Oct 19, 2016

Field Security Officer , Weno, Micronesia

Employer:  International Organization for Migration 
Location: Weno, Micronesia
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2
Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, Six months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

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 is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Congo, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) based in Federated State of Micronesia, and in close coordination with the Resource Management Officer (RMO), and in close collaboration with the Regional Field Security Officer for Asia and the Pacific (RFSO-AP), as well as the Head of the Staff Security Unit (SSU) at Headquarters (HQs), the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for all security and safety matters related directly or indirectly to IOM personnel and property in Federated State of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Palau.

S/he will assist in successfully implementing appropriate safety and security management procedures that will effectively address staff safety/security concerns and the protection of IOM staff, assets and programs. Under the guidance of the CoM and the RFSO-AP the Field Security Officer will be responsible for all aspects of safety and security; implementation regarding IOM’s Safety and Security Policy and the security policies and procedures of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). Although the post holds responsibility for FSM, RMI and The Republic of Palau, the overall emphasis and scope of work will be concentrated on Chuuk State and the implementation and delivery of the TMRP (Typhoon Maysak Reconstruction Project).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Review and make recommendations regarding safety/security requirements of the IOM FSM, RMI and Republic of Palau offices. Liaise regularly with the Regional Field Security Officer (RFSO-AP) on emerging threats and specific country security conditions.

Develop a keen understanding of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), and keep abreast of all changes and developments as they occur in all areas of responsibility. More specifically on emerging threats in Chuuk state with regards to staff security in TMRP implementation.

Ensure that all relevant safety/security information is disseminated in a timely manner to all

IOM field and office staff and the programme's service providers.

Assist in developing and reviewing all internal evacuation and emergency contingency plans and making recommendations as necessary (emergency evacuation, medical evacuation, assembly/safe areas, mass casualty management, and emergency communications) develop appropriate responses, including required human and technical resources for effective implementation.

Conduct as required security assessments/evaluations/threat/risk analysis (both tactical and strategic) for IOM FSM, RMI and the Republic of Palau in coordination with the RFSO-AP to offer appropriate preventative and mitigation measures.

Conduct regular document reviews of existent security plans, policies and procedures and update edit or ameliorate as required.

Conduct regular physical security surveys of facilities and staff housing within the mission area.

Identify various levels of risk (risk matrix) and potential mitigation measures within the concept of IOM's country mission risk management strategies.

In coordination with the RFSO-AP, produce a consolidated Security Risk Assessment document for the mission.

Collaborate as required with the RFSO-AP and UNDSS regarding all aspects of threat/risk analysis.

Assist in the design and implementation of security strategies and programme specific security procedures/standards and establish a concrete course of action for their implementation within the mission.

In coordination with the RFSO, assist in conducting regular safety/security briefings for all staff and targeted trainings for identified programme staff in relevant areas (counter surveillance, defensive driving techniques, evacuation drills, mass casualty response, stress awareness, operational and personal security measures).

Maintain open-lines of communications concerning all aspects of general mission safety/security with relevant partners; UNDSS and as required the host government’s security services.

Be guided by IOM Staff Rules and Regulations related to the confidentiality and secure management of internal and external safety/security information.

Provide Safety and Security awareness training to staff based on the context found in the AOR’S. In Chuuk state this will have emphasis on maritime safety and security and other relevant safety and security aspects related to the operational and geographical environment.

Provide support in the form of technical and operational security advice to the Chief of

Mission (CoM) when he/she is performing duties as Area Security Coordinator (ASC).

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:

• Master’s degree in Security Management, Social Sciences, International Studies, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.

• Experience in security management, law enforcement, preferably at an international level;
• Extensive military experience, law enforcement, Disaster (Risk) Management, or alternatively a combination of relevant security training and field experience;
• Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions;
• Proven ability to discern and uphold the programmatic interest status and safety of the mission at all times;
• Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts;
• Demonstrated ability to manage a high degree of rational behaviour and decision making at all times irrespective of the gravity of the security environment;
• Familiarity with Asia Pacific context and previous working experience in Pacific Islands regions an advantage;
• Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations highly desirable;
• Must have a valid driver’s license and previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage.

Fluency in English is required.

Desirable Competencies:

• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;
• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How To Apply: 
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 31 October 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to: https://goo.gl/dZJsQ6

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.