أخبار ساخنة

Field Security Officer - UNRWA

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Field Security Officer - UNRWA

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. In line with this mission, the Agency works towards five strategic outcomes: (a) Palestine refugee rights under international law are protected and promoted; (b) Palestine refugee health is protected and disease burden is reduced; (c) school-age children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education; (d) Palestine refugee capabilities are strengthened for increased livelihood opportunities; and (e) Palestine refugees are able to meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health.

The Field Security Officer is responsible to the Senior Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs (DUA) and receives technical guidance and advice from the Director of Security and Risk Management (DSRM)- HQ (Amman).

The Field Security Officer will provide direct supervision to professional and support staff within a department with a large workforce.


The Field Security Officer (FSO) is responsible for advising on and operationalizing all aspects of UNRWA security and risk management, crisis readiness and preparedness in the Field, with a particular emphasis on front line Area staff security. The FSO serves as a principal advisor to her/his supervisor (DUA) and assists in the execution of his/her security responsibilities in the respective Field as per the UNRWA Framework of Accountability. The FSO ensures UNRWA’s Security and Risk Management system is context specific and tailored to the needs of front line staff. S/he supports the identification, implementation of security and risk management best practices and other Standard Operation Procedures across the Field. S/he ensures UNRWA’s participation in the UN Security Management System and supports UNRWA’s compliance with safety and security requirements as appropriate. The FSO maintains close co-operation with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), Agency Funds and Programmes Security Officer(s) as well as with de facto authorities/host government, community and beneficiaries. The FSO supports her/his supervisor in the management of the Field Security Risk Management team. In Gaza Field Office, the FSO provides direct supervision of the close protection team. In this context, the Field Security Officer performs the following:

•Security Risk Assessment:

  1. -Develops, as required, security risk assessments outlining potential risks and recommends cost effective prevention and mitigation strategies towards improving the safety and security of the front-line Area Staff and the installations in the respective Field;
  2. -Prepares comprehensive and context specific threat analysis and security risk assessments to include all area staff, locations, installations and activities in the assigned Field;
  3. -Performs security risk assessments, both routine and exceptional, as required, to ensure optimal prevention and mitigation measures are in place, including personal security risk assessment preparation for the Field Director and alternate official on an annual and ad-hoc basis;
  4. -Assists/provides inputs in coordination with DSRM, HQ (Amman) in the implementation, further development and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the security and risk management system with the objective to minimize risk in the contextual, programmatic and professional work-place risk categories for front line Area staff;
  5. -Reports on UNRWA security incidents as required and ensures that the Agency Security Incident Management System (SIMS) is fully implemented, kept up-to-date and reports filed properly; participates in the upgrading of the SIMS to provide critical information for analysis at the Field level and encourage incident reporting at the Camp and Area level in coordination with assets on the ground;
  6. -Participates in and provides safety and security inputs to operational and planning documents such as the Headquarters/ Field Implementation Plan and the Security and Risk Management Best Practices Guide; supports the identification of existing best practices on the ground on her/his Field of operations;

•Security Plan and Safety and Security Requirements:

  1. -Reviews safety and security arrangements for all offices and identified at most risk installations and maintains instructions such as security, contingency, emergency and evacuation plans as required; engages and builds office and installations managers’ capacity in relation to security arrangement of their pertained offices/installations;
  2. -Prepares, maintains and updates the Field specific safety and security contingency plans in accordance with the United Nations Security Policy Manual that governs International staff and UNRWA risk management system for Area staff; coordinates and organizes emergency medical evacuation and convoy security procedures;
  3. -Supports and supervises the implementation and adherence to the Camp Security Plan and coordinates capacity building efforts for relevant front line staff; guides and supervises Mobile Safety Officers in the completion and follow up of the same;
  4. -Ensures that all new International and Area staff personnel receive briefings upon arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
  5. -Supports the design and supervises implementation of the front line staff capacity building plan in the assigned Field, including SSAFE training programme for front line staff and Professional work-place risk training to identify at most risk categories of staff;
  6. -Supports the International staff warden/information systems as required;
  7. -Ensures that UNRWA Field Office procedures conform to the UNSMS and UNRWA policy and standards as appropriate, and that UNRWA personnel are included in the Security Plan comprising International staff with dependents and the Area staff;
  8. -Assists her/his supervisor in assessing and implementing MOSS with a view towards MOSS compliance for International staff and supports the development and implementation of operational procedures and standards about contextual, programmatic and professional work-place risk categories for front line Area staff based on best practices in the Field.

