Re-advertisement-Field Security Associate (FSA)
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA)/ Deputy CSA or the Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Field Security Associate assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel in the region of assignment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
- Assists CSA/DCSA/FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the Area of Responsibility (AoR);
- Assists in maintaining the Security Plan(s), including updating staff lists;
- Supports the CSA/DCSA/FSCO with the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the Security Risks Management (SRM) process) for the AoR;
- Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets.
- Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparedness;
- Assists in monitoring the implementation of the (Residential Security Measures office safety and security preparedness;
- Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/DCSA;
- Performs any other duties as assigned by CSA or Deputy CSA.
1. Assists the CSA/DCSA/FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the AoR:
- Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers, as well as non-governmental organizations in the area of operation;
- 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 P/C/D/SA/FSCO;
- Communicates information on security to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides host country security advice to UNDSS in the absence of the P/C/D/SA/FSCO, as required;
- Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
- May be requested to provide technical assistance at A/SMT meetings, in the absence of the CSA/DCSA/FSCO.
2. Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists:
- Helps in the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan;
- Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required.
3. Assists the CSA/DCSA/FSCOs with the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the Security Risks Management (SRM) process) for the AoR.
4. Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets, and assists in the preparation of security reports, such as the Security Incident Report, the Security Assessments.
5. 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.
6. Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the CSA/DCSA/FSCOs:
- Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences (- Residential Security Measures - RSM) of UN staff, as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security;
- Establishes and maintains warden system and keeps update of information related to UN offices and residences;
- Administers a pass and ID system;
- Maintains liaison with commercial companies used for UN security at offices and residences, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force.
7. Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/DCSA/FSCOs:
- Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
- Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
- Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion, and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
8. The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that
- Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
- Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
- Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
- Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
- Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
- Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.
Commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the Organization’s core values – Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity
Planning and Organizing:
Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor his/her own work plan with minimum supervision. Ability to work under pressure or in crisis situations. Availability to travel within the area of responsibility.
Ability to actively seek to improve services, offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs, and promote and persuade others to consider new ideas
Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Proven and sustained communication (verbal and written) skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Secondary education is required. University Degree is desirable, but it is not a requirement.
A minimum 6 years of experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work is required. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
- Fluency in English and Arabic are required.
Other Skills and Requirements:
- Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation.
- Experience in diplomatic security and protection is considered as an asset.
- Knowledge of host country safety codes.
- Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).
- Possession of a valid driver’s license
- Ability to travel
- Physically fit
For Core (Established) Budget Positions:
The position is locally administered by UNDP but is financed centrally by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
Important applicant information
All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.
Externally advertised GS fixed-term appointment and temporary appointment (TA) positions located in New York/Washington D.C. are open to candidates who are either US Permanent Residents, US Citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York or Washington, DC.
Selected candidates who meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria are responsible for their own travel and/or relocation costs.
Selection to GS fixed-term appointment positions at Headquarters requires passing a UN administered clerical test (ASAT). External applicants to General Service (GS) positions in New York who already possess a Bachelor’s degree or an accredited certification in a technical field (e.g. IT, Finance, or Procurement) will not need to obtain/pass the UN Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT). However, passing specialized tests (e.g. Finance and Accounting technical assessments) may still be required for some General Service (GS) positions, as specified in the vacancy announcement.
Applicants under serious consideration for short-listing of posts requiring accountancy and finance skills, must take the UNDP Accountancy and Finance Test (UNDP AFT) prior to short-listing.
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