Security Operations Assistant – UNDP/UNCC Mogadishu (Open to Somali Nationals Only - 2 Positions)

Location : Mogadishu, SOMALIA
Application Deadline :23-May-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-2
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :One year (renewable)

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.


Under the immediate supervision of the UNDP Mogadishu Office/UNCC Local Security Associate, the Security Operations Assistant (SOA) will provide assistance in all matters relating to safety and security operations and management of the UNDP/UNCC Mogadishu facilities. The Security Operations Assistant will report directly to the UNDP/UNCC Local Security associate (LSA) as first line supervisor and the UNDP Somalia Senior Field Security Advisor (SFSA) as second line supervisor for functional security matters. It is important to note that the Security Operations Assistant is a local national with vocational experience in security who must always conduct his/her functions in close cooperation with UNDSS and under the direct supervision of and be accountable to the UNDP/UNCC LSA or SFSA.
The Security Operations Assistant will work in close collaboration with the UNDP Local Security Associate and UNDSS at the UNCC/UNDP compound for direct tasking and supervision on a day to day basis and with the UNDP SFSA for second line supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions/Results:
  • Assist in implementation of the UNDP/UNCC Office Security Plan;
  • MOSS Compliance;
  • Liaison;
  • Sharing Information;
  • General Assistance to the LSA/DSS/SFSA;
  • Guard Force Supervision and training development;
  • Other Tasks.
Provide efficient assistance in implementation of UNDP/UNCC Office Security Plan, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Provide assistance to the UNDP/UNCC Office in the implementation of the Security Plan, Contingency Plans and the UN Security Framework, including ensuring that all UNDP personnel are covered by relevant Security Plans;
  • Ensure the UNDP/UNCC contracted guard force are aware of their responsibilities and roles in relation to the security plan;
  • Maintain and test UNDP/UNCC Office Communications Plan;
  • Maintain Entrance/Exit Check Lists;
  • In coordination with UNDSS, ensure availability of updated and adequate procedures for dealing with emergencies involving UNDP/UNCC staff at the UNCC offices/accommodation;
  • In coordination with UNDSS be prepared for 24-hour response to all security and safety related incidents involving UNDP/UNCC staff.
Ensure MOSS Compliance, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Assist in ensuring that UNDP personnel, offices, residences and equipment are MOSS/MORSS compliant;
  • Coordinate with the LSA/SFSA and UNDSS to conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of the UNCC/ UNDP premises and equipment and provides advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions;
  • Coordinate with the LSA/SFSA, UNDSS and building occupants in implementing UNCC/UNDP office security measures and procedures (access control of visitors and vehicles).
Ensure liaison with UN Agencies, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Ensure close liaison with UN agency focal points for security and non-UN entities planning to visit the UNCC/UNDP facility to ensure that all relevant information is received in relation to visits, meetings and conferences that are planned at the facility;
  • In close coordination with UNDSS, ensure appropriate professional liaison with host government agencies, local authorities responsible for security, law and order and counterparts in UN to ensure the optimum level of security and safety at the UNCC/UNDP facility.
Ensure provision of accurate information, focusing on the achievement of the following results: 
  • Provide timely and accurate security advice to all staff;
  • Immediately report all security and safety related incidents involving UNCC/UNDP staff to the LSA/SFSA and UNDSS;
  • Encourage an exchange of security related information with UNCC/UNDP staff;
  • Assist in the preparation of UNDP security reports such as the Incident Reports and Weekly Reports;
  • Provides substantive support to the UNDP/UNCC Office via the LSA/SFSA in collecting and updating information with regards to security issues and communicating them to key interlocutors.
Provide general assistance to the LSA/SFSA/UNDSS, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Maintain routine and confidential correspondence files/documents related to security issues;
  • Be the focal point for any security issues in relation to the supervision of the contracted guard force at the UNCC/UNDP compound;
  • Be ready to implement security procedures at short notice as advised by the LSA/SFSA/UNDSS should an emergency situation occur.
Provide guard Force Supervision and Management, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Directly supervise and task the UNCC guard force of 60 uniformed guards;
  • Closely monitor the performance of the UNDP/UNCC guard force personnel and address issues of poor performance and discipline either through the Guard Force Supervisors or directly;
  • Develop SOP’s with the LSA to ensure effective and professional performance by the guard force;
  • Conduct training of the Guard Force and Supervisors to address any clear deficiencies in their abilities to perform effectively including hostile counter surveillance and emergency drills.
Other Tasks:
  • Provide assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigations and incidents affecting UNDP staff and offices;
  • In close cooperation with the LSA/UNDSS, provides security support for conferences/meetings held at the UNCC/UNDPcompund;
  • Act as the focal point for any issues of concern raised by the UNCC/UNDP guard force;
  • Perform other security-related tasks assigned by the LSA/SFSA.
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the protection of and minimization of risk to, UNCC/UNDP personnel, property and operations at the UNCC in Mogadishu whilst at the same time enabling Programme delivery throughout the established project areas by ensuring a safe working and living environment for all UN staff at facility.


Core Values:
  • Integrity – An ability to work honestly, openly, impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations;
  • Professionalism – An ability to work in a calm, competent and committed manner; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Respect for Diversity – An ability to work effectively, respectfully, and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives.
Core Competencies:
  • Communications – Clearly and effectively speaks and writes, tailoring language, tone, style and format to different audiences; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; 
  • Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others;
  • Planning & Organizing – Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjusting priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Accountability – Adheres to organizational rules, regulations and standards; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;
  • Client Orientation – Provides services, support, advice, guidance to internal or external clients, and seeks to see things from their points of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect;
  • Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Demonstrates resourcefulness by finding new solutions to address operational or strategic problems;
  • Commitment to Learning – Keeps abreast of new occupational/professional developments; Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; Provides constructive security advisory, training, coaching and feedback for others.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Secondary level Education. Higher levels of education are desirable, but are not a requirement.
  • 3 years relevant experience in security, either in the military or police context or related field of work;
  • Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable;
  • Previous experience of security guard supervision and training or relevant similar experience is desirable.
Language Requirements:            
  • Fluency in English and Somali is required.
Other Skills and Requirements:
  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
  • Physically Fit;
  • Geographical Knowledge of the local area highly desirable.

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