United States Peace Corps PC Careers – Safety & Security Assistant

Organisation: United
States Peace Corps (PC)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Safety &
Security Manager
About Peace Corps:
The Peace Corps is an agency of
the United States Government, which sends American Volunteer development
workers to assist in capacity building and technical assistance activities in
over 70 countries worldwide.  The United
States has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Uganda for over 30 years.  Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi currently heads
the U.S Mission to Uganda.  The Mission
is composed of several offices and organizations all working under the auspices
of the Embassy and at the direction of the Ambassador.
Among the offices operating
under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
  • United
    States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Centers
    for Disease Control
  • Peace
Job Summary: The major
responsibilities of the Safety & Security Assistant (SSA) are ensuring
security-related files are kept up-to-date; maintaining the Whereabouts
reporting system; assisting in the analysis and reporting of security
incidents; preparing reports, training materials and other resource materials
and maintaining up-to-date contact information for local and National Police,
transportation and consolidation points. In addition, the incumbent will also
act as the back-up to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM). When the SSM is
unavailable, the SSA may also be the contact point with the Peace Corps Safety
and Security Officer (PCSSO), Regional Security Advisor (RSA), Embassy security
officials and local law enforcement agencies in carrying out the
responsibilities designated in the position description or as directed by the
Country Director.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technically supports and
Verifies Safety and Security Policy Implementation:
  • In
    coordination with the SSM, provides administrative support and
    verification that adequate systems are functioning to support Volunteer
    Safety and Security in accordance with the Peace Corps Manual as regards
    to: Volunteer/Trainee Safety and Security.
  • Supports
    the SSM and CD to ensure critical Peace Corps Regional Safety and Security
    Officer recommendations are implemented appropriately and deadlines are
    met. Works with the SSM to provide regular updates on implementation
    progress and/or challenges to the Country Director and the Peace Corps
    Regional Safety and Security Officer.
2. Safety and Security
  • Supports
    in the development of training materials for safety and security related
    sessions during events such as Pre-Service Training (PST), In-Service
    Trainings (IST), Close of Service (COS) conferences and Warden Trainings.
  • Co-facilitates
    training sessions with the SSM as directed by the SSM or the Country
    Director. May be required to facilitate training sessions in lieu of the
    SSM if he/she is unavailable.
3. Assists with the support of
Home-stays and Site Identification and Mapping:
  • Assists
    as appropriate in the delivery of safety information to Ugandan home-stay
    families before the arrival of the American Volunteers.
  • Supports
    with Volunteer housing inspections, approvals, secures and enters data on
    GPS coordinates, relevant databases and supports the SSM in mapping
    Volunteer sites and consolidation points.
4. Incident Reporting and
  • Provides
    Volunteer support after crime incidents, such as police follow-up,
    preparation of reports, accompanying Volunteers to their sites etc
  • As
    backup may manage the security and non-medical follow up for Volunteer
    incidents of sexual assault.
  • For
    all incidents – Assists the SSM to ensure that reportable incidents are
    communicated to the Country Director in accordance with policies and
    procedures; assists the SSM in completing incident reports in the
    Consolidated Incident Reporting System (CIRS) per the Consolidated
    Incident Reporting Guidelines.
  • Technically
    supports the SSM by entering information as needed in site history files
5. Emergency Preparedness:
  • Works
    in liaison with the SSM, assists the Country Director and senior staff at
    Post during an emergency situation.
  • Assists
    the SSM in developing and revising policies, training and testing
    Volunteer and office emergency and security plans.
6. Analysis, Reports and Other
  • Supports
    the SSM in maintaining post-crime statistics and analyzing trends
  • Prepares
    reports and resource materials for SSM
  • Organizes
    safety and security resources and helps maintain legible and orderly
    system for collecting, compiling, filing and disseminating pertinent
    safety and security information.
7. Represents the Safety and
Security Program:
  • Actively
    participates in staff meetings (both general staff meetings and senior
    staff meetings at the discretion of the CD), discussions and activities
    and makes recommendations for changes in program policy and procedures as
    they relate to Volunteer safety and security
  • Has
    knowledge of Embassy security staff and local law enforcement resources in
    order to obtain updates and information on emergency/security issues at
    post. Represents the Post at regularly scheduled safety and security
    external meetings as needed.
8. Acts as a Duty Officer: Performs the responsibilities of a duty
officer when scheduled as part of the Post’s duty officer program rotation.
Maintains and updates the duty officer binder as needed.
9. Provides Back-up Coverage
for the SSM:
Stands in as the
Acting SSM when the SSM is out of the office and unavailable (i.e. on annual
leave, sick leave or official travel) or there is a vacancy in the SSM position
10. Temporary Travel: The contactor is subject to worldwide
availability and may be requested by the Peace Corps to be reassigned or
transfered permanently to another Peace Corps Post/Headquarters or perform
temporary duties (TDY) as required and to travel to other assignments within
Peace Corps as assigned. Any such resassignment or transfer shall be subject to
agreement of the Contractor. The Statement of Work as defined will remain the
same; however the duties may be subject to change as determined by the
Contacting Officer.
11. Other Duties as Assigned: Perform other safety and security duties as
assigned by the Country Director
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: The United States Peace Corps Safety & Security Assistant (SSA) SSA
must at a minimum possess the following skills and abilities to effectively
carry out the duties of the position:
  • Hold
    a secondary school diploma (or local equivalent); College degree preferred
  • A
    minimum of three or more years’ experience working with Americans or other
    expatriate development organizations in Uganda
  • Must
    be able to obtain security clearance with the US Embassy
  • Position
    requires person who is a good listener, and is able to withhold judgement
  • Ability
    to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other
    organizations, including local law enforcement, criminal justice,
    emergency management and other NGO / development agencies.
  • Ability
    to analyze crime trends and other risks and propose mitigation strategies
  • Demonstrated
    organizational and communiacation skills
  • Ability
    to speak, read and write in English (Level III) is required
  • Familiarity
    with at least one national language of Uganda in addition to English
  • Ability
    to work with Microsoft Office Suite and other basic Computer knowledge
  • Ability
    to conduct training and give presentations, in both English and a local
  • Past
    experience working in a cross-cultural office setting, preferably with an
    American or European organization
  • Self-starter
    capable of independent work, while also appreciative and skillful in a
    team setting
How to Apply:
ALL submissions must be
electronic. (Please do not attach academic credentials to the email)
Please submit a Microsoft Word
formatted letter of interest, resume, names and contacts information for three
references to applications@ug.peacecorps.gov. Please clearly indicate the
position applied for on the subject line of your cover email. Submitted
documents become the property of Peace Corps and will not be returned. You will
be contacted ONLY if you are deem qualified. If called for an interview, you
will be expected to bring copies of your academic credentials. Finalists from
the first interview will be expected to bring a reference letter from their
Local Council (LC1) as part of the final review process.
Deadline: 2nd October, 2015

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