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Security Associate at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Associate

Vacancy No: 2017/VA/022
Location: Abuja


Contract Type: Temporary Appointment

Duration of Contract: Two months (with possible renewal)

Supervisor: Senior Field Security Adviser

Core Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Field Security Advisor the incumbent shall carry out the responsibilities below:

  • Process internal Security clearance (MSCR) at Abuja level for all UNHCR staff travelling within Nigeria where required,
  • Assist the Senior Field Security Advisor in the preparation and update of Staff tracking, Security Warden System and security plans (fire, evacuation, medical etc.) for UNHCR Abuja staff and/or at any other location where determined.
  • Conduct Security briefing for new Staff as required.
  • Update and advise management and staff on security issues
  • Conduct premises assessment for UNHCR Office and staff accommodations in compliance with UN Minimum Operating Security Standards and Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards.
  • Attend to security incidents/accidents that involves UNHCR staff and report accordingly.
  • Supervise and monitor security Guards at UNHCR premises.
  • Collect open security information from available sources that could impact staff safety and security, and report accordingly.
  • Conduct field security assessment missions when required.
  • Record all mandatory UN training (SSAFE, BSITF and ASITF, SAT) for Abuja staff
  • Maintain proper record keeping system in the Field Security Unit.
  • Act as a backup in the absence of the Senior Field Security Advisor.
  • Assist in the collection of data and drafting of periodic security reports.
  • Liaise and work in close collaboration with United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) for all matters regarding staff training, Police escorts, and other security matters.
  • Work in close collaboration with UNHCR security colleagues in the field outside Abuja.
  • Any other responsibilities/functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the Supervisor.

Added Duties:

  • Assist in administrative formalities related to issuance/ renewal of visas, driving licenses, diplomatic plates, Diplomatic ID cards, and other similar documents for UNHCR staff and their dependants.
  • Work closely with MOFA and Immigration authorities in matters concerning UNHCR staff.

Essential Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of secondary education with relevant training and experience in security and safety issues. Military or Police background preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years (6 with advanced training/certificate) of previous relevant job experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
  • Ability to work in a team under pressure with minimum supervision; good analytic and training skills, organized and good sense of initiative.
  • Be professional, discrete, organized, flexible and available at short notice.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).
  • Good knowledge of areas within the Federal Capital Territory.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Good computer skills (MS Word; MS Excel; MS PPT).
  • Excellent knowledge of local security apparatus.
  • Sensitive to and good knowledge of the local culture.
  • Knowledge of another relevant UN or local languages.
  • United Nations experience in the field of security an asset.
  • Graduation from Military or Police Academy.

Application Closing Date
23rd October, 2017.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications following the procedures outlined below:

Internal Candidates

Staff members who wish to be considered for this Fixed Term position should complete and attach a signed UN Personal History Form (P11) as well as a Fact Sheet to their written application and send it via email ONLY to: [email protected] quoting in the subject line the vacancy number and title of the position.

External Candidates

External candidates should submit their Application/Letter of Motivation, Resume, Fully Completed and signed UN Personal History Form (P11) and send via email ONLY to: [email protected] quoting in the subject line the above vacancy notice number and title of the position.

Click Here to Download UN Personal History Form (P11) – MS Word


  • There is no need to send other certificates with the application at this stage.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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