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Position Title : Field Security Officer
Duty Station : Baidoa, Somalia
Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 21 December 2022

About IOM 

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading
UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and
non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the
benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and
inclusion at IOM at
Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female
candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all
IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered
before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
1. Internal candidates
2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;
Congo (the); Cook Islands; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy
See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic
Republic (the); Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated
States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia;
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe;
Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga;
Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


The Office of Staff Security (OSS) is responsible for providing leadership on security policy
management and Mission operational support to enable effective implementation and delivery of
IOM programmes and activities, while managing security risks at acceptable levels
Under direct administrative supervision of the Chief of Mission and under the direct technical
supervision of the Office of Staff Security (OSS) as represented by the Senior Field Security
Officer (SFSO), the successful candidate will be responsible for providing expert support to
enable IOM’s activities in Somalia.
The Field Security Officer (FSO) will be expected to implement appropriate safety and security
management procedures that will effectively address issues that could and have impact on the
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security of IOM personnel, premises, assets, and operational activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Establish and maintain effective working exchanges and relationships with security officials of
other UNSMS organizations, government counterparts and partner security services, country
United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) office and all appropriate Security
Focal Points, in order to obtain up-to-date security-related information that is relevant to IOM
2. Provide accurate and up to date assessments of the security situation in IOM Somalia and
provide advice and recommendations to the COM/HoO on how to prevent and mitigate against
identified threats and risks.
3. Develop, implement, and regularly test a functioning warden system. Warden testing methods
should include multiple systems, including SCAAN.
4. In coordination with the Senior Field Security Officer (SRMO) and Regional Security Officer
(RSO), Chief of Mission, prepare Country-specific training, activities, seminars, briefings,
coordinate staff participation, and ensure that security training is carried out professionally within
IOM and UNSMS learning/training standards.
5. Provide security briefings for IOM personnel deployed to and travelling within Somalia and
coordinate all travel security for the Country Office relating to all IOM operations, including
assessments of road, air and river transport networks, medical evacuations and international
staff travel within and from/to Somalia.
6. In coordination with the Senior Field Security Officer, regularly review and monitor compliance
on the UN Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM) and Residential Security Measures
(RSM). This includes proactively participating in the Security Cell Meetings and actively
providing guidance to the COM/HoO on issues raised in the SMT, ensuring that IOM-specific
operational requirements are considered for implementation of security measures and
adherence to the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) Policy on Gender
Considerations in Security Management.
7. Acquire comprehensive operational understanding of IOM programmes in Somalia and
provide recommendation, including Security Risk assessments in areas where IOM works or is
planning to deploy its teams.
8. Support the COM/HoO in the development or updating IOM Somalia’s Business Continuity
Plan, proactively advising the COM/HoO in its regular testing.
9. In coordination with the SFSO, develop, implement, and test Country Office-specific security
10. Supervise Local Security Assistants/Associates to ensure that the appropriate level of staff
safety and security is provided to IOM personnel.
11. Closely monitor and report on deployment numbers (staff ceilings) established for the
mission/s by the UN Designated Official (DO) during emergencies, in coordination with the
Security Management Team (SMT) and UNDSS, ensuring that security clearance procedures
are applied fairly, vis-à-vis all of the agencies working under the UNDSS Security Management
12. Test the functionally and implementation of IOM-specific emergency communications
systems, including (SCAAN) to ensure they are functional, effective and address the programme
requirements of the Country Office. This includes actively checking the SCAAN dashboard and
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posting relevant security advisories in a timely manner.
13. Report security matters that have a potential or direct impact on IOM operations immediately
to the COM/HoO and the SFSO.
14. In coordination with the COM/HoO and the SFSO, conduct preliminary enquiries in respect
to any security breaches/incidents in Somalia, working closely with local authorities in efforts to
ensure IOM personnel, its assets and interests are protected, and appropriate and corrective
measures taken.
15. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

• Master’s degree in Security Management/Social Sciences, Law, Disaster Management,
International Studies, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution
with five years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
• Relevant professional experience in security management, security risk management, with
minimum two years of field experience in the UN Security Management System;
• Experience in managing security staff is an advantage;
• Experience in planning and execution of security measures in UN agencies or organizations is
highly desirable;
• Experience of working in a crisis/humanitarian response location in security operations is
• Experience working in hardship duty stations and having previous training in hostage incident
management scenarios would be an advantage;
• Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage.
• Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts is an advantage;
• Proven ability to manage a high degree of rational behaviour and decision making at all times
irrespective of the gravity of the security environment;
• Successful completion of the UN Security Certification Programme (SCP) is required;
• Previous Hostage Incident Management (HIM) training, SSAFE Training of Trainers, and other
UN-certified Training of Trainers is desirable;
• Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to anlayse complex problems,
identify and convey clear, rapid solutions; and
• Strong general analytical skills.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in
English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic,
Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).
For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Somali
is an advantage.
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Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,
which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database
Required Competencies:
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural
differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner
consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed
manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve
shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely
manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes
responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains
complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the
ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling
environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and
communicates a clear strategic direction.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding
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This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations.
Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain
eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in
the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are
nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment,
accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain
exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or
after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No
late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment
system, by 21 December 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment
system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 08.12.2022 to 21.12.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview,
processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank

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