Jan 7, 2016

Field Security Officer , Burundi

Employer: International Organization for Migration
Location: Burundi
Closing date: 20 Jan 2016


Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Special short term, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : January 20, 2016
Reference Code : SVN2015/147(P)-EXT

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

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:

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Czech Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guyana, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lesotho, Libya, 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, Timor Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged.

The Staff Security Unit (SSU) is responsible for providing leadership on safety/security policy management and Mission operational support to enable the safest and most effective implementation of IOM programs and activities.

Under the direct supervision and direction of the Chief of Mission (CoM), in coordination with the Head of Sub-Office (Rutana), with technical and policy support from the Regional Security Officer, the successful candidate will develop, recommend and implement appropriate safety and security procedures related to the protection of IOM staff, its assets and program operations. Specifically, s/he will assist in establishing and maintaining an appropriate level of security awareness throughout the mission and its programmes. Using the IOM Security Risk Management methodology, the Field Security Officer (FSO) Burundi will provide appropriate and timely advice to the CoM so that informed decisions can be made to enable missions to proceed to the field in the safest manner available.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:
Collaborate, coordinate and establish networks with other international organizations, government security services and agencies working in the security management field, ensure appropriate lines of communications relating to all aspects of staff security and safety are established and well maintained.

Acquire comprehensive operational understanding of IOM programs in country and provide advice, including Security Risk Assessments in areas where IOM works or is planning to work with its teams. Provide relevant technical advice on potential threats/risks to staff/programmes and ensure that appropriate safety/security information is disseminated to mission staff members.

Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and appropriate IOM security focal points regarding all aspects of mission/program safety and security.

Develop an operational understanding of the present IOM/UNDSS Memorandum of Understanding related to various security protocols stipulated in this agreement; that include the Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS), mission Security Risk Assessment (SRA). This will include full working knowledge of various UNDSS evacuation/emergency and security plans in place in the mission, and ensure that IOM staff are familiar with these plans.

Conduct security assessments/evaluations, in collaboration with SSU’s Operations Centre that will enable comprehensive threat/risk analyses, and further offer appropriate recommendations in conjunction with the design and implementation of IOM specific mission evacuation and relocation security plans and the security management plan for IOM offices in the country.

Implement IOM security-related strategies, mission specific security Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and establish a concrete course of action for their execution.

Prepare mission-specific training activities, seminars, briefings and coordinate staff participation. Ensure that security training is carried out professionally and within IOM and UNDSS training standards.

Monitor and support Operations and Medical movements, as well as that of migrants, as required in field operations and overall general movement schemes. Ensure processes in place, in coordination with respective agencies, for both movements, and lodging of refugees and migrants, as required.

Closely monitor and report on staff deployment numbers (slots) established for the mission by the DO (UN Designated Official) during emergencies, in coordination with the SMT (Security Management Team) and UNDSS, in efforts to ensure that security clearance procedures are applied fairly under the UNDSS Security Management System.

As required, and in coordination with relevant security partners (DSS), develop and implement IOM specific emergency communications system, warden system and evacuation plans. To the extent possible, test these emergency plans to ensure they are functional, effective and address the mission/program requirements.

In coordination with the Chief of Mission (Burundi) and IOM’s Staff Security Unit, initiate the Business Continuity Plan during emergency situations to manage program safety/security objectives and dedicated security assets in accordance with the implementation of the program’s safety/security work plan. Update the document as the situation may require accordingly.

Perform 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; • 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, Social Sciences, Law, Disaster Management, 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 working in security management, military, law enforcement, Disaster Risk Management 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 Swahili is an advantage.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment

system, by January 20, 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:


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


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.

Posting period:

From 06.01.2016 to 20.01.2016

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