Mission Security Officer (MSO)

EUSR for the Horn of Africa
  • Location
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

On 8 December 2011, the Council adopted Decision 2011/819/CFSP (1) appointing Mr Alexander RONDOS as the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Horn of Africa. The current mandate of the EUSR mandate is to expire on 29 February 2020. For the purposes of the mandate of the EUSR, the Horn of Africa is defined as comprising the Republic of Djibouti, the State of Eritrea, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, the Federal Republic of Somalia, and the Republic of the Sudan, the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Uganda.

The EUSR is seeking to recruit an experienced Mission Security Office to be based in his office in Nairobi, Kenya in order to assist him in fulfilling his obligation of providing security to his team in the region and as a whole. All interested candidates are invited to apply for this post according to the instructions provided in the last section of this document.

Main tasks:

In line with the EU's Policy on the Security of staff deployed outside the EU in an operational capacity under Title V of the Treaty of the European Union (Field Security Policy), and under the authority of the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa (EUSR), the MSO is responsible for the following main tasks:


In more detail, the above main tasks can be broken down into the following activities:

  • Implement and maintain the EUSR Mission Security Plan including an Evacuation and Relocation Plan, a MEDEVAC Plan and appropriate contingency plans for the EUSR and his staff, in close coordination with the EU Delegations in the region, the Regional Security Officers (RSO) and EU CSDP Missions in theatre;
  • Carry out the daily management of the Mission Security Plan, ensuring that all aspects are current and workable;
  • Ensure that there is a credible and robust crisis and security response capacity for all EUSR staff based in and visiting the region;
  • Act as the EUSR Focal Point for Security, liaising with EU Delegations, the CSDP Missions, EU Member States, AU, UN, National Authorities and others as deemed appropriate;
  • Manage a security and information network in the Horn of Africa (HoA) region, relying on established sources and contacts, in order to provide accurate and relevant information regarding the security (and political) situation on the ground;
  • Deploy to specific locations in the HoA region, when tasked or necessary, in order to establish or verify security-related information;
  • Ensure timely and accurate security and analytical reporting, including real time reporting from potential trouble spots;
  • Manage security contracts in coordination with the EUSR administration;
  • Ensure personal security advice and recommendations are given to the EUSR and his staff members as required;
  • Maintain and manage appropriate context-specific security operating procedures and standards for countries in the HoA region where EUSR staff operate, particularly for Somalia;
  • Oversee journey management for all EUSR staff in cooperation with administration and policy staff;
  • Maintain the EUSR Medical Plan, including equipment, access to facilities, high-risk insurance, and Casevac/Medevac;
  • Ensure workable and emergency communications are available for all staff in the HoA region;
  • Arrange and/or oversee security provisions for movements of the EUSR team in Mogadishu and the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA) in close coordination with the EU Delegation Security Coordinator, RSO, and EU Close Protection teams;
  • Ensure that correct procedures are followed and respected in terms of the handling, storage and destruction of EU Classified Information in accordance with EU Security Policy Guidelines;
  • Oversee communications and IT security within the mission, ensuring the correct methods are used for transmitting sensitive information;
  • Maintain continuous open lines of communication with the appropriate EEAS Security Directorate and with EEAS IntCen;
  • Ensure all security, communications and medical equipment is maintained and available for all mission staff, as required throughout the mission;
  • Provide residential security recommendations, advice and standards for regionally-based staff, and oversee upgrades as required;
  • Manage the EUSR security budget and procurement plan. Perform any other administrative, financial or logistical tasks pertaining to the implementation of the Mission Security Plan;
  • Develop and manage the EUSR Training Plan, considering budgetary constraints, in coordination with administration colleagues;
  • Carry out other tasks as delegated by the EUSR or the Chief of Staff.

It is essential that candidates meet the following selection criteria:

  • National of one of the EU Member States;
  • Minimum of 12 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Deep, demonstrable understanding of the political and security situation in the HoA region, particularly Somalia;
  • Willingness to work long hours and travel at short notice, if required;
  • Ability to work independently and display self-sufficiency;
  • A positive attitude and cultural sensitivity in a diverse regional environment;
  • Previous experience within EU institutions in the field (e.g. EUSR, EU Delegation, CSDP Mission);
  • Previous experience in high and critical risk areas, working with CP teams and relevant security and medical professionals;
  • Willingness to undertake frequent travel within the region, and to Brussels.

Application instructions

Deadline for receiving applications is 26 May 2019. All candidates are invited to send their CV, and a short cover letter outlining their motivation and suitability for the post, to the following e-mail address [email protected]. The position of Mission Security Officer is at Mission support level and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. The grading of the successful candidate will be determined based on the years of relevant professional experience. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, and only candidates meeting all the listed essential criteria will be eligible for shortlisting. The successful candidate will be offered an international contract with initial duration until 29 February 2020. The contract would be renewed only upon extension of the current mandate of the EUSR for the Horn of Africa. The successful candidate will be expected to be deployed and take up his duties as soon as possible and no later than the end of June.

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