Спеціаліст/ка Відділу Безпеки / Field Security Associate


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Спеціаліст/ка Відділу Безпеки / Field Security Associate

Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Field Security Associate
Duty Station: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Classification: General Service Staff, Grade G6
Type of Appointment: Special Fixed-Term, one year with the possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 31 May 2024 

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 environment. Internal and external candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


The Office of Staff Security (OSS) is responsible for providing leadership on safety/security policy management and Mission operational support to enable the safest and most effective implementation and delivery of IOM programs and activities.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (COM) and Field Security Officer, and the direct operational supervision of the Field Security Officer and in close coordination with Field Security Support Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for actively assisting the East Region to the Field Security Officer and Field Security Support Officer including IOM East Area Manager, with all aspects of staff safety and security management in Ukraine.   

The Field Security Associate will be expected to implement appropriate safety and security management procedures that will effectively address issues that could have an impact on all safety, security and protection of IOM personnel and assets, including programme implementation in the country.

The Field Security Associate will have a daily reporting line to the Field Security Officer and will have a technical reporting line to the Field Security Support.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Establish and maintain effective working exchanges and relationships with security officials of other UN agencies and organizations, government counterparts and partner security services, the country United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) office and all appropriate security Focal Points, in order to ensure up-to-date security-related information that is beneficial to Ukraine specific missions and individual offices is obtained.
  2. In coordination with the Field Security Officer, or Field Security Support Officer develop, implement, and regularly test a functioning warden system. Warden testing methods should include multiple systems, including SCAAN.
  3. Provide safety/security briefings for IOM staff deployed to and travelling within Ukraine and coordinate all travel security for the IOM Eastern Sub Offices (Dnipro, Poltava and Kharkiv) relating to all IOM operations, including assessments of road, air and river transport networks, medical evacuations and international staff travel within and from/to all DS in Ukraine.
  4. In coordination with the Field Security Officer, or Field Security Support Officer regularly review and monitor compliance on the 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 Field Security Officer – East on issues raised in the Area Security Management Team (ASMT), 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.
  5. In coordination with the Field Security Officer or Field Security Support Officer develop, implement and test office-specific security plans, fire safety trainings, evacuations, etc.
  6. Closely monitor and report on deployment numbers (staff ceilings) established for the mission/s by the UN Designated Official (DO) or Area Security Coordinator (ASC) during emergencies, in coordination with the Security Management Team (ASMT) and UNDSS, ensuring that security clearance procedures are applied fairly, vis-à-vis all of the agencies working under the UNDSS Security Management System.
  7. Test the functionality and implementation of IOM-specific emergency communications systems (SCAAN) to ensure they are functional and effective and address the programme requirements of the Country Office. This includes actively checking the SCAAN dashboard and posting relevant security advisories in a timely manner.
  8. In coordination with the Field Security Officer, report security matters that have a direct impact on IOM operations immediately to the Field Security Officer and Field Security Support Officer.
  9. In coordination with the Field Security Officer or Field Security Support Officer, conduct preliminary enquiries with respect to any security breaches/incidents in all DS, working closely with local authorities in efforts to ensure IOM staff, its assets and interests are protected, and appropriate and corrective measures taken.
  10. Coordinate response to incidents with personnel, assets, or beneficiaries in the IOM premises by third-party security providers. Assist with liaison or directly liaise with local law enforcement bodies and emergency medical teams as instructed by the Security Officer.
  11. Respond to the complaints or recommendations provided by the management of the relevant offices and communicate the information to the Security Officer for potential implementation of the changes in the already developed security measures or procedures.
  12. Assist with or personally organize and deliver trainings on different aspects of security and safety for raising security awareness of personnel.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • High School degree in the above fields with six years of relevant professional experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Security Management/Social Sciences, Law, Disaster Management, International Studies, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with four years of relevant professional experience.


  • Relevant professional experience working in security management, security risk management;
  • Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions is an advantage;
  • Experience in planning and execution of security measures in UN agencies or organizations is highly desirable;
  • Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies is an advantage;
  • Experience working in hardship duty stations and having previous training in hostage incident management scenarios would be an advantage; and, SSAFE TOT or other official UN TOT certification would be an advantage.


  • Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts is an advantage;
  • Ability to manage a high degree of rational behaviour and decision-making at all times irrespective of the gravity of the security environment;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to analyse complex problems, and identify and convey clear, rapid solutions; and, Strong general analytical skills.


English and Ukrainian is required.

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and security clearances.

A prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications filling in the IOM Personal History Form and sending to [email protected] by 31 May 2024 the latest, referring to this advertisement in the subject line of your message.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting period:

From 24.05.2023 to 31.05.2023

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