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Security & Safety Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Somalia/Kenya is a two Country Program with four field offices in Dadaab (Kenya), Hargeisa (Somaliland), Bossaso (Puntland) and Mogadishu (South Central).

NRC has been present in Somaliland since early 2004 and expanded to Puntland in 2006, Mogadishu and Dadaab in 2007.

In a short time NRC established Education, Shelter/Sanitation, Distribution and Camp Management projects for IDPs, refugees and local population in Somalia and Kenya.

NRC also has a coordination office in Nairobi, Kenya that was established in 2006.

Position Vacant: Security & Safety Officer

Reporting to:
 Regional Security Advisor

Duty Station:
 Nairobi, with frequent travel to the field offices in Somalia and Kenya

Duration of Contract:
 ASAP to 31st December 2011 (with possible extension)

Main Responsibilities include:

  • Liaise with Regional Security Advisor on the revision and update of policies and plans relating to security, evacuation, security audit, drills etc and disseminate to the field offices
  • Identify safety & security needs for NRC Somalia/Kenya compounds and premises and ensure the availability of adequate lighting, surveillance and other equipment, plus other resources
  • In liaison with the Regional Security Advisor conduct regular security and risk assessments for all NRC operational areas • Support collection and analysis of security , safety and health information for decision making, including when declaration of emergencies is under consideration
  • Advise, organize and facilitate staff evacuation in emergency situations or staff in critical medical conditions
  • Liaise with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain security information and analysis in Kenya and Somalia
  • Provide all staff with regular and clear security, safety and health briefings and updates and ensure that all staff adhere to the relevant Mission policies, processes, guidelines and procedures
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of wide emergency responses in liaison with other non governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations (UN) Agencies and Government Authorities
  • Ensure staff security, safety and health training is appropriate and updated, making sure that all staff members are familiar with organisational contingency plans regarding incident response
  • Ensure the necessary safety and security equipments are available to the field offices
  • Compile and submit security updates and reports from the field offices
Required skills and qualifications:
  • Relevant university degree or higher education or equivalent work experience
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience.
  • Training in Safety and Security.
  • Documented skills in formulation of reports
  • Significant understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts
  • Significant political and cultural awareness and experience of working in setting where insecurity is a major issue
  • Proven communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written
  • An ability to speak Somali an advantage
  • Above average computer literacy
This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to the field offices in Somalia and Dadaab; Applicants should hold valid travel documents.

Deadline for Applications:
 28th July 2011

Applications should be submitted to:

Norwegian Refugee Council,
P O Box 21211-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Email Address:


Norwegian Refugee Council, Dadaab Field Office,
P O Box 05, Dadaab

Only the short listed candidates will be contacted.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer, with no discrimination in terms of sex, age, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation.

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