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Senior Field Security Adviser

Amman (Jordan)

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Senior Field Security Adviser

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The post of Senior Field Security Adviser takes on the role of leading, coordinating and supervising all activities related to security issues within a country or operation.
The incumbent maintains contact with other UN agencies, NGOs, government partners and implementing partners to facilitate the operation.
The incumbent directly supervises UNHCR Field Security personnel within the operation, and reports to the Representative or the Deputy Representative.
The incumbent has a responsibility to monitor, coach, guide and support  staff within the given area of responsibility

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- Country operations receive practical and well-reasoned security advice and support, helping ensure an appropriate level of safety for UNHCR's staff and operations and compliance with security guidelines and procedures.
- UNHCR benefits from effective and responsive support from host country law enforcement agencies and the UN Security Management System.
- Staff are aware of threats/risks and how to manage them, understand and comply with guidelines and procedures.
- Security management is efficient, well-coordinated and consistent with policies and procedures.

Responsibility
- Advise and support the Representative or Head of Office in managing staff safety and security of UNHCR staff, partners, operations, premises and refugees or persons of concern.
- Undertake regular travel within the country, assess current and potential risks and provide timely and proactive analysis to support managerial decision making.
- Provide specific recommendations regarding measures and procedures to ensure and improve the safety of UNHCR staff, operations, premises, partners and persons of concern, with specific attention to agency-specific needs such as camp security, refugee convoys and security issues related to urban refugees: provide follow-up support to ensure implementation.
- Develop plans for evacuation, medical evacuation and other contingencies.
- Provide regular and forward-looking analysis of the security environment, focusing on factors of risk with potential to impact UNHCR operations.
- Ensure that offices are in compliance with standards established through the Security Risk Management process; make sure that deficiencies are brought to the attention of management.

- In cooperation with senior management, ensure that humanitarian and security objectives are reconciled in the area of responsibility, and that security measures are fully integrated into operational planning (including budgetary provisions) at the earliest stages of development.
- Conduct or participate in security risk assessments for UNHCR programme activities. Advise on programme criticality processes.
- As a member of a multi-functional team, contribute to efforts to ensure the physical protection and security of refugees and other persons of concern by providing security assessments, analysis and advice in developing and implementing effective strategies which underpin the responsibilities of the host state.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with security-related actors including host government law enforcement authorities and other actors within the operating environment to ensure effective support and information sharing; provide regular feedback and analysis to country managers.
- Ensure UNHCR's effective participation in the UN Security Management System, by maintaining close co-operation with staff of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and security personnel of other UN agencies, ensure UNDSS understanding of agency requirements and contribute to development of policy and procedures to support these, cooperating in the development of security plans and procedures, and supporting UNHCR¿s role in security forums such as the Security Management Team. 
- Support UNHCR staff serving as members of the country Security Management Team (SMT), or Area Security Management Team (ASMT), Area Security Coordinators (ASC) and Wardens.
- Provide training and advice to staff and partners aimed at developing skills to plan and conduct operations safely within the specific security environment.
- Provide country-relevant security briefing, training and advice to UNHCR staff at all levels, and where appropriate, to staff of NGOs and implementing partners in all areas of field safety and security risk management.
- Provide security analysis and reports to UNHCR offices within the region of responsibility and the Field Security Service at Headquarters according to established procedures.
- Maintain linkages with the Staff Welfare Section, and Medical Service, referring cases as required.
- Undertake other functions or responsibilities in the interest of UNHCR as appropriate and as delegated by the supervisor.

Authority
- Provide security-related advice, in written and oral form, to the manager and other staff.
- Advise on, and upon approval, implement, needed mitigating measures.
- Participate in criticality assessments.
- Represent UNHCR in interagency working groups and attend SMT or ASMT meetings as an observer.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) with a focus on Security Management and/or related disciplines (Business Administration, Political/Social Science, International Relations) plus minimum 8 years of previous work experience relevant to the function including 5 years security risk management experience in an international capacity. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Also relevant would be military or police academy degree (at Officer level) at the equivalent of a Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) specifically successful completion of the Command and General Staff at a recognized military staff college or police equivalent.
- Strong drafting skills.
-       Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Excellent communication skills, written and oral.
- Proven competences in security analysis.
- Negotiating skills.
- Organisation management.
- Proven training skills.
-      Knowledge of additional UN languages.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Senior Field Security Adviser positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3 <p>The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.</p>
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
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For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html). These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking. 

