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National Security Assistant - UNOCHA


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Afghanistan
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed

OCHA's mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to: 

• alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies 
• advocate for the rights of people in need 
• promote preparedness and prevention 
• facilitate sustainable solutions. 

In December 1991, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 46/182 designed to strengthen the United Nation's response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters. In addition, it aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN's humanitarian operations in the field.  

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and most violent, crisis-ridden countries in the world with a continued deepening and geographic spread of the conflict. Violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Law (HRL) occur regularly - including targeted killings, forced recruitment, and attacks on health and education facilities. 

At the same time, Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides, and avalanches. Over three decades of conflict, coupled with climate change, environmental degradation, and insufficient investment in disaster risk reduction strategies, have contributed to the increasing vulnerability of the Afghan people to cope with the sudden shock of natural disasters and increased risks posed to livelihoods. On average, each year, around 230,000 people are affected by natural disasters. Destruction of shelters, crops, food stocks and damage to household and community assets such as water and sanitation infrastructure result in the need for emergency support to protect people from the elements.  

Job Puspose
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the OCHA Security Officer within the CM-Coord, Access and Security Unit (CASU), the Security Assistant assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of security for UN personnel in the country or in the region of assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Unit, the incumbent performs the following


  1. Security Support
  • Assists the Security Officer in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country. 
  • Assist in preparing Security Risk Management Measures and MSCRs 
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN personnel, offices and assets. 
  • Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers, as well as non-governmental organizations and other non-State actors in the area of operation. 
  • Communicates information on security to OCHA personnel, as required. 
Administrative Support
  • Maintains regular contacts with DSS and Security Focal Points of UN agencies. 
  • Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required. 
  • Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness and providing security orientation to newly assigned or recruited staff members.  
  • Provides support to the organization of visits/missions of external stakeholders to Afghanistan. Under the leadership of the Security Officer, prepare all related security arrangements.  

Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the supervisor 

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: None



Expected Demonstration of Competencies



Achieve Results:


LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively:


LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements 

Learn Continuously


LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility 


LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible 
Act with Determination  LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner


LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion


LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name



Security Services Security information management Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations
Security Services Security incident management & monitoring Ability to provide adequate response to security incidents/events
Security Services Security risk management Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans
Security Services Security policy awareness & implementation Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Security Services Security training Ability to design, contribute to, and/or facilitate meaningful security training programmes/courses
Administration & Operations Events management (including retreats, training and meetings) Ability to manage events, including venue identification, accommodation, logistics, catering, transportation, and cash disbursements, etc.
Administration & Operations Documents and records management Overall document (hard or electronic) management; registry and retention policy including storing and archiving.


VI. Keywords
List 3-5 most important skills from competencies required for the position – limited to 1-3-word descriptions – that will help inform workforce planning of critical skill supply and demand. 



Risk Management

Implementation of Security Plan

Organizing and Conducting Training

Database Management 

Required Skills and Experience


•   Secondary education/High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
•   A University degree in Security Management or a related field will be given due consideration but is not a requirement.  
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills

•   Minimum 4 years (with Secondary education) or 1 year (with bachelor’s degree) of experience in risk management or analysis, preferably in the security context or related field of work.  
•   At least two-year experience in the security context with an international organization. 
•   Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence is considered an asset. 
•   Previous working experience with the United Nations and I/NGO sector is highly desirable. 
•   Fluency in oral and written English, Pashto, or Dari is required.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.



Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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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.


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UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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