Dec 10, 2015

West Africa Regional Security Advisor - Dakar

Employer: Oxfam GB
Location: Senegal  Dakar
Closing date: 31 Dec 2015

Oxfam’s humanitarian response in West Africa is spread across the region and mainly focused on chronic ongoing humanitarian crises in Sahel (Niger, Mali, Chad and Mauritania), Chad Basin (Lake Chad, southern Niger and Nigeria) and Liberia and Sierra Leone. Current humanitarian crises are caused by ongoing conflict, food insecurity, climate change and epidemics. As such, the security situation in each of these countries is dynamic and potentially volatile and Oxfam’s security management systems need to be robust, up-to-date, and based on strong risk analysis.

By joining our team in West Africa, as a high experienced Security & Safety Expert, you will be supporting senior managers, particularly the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Country Directors, field and office staff, and our partner organisations in effectively mitigating potential security threats.

This is a fixed term assignment for one (1) year based in Dakar but will be expected to provide support to all 3 countries and may require regular travel between the locations.

We’re looking for someone with a considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations in insecure areas with excellent analytical skills including context and actor mapping. Your proven influencing, negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances, coupled by a deep experience of field based training in security management and procedural issues is an asset. We will also consider your willingness to travel to all areas of the region at short notice, often in difficult circumstances and potentially conflict areas. Your ability to speak and write English and a working knowledge of French is essential.

We offer a competitive, fair and comprehensive pay and benefits package based on skills and experience which is justifiable to our donors. Additional allowances include annual leave, pension and comprehensive insurance.

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Due to the urgency of this role, we will be reviewing CVs and interviewing candidate in advance of the closing date. For this reason, interested candidates are asked to submit their application as soon as possible.