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Temporary Appointment: Security Associate, G6, Nairobi Kenya-364 days

Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-24

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The function of the Local Security Associate (LSA) will be to support the Country Field Security Advisor (KCO) in providing critical support to the Somalia Support Center – Kenya, in enhancing and ensuring staff security and in providing effective support to humanitarian in partnership with other UN agencies and implementing partners and providing close coordination through the CFSA with government entities on access and security.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, dedication

The function of the Local Security Associate (LSA) will be to support the Country Field Security Advisor (KCO) in providing critical support to the Somalia Support Center – Kenya, in enhancing and ensuring staff security and in providing effective support to humanitarian in partnership with other UN agencies and implementing partners and providing close coordination through the CFSA with government entities on access and security.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

Join our team to provide technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Supervisor in support of their role as it relates to ensuring the safety and security of personnel and their eligible family members as well as the safeguarding of UNICEF premises, assets and resources at the duty station. In carrying out the below duties the incumbent is expected to follow instructions precisely and in strict compliance with supervisor’s instructions and UN Security related policies, rules and procedures. The Security Associate will have a dual reporting role to the Chief of the Field Office and also to the Country Field Security Advisor who in turn reports directly to the Representative and maintains a close working relationship with the Office of the Regional Security Advisor (Matrix Management).

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Security Planning
  2. Safety and Security Services
  3. Security Networking
  4. Support in Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

1. Security Planning

  • Support the supervisor administratively and logistically in their planning functions related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members as well as the safeguarding of premises, assets, and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. 
  • Assist the supervisor by collecting and providing the basic information required for the implementation of the UN Country Security Plan, Security Risk Management (SRM) Measures, Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments. 
  • Assist the supervisor in the development of UNICEF routine security documentation including security contingency plans such as, but not limited to, fire and evacuation plans.
  • Assist the supervisor in drafting routine security reports/returns including but not limited to Security Incident Reports (SIRs).

2. Safety and Security Services

  • Monitor the local security situation through local media and networks providing regular information and updates to the supervisor relative to on-going and emerging security issues in the country. 
  • Assist the supervisor in security activities that support UNICEF staff, premises and operations for all locations where UNICEF personnel and/or eligible family members are present.
  • Provide on-going routine technical support and direction for contracted security providers on behalf of the SFP.
  • Under the direct guidance of the supervisor, share information with UNICEF personnel and eligible family members that would affect their safety and security and information regarding the actions to take in the event of an emergency, including those identified in the UNICEF/UN Security Plans. 
  • Support the supervisor in the establishment of effective and functioning Communications/Warden Systems for UNICEF and the periodic testing of these systems.
  • Support the supervisor in the conduct of all security related contingency exercises particularly relating to administration, communications and logistics.
  • Conduct physical security surveys of international personnel residences in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM) on behalf of the SFP as required.

 3. Security Networking

  • With significant guidance from the supervisor, actively maintain official liaison with host government counterparts, local authorities responsible for security, law and order and security counterparts in the UN.

4. Support in Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

  • Coordinate, as required, with UNDSS, on behalf of the SFP, to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake mandatory security training/briefings.
  • With strong support and guidance from the supervisor, develop and conduct country level familiarization sessions for contracted security guards specifically regarding their UN/UNICEF related duties and responsibilities.
  • With strong support and guidance from the supervisor, develop and conduct country level training sessions for drivers to familiarize them with the specific actions to take when encountering a security related situation while driving.
  • Assist in the provision of any security related training for UNICEF personnel or eligible family members, particularly to ensure comprehension by those more comfortable in the local language.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Completion of secondary education supplemented by relevant technical/military/police courses and/or university courses in a relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of 6 [Six] years of relevant professional experience in a security related environment is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the local operating area and context including the main security stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Functional Competencies:

  • Applying technical expertise (I)
  • Adapting and Responding to Change (II)
  • Coping with pressure and setbacks (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Following Instructions and Procedures (II)
  • Planning and Organizing (I)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of

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