UN Assistant Field Safety Officer Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:      Assistant Field Safety Officer

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Position No.: 10026374

Vacancy Notice: 34/2016

Duty Station: Uganda

Post Grade: NOA

About UNHCR:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Assistant Field Safety Officer oversees and supports all activities pertaining to staff security and security for persons of concern. The incumbent is supervised by a Senior Officer who defines specific work objectives. The incumbent is required to have basic conceptual knowledge of the profession, by being dynamic and able to take on higher responsibilities progressively. The incumbent may provide input to the supervision of general service staff in the office. The duty of the incumbent is to support and guide the management in security related issues.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Guide 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 periodic security assessments in close cooperation with UNHCR senior staff members and interagency partners.
  • Evaluate existing security measures to determine their appropriateness and identify areas needing improvement.
  • Follow up with actions to oversee or implement those improvements.
  • Advise on and assist in ensuring compliance with Minimum Operational Safety Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Safety Standards (MORSS).
  • Offer support in the development of plans for evacuation, medical evacuation and other contingencies.
  • Work in liaison with UNHCR senior staff members, assist in ensuring that security measures are fully integrated into operational planning, including budgetary provisions, at the earliest stages of development.
  • Actively participate programme activities to advice on programme criticality.
  • 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.
  • Build and maintain relationships with security-related actors, including host government law enforcement authorities and partner agencies.
  • Maintain cooperation with staff of the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
  • Cooperate in security assessments and planning and supporting interagency processes.
  • 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 country-relevant security advice and training to UNHCR staff, and where appropriate, to staff of NGOs and implementing partners in areas including, inter alia, preparation for and conduct of road missions, radio telecommunications, immediate actions upon detection of explosive devices or other dangers, hostage survival and other critical incidents.
  • Carry out rehearsals and practical exercises to ensure that staff are familiar with contingency plans and can implement them confidently in an emergency.
  • Prepare periodic reports on security in accordance with UN and UNHCR standard operating procedures, sharing with managers in the country of assignment and, as appropriate, FSS.
  • Build and maintain linkages with the Staff Welfare Section, and the Medical Service, referring cases as required in consultation with staff member supervisor.
  • Undertake other security-related functions or responsibilities.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Country operations or duty station receive practical and well-reasoned security advice and support toward helping ensure an appropriate level of safety.
  • UNHCR benefits from effective relationships with host country law enforcement agencies and the UN Security Management System.
  • Staff are aware of risks and how to respond to them, and know and comply with guidelines and procedures.
  • Security management is efficient, well-coordinated and consistent with policies and procedures.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Field Safety Officer job placement should hold University degree with focus on security management and/or related discipline at officer’s level from a recognized military or police academy and/or successful completion of the command and general staff course at a recognized military staff college or equivalent police academy.
  • At least two years’ experience relevant to security risk management – in particular in progressively responsible functions in a national law enforcement agency and/or national security forces.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

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Deadline: 4th January, 2017