Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA), Security Adviser (SA) or the Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Local Security Assistant assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel in the country or in the region of assignment.
1. Assists the CSA/SA/FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security
situation in the country:
Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organizations and/or personnel,
including national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers, as well as non-governmental
organizations and other non-State actors in the area of operation;
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 CSA/SA/FSCO;
Communicates information on security to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides host country security
advice to UNDSS in the absence of the SA, as required;
Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
May be requested to provide technical assistance at SMT meetings, in the absence of the CSA/SA/FSCO.
2. Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists:
Helps in the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan;
Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required.
3. Assists the CSA/SA/FSCO in monitoring compliance with Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS)
established for the duty station. Also assists with the compilation of data required for the MOSS Self-Assessment
4. Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets, and assists in the preparation of
security reports, such as the Security Incident Report, the Security Assessments and the Quarterly Incident
5. 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.
6. Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/SA/FSCO:
Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion,
and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
7. Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the CSA/SA/FSCO:
Conducts security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences (Minimum Operating
Residential Security Standards - MORSS) of UN staff, as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and
Establishes and maintains warden system and keeps update of information related to UN offices and residences;
Administers a pass and ID system;
Maintains liaison with commercial companies used for UN security at offices and residences, in order to ensure
the effective and efficient use of the guard force.
Diploma in law enforcement, security or social sciences. Substantial relevant practical experience in security or law enforcement required, preferably with a portion in the international context.
Four years experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
Other Skills and Requirements:
Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence considered an asset;
Knowledge of host country safety codes;
Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint);
Possession of a valid driver's license
Ability to travel
Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor his/her
own work plan with minimum supervision. Ability to work under pressure or in crisis situations. Availability to travel
within the area of responsibility.
Creativity: Ability to actively seek to improve services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet
client needs, and promote and persuade others to consider new ideas
Teamwork: Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Communication: Proven and sustained communication (verbal and written) skills.
Fluency in the UN language and knowledge of the local language of the duty station is necessary. For this particular position, Oromifa and/or Somali language is necessary.