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12 Feb 2021

Field Security Officer

Job Description

Position Title : Field Security Officer

Duty Station : Juba, South Sudan

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 22 February 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, 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 work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, in coordination with the Deputy Chief of Mission and the Head of Resources Management, and technical supervision of the Regional Security Officer (RSO) of the Office of Staff Security (OSS), and the programme managers in South Sudan, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for all security and safety matters related directly or indirectly to all IOM personnel and property in South Sudan. S/he will be responsible for all aspects of the mission’s and its programs’ safety and security; implementing IOM’s Safety and Security Policy and the security policies and procedures of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in accordance with the Inter Agencies Security Management Network (IASMN) policies.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate, coordinate and establish networks with other international organizations, government security services and agencies working in the security management field, ensuring appropriate lines of communications relating to all aspects of staff security and safety are established and well maintained.
  2. Provide advice, technical support and assistance to the COM, DCOM, Heads of Sub-Offices, Programme and Project Managers as required, collaborate with other offices in the region regarding safety/security matters that will impact IOM’s operations and programmes. Provide relevant technical and strategic analysis on potential threats/risks to staff/programmes and ensure that appropriate safety/security information is disseminated to the sub-offices and staff members in a timely manner. In close coordination with the RSO and OSS Operations Centre, monitor country and regional security threats and trends to enable effective mission/program threat and risk analysis.
  3. Develop and maintain a close working relationship with UNDSS – in South Sudan, and a comprehensive working knowledge of IOM and UNSMS policies, including the Framework of Accountability, Security Risk Management (SRM), Residential Security Measures (RSM), Country SRM, and United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) evacuation, emergency, and security plans, ensuring that IOM staff is integrated into these plans. This will include complete working knowledge of various UNDSS security plans, understanding of the evacuation/emergency planning and implementation applicable to the mission, and ensuring that these security documents are up to date and IOM staff are familiar with these plans.
  4. Participate constructively in the DSS led security cell meetings, ensuring that gender consideration is mainstreamed in procedures, guidelines, and other security issues discussed in the forum. Attend as observer on the UN Security Management Team (SMT) meetings and provide advice and guidance to the IOM SMT, particularly on Local Security Cost Shared Budget.
  5. Conduct programme, facilities, and operational security assessments and evaluations to ensure SRM compliance in various IOM offices in South Sudan and effectively address all non-compliance findings.
  6. Provide safety/security briefings for IOM staff deployed to and travelling within the South Sudan, and as required briefings for non-IOM staff involved in IOM programme implementation. Monitor travel security for the Mission relating to all IOM operations, including medical evacuations, and international staff travel within and from/to South Sudan.
  7. Develop, implement, and regularly test a functioning warden system. Warden testing methods should include multiple systems, including SCAAN. Ensure all relevant safety/security information is disseminated in a timely manner to IOM personnel and to the extent possible IOM service providers and implementing partners. Review and coordinate staff transportation arrangements outside working hours, ensure curfew observance, warden communication arrangements and updates for international and national staff.
  8. Conduct these assessments in accordance with present programme and mission SRM reports. The programme assessments should review the justification for programme activities, identify programme criticality and what will be required enhanced safety and security.
  9. Conduct regular document reviews of extant security plans (including the BCP) and policies, including updating, editing as necessary.
  10. Conduct a joint threat/vulnerability/risk analysis with stakeholders and produce a draft document for OSS review, update regularly to respond to new or emerging threats.
  11. Conduct regular physical security surveys to facilities and staff residences.
  12. Conduct an initial security training needs assessment and regular needs assessments for new and emerging threats.
  13. Identify various levels of risk (risk matrix) and potential mitigation measures within the concept of IOM’s country mission risk management strategies.
  14. Prepare a consolidated Security Risk Management document.
  15. Collaborate as required with OSS Regional Security Officer and the mission UNDSS regarding all aspects of threats/risks analysis.
  16. Develop staff training plan including an introductory security briefing for all new hires taking into account all of the foregoing. Monitor staff training needs and certificates and carry out appropriate safety/security training programs, including proper use of available communication equipment and detailed security briefings for all mission staff, in a professional timely manner. Coordinate with the RSO and UNDSS on all in-mission security-related training matters, in efforts to ensure that IOM’s training procedures conform to accepted IOM/UNDSS training standards.
  17. Support the implementation of the UN Road Safety strategy and related IASMN policies.
  18. Regularly conduct a security training needs assessment and develop, deliver, and/or coordinate the delivery of the security trainings for IOM personnel in [areas of operations], in coordination with UNDSS and other UNSMS agencies and organizations. Security trainings could be extended to other UN personnel and implementing partners, to extent possible.
  19. In coordination with the COM and the RSO, conduct preliminary enquiries in respect to any security breaches/incidents in South Sudan, working closely with local authorities in efforts to ensure IOM staff, its assets and interests are protected and appropriate and corrective measure taken.
  20. Report Security matters directly to the COM and the OSS Security Regional Officer, liaise with various security services and UN agencies security focal points regarding safety/security issues.
  21. Closely monitor and report on staff deployment numbers (slots) established for the mission by the UN Designated Official (DO) during emergencies, in coordination with the Security Management Team (SMT) and UNDSS, in efforts to ensure that security clearance procedures are applied fairly vis a vis all of the agencies working under the UNDSS Security Management System.
  22. Design program-specific (movement/management of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and IOM support staff) safety and security-related strategies, relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs), program emergency and operational communications, and establishment of a concrete course of action for their implementation.
  23. Manage the day-to-day activities of the Security Unit of IOM South Sudan, including performance management of OSS staff in the mission.
  24. Develop strategic goal of security unit in line with mission overall strategic objectives and direct, coordinate, control and evaluate the unit and ensure objectives are achieved.
  25. Ensure all mission security officers and assistants are adequately trained and guided to effectively perform their responsibilities.
  26. Coordinate with COM and SRMO to ensure adequate resources are allocated to ensure mission security requirements can be achieved.
  27. In coordination with the Chief of Mission (South Sudan) and IOM OSS Regional Security Officer initiate the preparation of Business Continuity Plan during emergencies, recruit qualified security staff for the various mission offices, to manage program safety/security objectives and dedicated security assets in accordance with the implementation of the program’s safety/security work plan.
  28. Adhere to IOM’s PSEA Policy and the South Sudan’s PSEA Strategy and ensure mainstreaming of the principles in the implementation of activities in OSS unit.
  29. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Security Management or Social Sciences, International Studies, Law, 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.

• Equivalent studies in the National Armed or Security forces of country of residence may be considered an equivalent diploma with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions is highly desirable;

• Familiarity with the East and Horn of Africa context and previous working experience in the South Sudan an advantage;

• Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations highly desirable; and,

• Must have a valid driver’s license and previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage.


• 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; and,

• Demonstrated ability to manage a high degree of rational behavior and decision making at all times irrespective of the gravity of the security environment.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French, Spanish and/or local language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.



Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.


Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


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.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

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

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 22 February 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment

Posting period:

From 09.02.2021 to 22.02.2021

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