Security Specialist, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, P-3

  • Nivel: P-3
  • Tipo de contrato: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Fecha de Clausura: 05 Nov 2021 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Lugar de empleo: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Position:

The Security specialist is located in Kinshasa with field visits to Goma, Bukavu, and other provinces/hot spots areas as required. She/he will report to the Representative, coordinates the day to day security activities and maintains a line of communication with the Office of Security Coordinator (OSC) at the Regional and HQ levels on all technical and security policy issues. She/he assists the Representative in the implementation of the security related functions and provides leadership and advice to the Country Office (CO) personnel on all aspects related to planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of CO security activities. The Security Specialist maintains close co-operation with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), and other Agency Funds and Programmes Security Officer(s).

You will advise on the protection of, and minimizing the risk to, UNFPA staff, eligible dependents, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enabling UNFPA Programme delivery throughout the individual country of responsibility. This will be achieved through:

  • Advising that UNFPA security support feature in the programming process at the country office level as well as in the case of each individual project, from project identification, planning, budgeting, implementation and right through to monitoring and evaluation;

  • Strengthening the security arrangements of UNFPA and maintaining a security network of international and national security personnel.

  • The Security Specialist’s priority of support and advice should focus on the Country Office and UNFPA programmes and operations in high risk areas. It is only through a rigorous support of policy understanding, risk mitigations and where necessary security training.

  •  Providing Security support to the Security Office and country programmes to ensure continuous facilitation of safety and security of UNFPA staff/personnel, enabling safe UNFPA Programme delivery and activities within the context of UNFPA’s development role, while complimenting and supporting the UNDSS mandate, and working within the UN and UNFPA security policy and framework.

  • More specifically, the Security Specialist is to protect and minimize the risk to UNFPA staff, project personnel, property and operations in all locations and enabling UNFPA Programme delivery throughout the duty station and in Sub-Offices/Field Offices where UNFPA has footprint.  

  • Provide the UNFPA security support in all aspects of the programming process at country office level as well as throughout individual project life cycles, from project identification, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and project closure.

  • Strengthen the security arrangements of UNFPA offices, sub-offices (field and project offices), and residences.

 Education and Experience: 

  • Master’s Degree preferably in Business Administration, Political/Social Science, Psychology, Military Science, Law Enforcement, or similar fields. A Bachelor’s degree plus a military or police academy diploma would be relevant.

  • At least 5 years of experience in the relevant field. Ability to work closely with UN counterparts, government officials, IP’s, NGOs and any other multi-lateral institutions. 


  • UNDSS/UNSMS Security Professional Certification (SCP) required.

  • Practical and professional experience in the military, police or humanitarian work;

  • Formal training in security risk management.

  • Previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment is an asset.

  • Ability to expeditiously learn, understand and implement Country specific and United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures;

  • Excellent knowledge of the UNSMS, combined with a solid understanding how to work/operate in Humanitarian settings, in particular of Ethiopia.

  • Ability to effectively deal with stress factors typically encountered in security management;

  • Good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, and other matters that may impact on staff safety and security.

  • Good interpersonal skills and the Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with: mission leadership, security officers in other organizations, specialists in other fields related to security, representatives of local and national governments and the non-government community, with sensitivity and respect. for diversity
    Must be prepared to work in a hardship, highly pressurized and sometimes hazardous environment.


  •  Fluency in English required.
  • Knowledge in other UN languages an asset.

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