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Security Risk Management Advisor (m/f) for the GIZ Regional Office Cameroon


Closing date: Sunday, 28 May 2017


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


For our operations in Cameroon/Jaunde, we are looking for a/an


Security Risk Management Advisor (m/f) for the GIZ Regional Office Cameroon


JOB-ID: 31874


Field of activity


As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. We have more than 17,000 staff members around the globe, some 70% of whom are employed locally as national personnel.


The regional GIZ country office in Yaoundé - where the position is situated - Is responsible for Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Central African Republic and Sao Tomé and Principe. In Cameroon GIZ implements a portfolio of national, regional and some global projects and programs in the area of national resource management, good governance, rural development, employment promotion, health, and improvement of the living conditions for refugees and the host population. A number of activities are located in zones with high security risks for GIZ personnel. The GIZ security risk management in Yaoundé minimizes security risks to our staff and operations, thereby supporting the successful implementation of our development programs, in line with GIZ corporate security risk management standards and frameworks.


Your tasks


The GIZ Security Risk Management Advisor (SRMA) (m/f) Cameroon works under the direct supervision of the GIZ Country Director and with technical guidance from the Corporate Security Unit. He/she advises the Country Director on all aspects of everyday operational security risk management, including emergency and risk preventing procedures and in improving/maintaining the security risk management system in close cooperation with the Corporate Security Unit in GIZ head office in Eschborn, Germany. Your contribution includes maintaining the state-of-the-art security risk management system on site and implementing guidelines for the GIZ country office in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon and Sao Tomé and Principe. Chad security risk management is headed by its own SRMA in N'Djamena. The focus of your work is on Cameroon.

You will be asked to analyze security incidents throughout your region and specifically in Cameroon and collect, contextualize, and evaluate security-related information. Frequent context and actor analyses as well as incident reporting and the development of emergency and safety procedures will be the focus of your daily work. Furthermore you are expected to liaise with a wide range of actors, including your target audience, local and national authorities as well as international state and non-state actors, and military forces, the German Embassy and representatives of the risk management of other organizations and donors (e.g. UN, France, UK, US). You manage incidents and crises in your area of operations under the guidance of the Corporate Security Unit and head the crisis management field team. You will prepare security risk assessments, incident reports, bi-weekly security reports, profiles, and other documents as required within the GIZ minimum security standards or country needs. You will regularly brief the program directors in Cameroon during country management team meetings; advise on longer-term measures to improve the country security system of the GIZ regional office during the annual planning exercise; prepare the Country Risk Management Team meetings and advise their members on their role; brief new staff members and consultants (if necessary) on the security situation in their area of intervention; implement directives to safeguard employees; exercise emergency communication structures; make sure that other means of communication are purchased and maintained (e.g. satellite telephones); and carry out a range of capacity development measures/trainings for GIZ staff related to security risk management and security awareness. Your operational planning must be in line with GIZ corporate requirements. You will play a key role in clearance of field trips in the country and missions to Cameroon and Central African Republic. In addition, your assistance is required in assessing static security (residences and offices), and implementing appropriate security measures. Finally you will coordinate closely not only with the Corporate Security Unit regarding security updates and measures but also with the SRMA in Chad so as to keep the system in both countries consistent with each other. The peer exchange is supported through regional and global networking meetings of SRMA in GIZ.


Your profile

  • University Degree in security, risk, crisis and disaster management, social science, international relations, peace and conflict studies or another relevant field required
  • Sound professional experience of no less than 5 years in civil security/risk management of which preferably 3 years in developing country context
  • Professional experience in development, humanitarian and/ or international organizations required; preferably at least 3 years
  • Working experience in a similar role, preferably in an African context
  • Familiarity with risk management systems and with crisis management
  • Formal trainings in safety & security for development/ humanitarian organizations, security risk management and/or hostile environment awareness necessary
  • Excellent analytical, communication and advisory skills
  • Ability to work with inter-disciplinary teams, and to work and keep calm under pressure
  • Networking capacity, ability to create a good working relationship with SRMA and security personnel of other donors, embassies and of representatives of the national security system
  • Ability to work autonomously with little guidance and ability to make sound decisions in critical situations
  • Willingness to regularly travel to remote locations in Cameroon, and from time to time in CAR
  • Fluency in French and good English language skills required, German is an advantage
  • Experience in conducting and facilitating trainings
  • Good knowledge in communication technologies, positioning systems (SAT/GSM) and Microsoft Office Products is necessary, knowledge in geographical information system programmes (Garmin BaseCamp, ARC o.a.) is an advantage
  • Formal security, police or military training and/ or work experience is not sufficient on its own without experience in the field of development or humanitarian work and strong analytical capacities.

Assignment period

As soon as possible until 30.06.2019

Conditions regarding location

The climate in Yaoundé is sub-tropical and rather pleasant because of the altitude, however frequent travelling to the tropical humid coastal areas and the dry hot northern areas is required. Health care for common diseases including malaria and other tropical diseases exist as well as quite a number of Europe or US-trained doctors as well as expatriate doctors. More complicated surgery or treatment should be sought in Europe, RSA or Kenya. English and French schools for all levels of good quality exist in Yaoundé, which is a location for family posts. The security situation in Yaoundé and Douala is characterized mostly by petty crime (non-violent burglary, pick pocketing), however the crime rate does not reach the level seen in other African cities (e.g. Nairobi). The military insurgency and terrorist suicide attacks are currently limited to the most Northern region, to which travelling is severely restricted.

Our offer

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.

Other information

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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.

If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 28.05.2017.

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