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Somali gunmen kidnap three aid workers in Kenya

Three aid workers — an American, a Pakistani, and a Mozambican — were kidnapped by armed men in Kenya’s border town of Mandera on Friday night. The gunmen reportedly seized the trio from an NGO run guest house where they were watching television with seven other expatriates. The victims were forced into a Land Cruiser and driven across the border into Somalia.

A ‘security guard’ cum ‘private tour guide’ was seriously injured during the incident.

Al Shabaab, the anti-government Islamic fundamentalist group that is holding two kidnapped French security officials, denied involvement in the incident calling it a “cowardly act” before pointing the finger at rival fundamentalist group Hizbul Islam. Al Shabaab’s promise to assist in locating the kidnapped aid workers is far from reassuring, however. It seems that Hizbul Islam, the original kidnappers of the French security officials, turned the pair over to Al Shabaab in order ‘to avert bloodshed’. In turn Al Shabaab has announced that they will try the Frenchmen under Shariah.

Al Shabaab ‘assistance’ in locating the kidnapped aid workers might best be avoided.


Adding insult to injury

The children of Mary Morgan, the aid worker severely injured in a bus crash in Kenya on Tuesday morning, were robbed in Nairobi Hospital while giving blood on Wednesday. The trio had flown to Kenya after the crash to assist their mother.

The thieves stole their cash, credit cards and mobile phones.


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Aid workers injured in Kenyan bus crash

An aid worker with Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland has been seriously injured in a bus crash in Kenya. Mary Morgan (61) was seriously injured when the brakes of the minibus that was transporting them failed as the driver attempted to round a bend on the winding roads outside Nairobi.

Mary was one of 13 Habitat for Humanity staffers aboard the minibus which crashed enroute to a project site in Kathiami at 7.40am on 7 July. Five other staff suffered minor injuries while the remaining seven largely escaped injury.

Initial reports suggest that the bus was locally hired to transport staff to and from the project site.

Comment: While transport owner/operators are clearly responsible for maintaining their vehicles in a safe operating condition aid organizations are also responsible for ensure that the vehicles they hire meet their organization’s safety standards. It is incumbent upon the organization to do their own safety inspection before hiring the vehicle.

more: NI aid worker in Kenyan bus crash

Vacancy - Regional Security Advisor - Kenya/Somalia

NRC is looking for a Regional Security Advisor to support its humanitarian operations in Kenya and Somalia.

Links for 2/19/2009

UN on alert ahead of Beshir arrest warrant decision - Unfortunate quote, “UNAMID spokesman Noureddine Mezni was unapologetic about the contingency planning.” Hmmm... need we ever be apologetic about contingency planning?

Italian nuns freed after kidnap by Somalis - Some good news for a change.

Security forces raid office, intimidate staff of NGO that reports on human rights abuses - Thai military forces NGO staff to reveal confidential information on victims of human rights abuses.

Sri Lanka to probe NGO activities - Having been directly involved in a previous Sri Lankan government inquiry into NGO activities I think the term ‘witch hunt’ is entirely appropriate.

Vacancy - NGO Security Advisor - Kenya

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ - German Technical Cooperation) is an international cooperation Organization for sustainable development with worldwide operations. We provide viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.

We seek to recruit a suitably qualified person for our newly created position of a
Security Advisor

Job Scope:
Reporting to the GTZ Country Director, the Security Advisor shall work closely with our country projects and programmes to develop and implement a security system within our organization.

Main Tasks will include:

* Develop, implement and maintain a Security Management System
* Undertake regular analysis and make recommendations concerning safety and security of facilities, offices, residences and movements.
* Update the Crisis Management Plans and produce on regular basis required security information documents and reports, including incident mappings and security alerts.
* Ensure that adequate means of communication are in place, equipment is maintained and personnel are trained on how to use it
* Conduct security briefings and necessary training for all personnel.
* Liaise with different official and informal national civilian authorities as well as with national and international security entities.

Qualification and Skills:

* University Degree or Professional Training in Security related area
* 5 years of relevant practical experience in the field of security
* Profound knowledge of Risk Management concepts and experience in implementation of Risk Management in the context of International Development Cooperation as well as capacity in crisis management
* Training Experience
* Excellent analytical and Computer skills
* Team player able to work with discretion and with good writing and presentation skills
* Excellent command of English and Swahili, any knowledge of the German language would be an advantage

An attractive remuneration package and benefits will be offered to the selected candidate.

If you believe you fit the required profile, please send your application to

GTZ-Office Nairobi Attn.: Mr. Dieter Schmidt
P.O. Box 41607,
00100 GPO NAIROBI
E-mail: Dieter.Schmidt @ gtz.de

Deadline for applications is Friday, 06 of February 2009. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Vacancy - NGO Security Training Officer - Kenya/Somalia

Job Ref: SOM/EX0068

CARE Somalia/South Sudan is an International NGO working in Somalia and South Sudan. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, through its strategic goal to reduce poverty by empowering women, enhancing access to resources and services, and improving governance.

