Field security officer


Position Title : Field Security Officer

Duty Station : Kinshasa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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 : 26 September 2019

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; Bahamas; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; El Salvador; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic

Republic (the); Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States

of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) in Kinshasa, and the technical supervision of the Regional Field Security Officer (RFSO) for West/Central Africa, and in close collaboration with the Head of the Office of Staff Security (OSS) at Headquarters (HQ), and the programme managers at IOM DRC, the successful candidate will oversee the security and safety matters directly or indirectly related to all IOM personnel and assets under the specific circumstances provided by the security situation in the DRC. S/he will supervise the mission’s security unit and in coordination with the RFSO, plan, coordinate and implement appropriate safety and security management procedures that will effectively address staff safety and the protection of IOM assets, while ensuring secure and safe IOM operations in the DRC.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Under the guidance of the CoM and the RFSO, assist in the development and implementation of a sound security strategy for IOM DRC.
  2. Assist in creating an enabling environment to ensure the orderly functioning of the Mission’s programmes in close coordination with the Government, UNDSS, UN agencies and NGOs.
  3. Provide accurate and up to date assessments of the fluid and unpredictable security situation in DRC and advise the CoM on how to mitigate against identified threats and risks.
  4. Develop, introduce and provide staff training on relevant safety and security management procedures related to the safety and security of IOM staff and the protection of IOM assets, partners and beneficiaries, including development and maintenance of a functioning warden system.
  5. In coordination with the RFSO, provide safety/security briefings for IOM staff deployed to and travelling within DRC, and coordinate all travel security for the Mission relating to all IOM operations, including assessments of road, air and river transport networks, medical evacuations and international staff travel within and from/to DRC regions.
  6. Under the guidance of the RFSO, periodically review and monitor Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and Residential Security Measures (RSM) and compliance therewith at all IOM offices and staff residence in DRC, respectively, and assist in conducting security assessments at IOM sub office (SO).
  7. Prepare periodic informative, assessment related and statistical reports, briefings, background summaries and statistical analysis as directed by the CoM and RFSO including the development, implementation and maintenance of the mission’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) the security emergency plan (including fire security plan) and assist in the annual ‘BCP & Security Emergency table top’ exercises.
  8. When directed by the CoM, attend Security Management Team (SMT) meetings. Ensure that there is an IOM security representative at all security cell meetings. Conduct duty travel inside, and outside DRC as may be necessary and/or directed by the CoM or RFSO.
  9. Oversee and maintain the IOM DRC vehicle fleet movement tracking system to ensure safe and secure movement of all mission vehicles including trucks and take effective measures to respond to unauthorized movements.
  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in political/ Social Science, International Relations, Law Enforcement, Security Management, Disaster Management or a related field from an accredited academic institution with at least five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields from an accredited academic institution with at least seven years of relevant professional experience;

• Equivalent studies in the National Armed or Security forces of country of residence.


• Experience in Security Management, Law Enforcement, migrant processing and emergency response at an international level;

• Comprehensive understanding of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS)

and exhibit the ability to work with UNDSS in the field.

• Experience working with transport providers;

• Experience in migration related issues, project development and in liaising with governmental and diplomatic authorities as well as with international institutions;

• Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts;

• Demonstrated ability to manage a high degree of rational behaviour and decision making at all times irrespective of the gravity of the security environment;

• Familiarity with the DRC context and previous working experience in the region an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of local languages, French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

1 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 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 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 confirmation.

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.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 26 September 2019 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:

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