Security Policy Advisor (INT3609)

The Role


Yemen is a country in continuous crisis. More than half its population live below the poverty line and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. In this challenging role you will ensure that the country security strategy is adjusted to standard developments, implemented, monitored and with reviews as per Security Management Procedures (SMP), being consistent with Oxfam policies and requirements.


This is an outstanding opportunity to make a positive impact in a fragile context where millions of people are suffering from hunger and conflicts.


Essential Skills & experience

  • Considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances.
  • Proven experience of training products and skill transfer.
  • Ability to advice and support field staff in a consultative manner.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be highly organised, efficient and able to delegate.
  • A strong understanding of the importance of gender and security policies.
  • Strong ability articulate and convince for change.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Committed to Oxfam principles.
  • Ability to speak English and ideally a working knowledge of the local language Arabic.


About the MECIS Region


The Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (MECIS) region implements and manages programmes in Yemen, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Russia, Tajikistan, Armenia, and Georgia.


Programmes within the MECIS region reflect Oxfam’s approach to work across the globe. We support self-reliance, not dependency, and to complement our work on the ground we strive to secure lasting change through our campaigning.


We also put women at the heart of all we do. The majority of people living in poverty are women and girls, and so this focus helps us to achieve our mission to overcome poverty and suffering.


Useful Information


Contract Length: Until 30 June 2018


Benefits: Oxfam offers staff a comprehensive benefits package including annual leave entitlements, sick pay provision, medical cover plus opportunities for learning and development.


It is Oxfam’s policy to hire at the minimum to middle of the band, depending upon the skills and experiences of the strongest candidate. 


This role is open to both national and non nationals.  Successful candidates who will be required to relocate internationally to take up the role will be provided with a competitive international relocation package.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation.