ communities, and the discrimination, legal hurdles, violence and neglect from governments that stand in the way of prosperous communities.

This global program is being implemented in 14 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The Free to be Me program consists of 3 consortium members – Positive Vibes, ILGA World and Hivos – and 3 technical partners – Sogicampaigns, Global Interfaith Network and Workplace Pride who all form the Free to be Me Alliance. Hivos is the lead party.

Both We Lead and Free to be Me connect rightsholders with one another in local Communities of Action (CoAs) and support and coach them, so that they are better able to advocate for, claim, protect, and promote their rights, needs and ideas. Both programs are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We Lead started in January 1, 2021 while Free to be Me started in April 1, 2021.

Job context

As the safety and security officer you will provide technical guidance and support to both We Lead and Free to be Me programs on matters of safety and security. You will also be part of the We Lead and Free to be Me overarching global management teams and works with consortium members. You will train, support and guide local Communities of Action (CoAs) and particularly the safety and security focal points within the CoAs. By doing so, the organizations and groups involved in the CoAs will have the tools, knowledge and networks to stay as safe and secure as possible. This includes preventive measures, as well as (locally embedded) urgent response mechanisms in case of a crisis. Safety and security is considered holistically, and includes legal, digital, physical and psychological aspects. You will work closely with the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) and the Bessy Fererra Fund.

You will be expected to be committed to uphold the We Lead and Free to be Me values.

  • Period: 1/06/2022-31/12/2026, starting with one-year contract.
  • Scope: Global; Africa, Middle East, Latin-America, Southeast Asia
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Hivos East Africa
  • Hours: fulltime
  • Reports to: Global Program Managers of both programs
  • Level: Medior
  • Application deadline: 26th May, 2022

Your responsibilities

Policy development and implementation

  • Develop a safety and security framework for the We Lead and Free to be me Programs and ensure their implementation and periodic review.
  • Develop safety and security guidelines to ensure integration of safety and security in We Lead and Free to be Me programs, from setting up the CoAs, engaging local organizations, implementing activities, communication, etc.
  • Support CoAs to develop and implement holistic safety and security strategies that are context specific.
  • Support effective execution of safety & security management plans and support COAs/ Safety and Security Focal Points (SFPs) in effective implementation of the plans.

Capacity strengthening, guidance and support on safety and security

  • Conduct periodic safety and security awareness trainings for We Lead and Free to be Me programs.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Community of Action (CoA) and (SFPs) to implement and ensure compliance to safety & security standards and procedures.
  • Develop and implement a training-and support-trajectory for the SFPs closely involving other consortium members, based on a needs assessment.
  • Connect the safety and SFPs with one another, and with the DDP-network, for mutual exchange and learning.
  • Support the CoAs and the safety and security focal points in setting up or connecting to a local emergency response system.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the two consortia and the Program Managers to inform operational planning and decision making.

Safety and Security situation analysis, monitoring and reporting

  • Periodically review the We Lead and Free to be Me risk matrices and ensure follow through of required actions.
  • Gather and analyse security information in project implementing countries, assess and monitor security situation (i.e. threats, security trends) and table these for discussion at global management meetings.
  • Build and maintain a reliable network for safety & security information within the programs and with other actors including established national Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) networks at the regional and global level and link them to the CoAs.
  • Develop a crisis response plan and support emergency response in the event of crisis.
  • Test/check IT infrastructure, protection policy needs for projects in partnership with Hivos IT and DDP
  • Staying up-to-date on contextual and tech changes and available resources, in close collaboration with Hivos’ DDP team.

Strategic Positioning of the Programs

  • Ensure safety and security measures are embedded in programmatic overarching management structures of We Lead and Free to be Me, including emergency response protocols.
  • Support the CoAs in carrying out global campaigns aimed at sensitizing key publics on the safety and security situation of LGBTIQ+ and SRHR activists as well as influencing investment in their safety and security.
  • Support CoAs to report security violations to various human rights mechanisms identified by CoAs as key in addressing their safety and security.
  • Convene regular dialogues on safety and security to improve the environment and situation of rights holders in collaboration with SFPs and consortium members.

Research and Learning

  • Carry out regular studies on safety and security of LGBTIQ+ and SRHR activists to inform implementation and monitor security trends.
  • Prepare periodic analytical reports on security status of LGBTIQ + and SRHR activists and ensure that safety and security is embedded in the programs’ ways of working.

Project management

  • Manage the We Lead and Free to be Me safety and security portfolio including preparing work plans and budgets for program implementation.
  • Prepare periodic safety and security program implementation reports and annual plans for integration in global reports and plans to the donor.
  • Coordinate/ convene the We Lead and Free to be Me Safety and Security Working Groups including ensuring documentation of meetings and follow up of decisions of the working group.
  • In cooperation with CoA Facilitators, Security Focal Points and Program Officers, ensure that security measures are fully integrated into operational planning, budgetary provisions, at the earliest stages of program development.


  • Excellent critical analysis skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Good understanding of global politics surrounding the anti-gender movement and SRHR groupings and their impact on the work of LGBTIQ+ and SRHR advocates.
  • Experience of working on safety and security from a holistic perspective, with emphasis on safety and security of rightsholders, taking a feminist and intersectional approach.
  • Experience in performing safety and security needs assessments and developing holistic safety and security plans.
  • Experience providing technical assistance, training, mentorship and coaching to local organizations.
  • Program management experience.
  • She/he/they believes in / embodies what We Lead and Free to be Me stand for, acknowledges youth leadership and local ownership, and is inspired by and willing to be accountable to its values and principles.
  • Experience working in multi country and multi-cultural contexts.
  • Diverse and complex problem solving related to safety and security issues, requiring professional knowledge, field experience and an understanding of development
  • Is fluent in English, and preferably also fluent in one or two other relevant languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic).
  • Has the ability and willingness to travel.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or persons that belong to one of the rightsholder groups. We offer a contract based on Hivos East Africa local labor conditions, with remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise requested.

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