Local Security Assistant – G6 – Baidoa, Somalia

ILO Somalia

Local Security Assistant – G6 – Baidoa, Somalia


Local Security Assistant – G6 (DC)

Grade: G6

Vacancy no.: DC/BAIDOA/GS/2021/01
Publication date: 15 April 2021
Application deadline (midnight local time): 30 April 2021

Department: RO-Africa
Organization Unit: CO-Addis Ababa
Location: Baidoa
Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: 12 months

Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.

The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates*

*The recruitment process for General Service positions is subject to specific local recruitment criteria.

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


ILO in March 2019 conducted field assessments in Baidoa to identify initial local infrastructure and community asset development needs and priorities in the selected IDP settlement areas; assess potential scope and technical areas of possible EIIP interventions to provide employment opportunities to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and their host communities through public investment;, institutional capacity building and technical training of local implementing bodies (local governments, contractors and labourers) will be a key component of the proposed EIIP intervention.

The project, which is being implemented with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW Development Bank will focus on permanent IDP settlements in the outskirts of Baidoa and will build on the past and current ILO projects in Baidoa. The project is directly linked to the UNHCR’s repatriation and integration programme for refugees and IDPs in Somalia and will serve to complement the World Bank Multi Partner Fund (MPF).

The key results areas are

  • Improve productive infrastructure to induce efficient movement of goods and passengers and to provide better access to income, employment opportunities, socio-economic facilities;
  • Support the development of private and public sector capabilities to carry out cobblestone road works including the provision (street lights).

The project requires the services of a Local Security Assistant (LSA) to provide security support and logistics.  The incumbent is also required upon to provide Driver services in this rather specific security context.

Reporting lines

Under the overall responsibility of the Director of the ILO Country Office in Ethiopia, the incumbent will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the ILO Security Officer in Baidoa. The main role of the Local Security Assistant (LSA) Baidoa is to assist the ILO Security Officer in the execution of security responsibilities in Baidoa.

Description of Duties

The main duties of the LSA will include the following:

  1. Liaise with the local and Federal authorities on matters related to security.
  2. Gather information on security matters affecting ILO staff, office, projects in Baidoa, and provides early warning to the Security Officer regarding potential threats.
  3. Provide Security/Driver support for ILO field missions in Baidoa.
  4. Assist the Security Officer in updating staff lists and warden system.
  5. Maintain a timetable for arriving and departing ILO officials and facilitate shuttle logistics, immigration and customs at the Baidoa airport; and provide security orientation and briefing to arriving ILO staff members.
  6. Provides support to the Security Officer in organizing and conducting training courses for ILO staff on security awareness and preparedness.
  7. Assist the Security Officer with armed escort and convoy arrangements for ILO field missions.
  8. Represent ILO at the ASMT meetings in the absence of the ILO Security Officer.
  9. Delivers, collects mail, documents and other items as instructed.
  10. Handle the day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle, check oil, water, battery, brakes and tyres, perform minor repairs and arrange for other repairs and ensure that the vehicle is kept clean at all times;
  11. Log official trips, daily mileage, gas consumption, oil changes, greasing and other services; and ensure that the ILO vehicle is always on full tank and is technically ready, prior to field mission departures.
  12. Maintain a high degree of confidentially and discretion regarding ILO internal matters and information.
  13. Perform other related duties assigned by the supervisor.

Required qualifications


Completion of Secondary School and a diploma in business administration, public administration, journalism, languages, security or related field; valid driver’s licence, knowledge of driving rules and regulations and skills in minor vehicle repair.


  • A minimum of 6 years’ working experience preferably in the field of security/safety, journalism, community services, humanitarian assistance or related field,
  • A minimum of 4 years driving experience with a clean Driving licence is a requirement.
  • Experience in driving armoured vehicles is an advantage. Knowledge of mechanics is desirable.
  • Working experience with international organizations, NGO or IGO is desirable;
  • Excellent knowledge of the political and security situation in Somalia and Bay region in particular.
  • Good networking with local and federal authorities and particularly in Baidoa is desirable.
  • Extensive familiarity and knowledge of Baidoa town and the larger Bay region is an advantage.


Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of Somali language is a requirement, including the ability to draft, edit and finalize documents in English.


Among nine ILO core competencies, following competencies are particularly important for this position:

  • Knowledge and understanding of security rules, guidelines and procedures.
  • Knowledge of in-house procedures for the preparation of documents and administrative forms, and for the creation and maintenance of filing systems.
  • Good analytical skills. Ability to reason and make sound judgements.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports and statements.
  • Must demonstrate responsible behaviour and attention to detail.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters with discretion.
  • Must display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Proficient in basic computer software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Reader) and ability to use other software packages required by the Office.
  • Ability to evaluate correspondence and inquiries for best course of action.
  • Ability to respond to work related inquiries in an appropriate manner.
  • Ability to obtain services from other work units inside or outside the office for completion of tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to clarify information.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy mail bags and boxes.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviours and attitudes

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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