Duties and Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the Security Specialist include the safety and security of all ELECT support staff, resources, assets, facilities, programmes, and projects in addition to promoting, enabling and supporting ELECT programme delivery throughout Afghanistan while ensuring compliance with all United Nations security policies, procedures and regulations. Furthermore the Security Specialist will advise the IEC Senior Management on security issues related to the IEC HQ compound.
The Security Specialist promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach.
The Security Specialist works in close collaboration with the Operations, Programme staff of the project and CO and IEC relevant Units staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery and performs the following functions:
Summary of key functions:
- Threat and Risk Assessment;
- Information and Reporting;
- Security Plan and Minimum Operating Security Standards;
- Staff Management;
- IEC Security Support;
- Provide security policy guidance and security management support to the ELECT senior management team to enable effective programme planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures;
- Ensure the mainstreaming of security into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery through the substantive monitoring of ongoing and future projects and programmes providing innovative and proactive support, direction and solutions where required;
- Review the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on ELECT support planning, programme design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that programme design might have on the stability and security (both positive and negative) of Afghanistan, ensuring that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented;
- Provision of technical guidance to the ELECT Regional Security Specialists (RSS), in particular with regard to ELECT staff security and IEC compound security.
- Threat and Risk Assessment regarding UNDP ELECT staff
- Manage the conduct of threat and risk assessments, as and when required, of operations in the districts and regions of Afghanistan where UNDP electoral support is to be implemented, ensuring that appropriate risk mitigation measures are proactively identified and implemented to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of ELECT staff thus supporting an enabling framework for the achievement of UNDP goals and objectives;
- Ensure that the goals and objectives of UNDP electoral support operations are given due consideration and that ELECT project specific inputs are provided during the conduct, review and updating of threat and risk assessments by UNDSS, UNAMA and other UN agencies.
Information and Reporting
- Maintain continuous oversight and knowledge of prevailing political and security conditions within Afghanistan that may have a direct effect or indirectly impact on the internal stability of Afghanistan;
- Provide timely, accurate, informed and appropriate information to ELECT management team and to the UNDP CO Security Team on security incidents affecting ELECT staff and operations and provide innovative mitigation strategies and solutions required to enable electoral support operations;
- Ensure that all security–related incidents involving UNDP ELECT staff are properly investigated and reported to the ELECT CTA, CO Security Team and UNDSS, and that corrective action or measures, where appropriate, are set in motion;
- Develop effective partnerships with UNDP CO Security Unit, UNDSS, UNAMA, other UN agencies and organizations through advocacy and knowledge sharing.
- Security Plan and Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS)
- Manage the development and implementation of the UNDP ELECT Project Security Plan within the context of electoral support;
- Develop security policies and strategies in support of the Country Office Strategic Plan in coordination with the CO Security Team;
- Collaborate and assist UNDSS and UNAMA in the development and maintenance of region specific security plans;
- Participate in the development and implementation a Country Office Business Continuity/Emergency Contingency Plan as it applies to electoral support;
- Manage the effective implementation of all UN security policies and procedures pertaining to UNDP ELECT staff security;
- Manage the ELECT project electoral support compliance with the relevant MOSS and MORSS standards.
- Ensure that the ELECT Security Unit is adequately staffed by competent and proficient personnel with the appropriate skills and expertise required to enable the successful achievement of Security Unit and electoral support goals and objectives;
- Manage, supervise and execute the work programmes for the Security Unit, coordinating and preparing inputs, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
- Manage the performance of the private contractors, suppliers and consultants providing security services and support to the ELECT project.
- Support to IEC Senior Management with regard to IEC HQ compound security
- Provide advice and mentoring support to the IEC Senior Management; in particular;
- Provide advice to the IEC Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), regarding security measures appropriate for the IEC HQ Kabul;
- Provide active involvement in the implementation of security measures for IEC HQ and provincial offices and ensure follow up with Engineering and Procurement teams;
- Advise the IEC on enhancing the capacity of the unarmed IEC security guard force with regard to recruitment, training, equipment and rules of engagement Provision of advice regarding the preparation and implementation of security related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for IEC HQ and IEC provincial offices;
- Liaise with ANSF and other stakeholders regarding the safety and security of the IEC compound;
- Regularly provide current security risk assessment of the IEC compound and recommend and follow up on mitigating measures.
- Work closely with the IEC Security Coordinator and the IEC Security Manager.
Undertake regular missions of undetermined duration within Afghanistan, or anywhere else, as and when required, in support of ELECT support operations and activities;
Be prepared to travel at short notice;
Any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
Impact of Results:
The Security Specialist protects and minimizes the risk to UNDP-ELECT staff, project personnel, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enables and supports the UNDP-ELECT programme delivery throughout Afghanistan. S/he achieves this through: ensuring that UNDP-ELECT security support is included in all aspects of the project, from planning, budgeting, implementation monitoring, evaluation and project closure; strengthening the security arrangements of UNDP-ELECT offices, sub-offices, and guesthouses; and maintaining a security network of international and national security personnel. S/he participates as a member of the security cell established by the DSS Chief Security Advisor.
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
Good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact;
Ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve the goals and objectives of the Security Unit.
In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management;
Knowledge of UNDP business, operations and programme cycle;
Knowledge of UNDP Country Office structure; roles and responsibilities of the Resident Coordinator, Resident Representative, Designated Official, Security Management Team, UNDSS and UN Security Management System.
Strong managerial and leadership skills;
Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policies;
Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment;
Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor and transfer knowledge/skills.
Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others;
Ability to make timely decisions;
Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance.
Plans, prioritizes and delivers a variety of tasks on time;
Exercises sound judgment/analysis;
Develops creative risk management solutions;
Is able to operate and function at a senior level.
Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff;
Recognized and respected by peers, clients and staff.
Core Values and Ethics:
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and commitment to the principles of respecting in the workplace a climate of diversity;
Support the organizations corporate goals and values;
Comply with UNDP Rules and Procedures and code of conduct;
Demonstrate a high degree of integrity.
Build effective client relationships and partnerships, both within and outside the organization;
Display excellent interpersonal skills;
Building and sharing knowledge;
Provides guidance and support to others;
Make valuable practice contributions to the Security Unit, the Country Office and the organization.
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Listens actively and responds effectively.
Required Skills and Experience
University Degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) preferably with a focus on security risk management, in social sciences, management, or a related security field;
Advanced University degree in a relevant discipline is desirable, but is not a requirement;
Police/Military War College/Junior Command or Staff Course may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
7 years of relevant work experience if candidate is in possession of a relevant Advanced University Degree, 9 years if candidate only possesses a first level University degree (i.e. Bachelor’s or equivalent) of military or civilian security experience with demonstrated capabilities in security risk assessment, planning, organizing, and at least two years of which were at the security management level;
Practical experience in security management is essential and experience in UN operations is desirable;
Knowledge of the UN system is desirable and familiarity with UNDP procedures is, in particular, highly desirable;
A solid understanding of security management, including security risk assessments at a national level, contingency planning and crises management;
Proven team building and leadership skills;
Direct experience in the United Nations Security Management System with proven crisis response capabilities;
Previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential;
Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.