Field Security Officer, Haiti

Employer:   IOM - International Organization for Migration
Location: :Port-au-Prince  Haiti
Grade: P-3
Closing date: Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Type of Appointment : Special short term, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Reference Code : SVN2015/137(P)-INT

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close collaboration with the Staff Security Unit (SSU) at Headquarters and in Panama, Resource Management Officer (RMO) and the programme managers in Haiti, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for all security and safety matters related directly or indirectly to all IOM personnel and property in Haiti. S/he will develop, recommend and implement appropriate safety and security procedures related to the protection of IOM staff, its assets and program operations. Specifically, he/she will assist in establishing and maintaining an appropriate level of security awareness throughout the mission and its programs.


IOM has a proactive recruitment policy to increase the representation of nationals of non- represented member states.

Qualified applicants from the following countries will be favourably considered

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Lesotho, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Montenegro, Micronesia, Mongolia, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Republic of Congo, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

Core Functions / Responsibilities
Establish and maintain effective exchanges with security officials of other international organizations, government and partner security services (USG Department of Homeland Security/DHS), the mission's United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and appropriate UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) security focal points, in order to ensure up to date security-related information that is beneficial to the mission.
Acquire comprehensive operational understanding of IOM programs in Haiti and provide advice, including risk assessments in areas where IOM works or is planning to work with its teams. Inform the Chief of Mission, RMO, Heads of Sub-offices, Programme Managers and Project Managers on all safety/security management issues and mitigation measures for the safe implementation of programs, and the protection of IOM staff and assets.
Recruit, lead and train a team of IOM security assistants as well as monitor all IOM- contracted security services.
Ensure that all relevant security information, including, but not limited to MINUSTAH, SSU and UNDSS security advisories, are appropriately disseminated to mission personnel.
Participate and contribute to UNDSS security cell meetings. Ensure comprehensive knowledge of the UNDSS-IOM Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Ensure understanding and compliance by all IOM staff to Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS), Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS).
Contribute to the development and updating of various UNDSS and MINUSTAH evacuation/relocation/security plans, and ensure that IOM staffs are integrated into these plans.
Attend as observer bi-weekly UN Senior Management Team meetings and advise the Chief of Mission of salient issues beforehand.
Conduct security risk assessment of IOM compounds with the aim of developing and updating the Mission's Business Continuity Plan and Fire Safety Plans.
Provided as required training on safety and security-related equipment (e.g. VHF radio, fire extinguishers).
As required, and in coordination with relevant security partners (DSS, MINUSTAH) develop and implement IOM-specific emergency communications system and evacuation plans. To the extent possible test these emergency plans to ensure they are functional, effective and address the mission/program requirements.
Carry out appropriate safety/security training programs and detailed security briefings for all mission staff, in a professional timely manner. Coordinate with the Deputy Head of SSU and UNDSS on all in-mission security-related training matters, in efforts to ensure that IOM's training procedures conform to accepted IOM/UNDSS training standards.
Investigate security breaches/incidents in Haiti, working closely with local authorities in efforts to ensure IOM staff, its assets and interests are protected and appropriate and corrective measure taken.
Report security matters directly to the CoM, the RMO and the SSU; liaise with various security services (police, military) and UN agencies security focal points regarding safety/security issues. Liaise with IOM's Head of Staff Safety/Security Unit, regarding relevant security matters.
erform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Competencies

Takes responsibility and manages constructive criticism;
Works effectively with all clients and stakeholders;
Promotes continuous learning; communicates clearly;
Takes initiative and drives high levels of performance management;
Plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
Displays mastery of subject matter;
Contributes to a collegial team environment;
Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA);
Incorporates gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal gender participation;
Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
Works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

Interfaces with the UNDSS, safety/security counterparts, relevant government agencies, and other stakeholders to prepare adequate responses to security management challenges;
Anticipates and prepares adequate responses to matters affecting staff safety/security;
Displays availability outside of regular hours to respond to challenges.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Master's degree in Security Management, Law Enforcement, Military Studies, Disaster Risk Management, Social Sciences, International Studies, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.

Experience in security management, law enforcement, preferably at an international level;
Previous experience in UN/IOM Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions;
Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations highly desirable;
Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies is an advantage;
Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts.

Fluency in English and French is required. Working knowledge of Haitian Creole is an advantage. How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by October 28, 2015 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

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In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly filled in and submitted with a cover letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for applications. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application in your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

IOM tent, MINUSTAH Logistics Base, Area 5
Route de l'Aeroport
Port-au-Prince, Haiti