FilmAid Safety and Security Officer Job in Dadaab, Kenya

Job Title: Safety and Security Officer
Duty Station: Dadaab Field Office
About FilmAid: FilmAid is an international development and humanitarian communications organization that harnesses the power and influence of media and the arts to respond to emergencies as well as promote social change through dialogue in order to protect the wellbeing of displaced and vulnerable populations by building stronger, healthier, and more informed communities around the world. 
Over the past 16 years, FilmAid has served displaced populations and their host communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Macedonia, Afghanistan, US Gulf Coast, Haiti and the Thai/Myanmar border.

FilmAid designs and implements communication initiatives on critical health, protection and environmental issues. 
FilmAid’s Theory-Of-Change is based on the integration of access, creativity and participation, which drive individual and community change, contributing to positive social impact. 
Underpinning this approach is collaboration; working together is fundamental to achieving change. FilmAid partners with communities, creators, NGOs, Governments, and the private sector to ensure a collaborative approach to this end.

FilmAid’s work falls into the four integrated components: Media Content, Communication with Communities (CwC), Communication for Development (C4D) and Skills Development that combine to support program delivery. FilmAid produces multiple forms of creative media, which is subsequently distributed through a variety of outreach channels, ensuring that target communities are reached. 
This CwC/C4D includes targeted screening events and workshops, radio, SMS, as well as digital media platforms. 
In addition, FilmAid builds skills within the community to deliver the media and outreach components. 
This participatory approach drives individual change, as well as ensuring community engagement and ownership of all interventions.
Job Purpose:The Safety and Security Officer shall be responsible for coordination and proving safety information and guidelines to program implementation support to FilmAid Dadaab.
Key roles and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Ensure safety for Dadaab field program by providing leadership in all safety related matters to FilmAid Dadaab program.
  • Ensure planning and implementation of security coordination activities in Dadaab.
  • Regularly assess and update safety threats and provide recommendations to management.
  • Supervise and monitor provision of safety to FilmAid staff and film equipment in all FilmAid activities.
  • To take the lead role in coordinating with the refugee leaders, other security focal persons in the program, GOK and other LWF/DWS sectors on security issues at the camp level.
  • Train and supervise a team of safety guards, both national and refugee in situational awareness, crowd control, radio communication and the FilmAid Safety plan.
  • Implement and maintain a FilmAid radio network in the key locations.
  • Ensure regular training, implementation of the safety/safety and evacuation plans and regulations in the field.
  • Liaise with GOK, UNHCR, implementing partners and refugee representatives in facilitating community base management activities in the camp.
  • Provide daily verbal safety reports to the Field Manager. Also provide weekly reports and monthly written summary reports to all FilmAid staff.
  • Conduct orientation to visitors, volunteers and new staff on the FilmAid safety guidelines ensuring that all visitors are aware of safety and security procedures and follow them.
  • Ensure that whatever mechanisms are established to address peace, safety and security issues uphold and respect the human rights of all individuals as well as promote gender equity and inclusion of the minority and vulnerable persons.
  • Develop and strengthen mechanisms for peace, safety and security promotion among the refugees and the host community.
  • Liaise with GOK, UNHCR, LWF and other safety officers in assessing safety threats in the camps and providing regular updates on this to the Field Manager as well as facilitate community base management activities in the camps.
  • Promote and facilitate refugees participation in activities aimed at enhancing their safety and security.
  • Conduct regular formal and informal consultations with refugees and their leaders on the mechanisms and strategies for increasing collaboration in monitoring, reporting and responding to their safety and security concerns.
  • Conduct investigations on any incidents, accident or property losses within FilmAid premises in conjunction with the Field Manager.
  • Ensure clear and accessible safety and security records.
  • On daily basis share security reports with the Management and advise where necessary.
  • Carryout investigations as necessary for follow up on security matters.
  • Observe and maintain security documents.
  • Continuously update and review the existing evacuation plan, especially for Dadaab and ensure its viability.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in security management, preferably in a police/military context or with considerable UN field mission experience.
  • University degree or a diploma in Social Sciences, Criminology or a related technical field like a military or police academy degree would be an asset.
  • Must be a Kenyan national.
  • Relevant military or police training courses showing career progression with emphasis on operational planning and communication skills, combined with significant practical operational and UN experience would be of great advantage but not essential.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable in security/safety-related subjects, threat/risk assessment, strong representation and negotiating skills, security management, and personal and organizational security awareness
  • The applicant’s experience should demonstrate capabilities which should include the ability to conduct planning and operate under extreme stress, a demonstration of high level of leadership and capability of rapid decision-making (with little margin of error). A high degree of physical fitness would be required
  • Technical competency and training experience in field-based communications systems (such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF/Thuraya)
  • Proven experience of working effectively in complex security environments
  • Ready to work with minimal supervision with ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Be proactive in improving skills by keeping up to date with new / latest development in safety and security operations procedures
  • Ready to work for long hours in a hardship area
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles, standards and action.
  • Applicants with investigation skills will have an added advantage.
Key Skills and Competencies:
  • High level of integrity, commitments and professional responsibility.
  • Team player, excellent interpersonal, organizational, multitasking skills.
  • Excellent communication, organization and presentation skills.
  • Excellent time-management and reporting skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Respecting and promoting individual, religious and cultural diversity in the workplace
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment
  • Must possess a valid driving licence
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and promote their implementation.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified persons with the required experience are invited to submit their applications with a cover letter, CV and 3 references to Email address: on or before 22nd February 2016 and clearly indicate on the subject line as ‘Safety and Security Officer’ stating clearly your expected remuneration for this role.

Note that applicants who send letters of references, testimonials or any other documents apart from those requested will be automatically disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

FilmAid is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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