Field Security Advisor , Somalia

Location: Somalia
Closing date: 22 Jan 2016

We are  currently looking for a Field Security Advisor to Mogadishu, Somalia.

Employed by the MSB on an international mission you will receive a monthly salary as well as a comprehensive allowances and benefits package, ranging from free home leave travel to access to psychosocial support.
The MSB highly values the well-being of our staff and whilst on mission you will have access to health and safety support from the MSB 24 hours a day.
The MSB also strives to apply gender equality in terms of recruitment to our Field Staff Roster. At the moment we have 6% female versus 94% male Security Officers.

Advises and assists the OCHA Head of Office or Deputy Head of Office on his/her security responsibilities;
Participation in operational planning, and provides security inputs, including information regarding compliance with United Nations security policies, practices and procedures;
Assists the CSA in the discharge of his/her responsibilities as required;
Participates as a member of the security cell established by the CSA, and represents the coordinated humanitarian priority needs;
Advises the security cell on particular concerns of his/her organization regarding security.
Implements all aspects of security management, crisis readiness and preparedness at the duty station;
Prepares, maintains and updates OCHA and Humanitarian delivery security plans, contingency plans and security listings of personnel of OCHA and their recognized dependents;
Undertakes security risk assessments for locations in the country/area where humanitarian operations are to be conducted;
Conducts security surveys of residences and premises.
Reviews the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on OCHA planning, programme design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that OCHA activities might have on the stability and security, ensuring that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented.
Monitors and analyses trends and developments in the humanitarian operating environment and their impact on the humanitarian situation in Somalia; prepares regular and special situation reports and presentations, in close collaboration with relevant OCHA teams and partners.
Evaluates humanitarian and emergency assistance with the aim of facilitating coordination of the humanitarian response, and helps ensure that latest findings, lessons learned, policy guidelines etc. are incorporated into these activities.


A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which at least three years of progressively experience in security operations center or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required. Previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment. In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management. Security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict or post-conflict and multi-cultural environment is desirable.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent such a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social science or international relations with focus on security management. A first-level university degree in combination with 2two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certificate, resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant/Inspector or equivalent).


Fluency in English is essential, both spoken and written. Knowledge of French or any other official UN languages is an asset.

Other requirements

We are looking for women and men with a strong commitment towards humanitarian relief and disaster operations. It is of utmost priority that you understand, respect and act in the spirit of the mandate and core values of the MSB. You must undergo a pre-employment medical examination by a licensed physician before being contracted. You must inform your regular employer of your potential assignment with the MSB.


You must be able to interact with sensitivity and display respect for diversity and gender in multi-cultural environments. A capacity for working under pressure is essential, as work is often performed under difficult and demanding conditions, where the focus frequently shifts due to changes in priority. You must possess a high level of professional and personal maturity together with an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, managers and external partners, such as UN organizations, NGOs, recipient governments and host populations. You are expected to have excellent analytical and communicative skills, show initiative and take both a hands-on and an analytical approach to tasks and problems.

Contractual conditions
All MSB field staff members are registered on a roster which contains a wide range of professions and competencies. After recruited to the roster you need to conduct the MSB’s induction training and any specialist training courses required. Working with the MSB on international operations means that field staff members from the roster are temporarily employed by the MSB. The MSB pays salary as well as a comprehensive allowances and benefits package to field staff on international operations, ranging from free home leave travel to access to psychosocial support. In addition, participants on induction training and relevant specialist training courses receive remuneration from the MSB.

If selected for this position you will become a part of the MSB field staff roster and continuously receive interesting international job opportunities and invitations to stimulating and valuable trainings and exercises.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency applies a policy of equal opportunities to avoid any form of discrimination. We strive for gender balance and qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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