Field Security Officer, P3, Bujumbura – Burundi

Organizational framework and labor relations

The Field Security Officer reports to the Manager, who may be, depending on the context, the Representative/Head of Mission or Head of Office within a country operation, the Field Security Officer; the office manager in a regional directorate; the Chief of the Security Operations Section at Headquarters or the Senior Regional Security Coordinator. The incumbent acts as an advisor to the Manager on field security, providing sound and well reasoned advice followed by support in the implementation of agreed actions or steps. The incumbent may directly supervise security personnel at the international or national level. The incumbent may, depending on the context, be called upon to monitor, supervise, guide and support security personnel. The Field Security Officer may, depending on the context, be required to travel on assignment to multiple duty stations to provide advice and support to the local manager, as agreed in the terms of reference for the assignment.

All UNHCR staff members are expected to perform their duties as set out in their job description. They do so within their delegated authority, in accordance with UNHCR’s regulatory framework which includes the Charter of the United Nations, the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, UNHCR’s policies and administrative instructions as well as the relevant responsibility. In addition, staff are expected to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values ​​of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Advise and support the Manager on all aspects of security risk management, crisis preparedness and preparedness as it relates to maintaining the safety and security of UNHCR staff, operations and facilities . – Undertake ad hoc Security Risk Assessments/Security Risk Managements (SRM) by analyzing security factors and risk levels related to UNHCR activities and programmes. – Participate in the development or update of the SRM process for designated areas. – Assess existing Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM) to determine their adequacy and identify areas requiring improvement. Follow up with actions to oversee or implement these improvements. – Monitor compliance with established standards as part of the security risk management process. – Ensure that gender considerations are included in SRM processes and that SRMMs are appropriate. At a minimum, these should include security briefings, travel advice, and developing and updating the Gender Security Incident Response Checklist – Develop plans UNHCR specifics as well as contribute to UNSMS plans and planning for relocation/evacuation, medical evacuation and other contingency testing plans in drills or exercises. ensure staff are aware of contingency plans and can implement them effectively in the event of an emergency. – Ensure that security measures are fully integrated into operational planning, including budgetary provisions, from the earliest stages of development. – Coordinate and assist in the management of critical incidents and post-incident processes by reporting to the Manager, Regional Security Coordinator and FSS. – Participate and support activities to advise on the program criticality assessment process. – As a member of a multifunctional 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 the development and implementation of effective strategies that underpin host state responsibilities. – Develop and maintain relationships with security-related actors, including host government law enforcement authorities and other stakeholders to ensure effective information sharing. – Maintain and improve lines of communication with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and other UNSMS security personnel ensuring that the mandate and program activities of the UNHCR are understood. Actively contribute to the Security cell and support the UNSMS. – Support UNHCR staff as members of the Country Security Management Team (SMT) or Area Security Management Team (ASMT), Area Security Coordinators (ASC) and guards. – Provide country-specific and gender-responsive security advice and training to UNHCR staff and, where possible, NGO and partner staff in areas consistent with UNSMS and UNHCR standards. Coordinate training with the Global Learning Development Center Safety Management Training Unit. – Prepare periodic analytical reports on security matters in accordance with UN and UNHCR standard operating procedures, sharing with officials in the country of assignment and, as appropriate, with the Senior Regional Security Coordinator and the FSS. – Maintain links with the Psychosocial Well-Being Section and the Medical Service, referring cases as needed. – Undertake other safety-related duties or responsibilities delegated by supervisor. – Assist in building the capacity of national security personnel in the field by providing mentoring, coaching and other forms of guidance – Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum qualifications

Education and professional work experience Years of experience / Degree level For P3/NOC – 6 years of relevant experience with an undergraduate degree; or 5 years of relevant experience with a graduate degree; or 4 years of relevant experience with a PhD

Area(s) of education security; Security management; Business Administration; Political science; Social science; International relationships; or other relevant area.

Certificates and/or licenses Security Management, Security Risk Management, Security and Safety certification, WSAT ToT

Relevant work experience

Essential experience in security risk management in an international capacity.

Desirable Proven skills in security analysis. Experience in high risk/hardship environments. Experience working within or with humanitarian NGOs. Experience in implementing gender-neutral security risk management processes. Relevant training (first aid, WSAT, SSAFE, presentation skills, training skills). Examples of having established networks with the host government or other security actors from previous employment. Experience in effectively handling gender-based security incidents. Experience delivering presentations and training.

How to register

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates should visit the UNHCR careers page at – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job number 38488.

UNHCR staff are made up of many different nationalities, cultures, languages ​​and opinions. UNHCR seeks to maintain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities and an inclusive working environment for all its staff. Applications are encouraged from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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

Please note that the closing date for vacancies advertised in Addendum 3 to the March 2022 Compendium is Wednesday, July 20, 2022 (midnight Geneva time).

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