Security Risk Management Advisor (m/f) for Afghanistan

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Field of activity

The risk management system in Afghanistan for the German Governmental Development Organizations aims to reduce the risks to the implementation of the projects and their employees posed by the environment. Peace & conflict-, access - and risk management advisory services are designed to ensure personal security for staff and support them in safely carrying out development cooperation tasks in a conflict-ridden environment. This is the everyday work of Provincial Risk Management Offices (PRMOs) in the different provinces in which German development cooperation operates. PRMOs cover the nine Northern provinces of Afghanistan, where the bulk of German development cooperation in Afghanistan is active, in Mazar-e-Sharif, Aibak, Pol-e Khomri, Kunduz, Taloqan and Feyzabad. In the south, offices cover Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad. The RMO is looking for Risk Management Advisors (RMAs) for multiple duty stations.


Your tasks

Either (depending on qualifications)

  • Lead a Provincial Risk Management Office (PRMO) with up to 50 employees,
  • Be responsible for all administrative, financial and operational aspects of this RMO
  • Monitor the security situation in the respective province(s)


  • Join a team of experienced national and international RMAs at a larger duty station

In both variations you:

  • Advise German development cooperation projects in your area according to the assessments of the PRMO, verbally or in writing, - including sometimes complex analytical reports - and take necessary decisions, also in difficult situations and under great pressure
  • Hold contact to a heterogeneous group of persons, ranging from international military and Afghan officials to representatives of the local population, who often will not understand English nor be familiar with Western culture
  • Generate first hand information by regular travel and project visits throughout your area of responsibility, and get an overview of the resulting challenges for German development cooperation
  • Advise the German development cooperation on security measures for offices and houses, movement policies for duty stations, as well as supporting the planning of Hibernation, Relocation and Evacuation
  • Provide information and updates on developing security situations, and will provide regular security briefings to new colleagues arriving in the country

Your profile

  • First-hand experience of security challenges in developing countries, away from the capital in rural areas
  • Prior leadership and management experience in difficult situations and under immense pressure, preferably as a manager in development or humanitarian organizations in crisis areas
  • Experience in risk- and crisis management and if possible project management in a development context
  • In-depth knowledge of Afghanistan and Afghan culture (preferably from persoal experience in the country); or at least of other Islamic countries
  • Prior experiences in development or humanitarian organizations in other crisis areas are highly advantageous
  • Good analytical skills and a good writer  
  • A self-motivated person, able to work in a highly dynamic and challenging environment
  • A patient listener and explainer who is able to communicate on different levels
  • English and German language skills are essential, Dari or Persian language skills are of advantage

Candidates solely having a military, police, or private security-background will not be considered

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Assignment period

01.08.2017 - 31.12.2017 (with option of extention)

Our offer

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.