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Security Liaison Officer Job Vacancy - NGO

Job Title: Security Liaison Officer 

 Nairobi with frequent travel to programme sites in Kenya

Department: Programme / Operations

Reports To: Assistant Country Director - Systems & Regional Security Advisor

About GOAL 

GOAL is an international non-governmental, non-political, non-denominational relief and development organisation currently working in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Consistent with its global mission to serve the poorest, the most vulnerable, and those affected by humanitarian crises, GOAL has been working with communities in difficult circumstances to implement relief, rehabilitation and development programmes over the last 30 years.

GOAL started responding to emergencies in Kenya in 1983 through partnerships with local organizations. The current projects are Education, Health, HIV and AIDS, Child Protection, Shelter and Emergency

GOAL Kenya is recruiting a suitable and qualified candidate to fill the position of Security Liaison Officer.

General Description of the Role

The Security Liaison Officer will advise senior management in the field and Nairobi on safety and security related issues, ensuring both are kept informed of all security trends and developments.

The Security Liaison Officer is responsible for ensuring that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to maximize the safety and security of all GOAL staff and that they are adhered to at all times.

The Security Liaison Officer is responsible for working with programme managers at all levels to ensure that safety and security is mainstreamed into all areas of operations.

Overall Objectives of the position:

  • To implement and maintain coordination between security interlockers and actors within the Kenya programme area of operations.
  • Improve threat assessment processes.
  • To ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place and fully operational to minimize wherever possible risks to GOAL staff, partners and beneficiaries.
  • To ensure that all GOAL staff have a high awareness of the safety and security risks they face while working in Kenya and that they take all necessary steps to minimize the risks they face or to mitigate the impact of an safety or security event occurring.
This will be achieved through establishing appropriate infrastructure, providing initial and ongoing training and support supervision to all staff and institutionalising the collection, analysis and dissemination of security information.

Travel to field sites, may be up to 50% of the time.

Key Responsibilities:
  • To be a focal point for safety and security issues for GOAL in Kenya.
  • To be familiar with GOAL’s Safety and Security procedures and policies and support the respective Country Director and managers in ensuring that these are adhered to at all times.
  • To keep continually under review all safety and security procedures and policies, ensuring that they are kept relevant to the evolving safety and security context of each location.
  • Ensure that all preparedness measures as laid out in the security guidelines are in place, in particular evacuation plans and security trees.
  • Regularly conduct field visits to assess the field sites compliance with safety and security procedure.
  • Provide recommendations to the Country Directors and management team on any aspect of a field sites safety or security management which requires improvement. Included in the recommendations should be guidance on how to implement the recommended improvements.
  • Implement and advise on in-country training for GOAL staff in relation to safety and security,
  • Develop an individualized training programme for all senior staff and as required source external training to meet identified training needs.
  • Ensuring adequate focus on training / refresher training needs for Drivers and guards.
  • Ensuring regular training / refresher training related to fire fighting and first aid.
  • Ensure vehicle and personnel tracking systems are appropriate, fully resourced and operational
  • Liaise with the UN and the NGO community and any other parties with respect to security issues.
  • Initiate, review and collate security incident reports for each location.
  • Provide security briefings as part of induction for new staff and visitors.
  • Prepare weekly security sitrep for the Country Directors and Regional Security Advisor
  • At least 2 years field experience with an INGO with responsibility for safety and security management
  • Proven ability to produce timely written and verbal situation reports and analyse of events.
  • Strong analytical skills, sound judgment, diplomatic tact, and mature common sense;
  • Experience in facilitating safety and security trainings
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office;
  • A strong team player, excellent interpersonal skills and adept at creating a strong team spirit;
  • Highly motivated and with a desire to work with local communities;
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure;
  • Excellent spoken and written English and Swahili, proficiency in Somali languages an advantage
To apply for the above position, please send your CV by email, listing three references including your last direct supervisor and salary expectation to

Please put the job title, “SECURITY LIAISON OFFICER” in the subject line of the email.

This is a local position.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 13th April 2012.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and responded to after interviews.

GOAL is an equal opportunity employer, qualified male and female applicants are encouraged to apply.

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