Senior Programme Security Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
  • Advising that UNDP security support should feature prominently in the programming process for the LCB Stabilization Facility, 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 the 4 countries that border the LCB.
  • Programming
  • Threat and Risk Assessment
  • Security Plan and Business Continuity
  • Minimum Operating Security Standards
  • Information Management
  • Funds Management
  • Office and Residential Security
  • Training
  • General
  • Provide security policy guidance and security management support to the Head of Stabilizations and UNDP LCB Stabilization Facility 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 the programme including implementation and delivery through to 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 mitigation measures 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 and assets as the highest priority.
  • To protect and minimize the risk to UNDP staff, programme personnel, property and    operations in all locations where the LCB Stabilization Facility will operate and at the same time enabling effective programme delivery. 
  • Maintaining a security network of international and national security personnel in the 4 countries that the LCB borders. 
  • Participating as a member of the security cell established by DSS in country and as an observer on the SMT if requested.
  • Conduct a threat and risk assessment of operations in the respective countries and districts where the LCB Stabilization Facility will be implemented, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures. 
  • Assist/provide inputs to UNDSS in preparing a comprehensive threat and risk assessment of the respective countries/districts to include all locations where UNDP staffs, dependents, implementing partners and equipment are present. 
  • Liaise with respective security forces (Military/Police) to establish an information network which will help provide more accurate threat and risk assessments. 
  • 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 each country/district in accordance with the UN Security Policy Manual (SPM) and Security Management Operations Manual (SMOM). 
  • See that all UNDP programme personnel are included in the Security Plan of the respective duty stations, being prepared by UNDSS. 
  • Update the UNDP component within the country-specific security plan and contingency plans in cooperation with UNDSS. 
  • Train UNDP wardens and follow up on their specific needs accordingly for both international and national staff. 
  • Develop a functional emergency business continuity plan for the LCB Stabilization Facility. 
  • Take necessary action to ensure security clearances for all UNDP staff travelling in security phase areas. 
  • Oversight of UNDP personnel and equipment for security compliance. 
  • Ensure 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 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.). 
  • Provide advice on the security of transportation and logistics.
  • Coordinate with DSS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving UNDP staff and eligible dependents.
  • Provide timely and accurate security advice to the programme managers, UNDP personnel and implementing partners. 
  • Provide regular situation reports (SITREP) and analysis of events to the programme managers and SO Sub-Regional Security Specialist (SRSS) West Africa. 
  • Immediately report all security -related incidents involving UNDP staff and eligible dependents to the Head of Stabilizations SRSS and UNDSS in country of incident. 
  • In cooperation with the HR unit, maintain updated UNDP staff lists, including details of visiting UN personnel. 
  • 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. 
  • Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts. 
  • Support mainstreaming of security costs into the programme to ensure sufficient funding is available for the implementation of the recommended security measures.
  • Formulate and manage the annual work plan and related security budget, initiate budget revisions. 
  • Ensure that costs and expenditures remain within budgeted and approved limits.

7. 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 in developing and implementing office security requirements for all offices that are established by the LCB Stabilization facility. 
  • Establish and implement access control mechanisms (visitor/vehicle screening) as necessary for UNDP offices based on the area SRM. 
  • Represent UNDP security interests in any common premises that the LCB Stabilization Facility occupies ensuring that staff safety and security are primary considerations. 
  • Ensure that UNDP premises and international staff residences are MOSS and RSM compliant. 
  • Coordinate SSAFE training for all UNDP Personnel working for the LCB Stabilization Facility programme.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling and implementing fire safety, first aid, and radio communications training for the appropriate staff members.
  • Contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Participation in the security trainings for the UNDP and allied UN agency staff members.
  • The PSS will, in consultation with the Head of Stabilizations respond to requests from Country Office to provide support as required. 
  • Any other security related tasks assigned by the Head of Stabilizations.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Accountability – Adheres to organizational rules, regulations and standards; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. 
  • Client Orientation – Provides services, support, advice, guidance to internal or external clients, and seeks to see things from their points of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. 
  • Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Demonstrates resourcefulness by finding new solutions to address operational or strategic problems.
  • Commitment to Learning – Keeps abreast of new occupational/professional developments; Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; Provides constructive security advisory, training, coaching and feedback for others.
  • A Master’s Degree, preferably in social sciences, management, or a related security field, or formal multi-year education in Security Management, such as military or police, Junior Command and Staff College (minimum 9 months full time) qualification with command experience. A Bachelor’s degree may be considered in lieu of a Masters together with 9 years of relevant experience.
  • Formal training in security risk management. 
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant security and development related experience (9 years if applicant is in possession of a Bachelor’s University Degree). Formal multi-year education in Security Management. 
  • Previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment is an asset, particularly the Sahel countries.
  • In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management.  
  • Knowledge of UNDP business, operations and programming cycle an asset.  
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) an asset.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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