Local Security Associate

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA), Deputy Security Adviser (DSA) or the Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Local 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 country or in the region of assignment.


Summary of key functions:

  • Assists CSA/DSA/FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
  • Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating UN Personnel lists;
  • Supports the CSA/DSA/FSCO with the assessment of Security Risk Management (SRM) process (former MOSS) for the duty station;
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN personnel, offices and assets;
  • Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparedness;
  • Assists in ensuring Residential Security Measures and office safety, and security preparedness;
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/DSA/FSCO

1.  Assists the CSA/DSA/FSCO 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 operations;
  • 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/DSA/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 CSA and DSA, as required;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Agency Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at SMT meetings, in the absence of the CSA/DSA/FSCO.

2.  Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating UN personnel lists:

  • Helps in the preparation and review of the Country Security Plans;
  • Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plans, as required.

3.  Assists the CSA/DSA/FSCO in monitoring compliance with SRM Measures established for the duty station.  Also assists with the compilation of data required for the SRM Measures Self-Assessment Programme.

4.  Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN personnel, 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.

5.  Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and providing security orientation to newly assigned personnel members. Conducts security briefings, as required.

6.  Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/DSA/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.

7.  Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the CSA/DSA/FSCO:

  • Conducts security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences (Residential Security Measures-RSM) of UN personnel, as well as on latest trends and threats to UN Personnel 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.
  • Performs any other duties as required and directed by CSA/DSA.

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.



  • Secondary education is required. Diploma from Police of military education institution, college or academy First level (Bachelor) or Advanced Degree is desirable.


  • A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment and experience in Police, Military, in the public, private or corporate sector security operations are required. Seven (7) years of progressively security experience is desirable.
  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Thai is required (national language). Knowledge of another UN Language (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese) is desirable.

Other Skills and Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required
  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operations;
  • Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of host country safety codes;
  • Solid computers skills (MS Office suite);
  • Ability to travel
  • Physically fit

Important applicant information

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

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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