Security Associate, GS6, FT, Nairobi, Kenya (#120845)
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
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, a champion!
UNICEF works to promote and protect the rights of children and women in Kenya. With 50 years of service (since 1971), we are one of the longest-serving international organizations in the country.
How can you make a difference?
The Security Assistant provides technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Country Field Security Advisor (CFSA) 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.
1. Security Planning
- Support the CFSA 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 CAFSA by collecting and providing the basic information required for the implementation of the UN Country Security Plan, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments
- Assist the CFSA in the development of UNICEF routine security documentation including security contingency plans such as, but not limited to, fire and evacuation plans
- Assist the CFSA 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 CFSA relative to on-going and emerging security issues in the country
- Assist the CFSA 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 CFSA
- Under the guidance of the CFSA, 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 CFSA in the establishment of effective and functioning Communications/Warden Systems for UNICEF and the periodic testing of these systems
- Support the CAFSA 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 CFSA as required
3. Security Networking
- With significant guidance from the CFSA 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 CFSA, to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake mandatory security training/briefings
- With strong support and guidance from the CFSA, 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 CFSA, 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
- Assist the supervisor in the management of online platforms (SharePoint; Planner, TRIP, Vehicle Tracking; AIMS…etc.) and ensure that all related UNICEF Personnel information is adequately and timely captured in the applicable systems
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 years of progressively responsible experience in a security related environment is required
- 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 Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
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.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.