Regional Security Advisor NGO Careers – Oxfam




Organisation: Oxfam
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Regional
Director
About Oxfam:
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 affiliates networked
together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty
and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing
countries, we lobby governments and companies to take into account the
interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our
work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil
society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments. Oxfam
employs over 6,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Uganda, our
program is anchored on three broad themes deliberately focused on Women’s
Rights: Resilient Livelihoods, Governance and Accountability and Humanitarian
Preparedness and Response.
Job Summary: The Regional
Security Advisor will mainly ensure that the HECA region has the capacity to
effectively support the management of security risks in-country in order to
enable Oxfam to meet its programme objectives.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Providing technical support: (60% of time)
·        
Remotely
supporting field security management teams and Country Leadership Teams (CLT).
Field visits to countries within the HECA region will be part of the
role These visits may be planned, but can often be in a very short notice and
in difficult environments (up to 25% visits)
·        
Providing
support and advice to line managers on the development of security procedures
and plans for each country (ensure they are complete, up to required
quality and up to date).
·        
The
incumbent will providing support on incident management, lessons learnt and any
follow up actions/ changes to procedures.
·        
Supporting
in the case of crisis management (support to the Crisis Management Team).
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Supporting
during the recruitment of security personnel in the countries.
·        
Facilitating
/ providing learning & development as well as exchange experiences at all
levels.
·        
Identifying staff security training, learning
and development needs and ensuring access to the training across the region
(including appropriate planning and resourcing)
·        
Providing
technical inductions and briefings as required.
·        
Guiding
and assisting the Regional Director in discharging Duty of Care for the region
as directed by the Oxfam Security Policy.
·        
As
the security expert in the region, providing strategic and operation leadership
in the management of security.
Monitoring &Evaluation/ Reporting & Analysis: (20% of time): In charge of monitoring compliance to
security policies, plans and procedures at a country level, including
(but not exclusive):
·        
Completing an annual Stock-take of the country
SMPs and incident reports.
·        
Completing security audits in the countries
composing the region and ensure a strong accountability between the region and
countries.
·        
Advise on ‘best practice’ in line with Oxfam
security tools and templates.
·        
Reporting
security incidents up and down the management line, ensuring advice and recommendations
are appropriate in line with Oxfam policy and ensuring follow on actions are implemented.
·        
Reporting
organisational security management performance at a regional level on a regular
basis including:
·        
Managing a database of all incidents in the
region.
·        
Providing monthly reports on incidents and
associated analysis/ trends to the appropriate line management, the EAs and as
well as the Global Security Team (SWG).
Representing Oxfam Security in the region: (15 % of time)
·        
Coordinating
and following up on Oxfam’s participation to external security networks.
·        
Facilitating
learning & development as well as exchange experiences at all levels.
·        
Making
proposals and recommendations regarding security management coordination
to the Global Security Team (Security Working Group).
·        
Encouraging
a transversal approach through coordination with other departments in the
region.
·        
Strongly
involved when programmatic emergencies arise, including planning and
potentially deploying to new or rapid onset emergencies in support.
Managing available resources: (5% of time)
·        
Managing
requests for support from the countries and forwarding it to the Global
Security Team (SWG) when appropriate.
·        
Ensuring
an equitable allocation of resources in the region.
·        
Potentially
covering absence/back-up of in-country security leads for short periods,
especially in countries that are highly volatile or high risk.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
applicant should preferably hold a University diploma or equivalent.
·        
Expertise
on the general regional security context and trends as well as good
understanding of the most volatile areas in the region.
·        
A
significance amount of practical experience of security assessment, planning
and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO
humanitarian operations,
·        
Relevant
working experience in volatile areas due to security and/or politics.
·        
Proven
influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences
including in complex and stressful circumstances.
·        
Proven
experience of field based training.
·        
Demonstrable
ability to advise and support field staff from distance and 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
organised and efficient.
·        
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.
·        
Broad
knowledge and understanding of the importance of gender.
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Committed
to Oxfam principles
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Previous experience in health and safety sector is desired
·        
Experience
with the use of telecommunications (satellite phone, HF, VHF, etc.)
·        
Prior
experience with the management of vehicle fleet and related security aspects.
·        
Previous
experience with the management of sites / buildings and related security
aspects.
·        
Basic
understanding of air safety
·        
Languages: English (verbal & written)
Personal Competencies:
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Decisiveness:
We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making
modes to the context and needs.
·        
Influencing: We have the ability to
engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for
the organization. We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where
there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful
and impactful manner.
·        
Humility: We put ‘we’ before ‘me’
and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play
to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical
power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of
others across all levels of the organization.
·        
Relationship Building: We understand
the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization.
We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders
in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
·        
Listening: We are good listeners who
can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our
messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
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Mutual Accountability:  We can explain our decisions and how
we have taken them based on our organizational values. We are ready to be held
to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others
to account in a consistent manner.
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Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity:  We scan the environment, anticipate
changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large
number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
·        
Systems Thinking:  We view problems as parts of an
overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than
reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on
cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently
practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences
of organisational decisions and actions.
·        
Strategic Thinking and Judgment:  We use judgment, weighing risk
against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational
strategies and values.
·        
Vision Setting: We have the ability
to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our
organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that
engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
·        
Self- Awareness:  We are able to develop a high degree
of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on
others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors
to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
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Enabling: We all work to effectively
empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating
conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their
careers, not only their skills for the job. We provide freedom; demonstrate
belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and
demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications and curriculum vitae with a daytime telephone contact using the
link below quoting the position reference.
Deadline: 11th
November, 2016
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