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  • Posted: Feb 4, 2020
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    UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.
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    Senior Field Security Officer

    Procedures and Eligibility

    Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

    Duties and Qualifications

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Senior 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 Bureau Director in a Regional Directorate; or the Chief, Security Operations Section at Headquarters.

    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.

    The incumbent may directly supervise security personnel at the international or national level.

    The incumbent may, depending on the context, be expected to travel on mission to multiple duty stations, where the incumbent 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 sub-region.

    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.

    Duties

    • Provide practical and well-reasoned security advice, coordination and support to the designated manager(s) in managing staff safety and security of UNHCR personnel, partners, operations, premises and refugees or other persons of concern.
    • Monitor situations and events in the designated region, country or duty station, and gather and analyse information with the aim of identifying emerging trends and providing early warning of any potential threats that may affect the safety and security of UNHCR personnel, premises, assets and impact programme delivery.
    • Provide security analysis and reports to UNHCR managers and the Field Security Service at Headquarters when required.
    • Provide security-related advice, in written and oral form, to the manager and other personnel.
    • Undertake overall contextual analysis, identify security-related priority needs, and develop an annual work plan for addressing them.
    • Conduct regular missions to countries in the region, providing security advice, training and coaching, including, inter alia, Security Risk Assessments, security risk management measures, operational plans and criticality assessments, beneficiary security issues and security-related administrative issues.
    • Monitor events and intervene when and where appropriate to ensure that security-related goals are achieved.
    • Advise the manager on the reconciliation of humanitarian and security objectives in the region/country/duty station of responsibility, and on integrating security measures into operational planning (including budgetary provisions) at the earliest stages of development.
    • Conduct security planning, recommend and, upon approval, implement preventive and mitigating measures,
    • Provide regular reporting on security-related incidents and events to the manager, the Bureau and the Field Security Service at Headquarters. Provide input on security aspects of situation reports and the potential impact on the safety and security of UNHCR personnel and programme delivery.
    • Maintain effective liaison and relationships with UNDSS, Host Government law enforcement, and other actors in the region/country/duty station, to ensure effective and responsive partnership and support in support of UNHCR’s security and other needs.
    • Provide training and coaching to staff and, as appropriate partners, both on mission and within the duty station of assignment, aimed at developing skills to plan and conduct operations safely within the specific security environment.
    • In coordination with Field Security Service and the Global Learning and Development Center, assist in the identification of training needs, and planning and delivery of security training organized within the region.
    • Assist in maximising the capacity of national field security staff by helping with their recruitment and selection, providing coaching, mentoring, training and other forms of advice, identifying their further training needs, and assessing their potential for undertaking greater responsibilities.
    • Ensure that information-sharing networks are established with external stakeholders and other actors including UNDSS, host governments, Operational and Implementing partners, and that regular feedback and analysis is provided to Representatives and Bureau management.
    • Maintain linkages with Medical and Senior Staff Counsellor personnel in the region/country/duty station, referring cases as required.
    • Provide post-incident support as appropriate.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

     

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

     

    For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 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 N / A

     

    (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk are essential)Relevant Job Experience

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    Senior Liaison Officer

    Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

    Duties and Qualifications

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Senior Government Liaison Officer is usually located in country operations. S/he plays a crucial role in ensuring UNHCR’s approach to the Government is consistent, strategic and coherent. UNHCR assists the Government on coordination, response delivery and protection issues. Typically, this involves joint coordination arrangements, partnership with various government departments in service delivery, and regular dialogue at all levels on refugee protection issues. The main aim is to ensure that UNHCR can fulfil its role to support the Government to lead the refugee response ensuring the protection of refugees and – in line with the GCR – promote the inclusion of refugees into national systems by coordinating with other actors – including development actors at the early stages of a refugee response and in mixed situations supporting the Government to prevent, respond to and resolve internal displacement while complementing and reinforcing national response efforts. This should be done in line with UNHCR’s Mandate, the Global Compact for Refugees, the IDP policy, and agreed inter-agency commitments. More specifically, the incumbent advises the senior management on issues and processes concerning the relationship with the Government and related positioning, coordination, advocacy, information, resource allocation, fundraising, reporting, and communication with other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society actors, private sector, media and other relevant actors through strong engagement in humanitarian inter-agency processes, but also with a focus on development processes as they impact on UNHCR. The overall goal of the position is to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of UNHCR’s leadership roles and responses to situations affecting people of concern to UNHCR (refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, stateless persons, returnees, host communities) through an open and transparent partnership approach with the Government.

    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.

    Duties

    • Proactively lead and/or participate in meetings with the Government to ensure that refugee protection and assistance as well as inclusion of refugees into national systems is given due attention and is reflected within inter-governmental fora.
    • Formulate UNHCR positions on protection, assistance and inclusion of refugees; in particular by following up developments in asylum procedures and ensure senior management endorsement for internal and external consumption by providing briefing notes, talking points and issue papers for relevant discussions with the Government, and in inter-governmental fora.
    • Promote UNHCR’s policies and liaise with Government authorities as well as with regional intergovernmental fora (IGAD, ASEAN, ECOWAS, etc) on issues related to latest humanitarian and development processes.
    • Establish and coordinate country-specific coordination mechanisms for situations co-led by UNHCR and the Government. Where applicable, coordinate the development of country-specific refugee response plans (or refugee and migration response plan and refugee and resilience plan) and comprehensive responses.
    • Participate and ensure the coherence of the work of the Multi-sector group (MSG) in accordance with the Government.
    • Analyse protection issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers and entry points for the inclusion of refugees into national systems and make proposals to the competent authorities for improvements.
    • Provide protection for persons of concern to UNHCR by ensuring the observance by the local authorities of the recognised principles of refugee law.
    • Intervene with the authorities in the event of refoulement or other legal action against refugees if/when necessary.
    • Develop, propose and implement seminars or training programmes for target groups (e.g. government, judiciary, law enforcement and academic institutions) with the aim of promoting refugee law; invest in capacity-building initiatives that strengthen the ability of host government systems and national services for coordinated refugee response and inclusion of refugees into national systems.
    • Maintain relations with the press and develop public information activities to ensure greater knowledge in public opinion of refugee and asylum issues and promote UNHCR objectives.
    • Promote the deeper understanding within UNHCR on Government-related issues and priorities.
    • Maintain frequent formal and informal contacts with counterparts in other organisations.
    • Maintain close contact with the regional bureau and HQ on emerging issues.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

     

    For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

     

    Field(s) of Education

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Law/International Law;
    • Political/Social Science;
    • Economics;
    • Business Administration
    • or other relevant field.
    • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk

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