IOM Regional Security Officer Jobs in South Africa

IOM Regional Security Officer Jobs in South Africa


  • The Office of Staff Security (OSS) is responsible for providing leadership on security policy management and Country Office operational support to enable effective implementation and delivery of IOM programmes and activities, while managing security risks at acceptable levels.

  • Under the direct supervision and managerial responsibility of the Director of OSS in Headquarters (HQ), and the administrative supervision of the Regional Director (RD), the successful candidate will be responsible for actively assisting the Regional Office and Country Offices where they are located with all aspects of security risk management.

  • Specifically, the incumbent will assist in establishing and maintaining an appropriate level of security awareness throughout the Country Offices and all the associated programmes within their assigned region or duty station.

  • The Regional Security Officer will also ensure that security learning/training activities are carried out professionally and within IOM and UNSMS learning/training standards.

    Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with security officials from other UNSMS Organizations, government counterparts and partner security services, country United Nations Department Safety and Security (UNDSS) office and all appropriate Organization Country Focal Points, in order to obtain up-to-date security-related information that is relevant to IOM activities under their areas of responsibility.

  • egularly review and monitor compliance with the Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM) and Residential Security Measures (RSM). This includes proactive participation to the Security Cell meetings and providing guidance to the COM on issues raised during the Security Management Team (SMT) meetings, ensuring that IOM-specific operational requirements are considered for implementation of security measures and adherence to the UNSMS Policy on Gender Considerations in Security Management.

  • Maintain an overview and ensure adherence by all personnel to the UNDSS Travel Request Information Process (TRIP), the Movement of Personnel (MOP) procedures and the UN security clearance policy. Ensure all IOM personnel have a working knowledge of the UN Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM), Residential Security Measures (RSM), including the approved security contingency plans and procedures.

  • Provide advice, technical support and assistance to the RD and to the COMs and Heads ofOffice (HoOs) in their area of responsibility in order to support their accountability and responsibilities as set-out in the UN “Framework of Accountability” document.

  • Acquire comprehensive operational understanding of IOM programmes in the Region and Country Offices and provide advice, including Security Risk assessments in areas where IOM works or is planning to deploy its teams.

  • Provide security technical supervision and advice to designated regional and Local Security Associates/ Assistants and oversee the performance of the Security Professionals and Associates /Assistants based in the Regional Office and Country Office to ensure that the appropriate level of security is provided to personnel.

  • In collaboration with the OSS Operations Centre in Manila, the Field Security Officers/LocalSecurity Associates/Assistants / Organization Country Security Focal Points, and the Regional and Country UNDSS offices, conduct security assessments and evaluations, monitor all security threats/trends that will enable a comprehensive threat/risk analyses to be undertaken and provide a written report.

  • In conjunction with Field Security Officers/Local Security Associates/ Assistants/Organization Country Security Focal Points, offer the appropriate assistance, recommendations and input into the design and implementation of IOM specific mission evacuation procedures, contingency plans, IOM security-related strategies, mission-specific security Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and Business Continuity Plans. Establish a concrete course of action for their implementation.

  • When required, and in the absence of a UNDSS presence in countries where IOM has operations, support the IOM/UN Country Office by assisting with the design of contingency plans, security-related strategies, emergency response plans, and establish a concrete course of action for their implementation. Although these plans may be considered IOM-specific, every effort should be made to follow UNDSS emergency/standard operating procedures.

  • Conduct regular reviews of existing IOM / UN security documents for IOM premises, compounds, and field offices within the Region and at Country Office level, with the aim of ensuring that they are relevant, practical and are updated.

  • Support the Country Offices under the Regional Office during
    the project development and capacity building, utilizing the UNSMS Security Risk Management methodology by providing security analysis, operating procedures and other related support.

  • Ensure the SCAAN usage (advisories, reports, warden checks) and user contact data are current as well as tested regularly and that those with access to the Dashboard are using it effectively.

  • Report security matters that have a potential or direct impact on regional and country operations of IOM, immediately to the RD or COM, the Director of OSS and to the OSS Operations Centre in Manila.

  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Security Management, Security Risk Management, International Relations, or related social or political science discipline with security management or analysis component from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience; or
    University degree or equivalent in the above fields with nine years of relevant professional experience.


  • Relevant professional experience on security management or security risk management, with minimum five years field experience in the UN Security Management System;

  • Experience in managing international security officers and other security staff is required;

  • Experience in planning and execution of security plans, procedures and measures is required;

  • Experience of working in crisis/humanitarian response locations in security operations is required; and,

  • Previous Hostage Incident Management (HIM) Training, SSAFE Training of Trainers, and other UN-certified Training of Trainers will be an advantage.


  • Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies;

  • Proven ability to collaborate with senior government security counterparts and civil, humanitarian, and other relevant stakeholders; and,

  • Proven ability to manage and collaborate finance matters.


  • 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 (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

  • For all applicants, fluency in English and working knowledge of Spanish or French is required (oral and written).

  • Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.

    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.

  • 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 3

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
    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 3

  • 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.

  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via

  • PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 21 June 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.

    Find jobs in Uganda. Jobs - Uganda jobs. Search our career portal & find the latest Ugandan job positions, career opportunities & jobs in Uganda.

    Jobs in Uganda - banking jobs, IT jobs, accounting jobs, NGO jobs, business administration, ICT, UN jobs, procurement jobs, education jobs, hospital jobs, human resources jobs, engineering, teaching jobs, and other careers in Uganda.

    Find your dream job from 1000s of vacancies in Uganda posted and updated daily - click here!

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Best Africa Jobs.