Understanding the Changing Requirements for Security Within the Humanitarian Sphere
We provide security services to NGO’s working in insecure, conflict and disaster-affected regions. We develop and implement security policies and procedures, provide bespoke security training for NGO field operators and managers, whilst promoting positive relationships as an independent and impartial humanitarian actor.
Our dynamic approach is based on partnering with NGO’s to obtain thorough knowledge and understanding of their vision and operational objectives, culture, structure, resources and vulnerabilities. This enables us to provide customised security strategies which are client specific to the safety and security of their personnel, property and efficiency of missions.
Our services are divided into hard and soft services; hard services include the provision of security operatives and response teams, physical protection of premises, medical services, IED tracing and de-mining, and the escorting of transportation; soft services include security and awareness training, security management training, provision of security policies and procedures, due diligence and duty of care, and security consultancy relating to advice and procurement of best practice management.
We continually research, monitor and analyse in-country and region specific political, economic, and security related information to ensure our services provide the optimum protection against risks faced in the field. Our services are further enhanced with technological equipment including CCTV, alarm systems, secure communications, and personal and vehicle tracking systems within the NGO’s operational parameters.
We develop and implement security policies, site security audits and duty of care policies, advising on liability risks, and listing trusted in-country contacts for services including security drivers, translators, and for medical facilities.
Our procedural documents provide organisational advice and guidance on security protocols, duty of care and security management, detailing measures required for organisations to protect their employees and contractors. Our Crisis Management procedures enable the organisation to regain control following an incident, in a timely and safe manner with resilience and continuity. Our objective is to maintain or restore operations to full capacity, whilst retaining a solid internal security culture, the positive profile and image of the organisation, its interests and beneficiaries.
Our security policy addresses acceptance, protection and deterrence strategies, and dynamic risks including; injuries and illness (transportation accidents, climatic conditions, diseases, hygiene, drinking water etc.), crime, terrorism, armed conflict zones, environment, organisational perception and acceptance, and legal liability. We then address types of threats under the headings of violent threats, organisational threats, and environmental threats.
These threats are then divided into three further categories of; threats to personnel, threats to property, and threats directed against property, but which may harm personnel – these are then broken down into types of causes; gang crime, direct threats, and indirect threats. The vulnerabilities are then addressed bespoke to the NGO, the locations and exposure of staff and property, the values associated to assets, impact to the programme, and application of security measures including staff compliance and training.
NGO Security Training
We provide NGO employees with bespoke training and the practical tools to understand their security operational framework and environment, analyse potential threats, reduce incidents occurring and minimise impact in the event of an incident. We assist NGO’s to develop and meet requirements pertaining to UN Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), producing a safe and successful workplace and living environment.
Our training agenda typically includes; travel management and safety, vehicle selection, carjacking, anti-kidnap strategies, crisis management, appropriate response to emergency incidents including evacuations and hostage taking, navigation and map reading, recognition of IED’s, medicines in remote areas (MIRA), tactical communications, negotiation and interpersonal conflict management, stress management, and incident reporting procedures.