Sahel & DRC Security Advisor, fixed-term contract

Various Global Opportunities

This vacancy is now closed


About Us:

At MSI Reproductive Choices Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI Reproductive Choices is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups. 

The role

The position can be based in Bamako (Mali), Niamey (Niger) or Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), with oversight of security of MSI operations in 4 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal) and now with extension to DRC, with two trips anticipated annually to each of the 5 countries. The staff contract will be a local contract with the MSI organisation depending on the country of location.

The Security Adviser reports to the Sahel director based in Dakar (Senegal) with a dotted line to MSI’s global security lead based in London.

The Security Advisor (SA) is a roving position supporting programmes and Security Focal Points in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Senegal and DRC. The Security Adviser ensures constant monitoring and analysis of the security context and advises and supports the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, the Sahel Director, the Regional Teams, the Country Program Management Teams and the Security Focal Points for ensure that we do everything to guarantee the safety of our staff. He/she supports Country Programmes to meet and maintain the requirements of MSI's global security framework and supports country leadership teams to establish and implement strong security plans.

About you

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • At least 3-4 years proven experience tackling security issues in fragile sates or conflict environments
  • Minimum 2 years working with INGO in a security management role, preferably in the Sahel or Francophone West Africa
  • Experience as a trainer in security topics and ability to develop learning possibilities for adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Team management - including capacity building of direct or indirect reports
  • Experience of managing complex security crises
  • Experience writing and reviewing security management plans
  • Previous experience or understanding of the nuances of working within Sexual and Reproductive Health is desirable.


  • Fluency in French and English (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in difficult conditions
  • Ability to engage with and advise senior management in the region and headquarters
  • Analytical skills particularly political and cultural matters and security
  • Proven ability to work independently and self-task
  • Excellent drafting and reporting writing skills
  • Security management training in humanitarian principles of safety in field programmes
  • Ability to initiate, develop and maintain relationships with field staff and senior managers, peers and external stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including with people who have no security training
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and motivate diverse staff
  • Certification in first aid training is desirable.


  • University level (bac + 4) or professional experience of at least 5 years in the field of security.

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours
  • Willing to travel to remote, sometimes stressful locations
  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups
  • Pro-choice
  • Interest in public health, sexual and reproductive health
  • Strongly results oriented
  • Flexibility to operate in a changing environment.

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: Bamako (Mali) or Niamey (Niger) or Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Full-time: 40hrs

Contract type: Fixed-term contract, up to two years

Salary: Country Programme Salary Range

Closing date: Friday 29th January 2021 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal staff applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.

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