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Senior Field Security Officer







Senior Field Security Officer, P4

 in Syria (non-family)


Deadline for Applications

17 April 2017

(3 April 2017 for internal candidates)

Duration                                                        2 years, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

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UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women and welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.



What is UNRWA?


UNRWA is a United Nations Agency offering an exciting, challenging and highly satisfying work environment. Working with UNRWA is unique because of the diverse direct services it successfully delivers to millions of registered Palestine refugees in the Middle East, in the areas of education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance services. UNRWA works across five locations: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip; under some of the most stimulating, motivating, but at times high risk conditions in the world.


For a snapshot of UNRWA’s work in Syria, visit:


UNRWA offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation package (below).


Who are we looking for?


è Experienced security professionals who are proven experts in their field.


è Experienced security managers who will enthusiastically take on the challenge of providing safety and security services to UNRWA front-line staff in high risk areas.


è Confident team-leaders, who have significant experience in leading specialist multicultural teams and achieving success in challenging conditions.


è Problem solvers who should be able to find solutions and respond to diverse and often complex issues as they arise.


Your Typical Day


As a Senior Field Security Officer (the security manager reporting directly to the most senior UNRWA official in Syria – the Field Director), on a typical day you may:

  • Perform daily coordination and management tasks relating to safety and security of the 4,500 UNRWA front-line staff, who are servicing more than 500,000 Palestine refugees in a high risk security context;

  • Lead, manage and coordinate the members and tasks of the Field Security and Risk Management Office under your supervision;

  • Meet with area staff members in the front-line; provide training and capacity building to front-line staff;

  • Plan, prepare and respond to operational safety and security challenges, and facilitate UNRWA’s operations;

  • Meet and coordinate with UN, NGO and government representatives to discuss the changes in the security context, and discuss, design adapt and implement all necessary security risk management measures to protect UNRWA front-line staff;

  • Lead the response to security incidents and make sure that area staff are provided with immediate support; coordinate with the field legal and human resources management teams; report an provide guidance to the Field Director and his/her team;

  • Meet with the senior management team and develop the Field Security and Risk Management workplans and budgets;

  • Manage and oversee the Field Security and Risk Management Office finance, human resources and performance management issues in line with the UNRWA Regulatory framework;

  • Liaise with the head of the Operations Support Officer programme, to coordinate to operations related to the protection of beneficiaries;

  • Liaise with the Agency’s Director of Security and Risk Management and the UN Department of Safety and Security in the Field, when required.


Salary and Benefits 


UNRWA offers an attractive and competitive compensation package including annual salary starting at $70,647 net tax free, plus post adjustment of 36.5% (subject to change without notice) and additional benefits and allowances (if eligible):  


  • dependency allowances – net payments (for spouse and children)

  • rental subsidy – net payments

  • education grant – net reimbursement of large portion of actual costs for children’s education

  • home leave travel – regular visits to your family or home country

  • pension fund entitlements – under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, a highly successful pension funds scheme limited only to UN staff participants

  • comprehensive health insurance, and optional life insurance

  • disability protection

  • 6 weeks (30 working days) annual leave


Additional benefits available to staff working in Syria:

  • Hardship allowance – net payment

  • Non-family service allowance – net payment

  • Rest and recuperation leave every 4 weeks (subject to change without notice)

  • Family visit travel – alternating with home leave to visit your family


To be considered for this role you will need, at a minimum:

·         Advanced university degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, humanitarian law, human rights, conflict studies, social sciences or international law with a focus on security and risk management;

·         A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in security and risk management with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) or International Organization (IO) Security Management or International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Security Management and/or experience in police or military;

·         Progressively responsible practical experience at the Field/country level in moderate to high risk security environments within UNSMS, IO security management, INGO Security Management;

·         Fluency in spoken and written English.


A stand-out candidate will also have:

·         Additional technical certification in relation to security and risk management such as security management, community security, civilian-military coordination, human rights and protection, close protection, counter-terrorism, intelligence management, hostage management, operational planning and investigation, crisis management and emergency or disaster planning;

·         Senior Staff College (military or police) training;

·         Additional management, programme and project management qualifications;

·         Knowledge of UN field security operations/ UN Field Security Officer/Adviser experience;

·         In possession of UN Security Certification Programme (SCP) certificate

·         Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations relating to security;

·         Knowledge of humanitarian operations, humanitarian, human rights, and/or international refugee law;

·         Experience working in conflict settings;

·         Familiarity with UNRWA, its mandate, programmes and delivery modality.


To be a successful candidate you will need the following core competencies (these are the drawn from the UN competency framework and will be used to assess your candidacy):


  • Demonstrated competence in management, problem solving skills and excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills;

  • Understanding and demonstrated application of security planning, security risk management as related to staff, installations and programmes;

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities;

  • A high level of written and verbal communication skills and practical report and proposal writing experience;

  • Basic paramedic knowledge/skills;

  • Judgment and decision-making skills;

  • Promotes learning environment in the office/field; provides constructive coaching and feedback to others;

  • Creates an empowering and motivating environment;

  • Good command of MS Office applications.


For further guidance see:


How to Apply

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Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.


General Information

UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality at all times. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.


The retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service in the UN Common System after 1 January 1990 is 62 and 65 after 1 January 2014. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered.


The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.


Date of issue:  21 March 2017/CM

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Damascus
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2017-04-17

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