Batch Recruitment ( three posts ): Security Officer, Kayes, Menaka, Sikasso, Mali At UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund

Closing date: Monday, September 11, 2023

Batch Recruitment ( 3 positions ): Security Officer, NOB ( TA ), Sikasso, Kayes, Menaka – Mali 364 days ( For Malian Nationals Only )

Job no: 565584

Type position: Temporary Appointment

Rental: Mali Division / Equivalent: Dakar ( WCAR ), Senegal

School / Unit: Mali

Department / Office: Sikasso, Mali

Categories: Operations

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, Safety.

The socio-political and security context changed dramatically in 2012. Indeed, non-state actors tried to take control of certain parts of the territory, before being stopped by the combined efforts of the Malian security forces and their partners. This has led to an increase in terrorist, criminal and troubled threats. At the same time, humanitarian needs have increased, thus justifying a stronger presence of humanitarian actors, including UNICEF, on the ground. This is not without danger to the safety and security of their personnel and property who assist populations affected by insecurity. Humanitarian access constraints for security reasons in several localities in the Center and the North of the country are increasingly spreading to the regions of the South,notably Kayes and Sikasso, due to the expansion of the area of operation of non-state armed groups. They could increase as a result of the withdrawal of MINUSMA and the multiplication of operations by the Malian Armed Forces.

In order to guarantee the effectiveness of the humanitarian response, the UNICEF country office in Mali plans to maintain efforts to strengthen its field presence by recruiting three national security officers for its offices in Kayes, Sikasso and Gao ( Menaka ).

UNICEF’s fundamental mission is to promote the rights of every child, all over the world, in everything that the organization – does, particularly in its programs, its advocacy activities and operations. The equity strategy, which focuses on the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, reflects this commitment to children’s rights. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have the opportunity to survive, develop and flourish fully, without discrimination, without bias or favoritism. To the extent that a child has unequal opportunities in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – his rights are violated. It is increasingly evident that investing in health,educating and protecting the most disadvantaged citizens of a society – by fighting inequality – will not only give all children the opportunity to flourish, but will also contribute to the growth and stability of countries. This is why the quest for equity is vital. It accelerates progress towards the realization of the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting the equitable development of nations. This is why the quest for equity is vital. It accelerates progress towards the realization of the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting the equitable development of nations. This is why the quest for equity is vital. It accelerates progress towards the realization of the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting the equitable development of nations.


The National Security Officer provides technical, operational and administrative assistance in security management to manage a range of activities related to security planning, risk management and assessment, in order to ensure the safety of personnel and eligible members of their families, as well as the protection of premises, UNICEF property and resources in the duty station.

Main expected results :

  •  The Head of Zone Office is advised on security risks, as well as the preventive and mitigation measures to be put in place to ensure the safety and security of personnel and their dependents, as well as of UNICEF property and buildings ;
  •  Security aspects are taken into account in the planning and implementation of programmatic activities and all other missions, in accordance with the concept of acceptable risk
  •  Coordination with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, officers and focal points for security of United Nations agencies, funds and programs and partner NGOs, as well as civil and military authorities is ensured in order to facilitate the collection and processing of information, as well as the management of incidents affecting UNICEF personnel, property and programs

How can you make a difference?

Main responsibilities, activities and tasks:

  •  Security risk management and planning
  •  Provision of safety and security services
  •  Network development and maintenance of partnerships
  •  Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Security risk management and planning:

  •  Provide supervisors with information on the safety of UNICEF staff and eligible family members, premises, assets and resources in accordance with the security management systems of the United Nations and UNICEF.
  •  Participate as a member of the security coordination cell set up by the United Nations Department of Safety and Security ( UNDSS ) at the level of area of competence.
  •  Assist in the implementation of all the technical safety requirements contained in the security plan, in particular the Minimum Operational Security Standards ( MOSS/SRM-Measures ) residential security measures ( RSM ) and all other relevant policies, directives and assessments.
  •  Provide technical support to security service providers with a contract with UNICEF.
  •  Contribute to the development of UNICEF security documents, including contingency and operation plans, and assist in the preparation of mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF guidelines, in particular security incident reports ( Security Incident Report-SIR ).

