Field Security Coordination Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

UNDP Addis Ababa

Job Identification : 8032

Locations : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posting Date : 01/20/2023, 08:23 AM

Apply Before : 01/28/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : Dept of Safety and Security

Grade : P3

Vacancy Type : Temporary

Practice Area : Crisis management / Country Management Support

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Africa

Contract Duration : 364 days

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 5 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Desired Languages : Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


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.

UNDP 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.

The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support, and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.


The main purpose of the position is safety and security support for humanitarian operations based in Tigray region.

Prepares, reviews security management documents for the designated area of responsibility:

  • All aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of all mandatory documents.

Provides support and advice to the Area Security Coordinator and agencies of the United Nations Security:

  • Provides support and advice to the Area Security Coordinator and agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) operating within the security area about all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
  • Serves as member of Area Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.

Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures:

  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Security Communications Systems to include asset and database management of Security communication systems.
  • Program Management of UNDSS XB Support to the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
  • Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.

Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions:

  • Provides security briefing, advice, and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).

Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents:

  • Contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
  • Reviews and/or supports security planning and security management documents for the assigned area as required.
  • Identifies and promotes best practices.
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

  • The Field Security Coordination Officer will report directly to the Chief Security Adviser. The Field Security Coordination Officer will also supervise two Field Security Assistants.


Core Competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management Competencies:

  • UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:

Business Direction and Strategy: Effective Decision Making

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.

Business Management: Communication

  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
  • Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels

Business Management: Digital Awareness and Literacy

  • Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillful grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed.

Security Services: Security advice, planning and coordination

  • Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.

Security Services: Security policy awareness & implementation

  • Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Security Services: Security Information Management

  • Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations.

Security Services: Security crisis management & response

  • Knowledge of crisis management and response arrangements as well as the ability to prepare for, respond to, support/manage security crisis events through effective communications.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy which is considered as equivalent to a first-level university degree.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years (Master’s degree) or 7 years (Bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, or disaster management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
  • Management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required.
  • UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required.
  • International experience is desirable.
  • Training in Project Management and Logistics of Security and Communication equipment is desirable.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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