Field Officer Job in Kenya – Security

P3, Kakuma

date; August 24, 2020

Setting and Work Relationships

  • The Field
    Security Officer reports to the manager, who may be, according to context,
    the Representative/Chief of Mission or Head of Office within a country
    operation, the Senior Field Security Officer; the Bureau Director in a
    Regional Directorate; the Chief, Security Operations Section at
    Headquarters, or another.

  • The
    incumbent acts as an adviser to the manager on field security, providing
    sound, well- reasoned advice followed by support in implementation of
    agreed measures or steps.

  • S/he may
    directly supervise security personnel at the international or national

  • The Field
    Security Officer may, depending on the context, be expected to travel on
    mission to multiple duty stations, where s/he provides advice and support
    to the local manager as agreed in mission terms of reference.

  • The
    incumbent may, depending on the context, be expected to monitor, coach,
    guide and support security personnel in a particular country, region or

  • All UNHCR
    staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in
    their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in
    line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter,
    UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative
    Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition,
    staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner
    consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial
    competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and
    respect for diversity.


  • Advise and
    support the supervisor in managing the safety and security of UNHCR
    personnel, partners, operations, premises and refugees or persons of

  • Undertake
    security assessments in close co-operation with UNHCR senior staff members
    and interagency partners, analysing security factors and levels of risk
    related to UNHCR activities and programmes.

  • Evaluate
    existing security measures to determine their appropriateness and identify
    areas needing improvement. Follow up with actions to oversee or implement
    those improvements.

  • Assist in
    ensuring compliance with standards established through the Security Risk
    Management process.

  • Assist in
    the development of plans for evacuation, medical evacuation and other

  • In
    cooperation with UNHCR senior staff members, ensure that security measures
    are fully integrated into operational planning, including budgetary
    provisions, at the earliest stages of development.

  • Participate
    and support in activities to advise on programme criticality assessment

  • As a
    member of a multi-functional team, contribute to efforts to ensure the
    physical protection and security of refugees and other persons of concern
    by providing security assessments, analysis and advice in developing and
    implementing effective strategies which underpin the responsibilities of
    the host state.

  • Develop
    and maintain relationships with security-related actors, including host
    government law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders to ensure
    effective information sharing; provide regular feedback and analysis to
    country managers.

  • Maintain
    close co-operation with staff of the UN Department of Safety and Security
    (UNDSS), ensuring UNHCR’s understanding of applicable requirements,
    cooperating in security assessments and planning and supporting UNDSS
    understanding of agency requirements.

  • Support
    UNHCR staff serving as members of the country Security Management Team
    (SMT), or Area Security Management Team (ASMT), Area Security Coordinators
    (ASC) and Wardens.

  • Provide
    country-relevant security advice and training to UNHCR personnel, and
    where appropriate, to staff of NGOs and implementing partners in areas
    including, inter alia, preparation for and conduct of road missions, radio
    telecommunications and responding to specific threats within the environment.

  • Conduct
    rehearsals and practical exercises to ensure that staff are familiar with
    contingency plans and can implement them confidently in an emergency.

  • Prepare
    periodic analytical reports on security in accordance with UN and UNHCR
    standard operating procedures, sharing with managers in the country of
    assignment and FSS.

  • Maintain
    linkages with the Staff Welfare Section, and the Medical Service,
    referring cases as required.

  • Undertake
    other security-related functions or responsibilities as delegated by the

  • Provide
    security-related advice, in written and oral form, to the manager and
    other staff.

  • Advise on,
    and upon approval, implement, needed mitigating measures.

  • Participate
    in criticality assessments.

  • Represent
    UNHCR in interagency working groups and attend SMT or ASMT meetings as an

  • Perform
    other related duties as required.


Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • For P3/NOC
    – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years
    relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience
    with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

  • Security
    Security Management; Business Administration; Political Science;
    Social Science; International Relations;
    or other relevant field.

  • Also
    relevant would be military or police academy degree (at Officer level),
    and the equivalent of an advanced university degree (MA or equivalent)
    specifically successful completion of the Command and General Staff at a
    recognized military staff college or police equivalent.
    (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Not
    (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Job Experience


  • Security
    risk management experience in an international capacity.


  • Proven
    competences in security analysis. Experience in high-risk/hardship
    environments is an asset. Experience working within or with humanitarian
    NGOs is an asset. Relevant training an asset.

How to

Interested candidates
are requested to apply online on the UNHCR career page at by clicking on the
“Vacancies” tab.

The UNHCR workforce
consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR
seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as
well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications
are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of
race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual
orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR
does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application,
interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing Date

Please note that the
closing date for advertisements in the Add.4 March 2020 Compendium is
24 August 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

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