UNDSS Northwest Syria - Field Security Associate -Two positions- one in Hatay, one in Gaziantep

Location : Gaziantep and Hatay, TURKEY
Application Deadline :25-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :one year with possible extension based on the satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

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 overall guidance and supervision of the Northwest Syria Security Adviser (SA), the Field Security Associate assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel in northwest Syria. 

There are two positions under this vacancy, one position is located in Gaziantep, and one position is located in Hatay. 

The expected result is to effectively and independently support the accurate and timely implementation of the overall UN security programme at the country level for northwest Syria.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Local officials and law enforcement personnel
  • Local accredited security corporation/establishments
  • Security Coordination Officers in the Office of the Department of Safety and Security (DSS)
  • UN Security Management Team
  • Security Officers, Administrative Officers and other senior officials in the field mission, headquarters
  • UN staff members and eligible dependents in the area of responsibilities
  • UN Security Management System focal point in the area of responsibilities
  • Operations Manager of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • UN Departments and Offices

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Assists the SA in collecting, updating, and communicating information regarding the security situation in northwest Syria:

  • Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, 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 in the area of operation;
  • Helps to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation;
  • Communicates information on security issues to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides Syria and Turkey security advice to UNDSS, as required;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at Security Management Team meetings

2.  Assists in maintaining Security Plans and procedures, the concept of operations for missions, and other related security documentation for cross border missions in close coordination with the Security Adviser and the Security Cell:

  • Helps in the preparation and review of the UN security risk management documentation;
  • Supports actions during the implementation of UN security risk management, as required.

3.  Assists with the monitoring of the security measures implementation as recommended in the Security Risk Management (SRM) process for northwest Syria

4.  Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN and humanitarian personnel, offices, and assets, and assists in the preparation of security reports and other security assessments.

5.  Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness and providing security orientation to UN and humanitarian personnel.

6.  Performs other security-related tasks:

  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and the latest trends and threats to UN and humanitarian safety and security.

7.  Provides general administrative assistance:

  • Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
  • Maintains a database on contact details of host country security authorities;
  • Arranges appointments, receives visitors, takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
  • Makes travel arrangements, manages budgets and processing of financial expenditure

8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism –– Knowledge of security management combined with background in security; Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; Ability to communicate complex concepts orally; Ability to contribute to assessments, reports, and other papers on security issues; Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning& Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Required Skills and Experience


  •  A bachelor-level university degree or equivalent is required


  • Seven (7) years of work experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency areas with security responsibilities, in the public or private service areas is required. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable. 

Language Requirements:    

  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic or Turkish is required. 

“ A letter of interest, a UN Personal History Form (P11) in https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=221005 filled in English, and a CV must be attached as one document to the application.” Please indicate which location you are applying for Gaziantep or Hatay.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

At the end of the selection process, instead of a Service Contract, the newly introduced NPSA (National Personnel Service Agreement) will be given to the selected candidates.

Qualified women candidates are encouraged to apply.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that;

  • human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is create;
  • necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

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