Field Security Advisor, UNHCR
With almost a decade experience in United Nations operations in emergency situations and fragile state contexts, Allan Mendoza is presently working for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as Field Security Advisor (FSA) having field operational experience in Somalia and Uganda, which are among UNHCR’s biggest and most complex refugee operations globally. Prior to joining the UN Refugee Agency, he worked as security advisor based in Kabul covering the Afghan Central Region and Central Highland for the UN electoral assistance program in Afghanistan to support the April 2014 Afghan presidential elections, a post that required collaborative engagements with the international military coalition (ISAF), host government security and local populace. He has likewise provided training in operational security, field planning, incident response and humanitarian access with actual experiences in critical incident management during time-sensitive situations.
Having been engaged in humanitarian, developmental and political reconciliation efforts in a variety of protracted conflict and post-conflict settings, Allan’s professional exposure hopes to bridge technical humanitarian approaches and theories with on-the-ground realities and practicalities to better assist the most vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining the UN, Allan spent almost a decade in the Philippine government involved in national security and defense issues. He has a master’s degree in political science from the University of the Philippines Diliman where he also completed his bachelor’s degree. He is a global fellow in his personal capacity.
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