Iraq: Security Associate

Organization: UNOPS
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 18 Dec 2017

Background Information:

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background – UNMAS Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN’s vision of “a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies.”

UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and (IED) Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).

The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focuses on three main components:

  1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Capacity Enhancement, and 3. Risk Education. Functional Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Secuirty Officer (SO), the Security Associate (SA) is responsible for the following assigned tasks:

  • Assists SO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
  • Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
  • Supports the SO with the assessment of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
  • Assists in reporting online security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets;
  • Assists in ensuring residential (Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards – MORSS) and office safety, and security preparedness;
  • Assists in preparing country Security Risk Assessment (SRA), Premises Security Surveys, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the SO.
  • Maintains a statistical database of all security incidents in the country and analytical charts;
  • Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
  • Helps to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation by the SO;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members. Conducts security briefings, as required;
  • Assists the SO in leading daily missions inside and outside Baghdad to various venues and to the UNMAS operations in Fallujah, Ramadi and any other areas as required;
  • Assists the SO in managing the drivers and operational vehicle in there daily tasks;
  • Assists the SO in managing the UNMAS Operations room and monitoring of mission in the field and UNMAS facilities;
  • Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
  • Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the SO.

    Education and Relevant Years of Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Legal Studies, Politics, Public Administration, Social Administration, Social Policy or any other relevant field with one (1) year of relevant experience OR

  • First level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Legal Studies, Politics, Public Administration, Social Administration, Social Policy or any other relevant field with three (3) of relevant experience OR

  • Secondary school diploma (High School or equivalent) in any relevant field with seven (7) years of relevant experience.

  • Experience:

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in security related field of work, preferably in military, police context or security field work

  • Within minimum experience at least two (2) years of experience in driving B6 armored vehicles on mission is required

  • A valid Driver’s License is required

  • Experience in working as a Personal Security Details (PSD) is highly desired

  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operations is desired

  • Knowledge of host country safety codes is desired

  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desired

  • Knowlegde of the UN security system is desired

  • Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence is desiredSecurity or Personal Security Details (PSD) training is desired

  • Languages:

  • Fluency in both English and Arabic (speaking, writing and reading) is required

  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired.


    Integrity and Inclusion: Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

    Leading self and Others: Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

    Partnering: Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

    Result Oriented: Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

    Agility: Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

    Solution Focused: Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

    Effective Communication: Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

    Additional Considerations

    • This is a local position, therefore only nationals of Iraq will be considered
    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
    • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

    It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    Contract type, level and duration

    Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
    Contract level: LICA-7 (ICS-7)
    Contract duration: 6 months, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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