Safety and Security Assistant

at US Embassy
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted December 6, 2019
Category Accounting & Finance
Currency UGX


Safety and Security Assistant

Position Title: Safety and Security Assistant

Position reports to: Safety and Security Manager

Overall Supervisor: Country Director

Position description: Personal Services Contract 40hrs/week

Location: Peace Corps Uganda (PCUG) Office, Kampala

Revised: November 2019

Closing: Monday December 16, 2019 4:45 pm

Peace Corps is an international autonomous agency of the US Government with operations in over 60 countries. It operates in Uganda by the invitation of the Government of Uganda. Peace Corps Uganda has memoranda of understanding with government ministries that outline broad areas of agreement and cooperation regarding the development work of Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda. Volunteers are assigned to government and non-government agencies and organizations, community based organizations, universities, colleges and schools who partner to enable Volunteers to provide capacity building in Primary Literacy Education, Community Health, and Agribusiness. The Peace Corps program also aims to build cross-cultural understanding between Americans and Ugandans.

Basic Function

For Posts who have been approved for this position, the role of the Safety and Security Assistant (SSA) is to provide administrative support to the safety and security program. The primary responsibilities of the SSA are ensuring security-related files are kept up-to-date; maintaining the Whereabouts reporting system; assisting in the analysis and reporting of security incidents; preparing reports, training materials, and other resource materials; and maintaining up-to-date contact information for local and national police, transportation, and consolidation points. In addition, the SSA will act as the back-up to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM).

When the SSM is unavailable, the SSA is the contact point with the Peace Corps Safety and Security Officer (PCSSO), Regional Security Advisor (RSA), Embassy security officials, and local law enforcement agencies in carrying out the responsibilities designated in the position description or as directed by the Country Director.

The SSA reports to the SSM who manages the day to day workload. The Country Director oversees the Safety and Security roles. Technical review, evaluation, and training can be conducted by the SSM and the PCSSO.


Supports and Verifies Safety and Security Policy Implementation: In coordination with the SSM, provides administrative support and verification that adequate systems are functioning to support Volunteer safety and security in accordance with the Peace Corps Manual as regards to: Volunteer/Trainee Safety and Security.

Edits and updates safety and security information in the Volunteer Information Database (VIDA) and generates reports upon request. This includes uploading Site Locator Forms and Site Locator Form data in to VIDA.
Produces Peace Corps Volunteer Emergency Contact Cards and assures these are distributed to all PCVs.
Ensures that all PCV sites and houses have been properly evaluated for safety and security criteria and documentation is on file
Understands Volunteer Whereabouts system and assists with maintaining information as needed.
Assists SSM and CD to ensure critical Peace Corps Regional Safety and Security Officer’s recommendations are implemented appropriately and deadlines are met. Works with the SSM to provide regular updates on implementation progress and/or challenges to the Country Director and the Peace Corps Regional Safety and Security Officer.


Must be able to obtain security clearance with the US Embassy;
Position requires person who is a good listener, and is able to withhold judgment.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other organizations, including local law enforcement, criminal justice, emergency management and other NGO/development agencies;
Ability to analyze crime trends and other risks and propose mitigation strategies;
Demonstrated organizational and communication skills;
Ability to speak, read, and write in English (Level III) is required;
Familiarity with at least one other national language of Uganda in addition to English;
Ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite, and other basic computer knowledge;
Ability to conduct training and give presentations, in both English and a local language;
Self-starter capable of independent work, while also appreciative and skillful in a team setting.

Experience Requirements

At least 3 years’ experience working with Americans or other expatriate development organizations in Uganda.
Experience working in a cross-cultural office setting, preferably with an American or European organization;

Education Requirements

A secondary school diploma (or local equivalent); college degree preferred.
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