Security Adviser , Afghanistan

Employer: Unicef
Location: Afghanistan

Purpose of the Position
The Country Field Security Advisor (CFSA) is responsible for all aspects of security management, crisis readiness and preparedness for the Afghanistan Country Office. S/he serves as an advisor and assists the Representative and UNICEF Field Security Focal Point in the execution of their security responsibilities at the assigned duty station.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

Analyses security factors and levels of risk related to safety of UNICEF staff and their dependents in Afghanistan 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 FSA/UNDSS in zonal offices to ensure highest degree of MOSS compliance and ensure staff safety.

Provides advice and guidance to the UNICEF-Afghanistan's Representative for participation at Senior management Meetings and represents UNICEF at security cell coordination meetings for Afghanistan.

Develops UNICEF specific security strategies and operational procedures and establish contingency plans for ACO and zonal offices related to the Afghanistan programme in coordination with the wider UN security plans for Afghanistan. Provides technical guidance to the Field Security Officers in the zones.

Coordinates security planning and contingency responses with other members of the UN family, in liaison the UNDSS and the Designated Official. 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 UNICEF Afghanistan Country office to ensure, in coordination with of his/her representative, that UNICEF input into the overall security and evacuation plans for Country office is taken into account, and that the UN security Plan is relevant to UNICEF Staff and their dependents.

Qualifications of the Successful Candidate


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 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 little margin of error). Experience in an emergency environment.

Competencies of the Successful Candidate

Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Core competencies
Working with People
Drive for Results

Functional Competencies
Leading and Supervising
Formulating Strategies and Concepts
Applying Technical Expertise
Planning and Organizing

Technical Knowledge
Knowledge of the principle of gender parity and equality
UNICEF Mid-Term Strategic Plan (MTSP)
Rights-based and Results-based management and programming approach in UNICEF
UNICEF operation's policies, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
UNICEF operation's goals, and organization development and change management strategies
Understanding of UNICEF's internal security procedures and requirements
Understanding of UN security procedures and regulations

Common Technical Knowledge
Understanding of risk and threat analysis and its practical implication and implementation
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
UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity
UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies, approaches and procedures (e.g., UN Security Handbook)
Excellent knowledge of security management

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced
Full understanding of MOSS UN policies and strategy to address operational issues involved in harmonization of security operations in the common system
UNICEF positions about UN common approaches to operations issues
Government regulations and laws in the locality
UN security operations and guidelines
UNICEF operation's goals, visions, positions, and organization development and change management strategies
Full understanding of MORS


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

** Please note that Kabul, Afghanistan 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 organisation.

Advertised: 26 May 2016 Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan Standard Time
Applications close: 09 Jun 2016 Transitional Islamic State of Afghanistan Standard Time