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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Organizational Context

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA)/ Deputy Chief Security Adviser (DCSA... Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Field Security Assistant (FSA) assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel, Assets and Operations.

The incumbent will be required to undertake administrative functions within his/her duties.

Job Purpose
• Assists CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO in collecting, updating, and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country/region of assignment.
• Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists.
• Supports the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO with the Residential Security Measures (RSM) for the duty station.
• Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices, and assets.
• Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparedness.
• Assists in ensuring residential (Residential Security Measures - RSM) and office safety, and security preparedness.
• Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO.
• Performs any other duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

1- Assists the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO in collecting, updating, and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country
• 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;
• Helps to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation by the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO;
• Communicates information on security to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides host country security advice to UNDSS in the absence of the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO, as required;
• Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
• May be requested to provide technical assistance at ASMT meetings, in the absence of the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO

2- Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists:
• Helps in the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan;
• Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required.

3- Assists in drafting security risk management/ SRM process and Compliance:
• Supports in drafting security risk management/ SRM process, Security Contingency and Emergency Plans. Facilitates Agencies in the implementation of the Plans as required;
• Assists the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO with monitoring compliance with the SRM process established for the duty stations. Also assists with the compilation of data required for the SRM Self-Assessment Programme

4- Assists in reporting security incidents:
• Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets, and assists in the preparation of security reports, such as the Significant Security Incident Report (SSIRS system), the Security Assessments and the Weekly as well as Daily Situation Reports - SITREPs;
• Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members. Conducts security briefings, as required.

5- Provides general administrative assistance to the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO:
• Maintains liaison with commercial companies used for UN security at offices and residences, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force.
• Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
• Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
• Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion, and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
• Administers a pass and ID system
• Performs any other duties as assigned by the CSA/Deputy CSA/FSCO.


Core 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



Safety& Security


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.

Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Safety& Security


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Safety& Security

Negotiation and influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‘win-win’ situations

Safety& Security

Security risk management

Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans

Safety& Security

Security crisis management & response

Knowledge of crisis management and response arrangements as well as the ability to prepare for, respond to, support/manage security crisis events.

Safety& Security

Security advice, planning and coordination

Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities

Safety& Security

Security information management

Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations

Required Skills and Experience

• Secondary education is required.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, Military Studies, Security Management, Management, or a relevant field is highly desirable, but is not a requirement.

• At least 5 years of relevant experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work with secondary education is required, or at least 2 years of relevant experience associated with a first university degree is required.
• Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is preferable.
• Good understanding/knowledge of the risk assessment and security risk management is required.
• Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence considered an asset.
• Knowledge of host country safety codes is an advantage.
• Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) is an advantage.;
• Possession of a valid driver’s license is an advantage.
• Preference will be given to successful candidates from the locality of the duty station is desired.

Language requirements
• Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic required.

Special Notice:
• Applicants should be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in civilian clothes. Duties may require long periods of standing, working evenings, overnights and on weekends.
• Candidates found suitable and not selected for the announced duty station, may be selected for other similar positions at the same level grade and with similar job description, experience, and educational requirements in any of the following duty stations: Sana'a, Aden, Hodeida, Ibb, Saada, Marib, Mukalla, Taiz, Al Turbah and Mukha


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