Security Specialist

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Location : Kabul, AFGHANISTAN
Application Deadline :10-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year extendable based on performance and budget availability

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Security Specialist will serve under the guidance of the Global Security Advisor, and the daily supervision of the Country Representative.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Provide technical support, guidance, and advice to the Country Office

  • Provide timely and accurate security advice and recommendations to the Country Office; and approve organizational missions;
  • Clarify, interpret, and implement existing UN and UN Women security policy as applicable;
  • Oversee security evaluations and provide advice on security measures for the residences (Residential Security Measures - RSM) of UN Women personnel, as well as on latest trends and threats to personnel safety and security;
  • Track developing threats and related risks, reviewing the impact of security factors and risk on UN Women personnel, premises, assets, programme design and delivery;
  • Provide recommendations regarding effective risk prevention and mitigation measures, including recommendations for possible UN Women support needs and improvements;
  • Provide security surge support outside of the designated ‘Duty Station’ as required;
  • Provide remote security support to identified UN Women personnel, offices, programmes and projects;
  • Advise and support UN Women Security Focal points with regard UN Women online security assessments systems.

2.  Oversee security assessments and take necessary action

  • Oversee substantive assessment of the security situation at the duty station and ensure adequate collation and verification of security information;
  • Conduct security assessments of UN Women premises and equipment and provide recommendations on risk management.

3.  Liaise with and participate in the local security community

  • Liaise and coordinate 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, UN entities, and other non-State actors;
  • Participate as a member of security groups, particularly IASMN Working Groups as directed by the UN Women Global Security Adviser and the country Security Cell;
  • Provide an advisory presence at UN security management meetings such as the country SMT, UNCT, and OMT
  • Maintain a security network of international and national security personnel;
  • Represent UN Women on behalf of the Security Adviser at security meetings, and attends security workshops/training sessions, working groups and conferences as directed.

4.  Collect, update, and communicate security information

  • Provide updates and information to HQ in relation to the security intranet portal and documentation;
  • Disseminate  security information and measures to personnel;
  • Disseminate analytical products and outputs of the Section to stakeholders;
  • Conduct regular communications with UN Women Security Focal Points;
  • Establish a UN Women Warden System/Communication Tree where applicable.

5.  Develop, maintain, manage and implement the UN Women Security Plan, including updating personnel lists

  • Oversee the development and implementation the UN Women Security Plan in accordance with the UN Security Plan; maintain the plan;
  • Manage the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan and provide technical support in its implementation;
  • Provide advice and recommendations in the selection and purchasing of security equipment;
  • Prepare and submit security clearance/movement of personnel requests;
  • Maintain, coordinates and implements the UN Women Warden System;
  • Keep and update of information related to UN Women offices and residences including Global Premises Directory.

6.  Monitor, manage and implement UN Women compliance of the Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM) established for the duty station

  • Compile data required for the SRMM Self-Assessment of the UN Women and UN Security & Safety Compliance Survey (SSCS) Programme;
  • Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Security Focal Point in the completion and updating of the SSCS;
  • Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Security Focal Point in the evaluation and implementation of the UN Women Security & Safety Compliance Action Plan (SSCAP);
  • Provide technical advisory support to the Security Focal Point for the UN Women Security & Safety Compliance Enhancement Funding (SSCEF);
  • Implement SRMM for UN Women personnel, premises and assets, and systems and protocols, in accordance with organizational risk acceptance, ensuring the mainstreaming of security;
  • Provide UN Women managers with prescriptive content such as policy, risk management methodology, SRMM and RSM;
  • Provide technical support to security compliance input of all UN Women offices within AOR;
  • Provide technical support to the Programme team in completing and submitting the UN Women online Programme Assessment format.

7.  Report security incidents affecting UN Women personnel, programmes, offices and assets

  • Collate information and provide inputs to security reports, such as the Security & Safety Incident Reporting System (SSIRS), Security Risk Management (SRM) Assessments and other ad-hoc incident reports;
  • Oversee security evaluations and surveys of Country Office and Field Offices
  • Develop accurate and timely written country briefings; add inputs to position papers from a field perspective;
  • Provide information to the country UN Security Management System (UNSMS) as required.

8.  Develop and conduct training courses on security awareness, preparedness, mainstreaming, Business Continuity Planning (BCP), Crisis Management (CM) and specialized security functions

  • Participate in the development and delivery of UNSMS training;
  • Develop UN Women specific security training and conduct security training;
  • Provide security orientation to newly assigned personnel members and security briefings;
  • Provide security mainstreaming sessions as required;
  • Provide BCP/CM training sessions as required, including the UN Women BCCMA Application;
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to provide UN Women Representatives and Heads of Offices security briefings.

9.  Oversee the Budget and Finances

  • Oversee the security annual work plan and related budget; initiate budget revisions for approval;
  • Prepare security budgets as well as completion of UN Women SSCEF funding requests;
  • Provide substantive security inputs to UN Women AWP/SN, programme appraisal bodies, and related budgets;
  • Monitor and support allotted UN Women Security Compliance funds to budget and utilize them in a timely manner within ERP system;
  • Monitor that costs and expenditures remain within budget and approved limits through the monitoring of monthly ERP budget reports;
  • Keep Country Office management and the Global Security Adviser updated on expenditures in the operational budget and follow closely remaining expenditure;
  • Oversee budget closures and reports as per HQ processes;
  • Ensure that all projects and programmes contribute resources to implementation of security measures.

10.  Perform other security-related tasks including but not limited to:

  • Provide Air Travel Focal Point services to UN Women as per Commercial Air Travel Safety Unit (CATSU) requirements;
  • Maintain liaison with commercial companies used for UN Women security at offices and residences, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Quality and timely security recommendations and advice
  • Adherence to UN Women and UN security standards
  • Provide timely and accurate security reports
  • Accurate and timely implementation of the overall UN Women security plan
  • Provide accurate information and briefings to personnel, including newly hired personnel and non-personnel
  • Regular interaction and maintain good relationships with important partners, including Security Focal Points, UN agencies and external parties
  • Timely completion and input to the UN Women security business process SSCS – SSCAP – SSCEF


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of business, operations, and programming cycle
  • Strong knowledge of security and risk management
  • Strong knowledge of local country’s security situation/ laws
  • Good knowledge of UN System policies and procedures
  • Ability to work under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to be strategic and provide advice

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in security management, business administration, leadership, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. UN, military or police senior Command and Staff College qualification with command experience at senior level, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in security with experience of programme management in the field in a development context; 7 years if not in possession of a Master’s degree
  • Budget management experience as it relates to field support
  • Experience of conducting security risk assessments as integral part of operational planning and the enabling of operations
  • Experience of disaster and/or conflict surge support is highly desirable

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided?on the basis of?qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.? 

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.? 

UN Women?has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.? All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel 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.)? 

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