CARE is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of National Training Officer (NTO) for its NGO Security Preparedness and Support (NGO-SPAS) Program. The position will oversee delivery of training to NGOs, security report writing, liaisons with appropriate authorities, NGO project facilitation through the provision of security related training, NGO safety/security training development, and any other tasked deemed relevant with a safety and security context.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Training Manager (TM), the National Training Officer will act as the NGO SPAS national security training focal point, conduct surveys regarding the security preparedness of NGOs operating in Somalia & Somaliland as well as surveys of NGOs security training requirements in Somalia & Somaliland.

The incumbent of this position will develop and deliver detailed security training packages tailored to the needs of NGOs operating in Somalia & Somaliland and all other trainings as required by the training Manager and or the program manager which shall include, generic national focused defensive driver training packages, basic communications training packages, generic basic emergency first responder training packages, basic duties of a guard force.

H/She will develop generic security standard operating procedures for implementation by NGO's, act as a security officer as and when required as well and Manage all training equipment and stores as required.

Key Competencies

* Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to clearly convey information;
* Team player;
* Strong planning, organizing and coordinating abilities;
* Good analytical skills;
* Proactive, innovative and able to initiate action

Required skills and qualifications

* Bachelors Degree in personnel Management or related field;
* Security/Safety training;
* 2 years of experience in a Security/Safety training environment;
* 2 years of experience in a Humanitarian or Civil Emergency services;
* Proven presentation and facilitator skills;
* Proficient computer skills;
* Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali languages;
* Ability to work under minimal supervision and high level of flexibility;
* Ability to establish training requirement and detailed training matrix

This position is based in the Nairobi office with 40% travel to the field offices. Closing date for applications is: 21st January 2009. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by: 4th February 2009.

Applications/CV with daytime telephone contacts and three referees should be sent to:

The Human Resources Officer,
CARE Somalia/South Sudan,
P.O. Box 2039, 00202 Nairobi.
Email: hr @ ci.or.ke

CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer, promoting gender, equity and diversity and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

Vacancy - Somalia Security Coordinator - Kenya/Somalia

SPAS Somalia Safety Coordinator (2 POSITIONS)- Job Ref: SOM/EX0067

CARE Somalia/South Sudan is an International NGO working in Somalia and South Sudan. CARE and its partners work with vulnerable communities to address the underlying causes of poverty and promote peace and development, through its strategic goal to reduce poverty by empowering women, enhancing access to resources and services, and improving governance.


CARE is looking for suitable candidates to fill the two positions of Somalia Safety Coordinator (SSC) for the Northern and Southern Somalia region for its NGO Security Preparedness and Support (NGO-SPAS) Program. These positions will oversee security report writing, liaisons with appropriate authorities, NGO project facilitation through the provision of security related advice, NGO safety/ security development, and any other tasked deemed relevant with a safety and security context..

Job Summary
Reporting to the Operations Coordinator (OP), the Somalia Safety Coordinators will manage field staff in multiple locations within Somalia and Kenya; collect and analyze a wide range of security information on Somalia as well as provide security advice and updates to NGO Consortium members and other humanitarian actors within the Somalia context.

The incumbent of this position will also Provide CARE, NGO Consortium members and non consortium NGOs with travel-related security advice, generate both periodical as well as ad hoc reports and present security briefings to the aid community at regular intervals

The SSC will carry out regular site visits and assessments on request from NGOs and other international actors as appropriate, advise, organize and facilitate staff relocations and or evacuations in emergency situations and or staff in critical medical conditions, monitor
daily media from Somalia, Somaiiland, Puntland and international media in order to obtain security related information; translate and distribute as required.

H/She will also liaise as directed with members of the NGO Consortium, government officials and all other relevant leaders and stakeholders in Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland in order to exchange security related information

Key Competencies

* Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to clearly convey information;
* Strategic decision making abilities with strong political acumen
* Team player;
* Strong planning, organizing and coordinating abilities;
* Good analytical skills;
* Proactive, innovative and able to initiate action
* Required skills and qualifications
* Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field. Training in security management and or previous experience as a journalist would be an added advantage;
* 3 years of experience in a Security management, project management and or journalistic environment;
* Good investigative and reporting skills;
* Good understanding of Somalia environment;
* Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali languages;
* Ability to work with limited supervision;
* Ability to establish trends and make projections and posses high investigative skills

This position is based in the Nairobi office with 40% travel to the field offices. Closing date for applications is: 21st January 2009.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by: 4th February 2009

Applications/CV with daytime telephone contacts and three referees should be sent to:

The Human Resources Officer
CARE Somalia/South Sudan
P.O. Box 2039, 00202 Nairobi
Email: hr @ ci.or.ke

CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer, promoting gender, equity and diversity and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

Vacancy - Director of Investigations - Kenya

An international Christian Advocacy Organization is looking for qualified person to fill in the vacant position of a Director of Investigations

