Somalia: Security Officer, P-3, Baidoa, Somalia

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 05 Dec 2016

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

The Security Specialist reports to the Senior Security Advisor and maintains a close working relationship with the UNDSS Field Security Coordination Officer. The Security Specialist is responsible for advising the Chief of Field Office in Baidoa on their security duties and responsibilities in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. The Security Specialist contributes to the UNICEF mandate through strong security risk analysis, advice, and relevant mitigation. The Security Specialist manages, on behalf of the Representative, all security activities in support of the Baidoa Office. A prime focus of this position will be to analyse access data and local security issues in order to maximize the ability of staff to conduct field programme activities.

The Security Specialist implements and manages security activities at the duty station in close coordination with all members of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) including the UN Department of Safety and Security as well as NGO partners in line with the Saving Lives Together (SLT) policy. As a member of the UN Area Security Cell, and as an observer at the Area Security Management Team, the Security Specialist contributes to the development of assessments, procedures and guidelines including Security Risk Assessments (SRAs), Country Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), and the country specific Security Plan.

Key Expected Results

  • Security Risk Management and Planning
  • Safety and Security Services
  • Programmatic Security Information Analysis
  • Security Networking and Partnership Building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

    Security Risk Management and Planning

  • Advise the Representative in the execution of his/her duties with regards to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, and in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. Attend as an observer, all SMT/ASMT meetings, assist the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as appropriate and participate as a member of the security coordination cell established by UNDSS.
  • Provide advice on technical security requirements contained in the UN Security Plan, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments and monitor their implementation. Provide technical oversight for contracted security providers.
  • Prepare, maintain, and update UNICEF security documentation including security contingency plans and provide the Representative, and the Office of the Security Coordinator (OSC) with mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF security reporting guidelines. This includes the monitoring/reporting on security compliance and the submission of all Security Incident Reports (SIRs).
  • Safety and Security Services

  • Monitor the security situation and provide independent and comprehensive security analysis with the goal of identifying trends and predicting the specific conditions that would impact on the safety and security of UNICEF personnel, eligible family members, premises assets and resources.
  • Implement security activities in support of UNICEF operations and participate, coordinate and/or undertake security risk management for all locations where UNICEF personnel and eligible family members are present.
  • Ensure that UNICEF personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their security and the actions to take in the event of an emergency including those identified in the UN Security Plan as it relates to UNICEF. Ensure there is an effective and functioning communications system for security management within UNICEF that this is fully integrated into the UN Emergency Communications System. Coordinate with UNDSS to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake all mandatory security training/briefings and participate in all security related contingency exercises. Conduct security surveys of international personnel residences in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM).
  • Programmatic Security Information Analysis

  • Collect information, provide specific analysis, advice, and support to programme planning and implementation. Conduct analysis to fully understand the issues that have an impact on the delivery of UNICEF programmes particularly in areas deemed security compromised.
  • Work closely with the UNICEF field office programme and communication personnel to integrate all relevant analysis into the planning and implementation of all zonal programmes.
  • Conduct risk assessments so that the programme criticality of proposed activities aligns with the acceptable risk levels according to policy to keep staff and partners safe
  • Security Networking and Partnership Building

  • Establish contact and maintain networks with all UNSMS/NGOs security advisors, other international actors and relevant local authorities as appropriate. Ensure that security collaboration with NGOs working as UNICEF implementing partners is undertaken, in coordination with UNDSS, and using the SLT policies as a framework.
  • Develop working relationships with armed groups of all types in the area to facilitate programmatic access for staff and to ensure security of missions when the threat environment changes
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Introduce technological innovations and approaches to security procedures and systems.
  • Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders on security related preparedness and operations.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • An Advanced University Degree in a discipline related to Risk Management, International Relations, Cultural Anthropology, Conflict Analysis, Intelligence Analysis, Diplomatic Studies, Conflict and Security or Counter Terrorism.
  • Substantial relevant qualifying experience and training may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in global security risk management and/or security analysis at least three years of which should be at a strategic level. Demonstrated international security management experience and understanding of the United Nations Security Management System is essential for this role. Previous experience working on programme access in a high threat environment is an asset. A background in information analysis and working to support programme activities in an environment dominated by supporting military forces and non-state armed groups is an asset
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
  • *First university degree with additional two-years ofrelevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of anadvanced university degree.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with people
  • Drive for results
  • Functional Competencies

  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and networking
  • Deciding and initiating action
  • Applying technical expertise
  • Remarks

    * The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

    * Please note that Baidoa is a non-family duty station.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501357

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