Security Officer_Nairobi at ACTED

Department: Security

Contract duration: Fixed

Duty Station: Nairobi

Starting Date: August 2022

Background on ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavours to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard-to-reach areas. With a team of 4,800 national staff, 450 international staff, ACTED is active in 38 countries and implements more than 505 projects a year reaching over 20 million beneficiaries. More on

ACTED Kenya is looking for professionally confident, self-motivated, experienced and committed team player to fill the Security Officer position in Nairobi, Kenya.

Position Profile: Reporting to the Country Security Manager, this position will support the Country Security Manager ensure that the security standards of ACTED staff are high and ensure high-level security of all ACTED staff, assets, property and resources within ACTED sphere of influence and context of operations. They will acquire operational comprehensive understanding of ACTED program in Kenya and provide support and advice in terms of security. He/she is accountable for compliance of ACTED security and safety guidelines.

The Security Officer will be involved in the smooth running of the Security Unit within the ACTED Kenya Operations and will also support ACTED operations in Uganda and Somalia. In addition, s/he will be responsible for ensuring conducting continuous security risk assessments and mitigating the security risks.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Context analysis

  • Provide regular contextual security report and share with Security Manager.

2. Security Assessments

  • In concert with Kenya Security Department, carry out security assessments and evaluations (Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) self-assessment) in all ACTED area, particularly in Kenya.
  • Update Security risks assessment, SOPs and others security documents as appropriate and share with Coordination and all local staff and ensure the security notice rules are applied.

3. Operational support

  • Report any damage to security infrastructure, and technical installations to the Logistics team.
  • Ensure constant update of the emergency contact list and timely issuance of ID cards.
  • Ensure a proper level of preparation before movement on the field, transportation means are adapted, a good fleet maintenance, and set movement rules which are adapted to the local context to support the Logistic team in Country. Ensure Operational follow-up of movements.

4. Briefing and training

  • Provide security briefings for all incoming ACTED staff with follow-up periodically or when applicable.
  • 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, and induction briefings for visiting personnel.

5. Liaison with humanitarian, military, community and other actors

  • Establish a strong relationship with others security actors, including INGO, SNGO and agencies working in the security management filed.
  • Share security updates with ACTED coordination.
  • Report on all compound security and reporting from bases on agreed time-frames.

6. Reporting

  • Fill reports in case of security incident and follow up as appropriate.
  • Fill the incident data base for Kenya and centralize the national incident data base.
  • Participate in the writing/updating of Country Security Plan and annexes.
  • Record the field security focal points in the Security Monitoring Plan daily.
  • Ensure proper filing/file maintenance of security related documents.

Protection Mainstreaming– Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines

Perform other duties as requested by supervisor

Required qualifications and technical expertise:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in security / safety management or Safety management; other related education
  • In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management
  • Proven knowledge in occupational Health Safety environment.
  • Investigations training is an added advantage
  • Computer literacy is mandatory
  • Basic First aid and fire safety training.
  • Extensive knowledge of Country’s context.
  • Willingness to travel up to different locations in Kenya
  • Being conversant in Somali language will be considered an advantage.

Preferred experience:

  • Previous experience of working with an INGOs is an asset;
  • At least four years’ experience in risk management, safety and security operations
  • At least two years’ experience on humanitarian security.
  • Experience in training and capacity-building of staff in matters security and safety

Essential knowledge, Skills and Competency:

  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to write high quality reports in English.
  • Strong analytical as well as administrative skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-playing skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.
  • Should be versatile and able to perform more than one task as deemed necessary.
  • Must be dedicated, committed and able to think outside the box.
  • Autonomous and able to direct him/herself with minimal guidance.
  • Should have great leadership, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Must ensure, compliance, transparency and accountability all the time.
  • Must have good planning, operationalization and organizing skills.
  • Applicants must have a legal right to work in Kenya; this is not an international position.

How to apply

Qualified Kenya Nationals with the required skills are invited to submit their applications by 10/8/2022, 05:00PM to with the subject line: APPLICATION FOR SECURITY OFFICER accompanied with:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Maximum 03 Pages)
  • Cover Letter (Maximum 01 Page)

Cover Letter and CV must be shared as a single PDF document i.e with the Cover Letter being on the first page and CV starting on the next page, detailing 03 work referees and their day time contacts. Please do not attach any other documents while sending your application. If required they will be requested at a later stage.

Location: Kenya


Applications failing to respect the criteria above will not be considered.

Please note:

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Review of Applications and Shortlisting will be done on rolling basis and ACTED reserves the right to hire before the deadline.
  • ACTED will at no stage of recruitment process request candidate to make payments of any kind. Further, ACTED has not retained any agent(s) in connection with recruitment.

ACTED is committed to protecting beneficiaries within our programmes from exploitation and abuse and any kind of misconduct. ACTED has specific policies, including PSEA and Child Protection, which outlines the expected behavior and the responsibility of all staff, beneficiaries, consultants and other stakeholders and has zero tolerance towards misconducts. Any candidate offered a job with ACTED will be expected to sign ACTED’s organizational Policies and Code of Conduct as an annex to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.*ACTED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.*

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