•Office Security:

  1. -Develops and implements office security requirements in UNRWA installations; oversees access control mechanisms (visitors/vehicle screening) in UNRWA premises;
  2. -Conducts office security surveys and recommends physical security measures to her/his supervisor;
  3. -Assesses fire safety arrangements (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc.) in UNRWA premises and makes recommendations to responsible units regarding fire safety arrangements; prepares fire/building evacuation plans and conducts periodical drills;
  4. -Develops a plan to engage front line Area Staff, beneficiaries and community further into the installation security;

•Emergency Communications System (ECS):

  1. -Ensures that all security and communications equipment are functioning and in good condition including radio communications;
  2. -Ensures that radio communication training is provided to staff that are required to use various communications means;
  3. -Ensures that adequate communication system is in place at the Area-Camp level and that front-line staff engages and relates to it.

•Reporting and liaison:

  1. -Updates her/his supervisor, DSRM at HQ(A) and UNDSS country offices on relevant security developments; participates as a member of the country/area security cell; attends the Area Security Management Team (ASMT) meetings in support of her/his supervisor as required;
  2. -Establishes a flow of accurate and timely security related information to management and staff;
  3. -Establishes and maintains contacts with area and programme staff, Chiefs of Area Offices, Camp Service Officers and programmatic front line area staff as appropriate;
  4. -Guides and supports frontline Area staff in establishing community based security platforms;
  5. -Establishes and maintains contacts with national security and law enforcement agencies and authorities, and security officials of diplomatic missions and international organizations to obtain/share the best information pertaining to protection for UNRWA staff and operations;
  6. -Establishes and maintains communication links with designated Official, Security Management Team, Area Security Coordinators and other Field security personnel;
  7. -Develop a strategy to further engage with beneficiaries, community and host governments (and de facto authorities) to increase coordination, collaboration and acceptance;
  8. -Supports the implementation of clear reporting lines and strength communication channels between the HQ- Field-Area-Sub Area- Camp levels;
  9. - The FSO may provide overall supervision of the close protection team working directly with the close protection team leader; Ensures that requisite standards are planned and met for close prrrotection team members including but not limited to training standards, equipment/systems safety and storage, and qualification renewals.

  • •Implements Residential Security Measures (RSM), conducts residential security surveys of UNRWA international staff and recommends physical security measures to Area staff members; prepares justification for residential security measures as required;

  • •Reports all security related incidents involving UNRWA staff as per Agency guidelines to her/his supervisor and makes sure that these are entered into the Security Information Management System; investigates assesses and follows up these incidents as needed; Provides security training to UNRWA staff; organizes and maintains country files on security issues (assessments, security plans, messages, maps, etc.).


UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default:

•Leading and Supervising:

  1. -Demonstrated competence in management, problem solving skills and excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills;
  2. -Promotes learning environment in the office/field; provides constructive coaching and feedback to others;
  3. -Ability to manage units, sections and teams;

•Empowering Others:

  1. -Creates an empowering and motivating environment;
  2. •Applying Technical Expertise:
  3. -Understanding and demonstrated application of security planning, security risk management as related to staff, installations and programmes;
  4. -Demonstrated technical skills in fire and road safety and communication equipment;
  5. -Basic paramedic knowledge/skills;
  6. -Ability to identify best practices and to build SOPs accordingly;


  • -Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities;


-A high level of written and verbal communication skills and practical report and proposal writing experience;

•Judgment and decision-making skills;

•Technological awareness:

-Good command of MS Office applications.

•Engages and Nurtures:

-Demonstrates experience in community engagement initiatives;


  • A university degree from an accredited educational institution preferably in political science, international relations, humanitarian law, human rights, conflict studies, social sciences or international law with a focus on security and risk management.

Work Experience

  1. - A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in security management with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) or International Organization (IO) Security Management or International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Security Management and/or experience in police or military
  2. - Progressively responsible practical experience at the Field/country level in moderate to high risk security environments within UNSMS, IO security management, INGO Security Management
  3. - A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number.
  4. - Advanced university degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, humanitarian law, human rights, conflict studies, social sciences or international law with a focus on security and risk management (desirable)
  5. - Additional technical certification in relation to security and risk management such as security management, community security, civilian-military coordination, human rights & protection, close protection, counter-terrorism, intelligence management, hostage management, operational planning and investigation, crisis management and emergency or disaster planning (desirable)
  6. - Senior Staff College (military or police) training (desirable)
  7. - Additional management, programme and project management qualifications (desirable)
  8. - Knowledge of UN field security operations/ UN Field Security Coordination Officer/Adviser or INGO Security management experience (desirable)
  9. - In possession of UN Security Certification Programme (SCP) certificate (desirable)
  10. - Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations relating to security; Knowledge of humanitarian operations, humanitarian, human rights, and/or international refugee law (desirable)(desirable)


Excellent command of spoken and written English.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Additional Information:
- The incumbent will be required to travel in the Agency's area of operations.

Desirable qualifications:

  1. - Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations relating to security;
  2. - Familiarity with UNRWA, its mandate, programmes and delivery modality,
  3. - Knowledge of humanitarian operations, humanitarian, human rights, and/or international refugee law;
  4. - Fluency in spoken and written Arabic.

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.

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How to Apply

Deadline: 06 January 2021
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.