UN Local Security Assistant Job Vacancies – Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

Job Title:        Local Security Assistant

Organization: Department
of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: Security
Adviser (SA)

About UNDSS:

The Department of
Safety and Security (UNDSS) is a department of the United Nations providing
professional safety and security services to enable the United Nations to
deliver its programmes globally. UNDSS reports directly to the
Secretary-General. UNDSS manages a network of security advisers, analysts,
officers and coordinators in more than 100 countries in support of around
180,000 United Nations personnel, 400,000 dependents and 4,500 United Nations
premises worldwide. The Department is led by Under-Secretary-General Peter
Drennan, from Australia.

Job Summary:  The Local Security Assistant assists in the
implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the
management of safety and security for UN personnel in the country or in the
region of assignment.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists SA/DSA/FSCO in collecting, updating and communicating
    information regarding the security situation in the country / region of
  • Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff
  • Supports the SA/DSA/FSCO with the assessment of Security Risk
    Measures (RSM) for the duty station;
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices
    and assets;
  • Organizes and delivers training courses on security awareness and
  • Assists in ensuring Residential Security Measures (RSM), office
    safety and security preparedness;
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the SA/DSA/FSCO
  • Performs any other duties as assigned

Assists the
SA/DSA/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
  • 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 SA/DSA/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 SA/DSA/FSCO, as required;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN
  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at SMT meetings, in
    the absence of the SA/DSA/FSCO.

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
  • Assists the SA/DSA/FSCO in monitoring compliance with Security Risk
    Measures (SRM) established for the duty station. Also assists with the
    compilation of data required for the SRM/RSM.
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, 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.
  • 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.

Performs other
security-related tasks assigned by the SA/DSA/FSCO:

  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides
    advice on security measures for the residences (RSM) of UN staff, 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.
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the SA/DSA/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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant for the Department of Safety and Security
    (UNDSS) Local Security Assistant job placement should have secondary
    education.  University Degree
  • Six years of 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.
  • Knowledge of HF and VHF radio operation;
  • Experience in diplomatic security, protection and intelligence
    considered 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


  • Commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the
    Organization’s core values – Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for
  • Planning and Organizing: Demonstrated ability to establish
    priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor his/her own work plan with
    minimum supervision. Ability to work under pressure or in crisis
    situations. Availability to travel within the area of responsibility.
  • Creativity: Ability to actively seek to improve services, offer new
    and different options to solve problems/meet client needs, and promote and
    persuade others to consider new ideas
  • Teamwork: Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and
    work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and
    respect for diversity
  • Communication: Proven and sustained communication (verbal and
    written) skills.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Development Programme, Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), 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: 11th September 2019

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