Job Title: Field Security Assistant

Company/Organization: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Type: Contract

Reports to: Chief of Mission and Regional Security Officer (RSO)

Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Mission, and technical supervision of the office of Staff Security (OSS) as represented by the Regional Security Officer (RSO) based in the Regional Office in Nairobi, the Field Security Assistant will be responsible for providing support to enable IOM’s activities and assist the Office of Staff Security with all security-related aspects of field operations in the Country Office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective working relationships with the country United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) office, host government agencies, and local authorities responsible for security, to obtain up-to-date security-related information beneficial to Uganda.
  • Assist the National Security Officer in collecting, updating, and communicating information regarding the security situation in Uganda.
  • Support the National Security Officer in the development and implementation of IOM Country Office-specific security plans including contingency and emergency response plans, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and providing security-related inputs into the Business Continuity Plan (BCP).
  • In coordination with National Security, follow up staff member’s compliance with safety and security protocols including completion of mandatory security training, obtaining security clearances as required.
  • Provide support in conducting security surveys of offices in IOM Uganda.
  • Support the effective management of the Country Office Warden system by maintaining updated staff lists, including call sign lists, and ensuring the overall operability of communications systems, particularly SCAAN. Ensure that all relevant safety and security information is disseminated in a timely manner to IOM personnel.
  • Ensure that all safety and security communications equipment is functioning and in good condition, with a regular inventory duly maintained.
  • Assist in reporting security incidents affecting IOM personnel, premises, assets, and operational activities in Uganda. This includes providing support in the preparation of security reports such as Security Incident Reports and Weekly Reports.
  • Provide support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness and providing security orientation to newly assigned IOM personnel in the duty station. Conduct security briefings as required.
  • Maintain an orderly filing system for confidential correspondence, security files/documents, including maintaining a database on contact details of country UNDSS office and host country security authorities.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • University degree in Security, Social Sciences, International Studies, Communications, or a related field from an accredited academic institution, with three years of relevant professional experience; or
  • Completed High School degree from an accredited academic institution, with five years of relevant professional experience.


  • Relevant professional experience in the humanitarian, public, private, or corporate sector is desirable.
  • Experience in providing security coordination and administrative support for an international organization is desirable.
  • Experience in the use of radio communications is desirable.
  • Successful completion of the UNDSS Field Security Associate (FSA) course is desirable.


  • Ability to collaborate with senior government security counterparts and relevant stakeholders is an advantage.
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; listens actively and responds effectively.


  • Fluency in English is required (oral and written).
  • Working knowledge of Swahili or French is an advantage.

Required Competencies


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain 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 – Behavioral 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 action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring, and motivational way.

How to Apply

All interested applicants may send their applications to no later than 18th July 2024. Reference Number and Position Title (SVN_UG_004_2024 – Field Security Assistant) should be specified in the SUBJECT field.

Required: After sending your application through, you are required to fill in the recruitment Questionnaire using the link: – Pre-Screening Form.

Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Deadline: 18th July 2024

About The International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Industry: Security

Location: Kampala, Uganda

The International Organization for Migration is a United Nations-related organization working in the field of migration. The organization implements operational assistance programs for migrants, including internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrant workers.



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