Apr 1, 2016

Security Advisor-Program Access Advisor , Yemen

Employer: UNICEF
Location: Yemen

Closing date: 15 Apr 2016
Job Level: P-4
Position#: 93780

Purpose of the Position

The Security Advisor- Programme Access Advisor reports to the Country Field Security Advisor and maintains a technical reporting line of communication to the EMOPS Security Manager Polio. The Security Advisor- Programme Access Advisor is required to collate information, provide specific analysis, advice and support to the Country Office programmes activities and operation (specifically Polio) as well as affected personnel and partners. The Security Advisor- Programme Access Advisor will build upon existing strategies, support communication strategies, access negotiations and provide the basis for new measures to assist in reducing the number of children at risk in hard to reach areas.

Key Expected Results
Closely with technical Country Office staff and GPEI partners to support existing access strategies and to undertake specific local level analysis to understand the reasons for geographical areas deemed inaccessible or hard to reach so as to increase the number of children vaccinated as well as to successfully delivering the programme (specifically polio). This analysis will be used to provide further strategies to improve the success of the programme as well as the safety and security of personnel, partners, activities and operations.
Conduct activities to fully understand the inaccessible issues and security environments. The focus is to capture the root causes at the local level behind insecurity and inaccessibility to support operational activity. In addition, the incumbent will provide support to analysis in order to understand regional level dynamics, particularly when addressing issues of terrorism, inter-tribal conflict and population movements. To address environmental issues and all other socio-economic, political factors that makes geographical areas inaccessible and to use this in conjunction with planning activities to enhance measures to assist in reducing the number of children missed in hard to reach areas.
Work very closely with the technical/operations and communication staff of the Country Office to integrate all relevant analysis into the implementation plans for country programmes (specifically polio) and activities. He/she will focus on strengthening the continuity between programme planning/delivery and analysis/assessments in an effort to identify, and where possible, mitigate any threat to the activities, operations and/or affected personnel or partners under the overarching principles of programme critically and acceptable risk decisions.
Under the supervision of the Country Field Security Advisor and in close collaboration with the UNICEF Regional / Country Field Security Advisors and with the technical oversight of the UNICEF EMOPS Security Manager Polio the incumbent will monitor, track, coordinate, analyze and report on country and area conditions and events relative to Country Office programmes (specifically polio), activities and operations as well as affected personnel and partners in country. He/she will work closely with the EMOPS Security Manager Polio ensuring all information and analysis is made available in a timely fashion to be incorporated into global level analysis.
Develop and maintain internal and external information networks to enhance the collection/collation of information relating to Country Office activities (specifically polio) and operations as well as affected personnel and partners.
Collect information relative to programmes, activities and operations (specifically polio) as well affected personnel and partners on country and area levels, including information regarding security incidents, as well as events that precipitate such incidents. He/she will collate the information based on the credibility of the information and reliability of source. He/she will provide timely analysis and risk assessments of all threat and security incident information alerting the Country Field Security Advisor to any development that has a direct or potential impact on the safety and security of personnel, partners, activities and operations. He/she will report on this analysis with the goal of identifying trends and predicting the specific conditions that might need to be present for similar events to occur; and will develop early warning indicators as decision making and planning tools that can be incorporated into program development and activity planning.
The incumbent shall establish appropriate systems for the sharing of information and addressing security issues with/from and related to 3rd party contractors for the Country Office programme (specifically Polio) taking into consideration the principles of risk transfer and constraints regarding duty of care and contract modalities. provide guidance as appropriate on security interactions with such third parties in accordance with the appropriate legal parameters and organisational obligations.
The incumbent will conduct security assessments, assist with security-related issues for the development of mission plans and support missions to the field to facilitate the above.
The incumbent will follow-up all reported incidents related to Country Office activities (specifically polio), operations, and/or affected personnel and partners, especially as it relates to identifying lessons learned and stimulating necessary action.
As a member of the security cell, assist the UNICEF Regional and Country Field Security Advisors as well as the UNDSS security apparatus within the region in the development of sound security risk assessments by contributing security analysis to the process of strategic threat assessments specifically as it relates to polio related activities and operations and affected personnel or partners in the country.
Liaise closely with UN/UNICEF Staff Counsellor's to ensure timely notifications and referrals are made as required.
Develop and conduct access and security-related training as required for Country Office (specifically polio) related programme personnel including personnel on support missions.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education Background

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.

A first University Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of Advanced University Degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively 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 no margin of error).

Language Proficiency

Fluency in English is required.

Knowledge of Arabic an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

i) Core Values
Diversity and Inclusion

ii) Core Competencies
Communication [II]
Working with People [II]
Drive for Results [II]

iii) Functional Competencies
Leading and Supervising [II]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
Analyzing [II]
Applying Technical Expertise [II]
Planning and Organizing [II]

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

Please note that Sana’a, Yemen is a non-family duty station.

If you would like to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better world for children, please apply to the link below no later than 15 April, 2016. (Yemen Time)

To apply for this position, please click on the link below.


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.