The Job

* Serve in cooperation with the field office director as investigative expert in developing, implementing managing location specific investigative strategies and tactics.
* Enforce the organizations investigative protocols and propose additional locally specific protocols
* Recruit, train, supervise and mentor the investigative team
* Develop the leadership and management potential of key agents
* Other related duties

Minimum Requirements

* A minimum of 7 years experience in criminal investigation with public law enforcement agency, private investigative or security firm or military or national security agency
* A minimum of 3 years experience working undercover or in special operations preferred
* Minimum of 3 years experience of successful management/team building experience
* Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice.
* Ability to creatively access information, mobilize investigative teams, direct security and communicate effectively in the developing world, while under stressful circumstances
* Proven experience in creative analysis of investigative problems; prior Peace Corps, relief, legal, enforcement or other overseas work experience preferred Computer literate
* Valid Drivers license and valid certificate of good conduct
* Effective interpersonal and communication skills both in English and Kiswahili
* Mature Orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles' Creed
* Must be an effective team player and leader
* Able to maintain confidential or privileged and sensitive information
* Must hand in clearance certificate from previous employer; and
* Must be a Kenyan National.

This position will suit highly professional, charismatic and self-motivated person who has a high degree of integrity and dedication to his/her work. The organization will offer competitive salary and medical benefits to the successful candidate

(NB: This position is non executive and will remain open until it is filled.)

If you are interested in this position, please send your application including a detailed CV with 5 referees 3 of them professionals, daytime telephone contacts, a clear statement of faith, salary expectation, copies of certificates and testimonials as soon as possible to:

Att:

Human Resources
P.O box 25743 00603,
Nairobi

Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Kenyan Aid Worker Wounded in Ambush

Gunmen shot and wounded an aid worker in a northern Kenya during an ambush on an ambulance. The attackers fired on the ambulance while it was transporting twelve members of the German non-governmental organization GTZ from one camp to another.

Approximately 250,000 Somali refugees live in three refugee camps in the Daadab area near Somalia.

Read more: Gunmen Wound Aid Worker In Kenya

Vacancy - International Head of Human Security - Nairobi/London

Action Aid Head Of Human Security in Emergencies and Conflict
If you are interested in this job contact:

Feisal Hussain
ThinkAhead Consulting Limited
72 Queenborough Gardens
Gants Hill
Ilford
Essex IG2 6YB

Telephone: +44 (0)7985-415-675
Skype: feisal.hussain
Email: Feisal.hussain@consult-thinkahead.com

Vacancy - NGO Staff and Program Security Advisor - Somalia

CARE has a vacant position for an NGO security advisor to support its operations in Somalia. The position will be based in Kenya. Follow the link to apply.

Vacancy - Operations and Security Manager - Kenya

Hord Relief has a vacancy for an Operations and NGO Security Manager in Kenya. You can find more details at the link below.

WFP Head of Sub-office Killed by Gunmen in Northwestern Kenya

On Wednesday, 7 May 2008, gunmen shot dead 37-year-old Zimbabwean Silence Chirara outside a UN compound in Lokichoggio, north of Nairobi, near the border with southern Sudan. He was ambushed while driving a clearly marked UN vehicle.



See also:
UN food agency shocked by killing of staffer in Kenya
Zimbabwean Aid worker killed in Kenya

Vacancy - Field Security Advisor - Kenya/Somalia

UNDP is looking for a field security advisor for Somalia. The current duty station is listed as Kenya but you'll be expected to relocate to Somalia when the security situation permits.

Vacancies - NGO Security Positions - Afghanistan and Kenya

Christian Children's Fund is looking to fill a security officer position based in Taloqan, Afghanistan. Fluency in spoken and written English, Dari and Pashto is required.

CARE International is seeking an NGO security intern to work in the Africa Security Office. It should be a great opportunity for someone seeking to enter the NGO security field.

Vacancy - NGO Security Trainer - Nairobi, Kenya

CARE has an opening for an NGO Security Trainer in Nairobi, Kenya. the NGO Security Trainer will provide specialized, coordinated and focused security management support and training to NGOs operating in Somalia.

Jobs - Security - Kenya and Pakistan

Save the Children is looking for a Safety and Security Coordinator for Kenya. Given the recent rapid deterioration in the security environment in Kenya this should prove to be a challenging position.
Ref: 4458

CHF International is seeking a Security Manager for Pakistan. The position is based in Peshawar and requires experience working in the FATA region of Pakistan.
Tracking Code: 1460

Tracking Kenyan Violence

Ushahidi.com is a brilliant website that gives Kenyans a simple way to report and follow post-election violence. The site offers a simple map-based way to see where violence is taking place, and collects eyewitness accounts and photographs. Its even possible to report incidents via SMS.

Ushahidi.com screenshot

If you want even more White African has a comprehensive list of blogs covering the post-election violence.

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