Field Security Officer

Employer: IOM
Location:  Mogadishu, Somalia
Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension 
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible 
Closing Date : February 25, 2016 
Reference Code : VN2016/44(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. Context: Under the direct supervision and direction of the Chief of Mission (CoM), in coordination with the Head of Sub-Office (Mogadishu), 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) Somalia 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. 

OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATES IOM has a proactive recruitment policy to increase the representation of nationals of nonrepresented member states. Qualified applicants from the following countries will be favorably considered: Algeria, 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, 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 Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. 

Functions / Responsibilities: 
1. Establish and maintain effective exchanges with security officials of other international organizations, government and partner security services, the mission's United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and appropriate security focal points, in order to ensure that up to date security-related information, beneficial to the mission, is obtained. 2. Acquire comprehensive operational understanding of IOM programs in Somalia and provide advice, including Security Risk assessments in areas where IOM works or is planning to work with its teams. Provide relevant guidance on all safety/security management issues and mitigation measures and ensure that relevant and appropriate safety/security information, including but not limited to Staff Security Unit (SSU) and UNDSS security advisories, is disseminated to all mission staff members. 
3. Participate and contribute to UNDSS security cell meetings. Develop a comprehensive working knowledge 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. 
4. Conduct security assessments / evaluations, monitoring local security threats/trends (in close coordination with the SSU Operations Center at HQs), and further offer appropriate recommendations in conjunction with the design and implementation of IOM specific, mission evacuation /emergency security plans. 
5. In close collaboration with the SSU Operations Centre at Headquarters (HQs), contribute to the development and implementation of programme specific safety/security-related strategies and relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs). Assess and provide recommendations concerning physical/structural security measures for all IOM facilities in the Mission, internal mission/programme emergency communications and establishment of a concrete course of action for their implementation. 
6. In coordination with SSU Operations Centre at HQs, carry out mission-specific training activities, seminars and briefings, and coordinate staff participation. Ensure that security training is carried out professionally and conform to accepted IOM and UNDSS training standards. 
7. 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. 
8. In coordination with CoM and SSU HQs, investigate security breaches/incidents in Somalia, working closely with applicable local authorities and security partners in efforts to ensure that IOM staff, assets and interests are protected, and corrective measures are implemented. 
9. In coordination with the Chief of Mission (Somalia) and IOM’s Staff Security Unit, implement the Business Continuity Plan for Somalia Mission in accordance with the program’s safety/security work plan. Update the document, as required. 
10. Develop a Rapid Risk/Threat Assessments (RRTA) during emergency operations, directly related to the immediate deployment of staff and assets; addressing all aspects of personal safety and security (nature of the natural/manmade disaster, armed conflict, health issues and environment hardship factors). 
11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned. 

Required Competencies Behavioural 
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;  
Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment and retaliation and promotes the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA); 
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. Technical 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. Emergency and Crisis 
Works effectively in high-pressure, rapidly changing environments; 
Coordinates actions with emergency response actors and making use of coordination structures; 
Supports adequate levels of information sharing between internal units, cluster partners, IOM and other emergency response actors; 
Establishes and maintains effective relationships with implementing partners; 
Makes correct decisions rapidly based on available information. 

Required Qualifications and Experience Education 
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 experience, law enforcement, Disaster Risk Management preferably at an international level; 
Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions; Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations is highly desirable; 
Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage; 
Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts. 

Fluency in English is required. 
Working Knowledge of Somali or Swahili is an advantage. 

How to apply: 
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by February 25, 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 applications. 

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.