Security Officer



UNICEF hiring a Security Officer.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

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Purpose of the Position

Due to the substantive nature of the UNICEF presence in Dakar the purpose of the post is to enhance the security support to all UNICEF personnel employed in Dakar (Country and regional office).

Under the supervision of the Representative, the post will serve as the focal point for liaison with local and national authorities, as well as the agency specific support to all personnel in all security matters, including but not limited to:

  • Management and oversight of UNICEF warden system
  • Travel advisories and mission support in Senegal
  • Briefings and advisories to visitors and newly arrived personnel
  • Monitoring and analysis of the security situation in Senegal

Key Expected Results

The function will ensure consistency in the security support to Dakar / Senegal based UNICEF personnel, assets and operations and is expected to enhance the operational efficiency of same.

Security Risk Management and Planning

  • Collect, record and report to supervisor all information related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, assets and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.
  • In close coordination with the supervisor, assist in the implementation of all technical requirements contained in the UN Security Plan, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments.  Assist in providing technical support for all UNICEF contracted security providers.
  • Assist the supervisor in drafting UNICEF security documentation including security contingency plans and assist in the compiling of mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF security reporting guidelines including Security Incident Reports (SIRs).

Safety and Security Services

  • Assist the supervisor in monitoring the security situation and emerging security threats to UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, assets and resources.  As requested by the supervisor, assist in security activities that support UNICEF operations and participate in security risk management for all locations where UNICEF personnel and eligible family members are present.
  • Draft security related information and instructions to assist the supervisor in keeping personnel informed on matters affecting their safety and security and actions to take in case of an emergency including those identified in the UN Security Plan as it relates to UNICEF.

Security networking and partnership Building

  • Assist the supervisor in identifying appropriate liaison within the UNSMS/NGO community through UNDSS.

Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity building

  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders on security related preparedness and operations.

Job requirements 

Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Security Risk Management, International Relations, Conflict Analysis, Intelligence Analysis, Diplomatic Studies, Conflict and Security, Counter Terrorism or another relevant technical field.

Experience: A minimum of one year of professional experience in global security risk management and/or security analysis is required.

Demonstrated international security management experience and understanding of the United Nations Security Management System is highly desirable.

Language Requirements: Fluent in French and local language. Working knowledge of English (written and oral)

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Deadline: 23 Oct 2020 Greenwich Standard Time

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