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For every child, Care.
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The Senior Security Associate reports to the Deputy Representative Operations, with a technical reporting line to the Regional Security Adviser (RSA). The Senior Security Associate is responsible for advising the Representative on the security duties and responsibilities in accordance with the UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.
Support office administratively and logistically in planning for 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.
Provides guidance/advise to UNICEF management in the Security Management Team (SMT), attend as an observer, all A/SMT meetings. Collecting and providing basic information required for the implementation of the UN Country Security Plan, SRM, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS).
Assist in developing UNICEF routine security documentation including security contingency plans, fire and evacuation plans. Drafting routine security reports/returns including but not limited to Security Incident Reports (SIRs).
As a member of the Security Cell, contributes to the development of assessments, procedures and guidelines including Security Risk Management (SRM) processes, SRM measures, and the relevant Security Plan(s).
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. Provide on-going routine technical support and direction for contracted security providers on behalf of the SFP.
Share information with UNICEF personnel and eligible family members that would affect their safety and security. Establishment of effective and functioning Communications/Warden Systems for UNICEF and the periodic testing of these systems.
3. Security Networking
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 with UNDSS, on behalf of the SFP, to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake mandatory security training/briefings. Develop and conduct country level sessions for contracted security guards and drivers specifically regarding their UN/UNICEF related duties and responsibilities.
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.
Bachelor’s degree in police Academy, supplemented by relevant technical/military/police courses and/or university courses in a relevant discipline is considered an asset.
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in a security-related environment is required. Bachelor’s degree in police Academy, supplemented by relevant technical/military/police courses and/or university courses may replace three years of related work experience.
Fluency in spoken English and Arabic. Excellence in written English. Knowledge of -Another official UN language is an asset.
Experience in security management including security analysis.
Understanding of the United Nations Security Management System
Experience at the international level with an international agency or corporation on security planning and management.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values
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 here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with children, is a safeguarding response role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable [ Male and Female candidates] are encouraged to apply.
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 are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.
All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.