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Safety and Security Assistant Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Safety and Security Assistant

Position Code: 

Team / Programme: Safety and Security

Location: Nairobi 
Grade:  5

Post Type: National (1 year contract with possibility of renewal)
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:  Under the guidance and supervision of the Security Manager, the security assistant will be responsible for assisting the Security Manager in the execution of his security responsibilities at the assigned duty station. 
The post holder will report to the Safety and Security Manager, work in close collaboration with all Safety and Security Focal Points (SSFPs) countrywide, and will him/herself be the Safety and Security Focal Points (SSFP) for Nairobi.

Reports to: Safety and Security Manager

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2015 of approximately US$20-25 million

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

Assist the Safety and Security Manager in Daily Duties
  • Carry out security briefings for new staffs and International staffs visiting  the SC country offices
  • Update security related documents as shall be assigned
  • Provide security updates to staffs as and when required
  • Transmit and receive security related information in to/from all concerned and participate in staff emergency/medical evacuation.
  • He will do a follow-up with logistics of all purchases for security
  • As the SSFP for Nairobi he/she will assist the SSM in the daily management of safety and security in Nairobi and will write the weekly District security report for Nairobi
  • Perform other assignments as shall be assigned by the Safety and Security Manager
  • With the assistance of the safety and security manager liaise with the UN, GoK and other agencies in the process of collecting an verifying security information
  • With the assistance of the Safety and Security Manager  collate information  from the field offices in the process of generating security reports
  • Travel to the field periodically to support the SSFPs in field office safety and security management
Coordinate and monitor staff movements between Nairobi and Field Offices
  • To update the staff movement tracker on a daily basis
  • To monitor staffs moving between Nairobi and field offices
  • Submit to the Safety and Security Manager the staff travel tracker every Friday  by 4pm
  • Ensure that staffs who receive security briefings and orientations sign the relevant form
  • File all security related documents according to established practice
  • With the help of the safety and security manager ensure that all reported security incidents are documented.
Key Competencies
Delivering results;
  • Able to deliver timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Is able to plan, prioritise and perform tasks without needing direct supervision.
  • Understands the link between their work and the larger organization’s objectives
Problem solving and decision making
  • Can identify where to source the right information and able to use critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions.
  • Has the ability to stay on a problem or challenge until a solution is reached. Can identify at which point to escalate matter for support from line manager and other colleagues.
  • Able to involve account suitable for contextual information when considering different problem solving options.
Working effectively with others
  • Is proactive and able to deliver timely and appropriate support to team members.
  • Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team – both internally and with partners – to maximize impact.
  • Communicates clearly and is able to take into different perspectives and experiences into account.
Qualifications and Experience
  • University degree; those with a higher National diploma from KNEC will be considered.
  • Familiarity with the use of VHF and HF radio and satellite phone will be an added advantage.
  • Work experience in insecure /hostile environments.
  • Sound knowledge of Humanitarian principles of Impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the Humanitarian Charter and International Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Willingness to travel to insecure/hostile environments.
  • Knowledge of INGOs working environment is an asset.
Key Competencies
  • Having a good command of written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Computer/IT proficiency with Very good command of MS Office.
  • Exposure to some form of  security or safety management
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to clearly convey information
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi ethnic team
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Adaptable and flexible; Able to work at odd hours
  • Rigorous, precise, well organized and punctual.
  • Very good sense of reliability, initiative and responsibility.
  • Very good negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work in team, independently and in stressful situations.
How to Apply

To  apply for this position visit the SCI Kenya Website:  

The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.  

The Deadline is on 16th November 2015 by COB.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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