HSP Security Advisor

The Role

The Oxfam Global Security Team is looking for a Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) Security Advisor. As an HSP Security Advisor within the Global Humanitarian Team, you will be part of Oxfam’s Global Security Team (GST), which is a shared service covering the whole Confederation. You will be reporting to one of the four Global Security Advisors in the GST. Other GSAs have their focus areas, covering, for example, training, incident reporting and management and so on. Oxfam also has a network of Regional Security Advisors who are the first points of contact for country-level Security Advisors/Focal Points and are part of the extended GST. In the HSP role, you will mostly be working at country level, but will also have contact and consultation with Regional and Global level advisors.

What we are looking for

Our HSP Security Advisor will strengthen Oxfam’s response to humanitarian emergencies by providing security management support to country and regional offices to which the post-holder is deployed for periods of up to six months, including building security management capacity for the future.

The post holder will undertake a series of assignments usually based in a country or region for which specific Terms of Reference will be negotiated and agreed with relevant parties, prior to deployment and or revised in the early stages of the deployment.

You will bring to Oxfam:

  • Considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations;
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances;
  • Proven experience of field-based training;
  • Ability to advise and support field staff in a consultative manner;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be organised and efficient;
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender in security and in humanitarian work;
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts in diverse teams;
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, often in difficult circumstances;
  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam:
  • Committed to humanitarian principles and emergency response work;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. A good working capacity in written and spoken French is highly desirable.

We offer

Contract Type:          12 months (extendable)

Hours:                        36 hours per week

This is a full-time role. However, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements, which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage.

Oxfam offers fair pay and a competitive benefits package, including up to 43 days holiday/TOIL per year, pension and medical cover, living and accommodation costs covered during deployments.

Location: Global, with deployments worldwide from your home country. You must be prepared to travel at short notice to emergency response countries (deployments are normally 3-6 months). This post assumes extensive travel up to eight months of the year.

Interviews: Interviews to take place in mid-February 2020

This role will give you the opportunity – as part of the broader Global Security Team – to make a difference, supporting Oxfam’s humanitarian work together with a group of passionate and committed professionals, contributing to supporting and improving on security management standards where it matters.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Oxfam GB also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.  In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply 

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. 

About us

Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.