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Minimum Operating Security Standards1PREAMBLECARE aims to establish and maintain professional competence, ethical practices, and the highest quality of service.We recognize that being accountable to the people we serve and working in a spirit of collaboration and partnershipare the most effective ways of achieving our objectives.2In the same spirit, this document seeks to lay down a foundation as we establish and build upon our own institutional approaches to security in support of staff. CARE’s Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) reflect not only the principled approach to the way we conduct business, but also serve as statement of commitmentto the well-being of aid workers that often risk their personal security to administer to the needs of others.While we recognize that no working environment can be rendered risk free, much can be done to mitigate riskwhen all parties recognize their roles and responsibilities within an organization’s security framework. Having saidthat, MOSS must be balanced by employees’ understanding that they bear a significant responsibility for their ownsecurity and that their personal and professional conduct can have an impact on others’ security as well. In additionto adherence to organizational security policies and procedures, individuals must constantly be sensitive to theirenvirons and willing to adapt to changing threats. Security is necessarily a cooperative effort between theorganization and its employees.MOSS are not intended to preclude additional strategies for employee security. The MOSS apply to both national and international staff, recognizing that some considerations are unique to international staff, e.g. evacuation to country of normal residence.1Adopted by CARE 2006, adapted from InterAction MOSS (approved June 2006).2Adapted from InterAction Statement of Commitment, InterAction’s Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) StandardsPage 1 of 7STANDARDS1.Organizational Security Policy and Plans: CARE shall have policies addressing key security issuesand formal plans at both field and headquarters levels to address these issues.2.Resources to Address Security: CARE shall make available appropriate resources to meet theseminimum operating security standards.3.Human Resource Management: CARE shall implement reasonable hiring policies and personnelprocedures to prepare staff to cope with the security issues at their posts of assignment, support themduring their service, and address post assignment issues.4.Accountability: CARE shall incorporate accountability for security into our management systems atboth field and headquarters levels.5.Sense of Community: CARE shall work in a collaborative manner with other members of thehumanitarian and development community to advance common security interests.
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Suggested Guidance for Implementation ofMinimum Operating Security StandardsThis section seeks to assist in the incorporation of Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS). The
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