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Security Risk Management Advisor- Retainer

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Internal audit, Investigation and Inspection
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-17

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Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS KEMC helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development. UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in Africa, including on large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.

As part of the IDP crisis response, the Republic of Mozambique is preparing the Mozambique Northern Crisis Recovery Project (P176157) to be financed by the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of US$100 million. The Project Development Objective is to improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for internally displaced persons and host communities in targeted areas of Northern Mozambique. The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER) through the National Sustainable Development Fund (FNDS). The Project will retain and make use of existing Financial Management (FM) capacities and project oversight systems at FNDS. 

The Government intends to contract UNOPS to provide overall technical support to Project implementation, including through the preparation of Environmental and Social Safeguards instruments, based on the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Frameworks (ESF); as well as support in M&E. UNOPS is further tasked with the implementation of distinct project components.

The proposed Project has four components: Component 1 – Building social cohesion and resilience to conflict; Component 2 – Provision of livelihoods and economic opportunities for IDPs and host communities; Component 3 –Rehabilitation of public infrastructure and Component 4 – Project management and oversight.

UNOPS is looking for a Security Risk Management Advisor-Retainer to help prepare a Security Risk Assessment and a Security Management Plan for the Project.

Functional Responsibilities

As part of the World Bank’s requirements set out in the Environmental and Social Framework (ESF), project implementation needs to be supported by a rigorous Security Management Plan (SMP). The SMP is to set out the ways in which the Government of the Republic of Mozambique will ensure security protection, emergency responses and duty of care to all project workers and project-affected parties. 

Given that the Project will be implemented across a broad geographical scope, and in a highly fragile environment, the SMP needs to be based on a detailed Security Risk Assessment. 

Potential security risks and impacts of the Project are related to ensuring security for project operations including the protection of project workers, beneficiaries and other project-affected persons; challenges in access to beneficiaries for meaningful stakeholder and community engagements as well as grievance redress and monitoring due to insecurity; and risks emanating from the deployment of armed security guards in project interventions.

UNOPS is looking for the services of a highly skilled Security Risk Management Advisor-Retainer that will be contracted to develop the two products.

The Security Risk Management Advisor-Retainer will report to the Senior Project Manager, and collaborate closely with the UNOPS Environmental and Social safeguards team and other Implementing partners in the preparation of the Security Risk Assessment and the Security Management Plan. 

  • Review all project documentation and liaise with relevant stakeholders (UN, Government, Security forces operational in the area, private sector where relevant)

  • Conduct a Security Risk Assessment of the project areas in Northern Mozambique. 

  • Based on the Security Risk Assessment, prepare a Security Management Plan for the NCRP in line with international best practice and in accordance with ISO 31000, Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines.  

  • Ensure that  the Security Management Plan is in line with the provisions of the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standard 2 (ESS 2) on  Labor and Working Conditions and ESS4 on Community Health and Safety

  • Support the UNOPS Team in contracting a Project Security Officer 

  • Support the Project Security officer in creating Workplan

Impact of Results 

  • All project activities are based on rigorous security risk management   

  • All project stakeholders are protected

  • Capacity building of local Security Management Officer


Advanced university degree in Social or Political Science, Law, Public Administration, Business Administration or Security Management is required OR; a first level university degree in Social or Political Science, Law, Public Administration, Business Management or Security Management with an additional two (2) years of relevant working experience, will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience working in the security management or similar fields is required
  • Experience in analyzing security risks and developing mitigation measures is desired
  • Experience in ISO 31000, Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines is desired
  • In-depth experience in Mozambique is desired
  • Experience with World Bank Environmental and Social Framework or the development of Security Management Plans for World Bank-funded projects desirable.


Excellent written and spoken English language is required


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.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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 Contrcator Agreement
Contract level: ICS 11/ IICA 3
Contract duration: 'One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability'

This is a Homebased position with travel to Pemba- Northern Mozambique when required

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

As per UNOPS policy retainer positions in duty stations where the NPO (National Professional Officer) category has been established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a home-based retainer will be issued a LICA Support or LICA Specialist position.

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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