Security Operations Officer (SMLP-2) – Kenya


Integrity Overview

Integrity is an ethical consulting and services firm working in challenging and complex environments around the world.

We help our clients succeed in fragile and challenging environments while building trust and understanding as the basis for transformative change. We work in all phases of the program and project cycle, providing eleven complementary services: monitoring, evaluation and learning / data and knowledge management / research, evidence and analysis / advisory / project management / communication / risk management / technical assistance / capacities and capacity development / stakeholder engagement / management of grants and funds. Our services are underpinned by the principles on which we were founded, a commitment to providing reliable information and evidence, and expert, high-quality delivery.

Based in London and Washington DC, Integrity also has offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan. Our multinational team of over 60 people delivers multi-year projects, programs and consultancy assignments to a wide range of government clients, international organizations, foundations and private sector clients.

Vision: Integrity sets the international standard for expert services provided ethically in complex and challenging contexts. Our work helps create stability, responsibility and prosperity.

Assignment: Based on evidence and learnings, we help clients and communities build trust and understanding as the basis for transformative change. We do not advocate: we listen, understand and recommend.

Commitment: Integrity upholds the highest ethical standards in the delivery of our services, the employment of our staff and our interaction with people. By adhering to our core values, we not only ensure that our customers receive the best possible service, but that we benefit the individuals and communities among whom we work.

Further information on Integrity can be found at

Context of the project

Integrity Global, in partnership with Management Systems International (MSI) and leading research and data collection companies in Somalia, will establish a third-party tracking system to collect data that verifies partner-reported results and results selected, and to derive lessons learned from humanitarian assistance. programs in Somalia funded by the USAID Office of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)/Somalia. The overall objective of SMLP-2 is to increase BHA/Somalia’s access to independent and verifiable data relating to 1) the quantity and quality of activities carried out and 2) the performance of BHA-funded programs in Somalia. This increased access to data will allow BHA/Somalia to make more evidence-based program design, implementation and strategy decisions.

Work’s extent

The responsibility of the Security Operations Officer is to monitor the security situation in Somalia, conduct risk assessments, supervise field visits, assist in monitoring team movements, participate in application of safety and security procedures and provide sound and timely advice to SMLP-2 project staff and management. on safety and security issues. The Security Operations Officer is committed to implementing and maintaining the highest standards of security and contingency planning to ensure the safety of all SMLP-2 project personnel. Reporting to the Senior Finance and Operations Manager (SFOM), the SOO will oversee the Operations Assistant, Administrative Assistant and Security Coordinators.

Terms of reference


  • Act as the designated security focal point for the SMLP-2 project, responsible for all aspects of security management in the country.
  • Support the implementation of Integrity safety and security policies and procedures on the SMLP-2 project.
  • Liaise with Safety Coordinators and other relevant SMLP-2 team members to ensure; due diligence and Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) for field work in Somalia are carried out, appropriate mitigation measures are applied and risks are properly recorded, tracked and updated.
  • Regular engagement with Mogadishu-based private security provider Integrity. Oversee the logistics of all in-country travel to Somalia.
  • Coordinate safety and security related trainings for relevant project personnel.
  • Perform initial review of field work plans, oversee field visits and monitor field team movements.
  • Incident management and reporting of security incidents impacting the project to the COP. Provide pre-departure briefings for all visitors to Kenya, as well as a security briefing upon arrival. Lead office orientations for new project staff and visitors.
  • Continuously monitor the Kenya and Somalia operating contexts, reporting major security related developments to the COP and relevant team members.
  • Produce and regularly update suitable contingency plans (such as hibernation, relocation and evacuation plans), as well as other security-related SOPs.

Purchasing and Logistics

  • Support the preparation, planning and implementation of logistics activities to ensure they comply with USAID rules and regulations (AIDAR and FAR).
  • Support the preparation of purchase requisition forms (PRF) and purchase orders (PO).
  • Track all project assets/equipment that are issued to short-term staff and long-term staff and maintain an asset register.
  • Any other project-related tasks required and requested by the Senior Director of Finance and Operations (SFOP).

Your education and experience

The security operations manager must have:

  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience in security and administrative or operational support functions within an international organization.
  • Excellent ability to communicate, work in a team and collaborate with people with diverse technical backgrounds and with external stakeholders, including government entities and international agencies.
  • Previous experience in managing international and local staff.
  • Experience as a risk analyst and/or as a security focal point for an international organization.
  • Experience implementing donor-funded programs in Somalia or in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures is an asset.
  • Knowledge of BHA program operations and knowledge of intellectual property activities in Somalia is highly desirable.

Interpersonal skills required

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously effectively and efficiently with precision and adapt to changing responsibilities and workloads.
  • Must be professional, possess a high degree of urgency and self-motivation, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Results-oriented approach to problem solving.
  • Strong communication skills, including taking notes for meetings.
  • High professional standards for assessment data and reporting.
  • Accustomed to teamwork and able to maintain positive and frequent communications for a remotely managed monitoring team in a challenging and high risk environment.
  • Ability to work independently if necessary.
  • Works well in a diverse team.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English, with the ability to write a clear and compelling narrative.

How to register

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the application form at and attach a CV and cover letter, explaining why you are suitable and want the position. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is November 30, 2022. However, we will review applications on a rolling basis and the vacancy may be filled before this deadline. We encourage early applications. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applicants must have the right to work in Kenya.

Integrity is an equal opportunity employer. And positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible applicants regardless of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity . We will respect your privacy and comply with US data protection laws.


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