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29 Mar 2019

Senior Field Security Adviser

Job Description

Senior Field Security Adviser
Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Location: Mogadishu
Grade: P-4, International Professional – Internationally recruited position – Mid level
Occupational Groups:
Security and Safety
Closing Date: 2019-04-16
What does it mean?
Senior Field Security Adviser
 MOGADISHU (SOMALIA)
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 them – before deciding to apply- to read the country specific security and welfare country 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). Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care.
Staff after having applied to High Risk Duty Stations will have access to country specific information webinars with Field Safety Section (FSS) and Staff Welfare Section (SWS) colleagues and provided with a tool to test their psychological preparedness for serving in High Risk Duty Stations. Applicants who applied for a position in a High Risk country will receive, after the deadline for applications has expired, a joint invitation from the Staff Welfare Section (SWS) and the Field Safety Section (FSS) to participate in these webinars. During the Webinars, latest updates on security and well-being will be provided, and FSS and SWS will address questions raised by participants. Applicants are highly encouraged to benefit, when applicable, from all measures as they provide most up-to-date security and well-being information helpful to assess staff’s readiness to serve in a High Risk Duty Station. A Staff Welfare Officer will also be available, if and when required, to discuss with interested applicants the results of the psychological preparedness tool as well as readiness for assignment in High Risk Duty Stations.
The incumbent is expected to have a security background and substantial experience of humanitarian field operations in high-risk environments.
Since the Snr. FSA will manage a small security team composing of one FSA (P3) and one FS Associate in Mogadishu, and advise and coordinate security-related activities in Somalia. Simultaneously, she/he will also provide technical guidance and support to Somaliland and Puntland FSA (P3), as well as to all FS Associates within the country.
The incumbent is expected to possess a fully-rounded security profile as well as managerial and supervisory competencies.
Team player, since the incumbent will interact closely with UNHCR personnel and the UN Security Management System in Somalia. Somalia is a complex humanitarian emergency where the Protection Cluster has been activated. There are presently around 1.6 million IDPs in the country with the majority being in South/Central Somalia.
Over the past 15 months or so, Somalia has experienced significant recovery after two turbulent decades of conflict. The gravity for coordination and policy discussion, though still concentrated in Nairobi, continues tilting in part to Mogadishu with UNHCR being one of the first protection-mandated agencies to have a permanent international presence.
Despite limited access, there is more focus on Mogadishu and south-central Somalia in general in terms of humanitarian interventions. In Puntland and Somaliland there is also a change in the modality of addressing protracted IDP populations.
More recovery and development perspective are needed to find durable solutions to the protracted IDPs and refugees.
The Somalia operations population groups are IDPs, returning-refugees and non-Somali Mandate refugees.
In 2013, the operation adopted a policy shift from care and maintenance to solutions. Mogadishu is Non-Family E- duty station with a four-week R&R cycle. It is highly stressful work context where capacity for self-care is critical. Mogadishu has a relatively dry climate and it is classified as hot and semi-arid.
Due to security restrictions UNHCR International staff in Mogadishu reside in two privately owned guest houses, rented by UNHCR within Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) protected by AMISOM.   International Staff are restricted to live within MIA. The Offices are also located within MIA whereby the Representation Office is located in UNSOS compound while the Sub-Office for South Central is hosted in RA private compound.  The accommodations are self-contained rooms, with restaurants, cafeteria and gyms. Other leisure and recreational facilities are very limited.  Overnight stay in all other field locations should be in UN approved guest houses apart from Hargeisa which is UNDSS approved hotel. Travel to the field locations is mainly through regular UN flights. No local banking facilities; but there is an ATM Machine where staff can withdraw USD using Visa / Master credit/debit cards.  There are two Level I Hospitals within MIA for basic and emergency health services. UN security structures in Somalia are robust and generally effective in managing risk.  UNHCR¿s posture is appropriate in its major offices, including three FSAs posts.
The incumbent should have experience in working in stressful conditions, have sound security awareness, and be sensitive to social, cultural and religious norms in a country where social interaction is often limited.
While in Mogadishu or if applicable, other locations in Somalia, the incumbent will be accommodated at UN/UNHCR guesthouses. The security situation in Somalia and in particular, Mogadishu, is well-known for being volatile and unpredictable. The Security management system in Somalia is under the overall direction and guidance of the UN Designated Official (DO). Mogadishu is in principle on security level 5 (HIGH) while the projected risk in AMISOM protected area inside the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) is ¿Medium¿.
It is MIA, where UNHCR and other agencies are presently based, is on security level 3 (MODERATE). The incumbent will need to possess valid Security certification Programme, SMT Online, B-SAFE and SSAFE certificate. In regards to SSAFE, if the incumbent never attended this specific training, she/he will undergo a three-day SSAFE training in Mogadishu, within 30 days counting from her/ his assignment to Somalia. Good sense of humour.
Please note that the closing date for vacancies in the March 2019 Compendium is Tuesday 16 April 2019 (midnight Geneva time)
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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