28 October 2016

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).
·         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.
·         Committed to Oxfam principles
·         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:
·         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.
·         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.
·         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.
·         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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