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Security Advisor Job in Nairobi Kenya

Oxfam Novib (ON) is part of Oxfam International (OI), a world-wide confederation of more than 14 organizations working for change and development.

Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty and is driven by a conviction that people are capable of building a livelihood without poverty on their own, provided they are given the chance to do so.

We respond to humanitarian needs in more than 120 countries and work with hundreds of thousands of supporters and volunteers who make up our international network of concern, action and solidarity.

We support local projects in developing countries, and lobby governments and companies to take into account the interests of the poorest people, and to increase our impact on development and humanitarian issues.

Security Advisor 

Ref no:
 26-122011- SA

Fulltime National position

Based in Nairobi, Kenya

Purpose of the job

Ensure that country security strategy is developed, implemented, monitored and reviewed; consistent with Oxfam policies, standards and requirements.

The Security Advisor is responsible for ensuring that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to maximize the safety and security of all Oxfam Somalia and South Sudan staff and that they are adhered to at all times.

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


  • Ongoing analysis of the context and developments in relation to the security situation.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date context analysis and risk assessment.
  • Develop and maintain an incident reporting system.
  • Maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders to develop a network and build relationships with key actors to ensure gathering of reliable security information.
  • Undertake regular and ad hoc security assessment missions as necessary, in order to gather information and to analysis the overall security situation in existing and potential areas of intervention.
Security system
  • 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.
  • Advice and support the Country Director with regard to implementing the security management system.
  • Ensure the security management system is in line with existing Oxfam security policy, protocol and approach.
  • Support the Country Director and other senior staff to manage security incidents.
  • Provide crisis management support to the managers senior management for incident response, reporting and analysis.
  • Ensure that the supporting departments (HR, Administration and Logistics) have in place an appropriate system to facilitate good security management.
Security awareness
  • Ensure that staffs have the security skills and awareness that they need to be effective, by providing appropriate learning and development opportunities, including delivering training.
  • Ensure that all staff and visitors receive appropriate briefing.
  • Ensure that an appropriate system is in place to provide security information to travellers in advance of their departure.
Skills, Experience & Knowledge
  • Considerable practical experience of security management, assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations, especially in Somalia.
  • 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 organized and efficient.
  • Experience in facilitating safety and security trainings.
  • At least 3 to -5 years experiences in the security field.
  • 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
  • Sound Knowledge of Somalia context.
  • Excellent spoken and written English, proficiency in Somali languages is an advantage.
This position is offered for one year with a possibility for further renewal.

Application procedure

Applications (full curriculum vitae and motivation letter) to:

Please quote the reference no: 26-112011-SA

Application deadline is 8th January 2012 by COB.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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