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Kampala, Uganda



January 25, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution.

We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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Job Title

Assistant Field Security Officer job at UNHCR

Job Description

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior Field Security Assistant provides support to all security related aspects of field operations including Staff, premises and asset security..
The incumbent is normally supervised by an officer who provides regular guidance. They may be assigned some independent routine tasks while more often follows instructions of the supervisor. The incumbent maintains regular contact on a working level on routine issues with other UNHCR personnel, UN agencies, NGOs, implementing partners and with Host Government Security authorities (HGOs) in the area to facilitate the operation.
The duty of the incumbent is to support the management of security issues.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide assistance to the supervisor in evaluating the level of risk and assessing the existing security measures for the UNHCR personnel operations, premises, partners and persons of concern.

  • Be aware of security protocols and procedures in place in accordance with the UNSMS policies, UNHCR Policies and the Security Risk Management process in the designated area check for compliance and advise management on any deficiencies.

  • Assist in security assessment missions to the field in coordination with UNDSS/other agencies; help the supervisor during field missions to gather information and analyse the security situation.

  • Support the Implementation of security-related projects.

  • Assist in the monitoring, updating and reporting of security-related events.

  • Assist in the processing of administrative security issues.

  • Maintain liaison with UN security management system actors, local law enforcement agencies, civil authorities and other relevant agencies.

  • Provide security briefings to UNHCR staff, and as appropriate partner staff, on relevant security risk management for the country concerned to include , inter alia, the warden system, communication notification and reporting procedures, travel planning procedures road and fire safety.

  • Respond to staff queries on security issues and provide immediate assistance as required.

  • Provide security-related advice to the manager and other staff.

  • Advise on security gaps and needs.

  • Maintain liaison and build relationships with Host Government Security Forces and security counterparts.

  • Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications and Competencies

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education & Professional Work Experience

  • Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • G5 - 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

  • Not applicable

  • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Security and Safety issues

  • (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

  • Essential

  • Not specified


  • Experience in security or police field.

Functional Skills

  • FS-Police, military, NGO Corporate security expertise

  • IT-Computer Literacy

  • CO-Cross-cultural communication

  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

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