E (most hardship)
Non Family with Residential Location
Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay
Residential location (if applicable)
Nairobi (CO), Kenya
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
Regular > Regular Assignment
December 15, 2022
Field Security Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Field Security Officer reports to the manager, who may be, according to context, the Representative/Chief of Mission or Head of Office within a country operation, the Senior Field Security Officer; the Bureau Director in a Regional Directorate; the Chief, Security Operations Section at Headquarters, or the regional Senior Security Coordinator.
The incumbent acts as an adviser to the manager on field security, providing sound, well- reasoned advice followed by support in implementation of agreed measures or steps.
The incumbent may directly supervise security personnel at the international or national level. The incumbent may, depending on the context, be expected to monitor, coach, guide and support security personnel.
The Field Security Officer may, depending on the context, be expected to travel on mission to multiple duty stations to provide advice and support to the local manager as agreed in mission terms of reference.
All UNHCR personnel are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, personnel are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
- Advise and support the manager on all aspects of security risk management, crisis readiness and preparedness with regard to maintaining the safety and security of UNHCR personnel, operations, and facilities.
- Undertake security risk assessments/ ad hoc Security Risk Managements (SRM) analysing security factors and levels of risk related to UNHCR activities and programmes.
- Participate in the development or update of the SRM process for designated areas.
- Evaluate existing Security Risk Management Measures (SRMMs) to determine their appropriateness and identify areas needing improvement. Follow up with actions to oversee or implement those improvements.
- Monitor compliance with standards established through the Security Risk Management process.
- Ensure gender considerations are included in the SRM processes and that SRMMs are appropriate. At a minimum these must include security briefings, travel advisories and the development and update of the Aide Memoire for Response to Gender-Based Security Incidents
- Develop specific UNHCR plans as well as contributing to the UNSMS plans and planning for relocation/evacuation, medical evacuation and other contingencies test plans in exercises or drills. to ensure that personnel are familiar with contingency plans and can implement them effectively in an emergency.
- Ensure that security measures are fully integrated into operational planning, including budgetary provisions, at the earliest stages of development.
- Coordinate and assist in management of critical incidents and post-incident processes reporting to manager, regional security coordinator and FSS.
- Participate in and support activities to advise on Programme Criticality assessment process.
- 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 relationships with security-related actors, including Host Government law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders to ensure effective information sharing.
- Maintain and enhance lines of communication with the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), and other UNSMS Security personnel ensuring UNHCR mandate and program activities are understood. Actively contribute to the Security cell and support the UNSMS.
- Support UNHCR personnel serving as members of the country Security Management Team (SMT), or Area Security Management Team (ASMT), Area Security Coordinators (ASC) and Wardens.
- Provide country-relevant, security advice and training which is gender inclusive to UNHCR personnel, and where feasible to staff of NGOs and Partners in areas In line with UNSMS and UNHCR standards. Coordinate training with security management training unit of the global learning development centre.
- Prepare periodic analytical reports on security issues in accordance with UN and UNHCR standard operating procedures, sharing with managers in the country of assignment and as relevant the regional Senior Security Coordinator and FSS.
- Maintain linkages with the Psychosocial Well Being Section, and the Medical Service, referring cases as required.
- Undertake other security-related functions or responsibilities as delegated by the supervisor.
- Assist in building the capacity of national field security personnel by providing mentoring, on the coaching and other forms of guidance
- Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3/NOC - 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Security; Security Management; Business Administration;
Political Science; Social Science; International Relations;
or other relevant field.
Certificates and/or Licenses
Security Management, Security Risk Management, Security and Safety certification,
Relevant Job Experience
Security risk management experience in an international capacity.
Proven competences in security analysis. Experience in high-risk/hardship environments. Experience working within or with humanitarian NGOs. Experience in implementing gender-inclusive Security Risk Management processes.
Relevant training (first aid, WSAT, SSAFE, presentation skills, training skills). Examples of having established networks with Host Government or other security actors from previous employment. Experience of effectively handling gender-based security incidents.
Experience of delivering presentations and training.
*FS-Security Risk Management
*FS-Field Security Operations
*FS-UN/UNHCR Rules, Regulations and Guidelines on Security Management
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. 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.
Desired Candidate Profile
The incumbent will be supervised by the HoSO Galkaacyo
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
UNHCR Sub-Office Galkayo covers two states of Puntland and Galmudug, there is a Field Office in Bossaso and Field Unit/Liaison Office in Garowe reporting to the Sub Office. Current plans are underway to open a new Field Unit/Liaison Office in Dhusamareb. Additionally, the incumbent also covers security advisory role for the Sub-Office Hargeisa and required to field regular mission to Hargeisa
The incumbent is expected to have a security background and substantial experience of humanitarian field operations in high-risk environment, and he/she will work with three AFSA based in to manage UNHCR security matters in Puntland, Galmudug and Somaliland comprising of Sub-Offices Galkayo and Hargeisa, Bossaso Field Office and Liaison Offices Garowe and Dhusamareb. The incumbent will advise and coordinate security-related activities in the AOR. Simultaneously, she/he will also provide technical guidance and support the Area Security Management Team in Puntland in close collaboration with other Field Security Advisers/Officers from other UN Agencies in the area.
The incumbent is expected to possess a fully rounded security profile as well as managerial and supervisory competencies.
Coupled with sensitivity to cultural and social fabric of the Somalian society which is still dominated by power dynamics among clans and sub clans, the environment in Galmadug and Puntland is politically complex political with security challenges which requires capacity to adapt to and respond to rapidly changing circumstances, as well as managing isolation, insecurity and extremely limited out-of-work activities. The position calls for and therefore the incumbent should also have a proven interpersonal and negotiation skills and good levels of resilience
Living and Working Conditions:
Somalia is a high-risk country with a very complex operational environment, characterized by uncertainty and frequent security incidents. Movement by all personnel is restricted and closely coordinated and monitored by the security officers. Therefore, the incumbent must have working experience of security challenging environment.
In terms of transportation, for long, UNHAS has been the only authorized flights for UN staffs to and from Puntland. However, in July 2019, Ethiopian Airlines has commenced flights from Garowe three times a week and now Bossaso is included
As far as medical facilities are concerned, there is a UN dispensary in the Common Compound managed by a medical doctor and a nurse from UNDP. In addition to the dispensary, there is only one hospital which has relatively good facilities in Galkayo and recognized by UN dispensary. For accommodation, all internationally recruited UN personnel shall accommodate at protected UN guest houses and UN facilities. In Galkayo staffs are required to stay in the UN Common compound managed by UNHCR with a catering system managed by a committee composed of international staff living in the compound. However, accessing to a reasonable food variety in Galkayo is very challenging. It is very difficult to find fresh fruits, vegetable, greens, and other ingredients. Poultry, beef, fish, and other sea or freshwater food are very scarce. Also, there are very limited food products in shops.
Considering restrictions on staff movement, it is crucial that the incumbent demonstrates a positive attitude whenever confronted with adversity and restraints in his/her social life.
Staff interested in the position should be psychologically and physically fit. The R&R is 4-week cycle.
FS-Security Analysis, FS-Security Operation-Critical Incident Management, FS-UN/UNHCR Rules, Regulations and Guidelines on Security Management
BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Military (Required), BA: Police Studies (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)
Security Management Learning Program - Other
Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned IDPs, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned Refugees
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
Bi-annual Compendium 2022 Part B – November 2022
This position requires Functional Clearance