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Security Assistant

Kabul | Afghanistan

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Center

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. 
It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.

Background Information - UNMAS Afghanistan

The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) supports the government Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) in planning, managing and oversees of all mine action activities in Afghanistan.  It provides technical support to all partners and ensures the proper integration of mine action into wider humanitarian assistance and developmental programmes.

Functional Responsibilities

The Security Assistant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager/Deputy Programme Manager and in close coordination with the UNOPS Field Security Advisor. S/He shall provide support  to the delivery of security management services in  the office in Kabul, in the regions and projects areas.  The Security Assistant/Security Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations and UN Security Management System regulations.  He/she works closely with the Programme Management and  personnel for resolving security related issues and information exchange in a timely fashion.:

  • Assists the head of UNMAS and the UNOPS Field Security Advisor)in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
  • Assists in maintaining the UNMAS Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
  • Supports the UNMAS head of office  with the implementation of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets;
  • Assists in ensuring Residential Security Measures – RSM)and office security and safety;
  • Assists the head of office to ensure security preparedness;
  • Assists the head of UNMAS and UNOPS Field Security Advisor (PSA) in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
  • Attends the Security Cell when the Field Security Advisor is unavailable;
  • 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;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • Assists the UNMAS head of office and the UNOPS Field Security Advisor with implementation and monitoring of compliance with Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) established at the duty station;
  • Assists with the compilation of data required for the MOSS Self-Assessment Programme;
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UNMAS personnel and assets;
  • Provides support in organizing training courses on security awareness and preparedness;
  • Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
  • Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion, and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings as directed by the UNMAS head of office;
  • Maintains warden system and keeps update of information related to UN offices and residences. 


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Secondary school diploma (high school or equivalent) with 5 years of relevant experience

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in security field of work is required
  • At least 5 years of experience handling each of the following tasks: Incident reporting, security administration support, security communication, telecommunication and warden system.
  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation is required
  • Knowledge of host country safety codes is required
  • Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) is required
  • Experience in security field with regards to Humanitarian Mine Action operations is highly desirable
  • Prior experience with the UN system or international NGOs is desirable.
  • Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence considered an asset
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is an asset


  • Fluency in (Speaking, reading and writing) English is essential
  • Intermediate in (Speaking,reading and writing) Dari and Pashtu is required

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: LICA5
Contract duration:Three (3) months , renewable upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Only Afghan Nationals are eligible to apply
  • If your english language skills are well inline with requirements, please select "fluent" so your application is automatically not disqualified by GPRS system
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Kabul | Afghanistan
  • Grade: LICA-5, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Administrative support
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-10

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