Security Risk Management Advisor (Iraq)

As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Job description

Minimising security risks to our staff is the highest priority. In order to achieve this, GIZ implements in its partner countries, in particular in countries with high security risks, professional security risk management systems. Security Risk Management Advisors contribute to the safety and security of our staff and operations and thereby support the successful implementation of development programmes and cooperation.

Your tasks

  • Maintain and further develop a professional Security Risk Management (SRM) system in order to adapt it to the local/regional context
  • Continuous analysis of the security situation at the location/region in general and at project implementation sites in particular
  • Collect and evaluate relevant information on the security situation and transfer results to the context of development cooperation
  • Develop security, conflict and actor analyses, regular situation reports, district profiles and further research documents, in particular incident reports
  • Responsible for all aspects of everyday SRM operations in a volatile security environment, including potential emergency and evacuation scenarios
  • Maintain liaison to multiple actors such as local and national authorities as well as international governmental and nongovernmental organisations
  • Inform employees about changes in the security situation and implement directives for the protection of staff
  • In case of emergencies, support of the SRM team and/or country director in crisis management as well as advice regarding the security of GIZ infrastructure

Your profile

  • A relevant university degree in security risk management, crisis management, regional studies, political science or similar with several years of professional experience in SRM in the context of development or humanitarian work in conflict/crisis/fragile environments
  • Profound experience in developing and implementing concepts for managing security risks in this context is a must
  • A military or police background is neither necessary nor sufficient but might be considered if in combination with relevant work experience in the field of SRM
  • Sound knowledge of the main actors and processes within the German development cooperation, especially in fragile and/or violent contexts are required
  • Combination of sound analytical skills with the ability to present complex information in an easily digestible way
  • Ability to work in a systematic and independent manner with little guidance and with the ability to take decisions and ensure their implementation under pressure or in critical situations
  • Excellent communication and advisory skills and ability to convince internal and external stakeholders of the importance of SRM in the work context
  • Fluency in English is a must, working proficiency in German and/or Arabic and Kurdish desirable

Location information

Medical care is limited. Climate is characterized by very hot, dry summers and cool winters. Depending on the security situation this position might be operating out of other countries. Iraq is a CTO (Compensated-Time-Off) country with various regulations, therefore Dohuk is not a family location. The ability to move freely is sincerely limited with security restrictions dominating work and private life.

The security situation is very tense. There are special security risk mitigation measures applying to GIZ staff on-site. All staff must follow GIZ security instructions at any time. Please also read up on county-specific advice provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

At the site of operation the particulate pollution occurs to be many time higher than the European acceptable limit. As part of the selection process and during the recruitment examination you will be informed of appropriate protective and behavioral measures.


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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

About us

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.


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