2. Safety and security services :

  •  Monitor the security situation, through collection, the processing and transmission of information relating to threats and risks that may affect the safety of UNICEF staff and their eligible dependents, as well as on the property and programs of the Organization.
  •  Develop and contribute to security activities in support of UNICEF operations and participate in risk management in all places where UNICEF staff and eligible family members are present.
  •  Ensure that UNICEF staff are kept informed of safety and security issues and of emergency response, especially those identified in the UNICEF and United Nations System security plans in Mali.
  •  Support the establishment of an effective and functional communication system for security management within UNICEF, fully integrated into the United Nations emergency communication system.
  •  In coordination with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security ( UNDSS ), ensure that all UNICEF staff are up to date and participate in all training/mandatory security briefings, as well as security-related contingency exercises.
  •  Assist in the security assessment of the residences of internationally recruited personnel in accordance with residential security measures ( RSM ) and provide technical advice to national personnel on security measures in the aim of improving security conditions in their homes.
  •  Assist in the assessment of the safety and security of offices, shops, field accommodation sites and guesthouses identified by UNICEF with a view to their rental.
  •  Ensure the implementation and compliance with the security standards of the United Nations system in Mali of the residences of international staff, as well as UNICEF buildings.

3. Security networking and establishment of partnerships :

  •  In close coordination with UNDSS, actively participate in meetings of the United Nations Security Cell in its area of competence.
  •  Maintain an official and constant liaison with the regional authorities in charge of security, in particular the officials of the Defense and Security Forces, the administrative authorities, as well as security professionals from international organizations and national and international NGOs.

4. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building :

  •  Identify, identify and share lessons learned for knowledge development and build the capacity of stakeholders.
  •  Implement capacity building initiatives to improve skills, personnel, dependents, partners in security-related preparedness and operations.

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


A university degree ( Minimum BAC + 3 ) in one of the following areas is required: security risk management, international relations, conflict analysis, intelligence analysis, diplomatic studies, conflicts and security, fight against terrorism or any other relevant technical area.


A minimum of two years of professional experience in safety risk management and / or overall security analysis is required

Demonstrated experience in managing international security and understanding the United Nations security management system is highly desirable.


Mastering French and practical knowledge of English are necessary.

Knowledge of local languages at the duty station ( Bambara, Malinke, Khassonké, Soninké, and Peulh for Kayes; Bwa, Minianka, Senoufo, for Sikasso, Tamasheq, Sonrai and Arabic for Menaka ) is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Fundamental values :

  •  Benevolence,
  •  Respect,
  •  Integrity,
  •  Trust
  •  Responsibility
  •  Durability

Basic skills

  •  Cultivate self-awareness and demonstrate a sense of ethics
  •  Work collaboratively
  •  Establish and maintain partnershipsInnovate and embrace change

    Think and act strategically

    Tackling tangible results

    Manage ambiguity and complexity.

Functional skills :

  •  Application of Technical Expertise ( II )
  •  Learning and Research ( II )
  •  Planning and Organization ( II )
  •  Ability to cope with Pressure and Revers ( II )
  •  Meaning of Contact and Networking ( II ) Analytical Spirit ( I )

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competence framework. Familiarize yourself with our competence framework and its different levels: competence framework here.

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 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 promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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.


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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation ( vaccination ) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 ( Covid ). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Sep 04 2023 Greenwich Standard Time

Close application: Sep 11 2023 Greenwich Standard Time

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  •  Close Sep 11,2023Batch Recruitment ( 3 positions ): Security Officer, NOB ( TA ), Sikasso, Kayes, Menaka – Mali 364 days ( For Malian Nationals Only ) in Mali

    UNICEF Mali is looking to hire a Security Officer ( NOB ) on a temporary appointment for 364 days and to be based in its field office in Sikasso.


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