The Snr FSA will advise and support the UNHCR Representative.  In that capacity she/he will help raise the security consciousness, build capacity of the Field Safety Associates, assist and support Senior UNHCR Managers in appropriate safety planning for UNHCR staff and refugee operations. This includes an effective integration of UNHCR plans and security measures in the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) setting within Jordan.                              
The incumbent of this position will also have the responsibility to promote the establishment of a system that ensures an appropriate level of safety for UNHCR staff and its operations and the compliance with the security guidelines and procedures established by the Designated Official, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and UNHCR Headquarters. 
UNHCR Jordan needs a shrewd Snr FSA to be able to conceive and implement such befitting mitigation measures which, coupled with excellent analysis of the security situation, would protect UNHCR staff and property and deep field operations better especially at the Jordanian-Syrian Borders.
Given the considerable and diverse workload, it is essential that the applicant be motivated, hard-working, organized and fluent in written and spoken Arabic as all communications with external partners such as Government are conducted in Arabic. Fluency in English is also essential as more and more reports, internal as well as external, are requested in English.
The Snr FSA will organize the SSAFE training for UNHCR staff in Jordan which should be tailored to the context of prevailing threat environment in the entire Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) Region; combining theory and practical scenario-based exercises to achieve course objectives. Previous experience in the Middle-East is required. The incumbent of this position must be TDC - SSAFE ToT.
The overall safety and security situation of Jordan is stable. Jordan is considered to be one of the most solid countries in the Middle-East due to its very effective security apparatus.
The security level for the country is assessed as Level ¿ I (MINIMAL), except the Syrian-Jordanian border area is at level II (LOW), while the Eastern part of that same border including the Iraqi border is at Level IV (SUBSTANTIAL).
On 21st of June 2016, a VBIED attack against a Jordanian army base near the borders with Syria was claimed by ISIS. No significant terrorist attacks took place in Amman since 2005. As in several parts of the world and in the region, fear of lone wolf attacks is potentially possible in Jordan.
Crime level is considered to be Low in Jordan. Petty and opportunistic crimes were reported at tourist sites and crowded areas. Demonstrations, strikes, sit-ins, and sometimes road blockages can take place in Jordan.
UNHCR has 6 offices in Jordan: Branch Office (Amman), 1 Sub-Office (Mafraq) and 2 Field Offices (Irbid and Ruweished); in addition to 2 Camps (Azraq and Zaatari) and 1 Health Clinic (Rukban).
The Snr FSA will also be responsible for duties related to assessments, security operations and training of UNHCR staff at DIST and MENA Director¿s Office in Amman (DOiA). - With more than 746,000 registered refugees, including some 90% from Syria, Jordan is among UNHCR¿s largest operations.
- Other refugee groups include refugees from Iraq (over 66,000) and from various other countries. The influx of refugees is ongoing though at a significantly slower pace than in previous years since the beginning of the Syria refugee crisis.
- Ongoing stabilization of the operation in Jordan, and transition from emergency to protracted situation for the Syrian refugee response already implemented across the operation in all duty stations.
- UNHCR Jordan is mainly an urban refugee operation, with 80% of refugees living out of camps. This causes a significant strain on public services including schools, shelter, water supplies and health facilities. Support to communities hosting large numbers of refugees and individual vulnerable Jordanians has been bolstered.
- Key areas of the urban programme include nationwide outreach and home visits to identify and track Syrian refugees, a cash assistance programme for the most vulnerable families, mobile registration teams, urban helpdesks, and coordination with CBOs, national partners and municipalities.
- The UNHCR Jordan operation is complex, dynamic and innovative and often implements its programmes through original approaches, maximising the use of advanced technology to make its programmes constantly more efficient. The operation moves at high speed and requires regular adaptability and flexibility. - The position is based in Amman, an A duty station with good accommodation, public facilities/services and availability of amenities. Road conditions are relatively good for convenient travel around the country.
- Field locations are different in governorates in the North and South (A and B category).
- Hot and dry weather conditions during summer and mild to cold winter. Most houses are equipped with diesel or electrically operated heating system. - Amman and the rest of the country is security level 1 with the exception of Zaatari camp (security level 2). It is generally a safe place.
- Road traffic accidents remain a pertinent risk to staff. Vehicle travel is difficult at certain times due to low visibility and heavy traffic. Zaatari Camp is heavily populated and there have been isolated reports of theft, pilferage, intimidation and vandalism Arabic Essential

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.4 to March 2018 Compendium is Wednesday 5 Septembe 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-05

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