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Regional Security Advisor (Horn East and Central Africa) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Regional Security Advisor 
Horn, East and Central Africa
Base: Nairobi

Contract Type: Fixed – Term - 2 yrs

Level: C2 - Global 

Salary Range:  GBP 20,619 - 27,642 net (take home pay) per annum; Oxfam will meet the tax and social security liabilities of the post holder in addition to the net salary.  A competitive benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate including housing, pension, medical, education among others


Oxfam is one of the world's leading humanitarian agencies assisting people affected by natural disasters and conflict throughout the world. With over 5,000 staff and dedicated volunteers in more than 80 countries

Oxfam is able to achieve the greatest impact to end poverty and suffering through combining emergency response work, long-term programmes for poverty alleviation and campaigning for lasting change. 

The Horn, East, and Central Africa (HECA) Region is the largest region within Oxfam, covering 8 countries, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and Uganda. 

The Regional Centre is based in Nairobi and is mandated to provide leadership and support to the Oxfam country programmes in delivering their strategies within the context of programme quality, and efficiency. 

Oxfam Purpose: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering

Job Purpose:

Working from a Regional perspective, ensure that security management systems in each country comply with required standards under SMS and support country offices in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of their respective security strategies and Security Management Plans.

Reporting Lines:

Post holder reports to: Regional  Humanitarian  Coordinator -  RHC

Staff reporting to this post: Security Officer and Assistant

Budget Responsibility:  None

  • Required to ensure that security management systems in each HECA country comply to the Oxfam standards
  • Representing Oxfam corporately and managing and influencing significant and high profile external relationships.
  • Help shape organizational and divisional objectives in a specific programme unit or team/region.
  • Leadership of security unit. Set and lead the delivery of specified programme unit and/or team objectives
  • Plan and manage human and financial resources and processes related to security unit.
  • Produce, assimilate, analyse and use Security information from varied and diverse sources to provide in-depth analysis in the security management y area.
  • Decision-making is strategic and operational with a high degree of judgement based on specific problem solving experience and a range of external and internal factors.
  • Working autonomously with significant financial, human resource, security and representational responsibility.
  • Role as key decision maker/responsible person for Security unit.
  • Direct the formulation, organization and delivery of high-level lobby, and advocacy as part security advisory unit
Key Responsibilities:
  • To  collect  and collate  regular  security   updates  from the field sites  and other sources and prepare  monthly ,  quarterly    reports and analysis    for   Oxfam   management .
  • Ensure  harmonize  security  strategies,  evacuation plans,  new  staff   security orientation and  ensure  Oxfam  security protocols  are  maintained   and  adhered to.
  • Responsible for  reviewing  country   security   evacuation  and  contingency  plans.
  • Ensure  the implementation of  the minimum  security  management guidelines   established     by    country programmes
  • Organize, implement  and follow up on the  promotion of  security  awareness  among  national and international  staff.
  • Develop security   training plans and  implement it  by  providing  trainings to  national  and international  staff.
  • Establish  early  warning systems  in coordination with  other  stakeholders regionally  and in  countries
  • Establish  networks   with other NGOs  and UN  agencies  regarding   security  and  establish  an  information  exchange network.
  • Maintain   contact with  Global  security   team regarding   country   security  strategies   and incident  reporting  in conjunction with  the  country  director.
  • Contact and work closely  with   country  management  teams  in situations of  increased  security  risks/ tension   including   advise  on necessary  action points .
  • Advise   the  senior management  team on  compliance with security  audit  requirements.
  • Undertake regular and ad hoc missions as necessary, in order to gather information and to assist country offices in the analysis of the overall security situation in existing and potential areas of intervention.
  • Ensure that current reporting requirements are being met by countries and that the RC can meet corporate reporting requirements.
  • Ensure that the RC has access to all current security documentation by country.
  • Provide regular updates and recommendations to the RMT to ensure management support to country level security management and that appropriate resources and budget are allocated.
  • Support country management staff to develop a security management system which includes a security management strategy (including detailed acceptance strategy) and plan and which allows for the continuous updating of security measures.
  • Ensure the security management system is in line with existing Oxfam security policy, protocol and approach.
  • Provide incident and crisis management support to the RC and to country management including response, reporting and analysis.
Security Awareness
  • Ensure systems are in place in the RC and in country offices to provide all visitors and new staff members with security briefings.
  • Ensure that an appropriate system is in place to provide security information to travellers in advance of their departure.
Learning & Development
  • Ensure that staff have the security skills and awareness that they need to be effective, by providing appropriate learning and development opportunities, including delivering or sourcing for   training.
  • Regularly review the security learning and development needs of the Regional Management Team.
  • Support security learning and development planning for each country, and for the Regional Centre.
Skills and Competence:
  • Considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances.
  • Proven experience of field based training.
  • Ability to advice and support field staff in a consultative manner.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be organised and efficient.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Committed to Oxfam principles.
  • Excellent spoken and written English with knowledge of French an advantage.
This is a highly challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional, with a strong commitment to Oxfam's values and beliefs.  

If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV including a day time contact by applying online at using INT 5561

The closing date is 21stJuly 2012.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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