Senior Security Associate, Multiple positions
Background Information - PSC
Peace and Security ClusterThe UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (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. It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients. The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.
Background Information - Job-specific
Background - UNMAS
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.
Background – UNMAS Iraq
The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management
2. Capacity Enhancement
3. Risk Education
UNMAS Iraq has offices in both Baghdad and Erbil.
Under the direct supervision of the Secuirty Officer (SO), the Senior Security Associate is responsible for the following assigned tasks:
- Assists SO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
- Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
- Supports the SO with the assessment of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
- Assists in reporting online security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets;
- Assists in ensuring residential (Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards – MORSS) and office safety, and security preparedness;
- Assists in preparing country Security Risk Assessment (SRA), Premises Security Surveys, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);
- Provides general administrative assistance to the SO;
- Maintains a statistical database of all security incidents in the country and analytical charts;
- Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
- 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 by the SO;
- Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
- Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members;
- Conducts security briefings, as required;
- Assists the SO in leading daily missions inside and outside Baghdad to various venues and to the UNMAS operations in Fallujah, Ramadi and any other areas as required;
- Assists the SO in managing the drivers and operational vehicle in there daily tasks;
- Assists the SO in managing the UNMAS Operations room and monitoring of mission in the field and UNMAS facilities;
- Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
Persons with no UN experience are encouraged to apply!
This position is open to nationals or persons with a valid residence and/or work permit.
- Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) with one year of relevant experience; OR
- First-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) with 3 years of relevant experience; OR
- Secondary school diploma with 7 years of relevant experience is required.
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in security related fields of work, preferably in military or police context or security field work;
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience in driving B6 armored vehicles on mission is required;
- Experience as a Personal Security Details (PSD) and experience in diplomatice security, protection and intelligence is desired;
- Knowledge of HF/VHF radio operations and knowledge of host country safety codes is desired.
- Fluency in English (Speaking, writing, reading) is required.
- Fluency in Arabic (Speaking, writing, reading) is required.
|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: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA)
- Contract level: LICA-7 (ICS-7)
- Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
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- This is a non-family duty station
- This is a local position, therefore only nationals of the duty station will be considered
- 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.
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- 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.
Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.