United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Field Security Associate (2 Positions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Security" id="link" class="link">Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Field Security Associate assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of Safety and Security for UN personnel in the region of assignment.

The position is locally administered by UNDP but is financed centrally by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Assists FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the Area of Responsibility (AoR);

  • Assists in maintaining the Security Plan(s), including updating staff lists.

  • Supports the FSCO with the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the Security Risks Management (SRM) process for the AoR;

  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets.

  • Organizes and delivers Training Courses on security awareness and preparedness.

  • Assists in monitoring the implementation of the Office safety and security preparedness.

  • Provides general administrative assistance to the FSCO;

  • Performs any other duties as assigned

Assists the FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the AoR:
  • 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 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 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 FSCO, as required.

  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies.

  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at A/SMT meetings, in the absence of the FSCO.

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 FSCO with the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the Security Risks Management (SRM) process for the AoR .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 AssessmentsProvides 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. Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the FSCO:
  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences of UN National 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.

  • 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.

Provides general administrative assistance to the 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.

Impact of the Results

The key results have an impact on the accurate and timely implementation of the overall UN security programme at the country level.


Core Values:

  • Integrity – An ability to work honestly, openly, impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations.

  • Professionalism – An ability to work in a calm, competent and committed manner; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

  • Respect for Diversity – An ability to work effectively, respectfully, and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives.

Core Competencies:

  • Communications – Clearly and effectively speaks and writes, tailoring language, tone, style and format to different audiences; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;

  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others.

  • Planning & Organizing – Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusting priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.

  • Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Demonstrates resourcefulness by finding new solutions to address operational or strategic problems.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education is required. University Degree is desirable, but it is not a requirement.


  • A minimum 6 years of experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work is required.

  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.

Language requirements:
  • Fluency in English, Somali and Arabic.

OtheSkills 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


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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