Security Specialist

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Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :03-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :

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.


This position is based in Kyiv. Due to the ongoing security situation, the selected candidate may initially be based in Uzhgorod temporarily. Organizationally, the position sits within the UN Women Country Office Ukraine, directly supporting UN Women Country Representative while operationally maintaining a technical line of reporting to the UN Women Global Security Advisor. The role will be completed in the country, with the requirement to travel within Ukraine and neighboring countries based on the Country's Office needs.

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 the latest trends and threats to personnel safety and security;
  • Track developing threats and related risks, reviewing the impact of security factors and risks 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;
  • Capacity build UN Women Local Security Officer through continuous training, shadowing and guidance.


2.Oversee security assessments and take necessary action

  • Oversee substantive assessment of the security situation in the area of responsibility and ensure adequate collation and verification of security information;
  • Conduct security assessments of UN Women premises, operations and equipment and provide recommendations on risk management.


3.Liaise with and participate in the local security community

  • Maintain close liaison with Regional Security Specialist;
  • Actively participate in UNSMS Security Cell; 
  • 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 Inter-Agency Security Management Network Working Groups as directed by the UN Women Global Security Adviser;
  • Provide an advisory presence at UN security management meetings such as the country Security Management Team, United Nations Country Team, and Operations Management Team;
  • Maintain a security network of international and national security personnel.


4.Collect, update, and communicate security information

  • Provide updates and information to HQ in relation to the security intranet portal and documentation;
  • Disseminate of 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, coordinate and implement 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/s

  • Compile data required for the SRMM Self-Assessment of the UN Women and UN Security and Safety Compliance Survey (SSCS) Programme;
  • Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Local Security Officer in the completion and updating of the SSCS;
  • Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Local Security Assistant in the evaluation and implementation of the UN Women Security Compliance Action Plan (SCAP);
  • Provide technical advisory support to the Local Security Officer for the UN Women Security and 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 area of responsibility;
  • 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, BCP and specialized security functions

  • Participate in the development and delivery of UNSMS training;
  • Develop UN Women-specific security training based on established needs and conduct security training;
  • Provide security orientation to newly assigned personnel members and security briefings;
  • Provide security mainstreaming sessions as required;
  • Provide Business Continuity training sessions as required;
  • Fully rollout Business County and Crisis Management Application;
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to provide UN Women Representatives and Heads of Offices security briefings.


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

  • Provide Air Travel Focal Point services to UN Women as per ARMO 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.
  • Ensure 100% with UN Women UN Women Security and Safety Compliance Survey.
  • Ensure 100% compliance with UN Women Business County and Crisis Management Application.
  • Active participation at all UNSMS Security Cell meetings.
  • Deliver SMT talking points for the Country Representative prior to the meeting and provide updates on the Security Cell discissions.
  • Complete a review of physical security arrangements at UN Women office locations in the area of operations.
  • Prepare movement plan for field missions for UN Women personnel.
  • Establish proof of life protocol with the CO and regional HR Business Partner for CO based and visiting personnel.
  • Develop a quick reference guide for the HIM scenario for the Country Office.

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- SSCAP


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


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

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in security management, risk management, business administration, leadership, political/social science, international relations, legal,  or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of 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 the senior level, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree


  • 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 an integral part of operational planning and the enabling of operations.
  • Experience in conflict operations is desirable.
  • Experience working with the UN Security Policy Manual in highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • 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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