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Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Security Specialist the Radio Operator will be responsible for below tasks:

  • Report to and responsible to Security Specialist for all security related matters;
  • Operate Radio Room and all communications systems;
  • Ensure that the Security section is informed at all times on location and movements of staff in area in accordance with established procedures;
  • Report any irregularities of Radio Room communications network to Field Security Advisor;
  • Operate location tracking, monitoring, and emergency management systems;
  • Perform security radio check with all available staff on a regular basis and during emergency situations;
  • Report results of radio checks to Security Officer;
  • Track daily movement of staff and maintain record sheet;
  • Manage Security Radio Room in event of emergency, announcing Security Advisories to inform staff of situation and immediately account for al staff as required;
  • Advise Transport drivers on any changes in local security restrictions
  • Hourly tracking of staff road missions and convoys and update UNDSS radio room of mission progress;
  • Daily check of Radio Room occurrence/incident log book;
  • Assist in updating records as required;
  • Perform administrative functions in Radio Room;
  • Issue and receive vehicle keys, and office keys as required;
  • Monitor security cameras as required;
  • Maintain Radio Room filing system;
  • Perform other security related duties as directed by the supervisor.
  • The key results have direct impact on implementing and maintaining UN security standards and procedures that allow staff to carry out duties in an environment that meets basic safety and security standards.


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

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Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to security and radio operation;
  • Good knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting;
  • Leadership and Self-Management
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience


  • High School graduate with specialized skills and training in operation of radio communications equipment in a security environment.


  • Minimum 4 years of relevant radio operation experience at the national or international level is required. UN experience is an advantage.

Other Skills:

  • Knowledge of Sat phone, HF, UHF and VHF radio operation;
  • Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel);
  • Physically fit.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English language and national languages of duty station Dari and/or Pashto. 


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