Job ID 119653
Degree High School Diploma
Province or State Paktya
Vacancy Number 13754
About UNDP/ Afghanistan
UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and the planet. UNDP has been working in Afghanistan for more than 50 years on climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods, and rule of law. Under the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in close coordination with other UN agencies, UNDP is supporting the Afghan people’s aspiration for peace, prosperity, and sustainability. UNDP is currently implementing its flagship crisis response programme, ABADEI (Area Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives), as part of the ongoing UN-led response to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of Afghanistan’s economy following the August 2021 shift in power. Key priorities that govern or provide direction for the work of the position to demonstrate the link between the Unit priorities and position priorities/expected outcomes of an incumbent.
UNDP Afghanistan Security Unit provides security management solutions to program personnel to deliver UNDP’s regional programs. The FSA in the South Eastern Region based in Gardez will provide security management and support to personnel and programs and assist in mainstreaming security in all aspects of operations and delivery in the region. Stakeholders will be the Head of Office, program managers, and security counterparts from other UN AFPs and UNDSS.
The Southeastern Region Local Security Associate (Southeastern RLSA) will work across the Southeastern Region and UNDP’s ABADEI program and provide technical security support to all Regional activities. S/he works under the guidance and supervision of the Southern Area Field Security Specialist (Southern Area FSS) and in close collaboration with other Regional team members. The Southeastern RLSA will also work closely with partners, UN Agencies, technical advisors, experts, and civil society to help implement ABADEI activities. S/he will be based in Gardez with regular field visits.
Duties & Responsibilities
1.Enable Southeastern Region Project Activities
- Provide security policy guidance and security management support to enable effective project planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures.
- Review the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on UNDP planning, project design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that design might have on the stability and security, ensuring that support needs identified, and improvements implemented.
- Liaise and coordinate activities with relevant counterparts in the planning, preparation and execution of missions, ensuring the safety and security of UNDP Southeastern Region personnel as the highest priority.
- To protect and minimize the risk to UNDP personnel, project personnel, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enabling UNDP programme delivery throughout the country.
- Access coordination and support in collaboration with the Southern Area FSS.
- Maintain a security network with relevant international and national security counterparts.
- Participate as a member of the Security Cell and ASMT established by UNDSS in country.
- If required, identify options for office and accommodation locations in areas where UNDP Southeastern Region might be expanding.
- Conduct security risk assessments of operations in the districts and provinces where projects are implemented, identify and implement appropriate risk management measure using the SRM document and produce Ad Hoc SRMs for new project sites and locations.
- Assist/provide input to UNDSS in preparing a comprehensive security risk assessment of regions to include all locations where UNDP personnel, eligible family members and assets are present.
- Ensure UNDP personnel and equipment are SRM compliant.
- Ensure that personnel members are provided with; and proficient in the use of, safety and security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field.
- Use and maintain internal communication systems and ensure UNDP communications are integrated into the appropriate UN Security Emergency Communications System.
- Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc.)
- Provide advice on the security of transportation and logistics.
- Coordinate with UNDSS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving UNDP Southeastern Region personnel and eligible family members.
3. Information Management
- Provide timely and accurate security advice to the UNDP Management, programme managers, project managers and visiting consultants ensuring cohesiveness of information with UNDP CO Security Unit.
- Immediately report all security-related incidents involving UNDP to the Southern Area FSS.
- Ensure that UNDP programme personnel members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security information as required.
- In cooperation with the Southern Area FSS, maintain updated UNDP Southeastern Region personnel lists, including details of visiting missions and consultants.
- Encourage an exchange of information relative to risk management for UNDP programme implementation.
- In coordination with UNDSS in-region, conduct investigations of death of a personnel/family member under suspicious and unclear circumstances.
- Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts as delegated.
4. General Security Support
- The Southeastern RLSA will, in consultation with the Southern Area FSS, respond to requests from the DO/UNDSS, UNDP Regional Office and CO to perform UN system-related security tasks. Crisis, incident and post-incident coordination and support in collaboration with the Southern Area FSS. The FSA will also undertake road missions with UNDP personnel to operational and project sites while managing various aspects of security measures
- Conduct appropriate security assessments of UNDP premises and equipment and advise on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions.
- Assist UNDP in developing and implementing office security requirements for sub-offices and offices of UNDP implemented projects.
- Establish and implement access control mechanisms (visitor/vehicle screening) as necessary for UNDP and project offices based on the security phase.
- Represent UNDP Southeastern Region security interests in any common premises that UNDP occupies ensuring that personnel safety and security are primary considerations.
- Ensure that UNDP premises and international personnel residences are SRM compliant
5. Security Related Training
- Provide orientation and training to international and national personnel members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement, such as curfews, and dangerous areas.
- Scheduling and implementing fire safety, first aid, and radio communications training for UNDP personnel
- Participation and supporting facili in UNSMS training for UNDP and partner UN agencies.
- Provide and undertake any other form of security related training
Achieve Results, LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Security Services Security advice, planning and coordinationAbility to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities
Security Services Security Risk Management – Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans
Security Services Security incident management & monitoring Ability to provide adequate response to security incidents/events
Security ServicesSecurity policy awareness & implementation Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Security Services Security Training Ability to design, contribute to, and/or facilitate meaningful security training programmes/courses
Security Services Physical/premises security design, implementation and management Ability to conduct accurate premises assessments on UN facilities to ensure appropriate mitigation measures are in place. Ability to design, support the implementation and test physical security systems for UNDP premises
Partnership Management Relationship Management Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
- Minimum secondary education. Preference is given to those with a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Political Science, Military/Police Studies, Security Management
- At least six years of relevant experience with secondary education and three years of relevant experience with bachelor’s degree in a security support and coordination role.
- Security-related field or experience in security risk management, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work, is desirable but not mandatory.
- Knowledge of diplomatic protocol would be an asset.
- Prior experience with the UN security management system or an international organization is desirable.
- Experience and familiarity with the region is a requirement.
- Prior UNDP experience and familiarity with its policies and procedures, particularly in the applicable job area, is an added advantage.
- Experience in Liaison with Host Government Security, INGO and UN counterparts
- Experience in the preparation and conduct of security assessments in field environments
- Sound knowledge of roles and responsibilities within the UN Country Team, including that of the Resident Coordinator, DO, SMT, UNDSS and UN Security Management System, is required
- Knowledge of Security Plans and business continuity.
- Fluency in English and knowledge of local language Dari/Pashto required.
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