(Re-Opening) Fast Track Procedure - Local Security Advisor Assistant, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, G6

  • Level: G-6
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 15 Feb 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The Position:

Under the general supervision of the UNFPA Resident Representative and with functional linkage to the Regional Security Adviser - WCARO, the Local Security Assistant (LSAA) assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters related to the safety and security management of UNFPA staff in the country or region of assignment.

The Security Assistant ensures that UNFPA staff adhere to security standards in their travels and in the execution of their in-country field assignments.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency in delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person's potential is realized.  UNFPA's new strategic plan (2018-2021) focuses on three transformative outcomes: ending preventable maternal deaths; ending unmet need for family planning; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where basic human rights are under threat, we need principled and ethical staff who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them with courage and full conviction.

UNFPA seeks candidates who transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustainable results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in their stewardship of the resources entrusted to them, and committed to delivering excellence in program results.

Job Purpose:

Burkina Faso is facing the worst security and humanitarian crisis in its history, with at least 3.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Since 2018, more than 1.85 million people have been internally displaced, or 9% of the population. You will play a vital role in ensuring that our humanitarian program is built on sound evidence, considering state-of-the-art research and innovative practices. You will also help ensure that technical assistance provided by UNFPA in Burkina Faso is relevant, appropriate, and adapted to the multi-layered needs of the country, including in humanitarian situations. You will therefore need to build close relationships with stakeholders and networks to identify best practices, including through south-to-south cooperation modalities.

Results Impact:

The contribution of the LSA will be decisive for the proper functioning of the UNDSS Office in particular and the management of UNS security (personnel, premises, equipment and missions) in the country or region of responsibility in general


Commitment to the ideals of the United Nations Charter and the Organization's core values - Professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

The term "competencies" refers to the set of skills, qualities and types of behavior that directly influence effectiveness in the performance of tasks.

Planning and Organization

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, plan, coordinate and follow own work plan with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure or in crisis situations.
  • Availability to travel within area of responsibility.


  • Ability to actively seek to improve services, to offer new and different options for solving problems and meeting clients' needs, to promote and persuade others to consider new ideas.

Team player

  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to listen and work in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Proven ability to express oneself clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Good communication skills (verbal and written).

Qualifications and Experiences


•            BAC+3 or equivalent.

Professional Experience:            

  • Minimum 6 years of experience in the security field, preferably in a military or police context or other equivalent field of work.
  • Previous experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable but not required.

Language Skills              

  • Fluency in written and spoken French is required.
  • Working knowledge of English is an asset.
  • Proficiency in at least one national language of your duty station is desirable.

Other necessary skills                 

  • Knowledge and experience in the use of HF and VHF radios;
  • Experience in security, protection and information in a diplomatic environment is desirable but not required;
  • Knowledge of host country laws and security measures;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and Power Point);
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to drive 4 x 4 vehicles;
  • Ability to travel;
  • Good physical condition

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary, health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline http://www.unfpa.org/help/hotline.cfm 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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