Local Security Associate – UNDP

Local Security Associate | United Nations Development Programme UNDP


The overall mandate of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS Sudan) is to provide leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programs and activities of the United Nations System.

UNDSS Sudan is supporting the UN Agencies and International Non-Governmental organizations (INGOs) and International Organizations (IOs) so as to enable them to conduct their operations in the safest way possible. To address the need to improve the safety and security of UN and INGOs/IOs personnel working in Darfur, UNDSS Darfur, Sudan is planning to recruit (4) Local Security Associates (LSAs) to assist in providing security support and services to UN and INGOs/IOs Personnel in Darfur to be based in El Fasher, Nyala, Zalingei and Khartoum.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Local Security Associate assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for UN personnel in the region of assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Assists FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country/region of assignment;
  • Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
  • Assists in ensuring Residential Security Measures –RSM and Facility Safety and Security Survey- FSSS and security preparedness;
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the FSCO;
  1. Assists the FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country:
  • 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 and other non-State actors 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 by the FSCO;
  • Communicates information on security to the heads of United Nations agencies and provides host country security advice to UNDSS in the absence of the FSCO, as required;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • Provide technical assistance at ASMT/SMT meetings when required.
  1. Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists:
  • Helps in the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan;
  • Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required.
  • Assists the FSCO in monitoring compliance of Security Risk Management Measures established for the duty station.
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN and INGOs/IOs personnel, offices and assets, and assists in the preparation of security reports, such as the Security Incident Report, the Security Assessments and the Quarterly Incident Report.
  1. Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the FSCO:
  • Provides support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members. Conducts security briefings, as required.
  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides advice on Security Risk Management Measures, Residential Security Measures of UN/ INGOs/ IOs personnel, and Facility Safety and Security Survey of Offices, as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security;
  • Establishes and maintains warden system and keeps update of information related to UN offices and residences;
  • Administers a pass and ID system;
  • Maintains liaison with commercial companies used for UN security at offices and residences, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force.
  1. Provides general administrative assistance to the FSCO:
  • Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
  • Maintains a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
  • Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion, and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned.


  • Corporate Competencies:

  • ·        Demonstrates commitment to UNSS’s mission, vision and values.
  • ·        Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • ·        Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • ·        Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • ·        Self-development, initiative-taking
  • ·        Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork
  • ·        Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • ·        Creating synergies through self-control
  • ·        Managing conflict
  • ·        Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
  • ·        Informed and transparent decision making

Functional Competencies:

Building Strategic Partnerships

Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

·   Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • · Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
  • · Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • · Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Promoting Organizational Change and Development

· Demonstrates ability to identify problems and proposes solutions

Design and Implementation of Management Systems

· Uses information/databases/other management systems

Client Orientation

  • · Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • · Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • · Responds to client needs promptly

Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management

. Gathers and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and results- based management systems.

Required Skills and Experience


Secondary education.  University Degree desirable, but it is not a requirement.


Minimum 6 years of experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work is required. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.

Other Skills and Requirements:

  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
  • Experience in diplomatic security and protection is considered as an asset;
  • Knowledge of host country safety codes;
  • Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint);
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel
  • Physically fit

 Language Requirements:

Fluency in the English and Arabic is required

  • Disclaimer

    Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.UNDSS 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.

  • UNDSS 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.

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