Security Officer at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Officer, Level NO-2

Job Number: 533795
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Purpose for the Job

  • Under the direct supervision of the Field Security Specialist, the Security Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance to the field office to manage a range of activities on security planning, management and risk assessments to ensure the safety and security of personnel and their eligible family members and safeguarding of UNICEF premises, assets and resources at the duty station.
  • S/He will assist in activities aimed at facilitating access to security-compromised areas in North-Eastern Nigeria particularly in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
  • Specific attention will be given to those areas where access is required to ensure that programme delivery is conducted in as safe and secure a manner as possible, within the scope of the UN Framework of Accountability and UN Security Management System.
  • The Security Officer may also be required to liaise with key Army Officers in order to negotiate local access for programme activities.

Key Function, Accountabilities and Related Tasks
Security Risk Management and Planning:

  • Provide supervisor with input related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, assets, and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.  Participate as a member of the security coordination cell established by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
  • Assist in the implementation of all technical security requirements contained in the UN Security Plan, Security Risk Management Measures, Residential Security Measures (RSM) as appropriate, and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments.  Provide technical support for contracted security providers.
  • Provide technical input to UNICEF security documentation including security contingency plans and assist in drafting mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF security reporting guidelines including Security Incident Reports (SIRs).

Safety and Security Services:

  • Monitor the security situation and provide information, through the supervisor, on emerging security threats to UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises assets and resources.
  • Keep abreast of political, military, security, and economic developments in North-Eastern Nigeria that could impact staff safety and security.
  • Assist in security activities that support UNICEF operations and participate, as requested, in security risk management for all locations where UNICEF personnel and eligible family members are present.
  • Ensure that UNICEF personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their safety and security and the actions to take in the event of an emergency including those identified in the UNICEF/UN Security Plans.
  • Support the establishment of an effective and functioning communications system for security management within UNICEF that is fully integrated into the UN Emergency Communications System.
  • Coordinate with UNDSS to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake all mandatory security training/briefings and participate in all security-related contingency exercises.  Assist in the implementation of security surveys of international personnel residences in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM).

Security Networking and Partnership Building:

  • In close coordination with UNDSS, actively participate and maintain official liaison with host government agencies, local authorities responsible for security, law and order, and counterparts in the UN.
  • Support the effective collaboration between UNICEF, other UN agencies, international NGOs and government, on security-related issues pertaining to NE Nigeria.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with key individuals in relevant government departments, including the military hierarchy in the ongoing theatre of operations and Security officers of UN Agencies/Funds/Programmes, and other relevant individuals as appropriate.

Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building:

  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders on security-related preparedness and operations.

Minimum Requirements

  • A University degree in one of the following fields is required: Security Risk Management, International Relations, Conflict Analysis, Intelligence Analysis, Diplomatic Studies, Conflict and Security, Counter-Terrorism or another relevant technical field.


  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in global security risk management and/or security analysis is required.
  • Demonstrated international security management experience and understanding of the United Nations Security Management System is highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of local language of the duty station (Hausa and/or Kanuri) is considered as an asset.

Competencies and level of proficiency required
Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability.

Core Competencies:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Application Closing Date
10th September, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information / Notice

  • View our competency framework at:
  • 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.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advanced to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Qualified FEMALE candidates are specially encouraged to apply.
  • Only Nigerian nationals.
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