Humanitarian Support Personnel - Security Officer (INT5776)

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

The Role

We are looking for a Humanitarian Support Personnel (HSP) - Security Officer.  As an HSP Security Officer within the Global Humanitarian Team, you will be part of Oxfam’s Global Security Team (GST), which is a shared service covering the whole Confederation. You will be reporting to one of the five Global Security Advisors in the GST. Other GSAs have their focus areas, covering, for example, training, incident reporting and management and so on. Oxfam also has a network of Regional Security Advisors who are the first points of contact for country-level Security Advisors/Focal Points and part of the extended GST. In the HSP role, you will mostly be working at country level, but will also have contact and consultation with Regional and Global level advisors.

To strengthen Oxfam’s response to humanitarian emergencies by providing security management support to country and regional offices, to which the post-holder is deployed, for periods of up to six months, including building security management capacity for the future.

The post holder will undertake a series of assignments either home-based or based in a country or region for which specific Terms of Reference will be negotiated and agreed with relevant parties, prior to deployment and or revised in the early stages of the deployment.

What we are looking for

• 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 field based training.

• Ability to advise 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 organised and efficient.

• A sound understanding of the importance of gender in humanitarian work.

• 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.

• Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.

• Committed to humanitarian principles and emergency response work

• Good written and spoken English and good working capacity in written and spoken French.

We offer

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Hours: 36 hours per week

This is a full-time role; however, Oxfam offers various flexible arrangements which candidates can discuss with the Recruiting Manager at interview stage.

Oxfam offers a wide range of benefits, including over 43 days holiday/TOIL per year, pension and medical cover, living and accommodation costs covered during deployments.

Location: Home based with deployments worldwide from your home country. You must be prepared to travel at short notice to emergency response countries (deployments are normally 3-6 months). This post includes extensive travel, up to eight months of the year.

This role will give you an opportunity to make a difference in a Humanitarian context, to act as key contributor to the Global Humanitarian Team to work with a group of passionate people that are specialists in their fields etc, training and development, offers fair pay and competitive benefits package.

Our values and commitment to safeguarding


Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.


We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


How to apply 

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

About us

Oxfam is a gobal movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.


Oxfam GB is a member of international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

  • Location:
    Home based
  • Hours:
    36 hours per week.
  • Salary:
    £29, 082 - £40, 434
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  • Job Type:
    Open ended
  • Closing Date:
    31 July 2019
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