Security Specialist, P3, Damascus, Syria

Employer: UNICEF
Location: Syria
Job no: 494387
Work type: Fixed Term Staff

The Security Specialist is responsible for all aspects of security management, crisis readiness and preparedness for the Damascus CO and sub office. S/he serves as an advisor and assists the P.4 Staff Security Specialist in the execution of security responsibilities at the Country office level. The Security Specialist is accountable to the Staff Security Specialist, P4, in Damascus.


Analyses security factors and levels of risk related to safety of UNICEF staff and their dependents in Damasacus and make written recommendations for improvements in both physical safety and operational security as per established MOSS standards. Follows up on these recommendations to ensure their implementation.

Coordinates all security aspects with other designated agencies in the duty station to ensure highest degree of MOSS compliance and ensure staff safety.

Provides advice and guidance to staff and head of Office; participate in SMT Meetings and represents UNICEF at security cell coordination meetings for Syria.

Assist to develop UNICEF specific security strategies and operational procedures and establish contingency plans for Damascus CO sub office in coordination with the wider UN security plans for Syria.

Provides/coordinates security advice and training to all staff on radio communication procedures, convoy procedures, security awareness, mines/explosives identification and procedures to be followed, self-control, first aid, management of guard units, safeguarding of property, identification of security material and equipment required in compounds, evacuation procedures. This training should complement the training staff members receive under the UNDSS training programme.

Coordinates security planning and contingency responses with other members of the UN family, in liaison the UNDSS and the SMT. Establish good contacts with relevant bodies on the ground or individuals deemed appropriate and necessary to obtain the most timely and accurate information possible concerning security threats and preventative measures.

Assist sub office in Damascus to ensure, in coordination with the Staff Security Specialist, that UNICEF input into the overall security and evacuation plans for sub office is taken into account, and that the UN security Plan is relevant to UNICEF Staff and their dependents.

In consultation with the Designated Official, assists the Staff Security Specialist in establishing and maintain UNICEF specific evacuation plans and procedures, which include a 24 hour response capability. Install, up date and manage the Crisis Coordination Cell. This should include viable medical evacuation plans.

Assists in investigating all cases of loss of office property due to insecurity and, investigating any threat to the lives of UNICEF staff and their dependents and prepare related reports for submission to the Head of Office and Headquarters.



Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or a related technical field. A military or police academy degree would be relevant, including having successfully graduated from a senior service or command and general staff college.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively professional responsible experience in security management, preferably in a police or military context, which should include a high standard of physical fitness and operation under extreme stress, unit command and senior-level staff experience, demonstration of high level of leadership and capability of rapid decision-making (with little margin of error).


Fluency in English and another UN official language required. Knowledge of the local working language is an asset.


Excellent knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment;

Ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management;

Good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management. –Communications\

Good communication skills, both oral and written.

Technology awareness; Good computer skills

Teamwork; Good interpersonal skills

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with mission directors, security officers in other agencies, specialists in other fields related to security, representatives of local and national governments and the non-government community, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Leadership - Demonstrated leadership skills; ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required.

Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

Core Values
Diversity and Inclusion

Core Competencies
Working with People
Drive for Result

Functional Competencies
Leading and Supervising
Formulating Strategies and Concepts
Relating and Networking
Persuading and Influencing
Creating and Innovating

Specific Technical Knowledge
Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF
UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual
Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)

Common Technical Knowledge
Methodology of programme/project management
UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies
Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNCEF position and approaches
UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery
UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches
Gender equality and diversity awareness

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

** Please note that Damascus 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 organization.

Applications close: 31 Mar 2016 FLE Standard Time