Security Assistant, GS-4, Jijiga, Somali Field Office, Open for Ethiopian Nationals Only

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This is a G-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as General Service and related categories. It is normally only for nationals. It usually requires 4 years of experience, depending on education. More about G-4 contracts.

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Specific Tasks

The Local Security Assistant (LSA) will be deployed to UNICEF ECO Somali Field Office in Jijiga, and report to the Chief of Somali Field Office (Somali CFO) with technical oversight by the ECO Field Security Officer. The LSA will provide technical, operational and administrative assistance to the Supervisor in support of their role as it relates to ensuring the safety and security of personnel and their eligible family members as well as the safeguarding of UNICEF premises, assets and resources at the duty station. In carrying out the below duties the incumbent is expected to follow instructions precisely and in strict compliance with supervisor’s instructions and UN Security related policies, rules and procedures.

The main tasks/activities are as follows:

  1. Security Planning
  • Assist the supervisor by collecting and providing the basic information required for the implementation of the UN Country Security Plan, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments.
  • Support the supervisor administratively and logistically in their planning functions related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members as well as the safeguarding of premises, assets, and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.
  • Assist the supervisor in the development of UNICEF routine security documentation including security contingency plans such as, but not limited to, fire and evacuation plans.
  • Assist the supervisor in drafting routine security reports/returns including but not limited to Security Incident Reports (SIRs).
  1. Safety and Security Services
  • Monitor the local security situation through local media and networks providing regular information and updates to the supervisor relative to on-going and emerging security issues in the country.
  • Assist the supervisor in security activities that support UNICEF staff, premises and operations for all locations where UNICEF personnel and/or eligible family members are present.
  • Provide on-going routine technical support and direction for contracted security providers with the support and on behalf of the Country Field Security Officer.

  • Under the direct guidance of the supervisor, share information with UNICEF personnel and eligible family members that would affect their safety and security and information regarding the actions to take in the event of an emergency, including those identified in the UNICEF/UN Security Plans.

  • Support the supervisor in the establishment of effective and functioning Communications/Warden Systems for UNICEF and the periodic testing of these systems.
  • Support the supervisor in the conduct of all security related contingency exercises particularly relating to administration, communications and logistics.
  • Conduct physical security surveys in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM) on behalf of the Country Field Security Officer as required.
  1. Security Networking
  2. Support in Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
  • Coordinate, as required, with UNDSS, on behalf of the SFP Country Field Security Officer, to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake mandatory security training/briefings.
  • With strong support and guidance from the supervisor, develop and conduct country level familiarization sessions for contracted security guards specifically regarding their UN/UNICEF related duties and responsibilities.
  • With strong support and guidance from the supervisor, develop and conduct country level training sessions for drivers to familiarize them with the specific actions to take when encountering a security related situation while driving.
  • Assist in the provision of any security related training for UNICEF personnel or eligible family members, particularly to ensure comprehension by those more comfortable in the local language.
  1. Perform any other security related tasks requested by Chief of Somali Field Operation and Representative.

Key skills, technical background, and experience required:

  1. Education
  • Completion of secondary education, supplemented by relevant technical/military/police courses and/or university courses in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience:
  • A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in a security related environment is required. Physical fitness and previous experience in field missions are highly desirable. A demonstrated ability to be self-sufficient, self-reliant with survival instincts is desirable as successful candidate may be required to conduct deep field missions alone or with a team to non-SRM compliant locations with none or minimal facilities or resources and be required to work and live under arduous conditions for long periods of time (7 – 21 days).
  1. Language requirements
  • Fluency in English, Somali and Amharic is required.


    The Local Security Assistant (LSA) post is to be stationed in the UNICEF Ethiopia Somali Field Office and report to the Chief of Somali Field Office (Somali CFO) with technical oversight by the Country Field Security Officer and the designate OiC when the incumbent is away.

    Duration and Location

    The LSA will be based in the UNICEF Somali Field Office in Jijiga, with frequent travels within the region to areas of concern. The duration of the contract is eleven months, with a possibility of extension based on performance.


The remuneration will be at the GS-4 range, depending on experience and in line with UNICEF TA contracts.

TOR Review

These draft ToRs may be reviewed and revised if necessary by the Chief of Field Office or Representative based on development and progress and the needs of the organization.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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