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Field Security Associate

Accra (Ghana)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Accra (Ghana)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Security and Safety
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-30

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Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Security Adviser (SA), the  Field Security Associate assists in the implementation of security operations for the COVID-19 field hospital and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel in the region of assignment.The positionwhich is a temporary post is locally administered by UNDP but is financed centrally by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:
  • Assists SA in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the COVID-19 field hospital;
  • Assists in maintaining the Security Planof the field hospitalincludingupdating staff lists
  • Supports the SAwith the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the COVID-19 fieldhospital Security Risks Management (SRM) process).
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assetsof theCOVID-19 field hospital;
  • Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparednessfor staff;
  • workingat COVID-19field hospital and visitorsto thehospital.
  • Assists in monitoring theimplementation of the (Residential Security Measures) for staff working at the COVID-19 field hospitaland the COVID-19 field hospitalsafetyand security preparedness;
  • Performs any other duties as assigned.
1.Assists SA in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the COVID-19 field hospital;
  • Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including civil aviation, airport security, immigration, nationaland local provincial authorities,national security secretariat, military, and police officersin the area of operation;
  • Helps to assess the security situation at the AORand ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may berequired for a proper analysis of the situation by the SA;
  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at SMT meetings, in the absence of SA

2.Assists in maintaining the Security Planof the field hospitalincluding updating staff lists

  • Helps in the preparation and review of the COVID-19 HospitalSecurity Plan;
  • Supports actions during the implementation of theSecurity Plan, as required.

3. Assists the SAwith the monitoring of thesecurity measures implementation as recommended in the COVID-19 field hospitalSecurity Risks Management (SRM) process).

4. .Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assetsof the COVID-19 field hospitaland assists in the preparation ofsecurity 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 tostaffworkingat COVID-19field hospital and its visitors.Conducts security briefings, as required.

6.Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the SA:

  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and advice on as well assistin monitoring the implementation of the security measuresfor the residences(Residential Security Measures) for staff working at the COVID-19 field hospital and the COVID-19 field hospitalsafety and security preparedness;DocuSign Envelope ID: 039595E0-7669-4E3C-9600-E67588F94285
  • Assists and maintains warden system and keeps update of information related to theCOVID-19 field hospital and residencesof staff working at the COVID-19 field hospital
  • Administers a pass and ID systemfor the COVID-19 field hospital;Maintains liaison withfield hospitalsecurity in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force


  • 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 incrisis situations. Availability to travel within the area of responsibility.
  • Creativity: 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
  • Teamwork:Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect fordiversity
  • Communication: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

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English, Fluency in Ghanaian local language is 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


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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