Operational Security Adviser - Stablisation Unit
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium's Humanitarian and Stabilisation Operations Team (HSOT) provides a programme delivering humanitarian and stabilisation services worldwide in support of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Stabilisation Unit (SU). DFID is the UK Department responsible for tackling poverty overseas, including humanitarian emergency response. The Stabilisation Unit is an agile, cross-government unit providing expertise to build stability, prevent conflict and meet security challenges internationally.

As a critical member of the programme, the Operational Security Adviser (OSA) will provide comprehensive security advice on international security environments to prepare and enable the activities of deployable civilian experts as they conduct humanitarian and stabilisation projects across the globe.

This challenging and fast paced role operates at the forefront of HSOT's support to HMG's humanitarian, development and stabilisation efforts.


  • Provide early input into deployment planning, ensuring that operational plans remain feasible, with security and duty of care aspects being recognised, acceptable and effectively addressed.
  • Provide relevant, accurate and enabling technical security advice to HSOT, DFID and SU Leaderships, Response Managers, Risk Owners and Deployees to support planned, reactive and ongoing deployments.
  • Independently produce accurate, timely and effectively evidenced risk assessments. This will include the preparation of Safety and Security Instructions, Security Notifications, Travel Risk Assessments, and training waivers.
  • Provide concise verbal and written briefings to support submissions, estimates and risk registers that regularly escalate to senior official or ministerial level.
  • Readily engage with UK Government and external stakeholders, both within the UK and internationally, to inform risk assessments and support risk management activities, including the updating or redrafting of old or out-of-date assessments.
  • Support and, where necessary, conduct headcount actions in the event of international emergencies, when required by HSOT procedures, confirming staff safety and status.
  • Act as the security management focal point for deployed teams and individuals, ensuring reasonable mitigation of foreseeable risks; monitor local security situations and issue timely advice when necessary.
  • Directly contribute to the advancement and maintenance of policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures and business processes.
  • Assist in the evolution, thus ensuring the practical relevance, of HSOT's Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) and the SU's Hostile Environment Training (HET) and Hostile Environment Driver Training (HEDT), and attend all courses. Occasional input and presentations will be required to support these and other safety and security training.
  • Own and champion Palladium standards and individually lead on security initiatives. Further, take personal ownership of decisions affecting deployed staff.
  • Undertake regular international travel to conduct local security and risk assessments, often at short notice. Also, travel to conferences as requested by SU, DFID and HSOT to provide expert security input. International travel should be expected approximately once every six to eight weeks (this figure is a guide only).


Relevant and consistent security experience. Experience within the Armed Forces, Police, Non-Governmental Organisations, or in other appropriate roles is preferable. Applicants should have extensive experience working in complex and hostile environments overseas and have a good understanding of the security measures used to mitigate risk.
  • A bachelor's or master's degree or equivalent work experience is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrate experience that bridges sectors, contexts and operational environments.
  • An understanding of, or experience in, humanitarian and/or stabilisation operations would be highly desirable.
  • Proven ability to effectively and positively influence superiors, peers and/or colleagues.
  • Evidence an ability to work under limited supervision, demonstrate independent initiative and provide pragmatically succinct solutions.
  • Proven ability to turn around quality written work in a short timeframe, often conducting primary research.
  • Be comfortable producing risk assessments and providing advice based on often-unconfirmed, contradictory or incomplete information, ensuring that these shortfalls are suitably highlighted.
  • The applicant must hold, or have the ability to acquire, a UK Security Check (SC) clearance and be willing to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) in due course.
  • Commit to Palladium's aims, values, principles and Code of Conduct.
  • It would be advantageous to have knowledge and prior experience supporting or managing programmes on behalf of the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF), SU, DFID, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), USAID or another donor.
  • Previous experience of working in Whitehall central government would be highly desirable.
  • Excellent time management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload of complex, diverse tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate successful outcomes in challenging situations with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, fluency in a second language is desirable.
  • Present a keen ability to identify how an individual fits into Palladium, understand the impact of individual actions on the bottom line and effectively manage resources.
  • A full, valid UK Cat B or EU, US, Aus, Can or NZ driving license.
Candidates must have at least the previous 5 years UK residency and be able to obtain police clearances for any period over 3 months spent outside of the UK. Applicants must know of no reason why they would be denied UK security clearances.

Intermediate Level
UK, United Kingdom
Closing date:
28 February 2019