OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to:
• alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies
• advocate for the rights of people in need
• promote preparedness and prevention
• facilitate sustainable solutions.
In December 1991, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 46/182 designed to strengthen the United Nation’s response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters. In addition, it aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN’s humanitarian operations in the field.
Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous, and most violent, crisis ridden countries in the world with a continued deepening and geographic spread of the conflict. Violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Law (HRL) occur regularly – including, targeted killings, forced recruitment2 and attacks on health and education facilities.
At the same time, Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides, and avalanches. Over three decades of conflict, coupled with climate change, environmental degradation, and insufficient investment in disaster risk reduction strategies, have contributed to increasing vulnerability of the Afghan people to cope with the sudden shock of natural disasters and increased risks posed to livelihoods. On average, each year around 230,000 people are affected by natural disasters. Destruction of shelters, crops, food stocks and damage to household and community assets such as water and sanitation infrastructure, result in the need for emergency support to protect people from the elements.
Given the context in which it is operating, the Security Associate will assist the International SFP in providing the platform for OCHA to implement its programs in a safe and secure manner , under UNSMS protocols and procedures to help strengthen OCHA’s humanitarian coordination, disaster preparedness, and response in the country.
Summary of Key Functions:
Assist in implementation of Country Office Security Plan
Threat & Risk Assessment – SRM system
General Assistance to the CO SFP
Duties and Responsibilities
Assists in implementation of Country Office Security Plan
Provide assistance to the CO in the implementation of the Country Security Plan,
Contingency Plans and the UN Security Framework, including ensuring that all UNOCHA personnel are covered by relevant Security Plans;
In conjunction with the HR Unit, ensure Staff Lists are maintained and regularly provided to UNDSS (in conjunction with the HR unit);
Maintain and test UNOCHA CO Communications Plan;
Maintain Entrance/Exit Check Lists;
Administer and test the UNOCHA CO Warden Plan;
Facilitate security clearances for staff in all UNOCHA presences in country;
In coordination with UNDSS, ensure availability of updated and adequate procedures for dealing with emergencies involving UNOCHA staff in all project locations/offices;
In coordination with UNDSS be prepared for 24-hour response to all security and safety related incidents involving UNOCHA staff.
2: MOSS/MORSS Compliance
Ensure that UNOCHA personnel, offices, residences and equipment are MOSS/MORSS compliant;
Ensure that all staff members posted to UNOCHA have completed the Basic and Advanced Security in The Field Training and that records of certificates are maintained with the HR Unit;
Provide advice on the selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc). Monitors the procurement, deployment and functionality of the same;
Coordinate with the SFP and UNDSS to conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of UNOCHA premises and equipment and provides advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions.;
Coordinate with the CO SFP, UNDSS and building occupants in implementing UNOCHA office security measures and procedures (access control of visitors and vehicles).
3: Threat & Risk Assessment
As requested, provide considerable inputs to UNDSS to assist in the preparation of comprehensive electronic Security Risk Assessments (Country, Regional, Site, Project or Individual specific);
Under the direction of the SFP and in close cooperation with UNDSS, assists in the conducting of UNOCHA security risk assessments, evaluations and surveys and advises the CO on security measures for UNOCHA offices and projects in all locations.
In close coordination with UNDSS, ensure appropriate professional liaison with host government agencies, local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in UN and diplomatic missions and municipal/traditional leaders.
Provides advise on relevant security policies and regulations (e.g. MOSS, the Accountability Framework, SOPs and safe and secure practices), Kabul City Security Directive to assist decision makers in determining potential effects on UNOCHA activities;
Under the direction of the SFP and in close coordination with UNDSS and the UNOCHA Management, review the impact of security factors on UNOCHA Programme design and delivery, as well as the potential impact that programmes might have on stability and security (both positive and negative), and makes preliminary recommendations regarding possible security needs and improvements.
6: Sharing Information
Provide timely and accurate security advice to all staff;
Immediately report all security and safety related incidents involving UNOCHA staff to the SFP and UNDSS;
Ensures that UNOCHA Programme staff members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security related information generated by UNDSS;
Encourage an exchange of security related information with UNOCHA project staff;
Assist in the preparation of UNOCHA security reports such as the Incident Reports and Weekly Reports;
Provides substantive support to the CO in collecting and updating information with regards to security issues and communicating them to key interlocutors.
7: General assistance to the CO SFP
Maintain routine and confidential correspondence files/documents related to security issues;
Takes minutes and/or notes at UNOCHA Security meetings.
Assist in implementation of Business Continuity Management, as required.
8: Other Tasks
Provide assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigations and incidents affecting UNOCHA staff and offices;
Provides support in organizing and conducting training briefings and courses on security issues/awareness and preparedness and giving orientation to newly assigned staff members;
Represent UNOCHA at security meetings, as appropriate, in the absence of CO SFP;
Perform UNOCHA SURGE duties in the sub-regions as required;
Perform other security-related tasks assigned by the CO SFP.
The key results have an impact on the protection of and minimization of risk to, UNOCHA personnel, property and operations in all locations of the country whilst at the same time enabling UNOCHA Programme delivery throughout the established project areas.
Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation
Knowledge of host country safety codes;
Solid computer skills (MS word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Valid driver’s license
Ability to travel
Problem Analysis and Decision-Making
Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate
Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of IT, humanitarian, resilience and recovery issues and applies it to work assignments; knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures to support the project objectives and the mandate of the organization
Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives; proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades managements to undertake new projects or activities; advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UN OCHA programmes and activities.
Actively produces and disseminates new knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to collect and share knowledge
Actively seeks learning opportunities; demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development
Planning and 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
Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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
High School Education is required.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Political Science, Military Studies, Security Management, Management or a relevant field is highly desirable, but is not a requirement.
6 years relevant experience with High School and 4 years with Bachelor’s Degree in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
Afghanistan – Kabul
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- Experience 6
- Radio field Baccalaureate
- Contract Duration 1 Year
- Number of Positions 20083
- Gender Male