Senior Field Security Officer







UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions. For its international team, UNRWA is seeking to employ a qualified:


Senior Field Security Officer


Vacancy Announcement Number




Deadline for Applications

8 May 2016

(24 April 2016 for internal applicants)

Duty Station



Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of UNRWA Operations, Gaza and technical guidance from the Agency Director of Security and Risk Management (DSRM), HQ Amman, the Senior Field Security Officer will advise on all safety and security related issues and ensure that senior management is kept informed of security developments and is in a position to take appropriate action when required. In accordance with the established Agency and applicable United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures, the incumbent will:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Be responsible for advising on and operationalize all aspects of UNRWA security and risk management, crisis readiness and preparedness in the Field. The SFSO will serve as a principal Advisor and assist the Field Director in the execution of his/her security responsibilities in the Field. The SFSO will ensure UNRWA’s participation in the UN Security Management System and support UNRWA’s compliance with Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS) requirements. The SFSO will also maintain close co-operation with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), Agency Funds and Programmes Security Officer(s). In this context the SFSO will perform the following:

·         Security Risk Assessment:

o   In line with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) methodology, lead the development of  security threat and risk assessments outlining potential risks and recommend mitigation strategies of UNRWA’s Field operations; to ensure optimal safety standards are in place;

o   Review inputs and recommend improvements in coordination with DSRM, HQ Amman in the implementation, further development and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the security and risk management system for Area staff;

o   In close cooperation with the Field Director and Department Heads, ensure that security initiatives are fully coordinated, approved and integrated into appropriate Agency-wide policy; Supervise the development and maintenance of a monitoring and evaluation process and tools and monitor the Field compliance thereof;


·         UNRWA Security Plan, and UNSMS Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS):

o   Plan and oversee Security Risk Assessments  for all offices and maintain instructions such as security, contingency, emergency and evacuation plans as required;

o   Be responsible for developing and updating the Field specific security and contingency plans in accordance with the United Nations Field Security Handbook/Security Policy Manual that governs International staff and UNRWA risk management system for Area staff; coordinate and organize emergency medical evacuation and convoy security procedures;

o   Ensure that all new International and Area staff personnel receive briefings upon arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;

o   Ensure that UNRWA Field Office procedures conform to the UNSMS and UNRWA policy and standards, and that UNRWA personnel are included in the Security Plan comprising International staff with dependents and the Area staff;

o   Ensure that appropriate staff tracking procedures are in place for all UNRWA staff travel; ensure compliance of International staff with Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) including the security clearance process;

o   Oversee staff adherence and compliance to various (UNDSS and UNRWA specific) security plans and advisories, such as warden systems, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS).


·         Office Security Management:

o   Oversee and direct the operation of the 24/7 security centre which provides support to Guards’ supervisors, including: recording and reporting Area safety and security incidents and information; monitoring of guarding schedules; conducting radio checks; and providing logistics support;

o   Lead periodic appropriate security assessments of UNRWA premises and equipment and advise on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions;

o   Review office security surveys and recommend physical security measures to the Field Director;

o   Ensure due fire safety arrangements (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc.) in UNRWA premises; prepare fire/building evacuation plans and conduct periodical drills.


·         Reporting and liaison:

o   Advise the Field Director, DSRM at HQ Amman and UNDSS country offices on relevant security developments; participate as a member of the country/area security cell; attend the Area Security Management Team (ASMT) meetings in support of the Field Director and or Field Security Focal Point (FSFP) as required;

o   Establish and maintain contacts with national security agencies and authorities, and security officials of diplomatic missions and international organizations to obtain/share the best information pertaining to protection for UNRWA staff and operations;

o   Establish and maintain communication links with Designated Official, Security Management Team, Area Security Coordinators and other Field security personnel;

o   Coordinate with UNDSS CSA, 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving UNRWA staff and eligible dependents, and ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders.


·         Advise the UNRWA Field Security Focal Point, programme managers on security components in programmes and ensure that this component is included in all appeals and in project planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; prepare security related budget proposals and follow up security related procurement and construction with relevant departments;

·         Plan, supervise and deliver security training to UNRWA staff in the Gaza Field; organize and maintain country files on security issues (assessments, security plans, messages, maps, etc.);

·         Report all security related incidents involving UNRWA staff and eligible dependents to the Field Director and ensure that these are entered into the Security Incident Management System (SIMS); investigate and follow up these incidents as needed; share relevant incidents with UNDSS counterparts for inclusion in their incidents database.


Professional Knowledge and Experience

·         Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, conflict studies, international law, with a focus on security and risk management;

·         A minimum of eight  years of  progressively responsible experience in security management with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) or International Organization (IO) Security Management or International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Security Management and/or experience in police or military, including at least two years of international experience outside one’s home country;

·         Progressively responsible practical experience at the Field/country level in moderate to high risk security environments within UNSMS, IO security management, INGO Security Management.



·         Demonstrated competence in management, problem solving skills and excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills;

·         Advanced knowledge of security planning and management as related to installations, combined with good technical skills in safety matters and communication equipment;

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a team environment and with people of diverse backgrounds, culture and nationalities; build effective client relationships and partnerships; interact at all levels of staff/organization;

·         A high level of written and verbal communication skills and practical report and proposal writing experience;

·         Basic paramedic knowledge/skills;

·         Proven excellent judgment and decision-making skills;

·         Identify the key issues in a complex situation and come to the heart of the problem quickly;

·         Promote a learning environment in the office/field; provide constructive coaching and feedback to others;

·         Ability to develop and formulate appropriate procedures, practical recommendations and documents;

·         Create an empowering and motivating environment;

·         Good command of MS Office applications.


Desirable Qualifications

·         Senior Staff College (military or police) training;

·         Additional management, programme and project management qualifications;

·         Knowledge of UN field security operations/ previous UN P-grade Field Security Officer/Adviser experience;

·         Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations relating to security;

·         Knowledge of Arabic Language is highly desirable.


Additional Information

The incumbent may be required to travel to other locations within UNRWA area of operations.


When the minimum requirements are not fully met, the Human Resources Department may substitute part of the unmet requirements under UNRWA’s equivalency determination guidelines with a combination of relevant academic qualification, additional professional training and/or progressive relevant work experience. Note: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered sufficient for an equivalency determination.


Conditions of Service 

UNRWA offers an attractive compensation package including annual salary starting at $74,130 net tax free with dependants or $69,032 single, plus post adjustment of 52.6% (subject to change without notice). Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include education grant, dependency allowance, home leave, pension fund, health insurance and 6 weeks annual leave. Staff members based in Gaza are entitled to additional benefits, subject to eligibility, including expanded leave provisions, hardship pay, and R&R leave currently every 8 weeks (according to the UN classification of the duty station and subject to change without notice). While Gaza is a non-family duty station, eligible staff members may set up a second household in a nearby location to have their family nearby. Initial contract is for one year, with the possibility of further extensions subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and the continuing need for the post.


How to Apply

To start the application process, applicants are required to register at by creating a personal profile and completing UNRWA Personal History Form. Please note that UNRWA only accepts degrees from accredited educational institutions. Only applications received through will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received for UNRWA vacancies, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.


The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.

General Information

UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women.


UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.


UNRWA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNRWA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.


The statutory retirement age for staff entering or re-entering service in the UN Common System after 1 January 1990 is 62 and 65 after 1 January 2014. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete a term of appointment will normally be considered.


The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.


On appointment, all individuals will be asked to sign a self-attestation, confirming that they have not committed, been convicted of, or prosecuted for, any criminal offence and that they have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.


Date of issue: 8 April 2016 / LAN

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
  • Location: Gaza
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-08

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