Security Specialist (Access), P3, FT, Gaziantep, Turkiye

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For every child, Safety

Strategic office context:

The Security Specialist (Access), P3, post is based in the MENARO outpost Office in Gaziantep and reports to the Emergency Coordinator, P4, in Gaziantep and to the Regional Security Adviser, P5/Senior Emergency Specialist (WoS), P5. 

Purpose for the job:

Under the guidance of the Emergency Coordinator, this position will be responsible for security and access. The post will also perform all regular security duties and responsibilities in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. The Security Specialist (Access) contributes to the UNICEF mandate through strong security risk analysis advice, and relevant mitigation. The Security Specialist (Access) manages and supports all security activities in the Gaziantep office. The Security Specialist (Access) post will advise and coordinate with the Emergency Coordinator to ensure staff undertake regular programme-filled missions to northwest Syria and have access to the population in need. The Security Specialist (Access) will engage with the de-facto authorities on behalf of UNICEF to establish and maintain access of UNICEF program including the access of population in need of services. The post is also responsible for advising the Emergency Coordinator on analyzing, advocating and negotiating increased access for programme delivery and support UNICEF partners in access related issues in northwest Syria.

The Security Specialist (Access) implements and manages security activities at Gaziantep in close coordination with all members of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS), including the UN Department of Safety and Security, as well as NGO partners in line with the Saving Lives Together (SLT) policy.  As a member of the Security Cell, contributes to the development of assessments, procedures and guidelines, including Security Risk Management (SRM) processes, SRM measures, and the relevant Security Plan(s).

How can you make a difference?

The Security Specialist (Access) will undertake the following tasks:

1. Access management and negotiations

  • Maintain stakeholders’ access mapping for northwest Syria operations.
  • Develop and implement humanitarian access strategies and action plans for the UNICEF operations in northwest Syria with UNICEF partners. 
  • Monitor access constraints facing UNICEF programs, including gaps in assistance and lack of access to deliver humanitarian assistance.
  • Facilitate sustained dialogue with all stakeholders of relevance to UNICEF operations, including the de-facto authorities and non-state armed actors.
  • Negotiate access with the de-facto authorities and non-state armed actors; and advice management on engagement strategies with ANSAs.
  • Monitor access trends, and incidents/constraints in UNICEF programming by setting up monitoring and reporting mechanisms; and ensure UNICEF partners in northwestern Syra report humanitarian access incidents and constraints they face and maintain an up-to-date access incidents database.
  • Support capacity building efforts to UNICEF partners in NW Syria on access and civil-military coordination in line with UNICEF global policy and guidance.
  • Provide strategic advice on access dynamics to UNICEF Gaziantep management.
  • Represent UNICEF and participate in humanitarian access-related interagency coordination meetings (Access Working Group) in Gaziantep; and ensure active contribution and implementation of the inter-agency policy documents related to access.
  • Provide access technical support to the UNICEF programme staff and Emergency Coordinator.

2. Security Risk Management and Planning

  • Advise and support the Representative/CFO/CSM in the execution of his/her duties with regards to the security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, and in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.  Attend as an observer, all A/SMT meetings, assist the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as appropriate and participate as a member of the security cell established by UNDSS.
  • Provide advice on and manage the implementation of all technical security requirements identified in the SRMs, the Security Plan(s) and the Residential Security Measures (RSM), and support the compliance with other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments.
  • Prepare, maintain, and update UNICEF security documentation including security contingency plans and provide the Representative/CFO/CSM with mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF security reporting guidelines.  This includes the monitoring/reporting on security compliance and the submission of all Security Incident Reports (SIRs).

3. Security Services

  • Monitor the security situation and provide independent and comprehensive security analysis with the goal of identifying trends and predicting the specific conditions that would impact on the security of UNICEF personnel, eligible family members, premises, assets and resources.
  • Implement security activities in support of UNICEF operations and participate, coordinate and/or undertake 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 security and the actions to take in the event of an emergency including those identified in the Security Plan(s) as it relates to UNICEF. 
  • Ensure there is 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. 
  • Conduct security surveys of international personnel residences in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM).
  • Provide technical oversight for UNICEF contracted security providers such as guards service.
  • Develop and conduct security training for UNICEF personnel as required.
  • Monitor that all UNICEF offices comply with and periodically exercise security procedures/protocols and guidelines including Security Risk Management Measures (SRM-M) and UNICEF’s Global Security Compliance platform.
  • Oversee the recruitment of additional UNICEF Security personnel, if required.

4. Programmatic Security Information Analysis

  • Provides analysis to understand security dynamics. Ensure the analysis addresses environmental, socio-economic and political factors that make geographical areas difficult to access and have an impact on the delivery of UNICEF programmes.
  • Works closely with the UNICEF personnel in the Gaziantep office to ensure security considerations are mainstreamed into programmes and integrate all relevant analysis and security measures into the planning and implementation of UNICEF activities.
  • Support UNICEF Management in the development and implementation of access strategies, preparedness plans, and programme contingency plans as required.

5. Security Networking and Partnership Building

  • Establishes contact and maintains networks with UNSMS, I/NGO, diplomatic, and international community security advisors and relevant local authorities as appropriate.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with UNDSS and the Security Cell to enable UNICEF activities.
  • Ensure that security collaboration with NGOs working as UNICEF implementing partners is undertaken, in coordination with UNDSS, and using the SLT policies as a framework.

6. Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

  • Introduce technological innovations and approaches to security procedures and systems.
  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Ensure training provided is gender and disability inclusive
  • Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders on security related preparedness and operations.
  • Share best practices and knowledge learned.

Impact of Results:

The advice and effective decision-making and planning required in complex security environments, which often involve highly stressful situations, will directly impact the security of personnel, as well as organizational premises, assets and resources.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

The following minimum requirements:

Education: An advanced university degree is required. A University degree in conjunction with additional 2 years (7 years total) of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in global security risk management and/or security analysis is required. Demonstrated access negotiations and 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 another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language, is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core Competencies for Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to Achieve Impactful Results (1)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (1)

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.

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As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

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All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

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