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Purpose of the Position
Under the overall supervision of the ESARO Regional Director, the Regional Security Adviser (RSA) will be responsible for assisting in the strategic management of regional security operations and for providing guidance and assistance to the ESARO Regional Director and CO Representatives on all elements of their respective responsibilities in accordance with the UN/UNICEF Framework of Accountability.
Furthermore, the RSA will be responsible for coordinating a cohesive approach to security throughout the region and providing technical support to CO Security Advisers within the Region and liaising with the Principal Security Coordinator on the application of UNSMS Policies and Procedures. He/She will liaise closely with UNDSS CSAs/SAs/FSCOs and other UN Security Personnel within the ESA Region as well as Host Country Authorities as required and will collaborate with the Regional Chief of HR and Regional Stress Counsellor.
Responsibilities for the Security Adviser UNICEF Job
- Provide advice and assistance to the ESARO Regional Director, ESAR Senior Management and Representatives on all aspects of security coordination throughout the region.
- Monitor developments in the region related to safety and security of UNICEF personnel and programme delivery and update the Regional Director accordingly.
- Advise the Regional Director and ESAR Senior Management on steps needed with regard to multi-country or regional geo-security environment and key political dynamics that have the potential to impact on programme delivery.
- Provide feedback to CO Representatives on security aspects of update and the potential impact on the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and programme delivery.
- Update the UNICEF Principal Security Coordinator (PSC) through OPSCEN on security and political developments in the region. Inform that PSC directly if the situation requires immediate attention.
- Participate in selection of security advisors, assistants, guard services and related security services. Provide guidance on training requirement.
- Where there is no dedicated UNICEF Security professional on board, assist Heads of Offices and Operations
- Officers who have direct oversight of security personnel and guard services at Country Office level and support them on matters related to recruitment and performance evaluation.
- Assist the Regional Director and Representatives on determining financial and human resources required for ensuring the safety and security of personnel, premises and programme delivery.
- Establish favorable working environment with UNDSS CSAs/SAs, FSCOs, UNICEF Representatives, UNICEF Country Office Security Focal Points (CO SFP) / Operations Officers as well as Security Advisors from other Agency Funds and Programmes and Host Country Authorities as required.
Security Risk Management and Analysis
- Where there is no dedicated UNICEF Security professional on board, assist Representatives and Heads of Offices to prepare security risk assessments of UNICEF’s Country and Field Offices and undertake specific Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) as required.
- Proactively monitor situations and events in the Region and gather and analyze information with the aim of identifying emerging trends and providing early warning of any potential threats that may affect the safety and security of UNICEF staff, premises, assets and impact programme delivery.
- Consolidate reporting from Country Offices and provide an analysis in the regional context, highlighting the potential impact this may have on programme delivery and particularly, in L2 and L3 locations.
- Work closely with key RO advisors and existing think tank networks within the region and globally with the objective of sustaining and strengthening the internal security risk management and analysis processes.
- Provide technical oversight on the initial assessment for Premises and if required, the conduct of Facility Safety and Security Survey (FSSS)
- Based on Security Risk Assessment (SRA), Initial Premises Assessment and FSSS, follow-up on available funding resources for COs either through the Regional Contingency Funds or the Additional Security Fund from HQ.
- Provide technical support for COs under “Mandatory Security Relocation” due to safety and security: 1) the conduct for the assessment of newly identified premises, 2) conduct of FSSS, 3) recommended mitigating measures and 3) available resources for “One Time Off Relocation Funds”.
- Monitor situations and events in the Region and gather and analyse information with the aim of identifying emerging trends and providing early warning of any potential situation that may affect the safety and security of UNICEF staff, premises and assets throughout the Region and that may also impact programme delivery.
Consolidate reporting from Country Offices and provide an analysis on the implication this may have regionally and the potential impact this may have on programme delivery and particularly, in L3 locations.
- Implement the Regional Security Prioritisation based on the agreed Annual Rolling Workplan.
- Participate in selection of staff security officers or assistants, guard services, etc. and ensure adequate training is provided.
- Immediately inform the RD, DRD, and other senior RO staff of any significant incident pertaining to security.
- If so requested by the RD, establish a regional crisis center as needed, able to communicate with OPSCEN and the countries involved and monitor developments.
- Assist the Regional Director and CO Representatives with Security Planning and Emergency/Crisis
- Preparedness in accordance with the country specific situation and security requirements including the effectiveness of UNICEF’s Emergency Communications System and business continuity capability.
- Ensure that ESA Representatives in a sub region affected by the crisis are kept informed of key security issues, as well as other relevant stakeholders such the SMS and/or authorities depending the situation and in coordination with the CO’s.
- Assess the adequate nomination of the duty officer communication’s responsibility during the crisis to serve as the RO’s “single point of contact” on matters related to the crisis.
- Ensure appropriate communication with Country Offices that are involved in the crisis and coordinating the support requirements.
- On a need case basis, provide operational assistance and background contributions to the HQ/DSS coordinated management of any security incident involving UNICEF staff.
- Co-ordinate any emergency medical evacuation.
- Upon the RD’s delegation of power, and in coordination with the PSC and the legal office at HQ and UNDSS, ensure the follow-up on any cases of arrest or detention.
- Monitor that country offices comply with and periodically exercise security procedures/protocols and guidelines including: MOSS compliance, Compound Security, Access Control, Building Evacuation Plans Warden System, Security Awareness and Briefings, Fire Safety, Security Component of Business Continuity Plan (BCP), Operational Status of Alternate BCP Site and Communication Tree.
- Provide briefings and presentations to UNICEF senior managers with security responsibilities on current and new UN security policies and guidelines and tools.
- Provide Country Office Security Focal Point (COSFP) Training to newly arrived / appointed Operation Managers.
- Identify training needs for security professionals in the region. Coordinate with the OSC nomination of security personnel to UNDSS/TDS and other AFPs training courses.
- Coordinate with OSC for the training of Women’s Security Awareness Training (WSAT).
Qualifications for the Security Advisor UNICEF Job
- Advanced University Degree in Social or Political Science, or a discipline related to Risk Management, International Relations, conflict analysis and resolution or equivalent formal training in security and risk management such as Military and/or Police Senior Command Staff College (9 months/ 1 year).
- *A first University Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of 12 years of relevant professional work experience, with at least two years field experience of the UNSMS, proven crisis management and strong background in political and security analysis ideally in a regional context.
- Analysis /information capabilities from a police / military contexts would be considered an asset.
- Experience in working in a team responding to hostage taking would be an advantage.
- Experience in working in crisis / humanitarian response locations enabling programme delivery is required.
Language: Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Working with People
- Drive for Results
- Leading and Supervising, Level 3
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Level 3
- Analyzing, Level 3
- Relating and Networking, Level 3
- Persuading and Influencing, Level 3
- Creating and Innovating, Level 3
- To view our competency framework, please click here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF career website on www.unicef.org to apply