Job Description

The duties and responsibilities of the Field Security Specialist (FSS) include the safety and security of all UNDP staff, eligible dependants, eligible partners and contractors, resources, assets, facilities, programmes, and projects in addition to promoting, enabling and supporting UNDP programme delivery throughout the individual country of responsibility while ensuring compliance with all United Nations Security Policies, procedures and regulations. The primary objective of the deployment of the UNDP Field Security Specialist is to advise on the protection of, and minimizing the risk to, UNDP staff, eligible dependants, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enabling UNDP programme delivery throughout the individual country of responsibility. This will be achieved through:
  • Advising that UNDP security support feature in the programming process at the country office level as well as in the case of each individual project, from project identification, planning, budgeting, implementation and right through to monitoring and evaluation;

  • Strengthening the security arrangements of UNDP and maintaining a security network of international and national security personnel.

In terms of functional matters related to UNDP security, the FSS will report to the Somalia UNDP Senior Field Advisor" id="link" class="link">Security Advisor, who will serve as the primary supervisor. Summary of Key Functions:
  • Programming

  • Threat and Risk Assessment

  • Security Plan and Business Continuity

  • Minimum Operating Security Standards

  • Information Management

  • Resource Mobilization

  • Office and Residential Security

  • General

  • Provide security policy guidance and security management support to the Resident Representative and CO management team enabling effective programme planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures;

  • Ensure the mainstreaming of security into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery through the substantive monitoring of ongoing and future projects and programmes providing innovative and proactive support, direction and solutions where required;

  • Review the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on UNDP planning, programme design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that programme design might have on the stability and security, ensuring that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented;

  • Liaise and coordinate activities of partner organizations and counterparts in the planning, preparation and execution of missions, ensuring the safety and security of UNDP staff as the highest priority;

  • To protect and minimize the risk to UNDP staff, project personnel, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enabling UNDP programme delivery throughout:

  • Maintain a security network of international and national personnel;

  • In the absence of the SFSA, participating as a member of the security cell established by DSS in country.

Threat and Risk Assessment:
  • Conduct a threat and risk assessment of operations in the districts and regions where UNDP projects are implemented, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures;

  • Assist/provide inputs to UNDSS in preparing a comprehensive threat and risk assessment of the country to include all locations where UNDP staff, dependants and equipment are present;

  • Assist/provide inputs to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT) and Security Management Team through the UNDP Resident Representative (RR);

  • Assist local UNDP travel managers with risk assessments related to air travel.

Security Plan and Business Continuity
  • Work closely with UNDSS to ensure that UNDP procedures conform to the UN security framework;

  • Provide inputs and assist UNDSS in establishing, maintaining and updating the country specific security plan and contingency plans in accordance with the UN Field Security Handbook (FSH) and Security Policy Manual;

  • See that all UNDP personnel are included in the Security Plan of the respective duty stations, (including UNDP sub offices) being prepared by UNDSS;

  • Update the UNDP component within the country-specific security plan and contingency plans in accordance with UNDSS;

  • Train UNDP wardens and follow up on their specific needs accordingly for both international and national staff;

  • Provide security related contributions to the CO Business Continuity Plan, with guidance from the SFSA;

  • Facilitate security clearances for all UNDP staff travelling in areas where required.

Minimum Operating Security Standards:
  • Oversight of UNDP personnel and equipment for MOSS compliance;

  • Ensure that Country Office management is briefed sufficiently on security requirements in order to take decisions and provide adequate resources so that staff members are provided with; and proficient in the use of, safety and security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field;

  • Establish internal communication systems so that UNDP communications are integrated into the appropriate UN Security Emergency Communications System;

  • Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc.);

  • Provide advice on the security of transportation and logistics;

  • Provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement, such as curfews, restricted and dangerous areas;

  • Coordinate with DSS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving UNDP staff and eligible dependents;

  • In coordination with UNDSS, and on behalf of the RR, ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders;

  • Plan, coordinate and execute the movement and protection of UNDP staff outside the AMISOM protected area.

Information Management:
  • Provide timely and accurate security advice to the UNDP Management, programme managers, project managers and visiting consultants;

  • Immediately report all security -related incidents involving UNDP staff and eligible dependents to the Country Director, SFSA if present in the duty station) and UNDSS in country;

  • Ensure that UNDP programme staff members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security-related information generated by UNDSS in a timely and efficient manner;

  • In cooperation with the HR unit, maintain updated UNDP staff lists, including details of visiting missions and consultants;

  • In coordination with UNDSS in country, establish good relationships with national law enforcement, military and civil intelligence authorities, counterparts in the Diplomatic Missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders;

  • Encourage an exchange of information relative to risk management for UNDP programme implementation;

  • In coordination with UNDSS in country, conduct investigations of death of a staff/family member under suspicious and unclear circumstances;

  • Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts;

  • In coordination with UNDP HQ and as assigned by the RR, conduct preliminary investigations in cases of breach of UN code of conduct by UNDP staff.

Resource Mobilization:
  • Ensure that the security cost of doing business is included in all appeals and project descriptions;

  • Participate in the drafting of CAP and CAP reviews, to be presented to donors (as required);

  • Provide inputs to donor reports, as required.

Office and Residential Security:
  • Conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of UNDP premises and equipment and advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions;

  • Assist UNDP in developing and implementing office security requirements for regional (regional or sub-) offices and offices of UNDP-implemented projects;

  • Establish and implement access control mechanisms (visitor/vehicle screening) as necessary for UNDP and project offices based on the security level;

  • Represent UNDP security interests in any common premises that UNDP occupies ensuring that staff safety and security are primary considerations;

  • Ensure that UNDP premises and international staff residences are MOSS and MORSS compliant;

  • Primarily responsible for the security of UNDP staff resident in the AMISOM protected area and when needed, the security of staff in the United Nations Common Compound.

  • The FSS will, in consultation with the RR, respond to requests from the DO/DSS, to perform UN system related security tasks;

Any other security related tasks assigned by the UNDP Senior FSA. Core Innovation
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work

  • Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Technical/Functional      Security & Safety (General)
  • Knowledge of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNDP's role in addressing security issues

Security Advisory & Coordination Services
  • Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities

Security Incident Management & Monitoring
  • Ability to provide adequate response to security incidents/events

Knowledge Management
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), preferably in social sciences, management, or a related security field;

  • In the absence of Bachelor’s degree the following would be considered:  a formal multi-year education in security management—such as military or police,  junior command or staff college (at a minimum of nine months full time)—with command experience;

  • Formal training in Security Risk Management.

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant security and development related experience (3 years if applicant is in possession of a Master’s degree in a relevant security field).

  • Previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment is an asset;

  • In-depth knowledge of security risk management;

  • Knowledge of UN/UNDP business, operations and programming cycle;

  • Knowledge of UNDP Country Office structure; roles and responsibilities of the Resident Coordinator, Resident Representative, DO, SMT, UNDSS and UN Security Management System.

Language Requirements:           
  • Proficiency in English.

  • Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.

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