Field Security Associate

Employer: UNDP (  Dept of Safety and Security )
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Job ID: 4329



Contract Duration

1 Year with possibility for extension

Background
Organizational Context

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA), 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions
Assists CSA 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 CSA with the assessment of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets;
Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparedness;
Assists in ensuring residential security (Minimum Residential Security Standards)and office safety, and security preparedness;
Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists the CSA 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;
Communicates information on security to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides host country security advice to UNDSS in the absence of the CSA, or 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/DSA/FSCO as required;
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.
Assists the CSA 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 Programme.
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 Report.
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.

Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA:
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.

Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the CSA:
Conducts security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for ensuring safety and security at residences, based on established Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards for UN staff, as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security;
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.

Competencies
Commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the Organization’s core values – Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity

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.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Secondary education. University Degree desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience: 6 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.

Language Requirements Fluency in English is required. Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required.



Other Skills and Requirements

Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
Experience in diplomatic security and protection is considered as 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
Physically fit

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