UNDP Jobs – Country Office Security Associate (COSA) at United Nations Development Programme

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Post Level: G6-ICS6
Reports to: Country
Office Security Focal Point (CO SFP)
About UNDP:
The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects
countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better
life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing
countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least
developed countries.
Job Summary: The UNDP
Country Office Security Associate (COSA) will provide assistance in the
implementation of the security plan and all matters relating to safety and
security operations and management.  The
COSA will report to the Regional Security Advisor (RSA) or Deputy Regional
Security Specialist (DRSS) (varies depending on the particular region) for
functional security matters.  It is
important to note that the COSA is a local national with vocational experience
in security who must always conduct his/her functions in close cooperation with
UNDSS and under the direct supervision of and be accountable to the UNDP CO SFP.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Assists in implementation
of Country Office Security Plan:
  • Offers
    technical guidance to the CO in the implementation of the Country Security
    Plan, Contingency Plans and the UN Security Framework, including ensuring
    that all UNDP 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 UNDP CO Communications Plan;
  • Maintain
    Entrance/Exit Check Lists;
  • Administer
    and test the UNDP CO Warden Plan; 
  • Actively
    facilitate security clearances for staff in all UNDP presences in country;
  • In
    coordination with UNDSS, ensure availability of updated and adequate
    procedures for dealing with emergencies involving UNDP staff in all
    project locations/offices;
  • In
    coordination with UNDSS be prepared for 24-hour response to all security
    and safety related incidents involving UNDP staff.
2. MOSS/MORSS Compliance:
  • Ensure
    that UNDP personnel, offices, residences and equipment are MOSS/MORSS
  • Ensure
    that all staff members posted to UNDP have completed the Basic and
    Advanced Security in The Field Training and that records of certificates
    are maintained with the HR Unit;
  • Offers
    guidance on the selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for
    security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc). Monitors the
    procurement, deployment and functionality of the same;
  • Actively
    coordinate with the SFP and UNDSS to conduct periodic appropriate security
    assessments of UNDP premises and equipment and provides advice on
    shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and
  • Coordinate
    with the CO SFP, UNDSS and building occupants in implementing UNDP office
    security measures and procedures (access control of visitors and
3. Threat & Risk
  • As
    requested, provide inputs to UNDSS to assist in the preparation of
    comprehensive 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 UNDP security risk assessments, evaluations and surveys
    and advises the CO on security measures for UNDP offices and projects in
    all locations.
4. Liaison:  Work in liaison 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
5. Programming:
  • Provides
    advice on relevant security policies and regulations (e.g. MOSS, the
    Accountability Framework, SOPs and safe and secure practices) to assist
    decision makers in determining potential effects on UNDP activities;
  • Under
    the direction of the SFP and in close coordination with UNDSS and the UNDP
    Management, review the impact of security factors on UNDP 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
6. Sharing Information:
  • Provide
    timely and accurate security advice to all staff;
  • Immediately
    report all security and safety related incidents involving UNDP staff to
    the SFP and UNDSS;
  • Ensures
    that UNDP 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 UNDP project staff;
  • Support
    in the preparation of UNDP 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
  • Maintain
    routine and confidential correspondence files/documents related to
    security issues;
  • Takes
    minutes and/or notes at UNDP Security meetings.
  • Support
    in the implementation of Business Continuity Management, as required.
8. Other Tasks:
  • Provide
    assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigations and incidents
    affecting UNDP staff and offices;
  • In
    close cooperation with UNDSS, 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
    UNDP at security meetings, as appropriate, in the absence of CO SFP;
  • Perform
    UNDP SURGE duties in the sub-region under the direction of the RSA/DRSA as
  • Perform
    other security-related tasks assigned by the CO SFP and/or RSA/SRSA.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate should hold have completed Secondary Education. He /she must
    also hold an advanced University Degree or equivalent in Political
    Science, Military Studies, Security Management, Management or a relevant
    field is highly desirable, but is not a requirement.
  • A
    minimum of six or more years relevant experience 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.
  • Excellent
    computer literacy skills (MS word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Working
    knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
  • Knowledge
    of host country safety codes;
  • Hold
    a valid driver’s license
  • Ability
    to travel
  • Physically
Language and IT Skills: Fluency in English and the language of the
duty station, knowledge of another UN language is an asset
Personal Competencies:
Core Values:
Integrity – An ability to work honestly, openly,
impartially and in accordance with the values of the United Nations.
Professionalism – An ability to work in a calm, competent and
committed manner; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments,
observing deadlines and achieving results.
Respect for Diversity – An ability to work effectively,
respectfully, and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with
different perspectives.
Core Competencies:
Communications – Clearly and effectively speaks and writes,
tailoring language, tone, style and format to different audiences; Listens to
others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds
Teamwork – Works collaboratively with colleagues to
achieve organizational goals; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction
with team members; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and
expertise and is willing to learn from others.
Planning & Organizing – Identifies priority activities and
assignments, adjusting priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of
time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for
contingencies when planning.
Accountability – Adheres to organizational rules,
regulations and standards; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility
within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
Client Orientation – Provides services, support, advice,
guidance to internal or external clients, and seeks to see things from their
points of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients
by gaining their trust and respect.
Creativity – Actively seeks to improve programmes or
services; Demonstrates resourcefulness by finding new solutions to address
operational or strategic problems.
Commitment to Learning – Keeps abreast of new occupational/professional
developments; Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
Provides constructive security advisory, training, coaching and feedback for
UNDP 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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Development
Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online
by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if
competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 4th February 2015
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