Security Adviser - Somalia

Mogadishu | Mogadishu

Security Adviser - Somalia
Norwegian Refugee Council

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The NRC Somalia programme is part of the NRC Horn of Africa,Yemen, South Sudan and Uganda regional programme. Prioritized activities focus on shelter; WASH, Education, Food Security and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) .
The Security Adviser is responsible for overall security guidance and advise to the programme teams so as to ensure beneficiaries are reached.
This same advert can be used for other recruitments within the region.

Job description

  • Development and implementation of the NRC Security Management System at national level
  • Conduct Security Risk Analysis (SRA) according to minimum operational requirements (MOSS)
  • Minimize security risks to the operations of NRC
  • Management of security staff at country office
  • Support, training, control and development of security staff in all offices
  • Prepare reports as required
  • Communicate and cooperate with relevant external security actors
  • Train and develop staff in safety and security
  • Specific Tasks are:
  • Ensuring Country Management Group (CMG) is kept abreast on all aspects of safety management across Somalia and specifically programmes areas and Improve Country office risk management processes and systems by ensuring CMG have responsibility for safety and security best practice by exercise leadership and guidance to require highest level of due diligence from all staff and by ensuring Crisis management is up and running and aware of roles and responsibilities in case of a crisis
  • Conduct Security risk assessments using Rapid field security assessment (RFSA) format undertaken timely for all new project startups, leading to timely cost identification to security measures by observation, communication, making contact with relevant sources and analyzing to make reasoned assessment of the situation and how it affects NRC’s.
  • Ensure the safety and security procedures are in place, are appropriate and reflect the organizational policies are reviewed on regular basis (no longer than quarterly) and that all staff are aware of and comply with these procedures
  • All staff travelling to NRC Somalia operations accessed pre deployment briefing ahead of travel and respect TAR process. Receiving regular (not incident) report from field offices providing an analytical update of the situation and compiling these for the CMG.
  • Somalia Country office line management at all levels ensures that safety and security policies are understood and taken into account and appropriate procedures are developed
  • Country Security Management Plan and Minimum Operating Standards followed and implementation is ensured.
  • Weekly reports being prepared and submitted and Technical support through consultations provided in person, by phone, or e-mail to the senior staff/program team in the field offices


  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a senior Security Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context preferably in Africa, or the Middle East
  • Extensive experience in security management and procedures
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated communication and organizational skills;
  • Ability to train, mobilize, and manage both international and national staff
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task under pressure;
  • Ability to work well in unstable and frequently changing security environments;
  • Willingness to work and live in often-remote areas under basic conditions;
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office;
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience highly desirable
  • Valid driver’s license

Education field

  • Political science
  • Social studies

Education level

  • Academy college / University

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Initiating action and change
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Influencing


  • English

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP.
  • Duty Station: Mogadishu, with frequent travels to other areas of operations.
  • Duration of Contract: 12 months with possibility of extension
  • Salary/Benefits: According to NRC's general directions. The candidate will observe NRC's code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Mogadishu Offices.

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  • Deadline for application:14/02/2016

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  • Key info:Advertiser:Norwegian Refugee Council
    Ref. nr.: 2927232802Full time

  • Search criteria:**Location**Somalia**Industry**Emergency Relief**Special field**Security**Role**Middle / line manager

  • Job location:Mogadishu

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Mogadishu | Mogadishu
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-14

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