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Field Security Officer

Islamabad | Quetta

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Islamabad | Quetta
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level

E (most hardship)

Family Type

Non Family

Family Type

Non FamilyDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable)



Staff Member / Affiliate Type



Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

December 15, 2022

Standard Job Description

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. Duties - 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. Minimum Qualifications 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, WSAT ToT Relevant Job Experience Essential Security risk management experience in an international capacity. Desirable 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. Functional Skills *FS-Security Risk Management *FS-Field Security Operations *FS-Security Planning *FS-UN/UNHCR Rules, Regulations and Guidelines on Security Management FS-Security Analysis (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements 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 total staffing capacity is beyond 100 with three field offices and one sub office. Incumbent must have the experience in leading a safety and security unit providing support to complex and big operations.
The security situation remains volatile. Incumbent must have experience in E Duty station with high risk level.
As movement, facilities for recreation and medical are significantly limited, the incumbent must have the experience and wellness to work under such conditions.
Background on occupational health and safety.
Competency and experience to coordinate with local security personnel and police.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

The overall security situation in Balochistan Province is volatile with armed conflict and terrorism targeting security forces and other law enforcement agencies. Insurgent groups continued attacking personnel of security forces, their alleged informants and workers working on CPEC related projects. This makes Quetta including the whole of Balochistan a high-risk environment and the incumbent must demonstrate the ability to overcome hardships and adapt to fast-changing volatile security situations, as well as able to live and work with staff from diverse backgrounds.

The primary role of the incumbent is to raise security consciousness, build capacity, assist and support the HOSO/ Senior Management on current security trends and their impacts on staff and refugee operation. He/She will also work closely with the relevant units to ensure all security standards are observed in the operation. This includes an effective integration of UNHCR security plans and security measures into the UN Security arrangements in the country. He/She is required to extensively assess, evaluate and monitor the established security measures for the staff and the persons of concerns to UNHCR. The incumbent will assist the offices to develop and maintain security procedures up to date and functional at all time in line with UN/UNHCR security standards. The incumbent will be based in Sub-office in Quetta and will be responsible for coordinating security issues in the entire province with three field units and on-going missions. The incumbent must be familiar with the multidisciplinary aspects of occupational, health, safety and welfare of staff, particularly on other threats such as COVID, stress, cultural and gender considerations in addition to the security-related threats in Baluchistan.

The operation focuses predominantly on the Afghan refugees and asylum seekers, residing in urban and peri-urban centres as well as ten refugee villages scattered across five districts of Baluchistan. The operational focus is on urban outreach and community-based protection, with strengthened registration/documentation oversight and maintained asylum space through enhanced registration. VolRep remains the primary solutions option for the Afghan population group. It is also the strategic priority for both UNHCR and the host government and will continue to be facilitated as per the tripartite agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and UNHCR. Resettlement commenced in 2022 and expected until 2023/24. Due to flood, UNHCR also provides support to host communities and other districts in the region including non-hosting.

Living and Working Conditions:

Quetta, a category E, non-family duty station, is the provincial capital of Balochistan.

International staff members are largely confined to one secured guest house where they are required to live, and the office which is located about 150 meters away, both within the Chaman Housing Scheme fully secured as per latest Security Risk Management measures and where most of the UN offices are located.

Living and working together in such confined quarters and limited movement, for extended periods of time can bring an additional degree of stress, and thus the prospective candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to `get on with colleagues of different backgrounds and opinions. A high level of sensitivity, tolerance, and flexibility is important.

Quetta is an isolated city, located at almost 1000 KM away from capital city of Islamabad with no or very limited recreational/sport facilities that international staff could use as part of staff well-being. Most of the facilities, including restaurants, sport clubs and malls/markets are located within the military camps (Cantonments.) and on different urban areas to which access is strictly prohibited for international staff (cantonement area) and not advisable (other urban areas), respectively.

On food, vegetables, drinks, and beverages, you can only find basic items which is used by locals and it's difficult to find variety of options that international colleagues would prefer. Office usually must rely on Karachi or Islamabad market but limited shipment options considering the distance and climate of Balochistan.

With limited flight options from Quetta, both Domestic and international, travelling out is not an easy option. For international travels, it takes two days travel time to reach destination out of Quetta, impacting R&R and mission travel. Most of the colleagues fly out via Islamabad or Karachi. There are two domestic airlines, both of which require special approval for use by staff. This limits engagement with Country office in Islamabad and lessens opportunities for support missions to the office. Fly Dubai has resumed operations in Quetta airport but on limited days in the week.

Major health hazards in the country include vaccine preventable diseases (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Typhoid); vector-borne diseases (Dengue Fever, Hemorrhagic Fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Malaria); non-communicable diseases, predominantly cardio-metabolic disorders and obstructive lung disease; as well as, injuries secondary to road traffic accidents or natural disasters such as floods, drought, earthquakes, and landslides / avalanches. There are limited health care facilities in Quetta that are not up to certain standards.

Additional Qualifications



BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Military (Required), BA: Police Studies (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)


Safety and Security - Other, Security Management Learning Program - Other, Security Risk Management - Other

Work Experience

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: Refugees


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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Functional clearance

This position requires Functional Clearance
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