5 Sep 2014

Security Coordinator Job Vacancy

ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development) is a non-political and non-confessional International NGO founded in 1993 with its headquarters in Paris, France.

The organization’s vocation is to save lives, assist vulnerable populations and bring hope to those in need for better future. ACTED is looking for professionally confident, self motivated, experienced and committed team player to fill the below position in Nairobi Kenya.

Security Coordinator
Department: Coordination
Direct hierarchy: Kenya/Somalia Country Director
Contract duration: Six Months (with possible extension)
Location: Nairobi – with frequent travels to Somalia and Kenya field offices
Starting date: September 2014

Main objective:

  • To provide overall leadership and management of security procedures, protocols and systems in ACTED’s Kenya and Somalia bases. This includes but is not limited to: Compound security; travel SOPs; base set-ups and security reviews; and security management. The role will require active management of security processes, technical management of a Security Officer in Somalia and an advisory role for all bases.
  • The Security Coordinator will work closely with the Kenya and Somalia Coordinators, as well as with the logistics department on the procurement of essential security items and processes, systems and procedures for travel etc.


  • To regularly assess and analyse the security situation, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measure in Nairobi and in all ACTED areas of intervention in Kenya and Somalia.
  • To technically supervise field security officers and focal points.
  • Daily security check-in with the field security focal points recorded in the Security Monitoring Plan.
  • To participate in relevant meetings and build a strong network of contacts in Kenya and Somalia.
  • Adjust security procedures and revise security plan as needed and ensure their implementation in coordination with the field coordinators and their security focal points (ex. staff movements, communication, clearance, etc.)
  • Oversee the implementation of security and safety measures as stated in ACTED Security Plan or decided with the Country Director and with the Kenya and Somalia Coordinator.
  • Provide security briefing to staff as needed and ensure that all staffs adhere to security policies and procedures. This includes briefing to all newly recruited staff joining ACTED
  • In collaboration with the Coordination team develop security procedures, SOPs and field security briefings for new arrivals with the field security focal points.
  • Advise on security equipment and on premises, conduct periodic security assessment of the same and advice on improvements and solutions appropriately.
  • Advise Coordination on security matters for project development, implementation and routine work.
  • If possible, advise on humanitarian access negotiation
  • Provide training and capacity building for staff members in order to increase the level of technical ability and skills in terms of safety and security. Ensure that staff members are proficient in the use of safety and security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field.
  • Facilitate security clearances for areas where required.
  • Provide advice on the security of transportation and logistics.
  • Responsible for complying with all the reporting requirements within the various sub departments to the country department team, HQ as well as donor requirements within the FLAT process.
  • Ensure proper filing/file maintenance of security related documents.
  • Manage all compound security and reporting from bases on agreed time-frames.
  • Develop security guard training tools for Kenya and Somalia and security equipment maintenance check-lists / calendars.
  • This position will require frequent travel to ACTED’s areas of intervention in Kenya and Somalia.

Qualifications/Skills Required

  • A minimum of three years relevant experience on security, preferably at a management position, in an INGO.
  • Good understanding of the Somalia context.
  • Strong analytical skills (context, people …)
  • Flexibility/pragmatism and dynamism/commitment.
  • Good understanding of security procedures and equipment.
  • In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management.
  • Excellent resistance to stressful situations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective work relations at all levels,
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to manage varied workloads, and deal constructively with stress and working long hours.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision, pro-active and a good team-player.
  • A commitment to documented systems and procedures.
  • Computer literate
  • Capacity to build a maintain a strong professional network

Application Procedure: 
Qualified Kenya/Somalia persons with the required skills and qualifications are invited to submit their detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter to and received on or before 12 September 2014. 

Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.

ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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