Regional Security Advisor

  • Added Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019

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  • Establishes a regional security network among UNDP security personnel, including Sub-Regional Security Specialists, in country Field Security Specialists, Country Office Security Focal Points and Country Office Security Associates;
  • Supervises UNDP security staff deployed in the region;
  • Determines regional UNDP security needs, and supports regional UNDP initiatives;
  • Ensure 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. Serves as permanent member of Local Project Appraisal Committees (LPACs).
  • 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 with UNDSS, as well as other agencies and role players regarding the implementation of specific assistance to Country Offices within the region;
  • Endeavor to minimize the risk to UNDP staff, project personnel, property and  operations in all locations and at  the same time enabling UNDP programme delivery throughout: 
  • Participates as a member of the security cell established by DSS 
  • Monitor Country Offices’ ability to ensure effective common services are being provided to the security machinery in-country and assist them as required (budget, local staffing, procurement, communications equipment & maintenance, physical security measures, UN House aspects, etc.)
  • Conduct threat and risk assessments of UNDP Country Offices and operations in the districts and regions where UNDP projects are implemented, identify and where appropriate implement risk mitigation measures. 
  • Assist/provide inputs to UNDSS in preparing comprehensive threat and risk assessments of countries to include all locations where UNDP personnel, eligible family members and equipment are present. 
  • Assist UNDP travel managers with risk assessments related to air travel.
  • 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 plans and contingency plans in accordance with the UN Security Policy Manual (SPM) and Security Operations Manual (SOM).  
  • Ensure 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 country-specific security plans and contingency plans in accordance with UNDSS. 
  • Assist in development as it relates to security of functional emergency business continuity plans for the COs, in concert and accordance with the UN CT business continuity plan. 
  • Support Country Office Management in ensuring that UNDP premises and international staff residences are security compliant. Oversight of UNDP personnel and equipment for security compliance. 
  • Leads the annual security compliance review in the region. Assess the levels of security compliance and identifies what support BMS/SO might provide, in cooperation with UNDSS; 
  • Ensure that UNDP personnel 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 and ensure 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.). 
  • In coordination with UNDSS, and on behalf of the senior most UNDP representative at the country level and SFP, ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders.
  • Conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of UNDP premises and equipment and advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions for Country Offices. 
  • Represent UNDP security interests in any common premises that UNDP occupies ensuring that staff safety and security are primary considerations. 
  • Collect, perform analysis and disseminate security centric information. Promote information exchanges with UNDSS, as well as other agencies and organizations, to enhance coordination and implementation of security management arrangements. 
  • Monitors international events and information sources in order to assess their security-related trends and implications on UNDP operations and personnel. Ensure that  analysis of major events are provided to the Security Office and Country Office management 
  • 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. 
  • Where required and in coordination with UNDSS, establish good relationships with national law enforcement, military and civil intelligence authorities, counterparts in the Diplomatic Missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders within the designated area of responsibility. 
  • Encourage an exchange of information relative to risk management for UNDP programme implementation.  
  • Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts. 
  • On special request and in coordination with UNDP HQ, assist in the conduct of preliminary investigations in cases of breach of the UN code of conduct by UNDP staff.
  • Provide ongoing mentoring to and coordinate appropriate security training for security personnel in the region
  • In coordination with UNDSS, provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement.
  • Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Support mainstreaming of security costs into country/regional projects/programmes. Monitors that all projects/programmes contribute resources to implementation of security measures.
  • Liaise with COs to enable the completion and management of security annual work plans and related budgets.  
  • Support Country Office Management and Project Management in ensuring that the security cost of doing business is included in all appeals and project descriptions for COs in the designated area of responsibility. 
  • Where appropriate, participate in the drafting of CAP and CAP reviews, to be presented to donors, and provide inputs to donor reports. 
  • Ensure that UNDP Security Team in the region is adequately staffed by competent and proficient personnel with the appropriate skills and expertise required to enable the successful achievement of their respective functions and Country Office goals and objectives.
  • Assist in the performance evaluation of the private contractors, suppliers and consultants providing security services to UNDP, as required.
  • Participate in the assessment processes for locally-recruited staff assigned to the security functions, and, in collaboration with the HR unit, ensures that recommended candidates meet all qualifications.  
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Creates independently 
  • Adept with complex concepts 
  • Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
  • Provides authoritative advice to decision makers
  • Challenges convention purposefully
  • Critically assesses established methods
  • Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Creates excitement for work through demonstrated excellence 
  • Generates individual commitment, excitement and excellence 
  • Creates opportunities for team to learn and take on new responsibilities 
  • Actively shares experience and knowledge 
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Motivates excellence and engagement 
  • Expands team substantive capacity
  • Models independent thinking and action
  • Raises standards, motivates excellence
  • Coaches team members to appropriately share knowledge across teams
  • Addresses conflicts in a timely, sensitive manner; escalates to leadership when appropriate
  • Expands team engagement 
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Advocates, able to change mind of self, peers and partners 
  • Persuades others to embrace new ideas, even when controversial
  • Empathizes with client perspectives and needs
  • Prepares and presents authoritative advice
  • Represents team in formal settings
  • Expands expertise of team through sharing expertise
  • Ability to get things done.
  • Creates new standards of work.
  • Accepts responsibility for the outcomes of programme delivery.
  • Creates new and better services.   
  • Creates an environment that fosters excitement for work. 
  • Sets strategic goals and builds the means to achieve.
  • Knowledge of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNDP's role in addressing security issues.
  • Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Ability to design and implement meaningful security testing and agility to create pro-active enhancements.
  • Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.
  • Security Event Management & Monitoring.
  • Ability to plan, manage, and monitor event security.
  • Advanced University Degree (Master degree or equivalent obtained in a Command or Staff College) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related fields; or a A first level university degree, in combination with relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Formal training in security risk management. 
  • A minimum of 7 years of risk management or security experience gained in an operational environment in public or private service in such areas as national security, military or police service or in a corporate environment together with substantial leadership experience (9 years in a relevant security field if applicant has a Bachelor Degree).
  • International experience, or experience in UN peace keeping, or in the UN security management system is an asset, as well as previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment.
  • Knowledge of UNDP business, operations and programming cycle is desirable. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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