Regional Security Specialist (ESA and WCA) - Re-Advertised

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :23-Apr-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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 primary objective of the UN Women Regional Security Specialist is to advise and assist the UN Women Regional (RO), Multi-Country (MCO), Country Offices (CO), Programme Offices and UN-Women Security Field Personnel on their security responsibilities to protect and minimize the risk to UN-Women personnel, property, and operations in the field and at the same time enable UN-Women programme delivery. To achieve the role effectively, will require extensive and regular travel outside of the prescribed duty station in accordance with the agreed Annual Work Plan. Additional travel may be required at the behest of the UN Women Security Advisor or respective Regional Director as necessary.

Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Global Security Advisor and in coordination with the Regional Directors in the East and Southern Africa RO and West and Central Africa RO, the position will adopt a portfolio for East and Southern Africa and West and Central Africa (2 regions). The Regional Security Specialist provides leadership and direction to UN Women Field Security Staff in the implementation of UN and UN Women security policies, procedures and plans for the protection of UN Women personnel and assets and the safe delivery of programmes. The Regional Security Specialist is also responsible for the formulation and review of UN Women security policy, technical content, best practices, security mainstreaming, occupational safety and health, business continuity, annual security travel budget, training, UNSMS programme and compliance, and effective administrative support to field security operations as identified in the Security and Safety Services annual work plan. The Regional Security Specialist will, as and when required, adopt the role of the UN Women Security Advisor in their absence

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide guidance and advice to the RO and field offices in the region

  • Provide security advice, recommendations to the RO and field offices in the region, including senior management;
  • Approve organizational missions;
  • Develop and implement UN Women security policy, interpret existing security policies;
  • Manage 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, planning, programme design and delivery;
  • Provides timely and proactive recommendations to the UN Women Security Adviser, Senior Management, regarding effective risk prevention and mitigation measures, including 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 as required;
  • Advise and support UN Women Security Focal points with regard UN Women online security assessments systems.

Manage security assessments and take necessary action

  • Manage substantive assessment of the security situation at the duty station and ensure adequate collation and verification of security information;
  • Finalize organisational security assessments to enable UN Women programme delivery;
  • Participates in UNSMS mandated security risk management assessments, and communicates change process where applicable.

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 designated by the UN Women Global Security Adviser;
  • 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 Global Security Adviser at security meetings, and attends security; workshops/training sessions, working groups and conferences as directed;
  • Participate in inter-agency security working groups to advise other UN agencies on the mainstreaming of gender into security and risk management and advocate the UN Women mandate.

Communicate security information to RO and offices in the field

  • Provides update, initial input, design and information to HQ in relation to the security intranet portal, documentation, reports;
  • Disseminate security information and measures to personnel; using security’s intranet page to share policy and programme updates;
  • 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;
  • Assist UN Women offices in assigned region on implementation of UN Women Mass Notification and Personnel Accounting system.

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

  • Manage the development and communication of the UN Women Security Plan in accordance with the UN Security Plan; evaluate and 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 and services;
  • Procure security services and equipment as required;
  • Prepare and submit security clearance/movement of personnel requests;
  • Develop, manage, coordinate and implement the UN Women Warden System.

Monitor, manage, implement and communicate 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 Compliance Survey (SCS) Programme, as required;
  • Provide technical support to and strategic advice the UN Women Security Focal Point in the Completion and updating of the SCS;
  • Provide technical support to and strategic advice the UN Women Security Focal Point in the evaluation and implementation of the UN Women Security Compliance Action Plan (SCAP);
  • Provide technical advisory support to the Security Focal Point for the UN Women Security Compliance Enhancement Funding (SCEF);
  • Manage the implementation of 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.

Reports on security matters affecting UN Women personnel, programmes, offices and assets

  • Manage the preparation of security reports, such as the Security & Safety Incident Reporting System (SSIRS), Security Risk Management (SRM) Assessments and other ad-hoc incident reports;
  • Manage security evaluations and surveys of RO/MCO/CO/PPOs, as required;
  • Finalize accurate and timely written country briefings; add substantive inputs to position papers from a field perspective;
  • Provide periodic reports on UN Women implementation of internal and external security protocols and systems;
  • Provide information to the country UN Security Management System (UNSMS) as required.

Develop and conduct all training contained in the UN Women Security Education Programme

  • 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 Business Continuity training sessions as required and under the guidance of the UN Women Business
  • Continuity Manager;
  • Provide Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) training sessions as required and under the guidance of the UN Women Occupational Safety and Health Manager;
  • Provide Business Continuity Plan training sessions and assist in implementation of Business Continuity and Crisis Management Application required;
  • Monitor compliance with Business Continuity and Crisis Management requirements and guide UN Women offices to achieve desired compliance level;
  • Coordinate with Human Resources to provide UN Women Representatives and Heads of Offices security briefings.
  • Identify, develop and deliver specialized security training under the guidance of the Global Security Adviser.

Manage the Budget and Finances

  • Manage the security annual work plan and related budget; initiate budget revisions for approval;
  • Prepare security budgets as well as completion of UN Women SCEF 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 Quantum;
  • Monitor and communicate the costs and expenditures remain within budget and approved limits through the monitoring of monthly Quantum budget reports;
  • Keep the Global Security Adviser updated on expenditures in the operational budget and follow closely remaining expenditure;
  • Manage budget closures and reports as per HQ processes;
  • Ensure that all projects and programmes contribute resources to implementation of security measures.

Personnel Management

  • Provide supervision and guidance to Sub-Regional Security Specialists;
  • Act as second reporting offices for in-country security staff when required;
  • Provide guidance and training to Local Security Associates in assigned region.

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

  • Provide Air Travel Focal Point services to UN Women as per ARMO requirements;
  • Initiate and develop 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, establish 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 SCS – SCAP- SCAP
  • Ensure to maximize security compliance within AOR
  • Ensure UN Women BCP completion in accordance with the ORMS Policy 


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

  • Excellent knowledge of security and risk management;
  • Excellent knowledge of country's security situation/ laws;
  • Ability to be client focused;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to create, edit and present information in clear, presentable and concise formats;
  • Ability to build effective client relationships and partnerships;
  • Ability to interact at all levels of staff/organization;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to provide guidance and support to others;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
  • Ability to develop creative solutions;
  • Ability to function effectively in crisis and stressful circumstances. 

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Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in management, security, security management, business administration, law enforcement, international relations, programme management or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in these or similar fields, in combination with a multi-year education in security management, such as 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.


  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in security of which at least 4 of those years is in regional security role is required;
  • Budget management experience as it relates to field security support is required
  • Experience of conducting security risk assessments as integral part of operational planning and the enabling of operations is required
  • Experience of relevant policy development and implementation is required.

Language Requirements:

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



All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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