Nov 7, 2015

Security Adviser , London/Overseas

Employer: Department for International Development
Location: London (with short-term overseas visits as required)

Closing date: 22 Nov 2015
Type of contract: Permanent
Salary: £54130 (inclusive of allowances)
Application deadline: 22 November 2015

Our business:
The Conflict, Humanitarian & Security Department’s Operations Team (CHASE OT) is contracted through Crown Agents by the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Stabilisation Unit (SU) to provide support services and an operational team delivering advice and assistance on humanitarian disasters and emergencies.

CHASE OT is responsible for the rapid deployment of humanitarian response teams in support of DFID’s humanitarian efforts overseas, to a wide range of remote and potentially hostile environments, following natural disasters or conflict. CHASE OT must be positioned to offer timely and accurate advice in dynamic security environments to support these deployed UK Government individuals or teams.

The primary objective of this role is to increase the capacity of the CHASE OT Humanitarian Response Team to provide appropriate risk assessment and security to deployed CHASE OT staff, consultants, contractors and HMG staff deployed as part of a CHASE OT managed response. This will include locations where there is no established HMG security architecture.

Roles and responsibilities include:
Provide up-to-date enabling security advice to the Deputy Director CHASE OT and Response Managers to support planned and reactive deployments.
Produce accurate and timely risk assessments and Safety and Security Plans (SSPs) to deployed staff.
Provide concise verbal and written briefs to support ministerial submissions, estimates and risk registers at senior levels up to NSC.
Engage across HMG and with other organisatons in UK and overseas to inform risk assessment and risk management.
Engage with non HMG agencies in UK and overseas to inform risk assessment and risk management and where necessary establish common assessments and MOUs.
Act as the security manager for DFID deployed teams when required to mitigate reasonably foreseeable risks whilst allowing successful delivery by DFID in hostile environments.
Contribute to the development and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Essential Qualifications, skills and experience
Substantial demonstrable experience in senior positions of security risk management that include hostile and fragile environments.
Recent operational experience within a large organisation, ideally covering security risk management in a hostile environment such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc.
Experience of working within the humanitarian sector, and a demonstrable knowledge and experience of humanitarian theory, practice and architecture
Demonstrable experience working alongside a variety of government and non-government actors and an ability to build effective networks.
A proven ability to communicate successfully with superiors, peers and subordinates face to face and on paper
A proven ability to work with limited supervision, demonstrate initiative and provide pragmatic solutions within a corporate structure.
An ability to deal with ambiguity and provide practical solutions
A clear understanding of corporate Duty of Care and risk management processes

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