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Programme Management Advisor [Security Research Analyst]

Bamako (Mali)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Bamako (Mali)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Security and Safety
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-03

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Background Information - Job-specific

Global Pulse is a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data. Its vision is a future in which big data and AI are harnessed and used responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. To this end, Global Pulse will work to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for sustainable development and humanitarian action, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of Pulse Labs, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System.

Global Pulse implements data innovation programs through its Pulse Labs to provide UN and development partners with access to the data, tools and expertise required to discover new uses of big data and AI for development. Global Pulse develops policies, toolkits, applications and platforms to improve data-driven decision-making and support the evaluation of promising solutions.

Global Pulse is seeking a Security Research Analyst to provide support for the implementation of projects with the Pulse Lab Network in support of SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions

This is a position to support a project which UNOPS is implementing for United Nations Global Pulse. The incumbent of this position will be personnel of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance of UN Global Pulse senior management, the consultant will: 

1.  Conduct research and interviews with UN agency partners to generate security assessments 

  • Track developing threats and related risks in the duty station and region, 

  • Generate reports that review the impact of security factors and risk on UN and partner’s personnel premises, assets, programme design and delivery;

  • Provide recommendations regarding effective risk prevention and mitigation measures, including recommendations on methods for security assessments; 

  • Identify various levels of risk and conduct a risk analysis, 

  • Advise UN Global Pulse in data analysis methods applicable in security assessments.

2.  Provide technical support, guidance, and advice to UN Global Pulse

  • Test the usability of UN Global Pulse developed tools to conduct substantive security assessments;

  • Ensure adequate collation and verification of security information into assessments;

  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situation needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practices.

3.  Support project implementation  

  • Oversee the deliverables of a team of field analysts and support the production of project outputs; 

  • Liaise and coordinate with UN Global Pulse’s partners for project implementation; 

  • Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting, collate information and prepare project reports. 

  • Provide inputs to conceptualize, implement, monitor and evaluate innovation projects to in support of SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions.      

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • An Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) combined with a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience OR
  • A First Level University Degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) combined with a minimum of seven (9) years of relevant experience OR
  • UN, military or police senior Command and Staff College qualification with command experience at a senior level with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience is required OR
  • A secondary diploma with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience is required.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in the security field in the context of an international organization or NGO or military/police experience, including roles in the special forces/para/commando/intelligence, with experience of independent and or ad hoc operations in the reconnaissance role
  • Experience conducting security assessments as integral part of operational planning and the enabling of operations is required;

Desirable experience (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply)
  • Experience working in Mali is desired;
  • Experience working with cross-cultural teams is desired;


  • Fluency in English and French (written and oral) are required. 
  • Knowledge of other UN official working language is an asset.


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: International Individual Contractual Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: ICSC-11/ IICA-3
Contract duration: ASAP - 31 December 2020 with possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

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.
  • 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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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.

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