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Field Security Advisor

Kabul | Afghanistan

Background Information - Afghanistan


With more than 20 years of experience in the country, the UNOPS Afghanistan office supports national reconstruction and development efforts by providing projects with goods and services - from stand-alone, one-off solutions to long-term management and capacity development support.  Based in Kabul, UNOPS Afghanistan has regional offices in most parts of the country. The team implements projects in support of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, education, environment and agriculture, and governance and rule of law.

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. 

Functional Responsibilities

  • Advise the Director and Representative, Programme/Project Managers and personnel on all safety and security related matters and the possible impact on staff safety, UNOPS equipment, project design, implementation and funding
  • Work to ensure that safety and security is a core component of all programmes at AFOH and conduct periodic office security surveys that appropriate funding is provided based on actual needs
  • Prepare an annual security work plan including budget for all aspects of security including full MOSS/MORSS compliance and training needs
  • Conduct periodic (or when the security situation dictates) office security surveys, with recommendations on necessary physical security upgrades communicated to the CD, Head of Programs and concerned Project Manager/s;
  • Establish and maintain contact with UNDSS, other UN Agencies, NGO and national security agencies where and when appropriate;
  • In line with UN Security Management System (UNSMS) methodology, develop as required security risk assessments outlining potential risks and recommended mitigation strategies regards project implementation taking into consideration relevant and existing assessments;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, timely readjustment and improvements of operations, including advice on legal considerations and risk assessment;
  • Analysis and identification of potential issues related to security operations. Proposal of strategies and options to be reviewed by management;
  • Build and share knowledge with regards to the management of operations in the Country Office;
  • Ensuring all UNOPS personnel receive briefings upon initial arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
  • Establish and manage UNOPS warden systems for both International and National staff, prepare travel and other security advisories for all staff and advise and assist in the implementation of MOSS and MORSS compliancy;
  • Ensure that fire safety arrangements (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors etc.) are present and functioning in all UNOPS premises;
  • Oversee the preparation of fire/building evacuation plans, whilst ensuring that periodical practice drills are carried out;
  • Monitor that Administrative Instructions are correctly followed in relation to the establishment of UNOPS office and residential premises, whilst ensuring that security surveys and all recommended physical security measures are implemented prior to occupancy;
  • Ensure by monitoring the process, that timely submissions of staff security clearance requests are carried out;
  • Ensure that security training with synthesis of lessons learnt and best practices is provided to Wardens and all staff in the mission area;
  • Follow up on arrests and detentions of staff members and eligible dependants;
  • Coordination of an appropriate UNOPS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving staff and eligible dependants;
  • Ensure staff adherence and compliance to the various UNSMS advisories, in particular: compliance with directions related to warden systems; minimum operating security standards (MOSS); minimum operating residential security standards (MORSS), etc.;
  • Manage the work assignments and schedules of all staff assigned to the office of the FSA;
  • Provide oversight and take responsibility for the delegated assignments of personnel and assets under supervision;
  • Serve as the first reporting officer on performance evaluations of all staff assigned to the office of the FSA;
  • Define, manage and account for the use of security equipment including communications equipment;
  • Immediate reporting of all security related incidents involving UN staff and eligible dependants to the Country Director, UNDSS and the UNOPS Chief of Security where appropriate, and
  • Perform any other relevant duties as required and tasked by the supervisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • An advance university degree in Security Management with 5 years of relevant work experience, a Bachelor’s degree with seven years of experience, or High/secondary school degree/diploma with 11 years of relevant work experience in management or supervisory role.
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills are required for this position.   


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:    Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level:    International ICA, Level 2 (IICA-2)
Contract duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension

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

Additional Considerations

  • 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: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-19

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