Nov 8, 2015

Field Safety Adviser, Damascus

Employer: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
Location: Damascus Syria

Duration: One year
Application Close:  09-Nov-2015

Background Information UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners' expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Asia, Europe and Middle East Office (AEMO) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region, providing financial oversight of projects, procuring goods and services and managing human resources.

AEMO helps ensure that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between projects across the entire region.

The UNOPS Sub-Regional Operational Hub in Amman is based in Amman, Jordan and has sub-offices in Baghdad and Erbil in Iraq. The office also manages projects in Jordan, Syria and Yemen. UNOPS provides a range of project development, technical management and infrastructure-related services in Iraq, supporting economic recovery and development, reconciliation and civil society, elections, human rights and rule of law, and health, water and sanitation.

The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria to destroy all Category 1 Chemicals declared by Syria will conclude its work on 30 September 2014. As per 1 October 2014, UNOPS will be responsible for the provision of the Equipment and Services to the OPCW Mission in Syria, which is required for the Destruction of Chemical Weapons Productions Facilities by the Syrian Arab Republic.

Functional Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Chief Security Officer (CSO), the Field Safety Adviser (FSA) assists in the implementation of all matters relating to the management of safety and security of OPCW Mission in Syria (OMS) personnel and operations at the duty station. Depending on the needs of the security unit, as determined by the CSO, the FSA may be required to carry out any of the duties below
Assist in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in Syria and Lebanon within the respective Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Liaise and coordinate with host government security authorities, as well as other military actors in the field as necessary to ensure security coordination during missions and escorts arranged. Act as team leader for OMS convoys to / from field trips and establish security perimeter inside the sites
Prepare Security Risk Assessment and Concept of Operations (SRA-CONOPS) for each field mission and submits an After Action Report to the CSO/DCSO upon completion of missions
Assist in preparing and submitting other relevant security policy documents as and when requested
Assist in developing OMS Security Plan and relevant Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) Conduct security briefings as and when required
Conduct Facility Safety and Security Survey (FSSS) for OMS occupied Facilities
Assure that implemented access control measures and staff tracking at the primary OMS office location and duty station are operational and accurate
Assist in developing daily and weekly reports
Liaise closely with other Agency Security Officers, DSS Syria and Lebanon
Maintain an accurate daily staff list to be sent to the desk and DSS Radio Room
Oversee the daily radio check
Maintain / Update Operational Maps
Manage Local Security Assistants and oversee their performance
Track on-going missions and relay regular updates to management
Deputise for the CSO during his/her absence, and perform other duties as assigned by the CSO

Decision Making
Teamwork Skills
Communication skills
Situational Sensitivity

Education/Experience/Language requirements
Advance university degree in Military, Police, Political science or Security Management is required.
A higher military or police diploma plus at least 6 years relevant work experience in emergency or conflict/post-conflict settings, may be accepted in lieu of a degree.
At least 5 years of directly relevant demonstrated experience and exposure in the international security arena dealing with security-related issues is required.
Work experience from a high risk and complex environment is preferable and previous work experience from the United Nations is an advantage
Experience in Hardship / High Risk environment
Excellent communication skills both oral and written
Fluency in English is a must
Working knowledge in Arabic is an advantage.

Contract duration: One year

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Additional Considerations
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.