Security Officer, Baidoa, Somalia
Security Officer, Baidoa, Somalia

Job description

Organization:UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
Category:Security & Safety
Grade: P-3
Duration: Two years with the possibility of extension
Deadline: 5 December 2016


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.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

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

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.


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.

Work Experiance

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


Core Values


Diversity and Inclusion


Core competencies


Working with people

Drive for results

Functional Competencies

Coping with Pressure and Setbacks


Relating and networking

Deciding and initiating action

Applying technical expertise


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

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