Sep 5, 2015

Senior Field Safety Advisor

Employer: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 17 Sep 2015
Grade: P4

The Senior Field Safety Adviser (Structural Engineering) is the UNHCR staff member responsible for assessing premises for vulnerability against blasts, improvised explosive devices and explosive effects on the exterior envelope. He/she will also advise offices and Field Safety Advisers (FSAs) on related physical and procedural security countermeasures, including barriers, blast walls, entrances/exits, shatter resistant film, etc.

Under the immediate supervision of the Chief Field Safety Section, the incumbent will assess office and residential premises and make professional recommendations to the relevant managers on mitigating measures. The prioritization of assessment missions will be determined by the Chief, FSS, in consultation with the regional bureaus, field offices and FSAs.

The incumbent will closely relate to the Senior Regional Field Security Adviser (SRFSA) or Field Safety Advisers (FSA) at Branch Office level during assessment missions and will work in close cooperation with the relevant personnel of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and ofther Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and participate in the UN Blast Assessment Working Group (BAWG). He/she will also liaise with local authorities as required.

Conducts premise security risk assessments, evaluations and surveys with a specific focus on blast preparedness and mitigation in order to enhance the security of UNHCR offices and staff. Also advises on seismic mitigation.
Stays abreast of and analyses risks against UNHCR premises globally in order to identify and prioritize risks.
Provides quality management of blast assessments and implementation of blast mitigating measures to UNHCR offices globally; follows up on recommendations and guidance provided to offices to ensure effective implementation.
To increase the effectiveness of his/her expertise, ensures that Field Safety Advisers have an understanding of the basic principles of blast mitigation by developing and disseminating related guidance, ad hoc support and training.
Contributes to a database of incidents affecting UN premises in order to identify trends and allay risk. Identifies and shares best practices in remedial works with the UNHCR community.
Maintains close cooperation with United Nations Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS). Through the assigned UNHCR Country Office official, liaises with relevant government agencies to obtain latest information regarding local building codes, response capacity, etc.
Inputs in planning, design and implementation of relevant mitigation measures for new construction or the renovation of existing premises to ensure that security and safety considerations are taken into account.
Assists in the development of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Security Standards (MORSS) for mitigating blast hazards.
Represents UNHCR Field Safety Section at premises related meetings, working groups, and other fora to provide specialist input as required.
Conducts other security and safety missions as required by DESS/FSS.

Advanced University Degree in engineering (structural, mechanical) or equivalent;
Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a combination of blast assessment/blast mitigation, structural engineering and security positions.
Formal training in security and risk management (such as military and/or police college e.g. senior military command and staff course);
Formal training in physical security and in building safety ;
Fluency in written and spoken English; working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset

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