* Regional Security Advisor, Arab States, Cairo, Egypt At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 13 July 2023

Job Identification : 11656

Locations : Cairo, Egypt

Posting Date : 06/29/2023, 04:20 PM

Apply Before : 07/13/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : P5

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Bureau for Management Services

Contract Duration : 2 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree -10 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 12 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : Arabic, French

Mobility required/no mobility

mobility required

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP continues to operate in various areas considered as high-threat locations, both in crisis and post-crisis environments. UNDP is expected to be present in crisis situations, whether they are due to natural disasters, political upheavals or other conditions. There is an increase of violent attacks and acts of extremism, which continue to hinder UNDP’s programmes and activities.

The threat against the United Nations, and by extension to the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN system, transcends borders and requires a broader approach to security risk management.

This context necessitates that UNDP develop and maintain a responsive and client-oriented approach to management of security activities complementing the UN Security Management System, and addressing the UNDP-specific reporting, risk mitigation and associated efforts to protect our personnel and eligible family members, and assets, while enabling UNDP’s programs and operations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will provide field security support to the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), the Regional Hub Amman, and Country Offices (CO) as required. Reporting to the Director of the Security Office in the Bureau for Management Services (BMS), the RSA will focus on providing support and advice to the Director Regional Bureau, the Manager of the Hub, the Resident Representatives, Deputy Resident Representatives/ and managers through Sub-Regional Security Specialists and Senior/Field Security Specialists, where applicable. The RSA will liaise directly with the Regional Bureau (RB) and Resident Representatives on security related issues.

The RSA will collaterally serve as the Security Focal Point for RBAS, providing direct and continuous support to the security risks management activities within the Bureau, and the responsibility and accountabilities related to the function, including reporting, oversight and guidance/advice.

The RSA will be supported by Sub-Regional Security Specialists, Senior/Field Security Specialists, National Security Officers and Country Office Security Associates, for which s/he will have technical oversight.

S/he will enable UNDP programme delivery while ensuring the safety and security of UNDP personnel and eligible family members, while working closely with other UN Security Management System (UNSMS) organizations, including the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), and within the UNSMS and UNDP’s security policies and frameworks.

1. Enabling Programming through Security Risk Management

  •  Serve as the Security Focal Point for RBAS, providing security policy guidance and security management support to the Regional Director, CO management teams in the region, enabling effective programme planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures.
  •  To protect and minimize the risk to UNDP staff, project personnel, property and operations in all locations and at the same time enabling UNDP programme delivery throughout.
  •  Ensure the mainstreaming of security into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery through the substantive monitoring of ongoing and future projects and programmes, providing innovative and proactive support, direction and solutions where required.
  •  Review the impact of current, as well as future potential security factors and trends on UNDP planning, programme design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that programme design might have on the safety and security, ensuring that possible support measures are identified and improvements are implemented.
  •  Liaise with other UNSMS organizations and other stakeholders with the aim of ensuring coordination and collaboration of the actors of the UNSMS within the region.
  •  Undertake security assistance missions to countries within the region with the aim to determine regional and country specific UNDP security requirements in support of regional UNDP initiatives.
  •  Assist/provide inputs to the UNSMS in preparing a comprehensive threat and risk assessment of the region, which is to include all locations where UNDP staff members, eligible dependents and equipment are present.
  •  Follow up on the implementation of security recommendations to COs.

2. Security Plan and security support to resilience of Country Offices

  •  Support RBAS in security planning and emergency/crisis preparedness in accordance with country-specific requirements.
  •  Work closely with the UNSMS to ensure that UNDP procedures conform to the UN security framework.
  •  Through the appropriate UNDP security personnel, see that all UNDP personnel and eligible family members are included in the Security and Contingency Plans of the respective duty stations being prepared by UNDSS in conjunction with the SMT.
  •  Provide security advice and support in the development and implementation of functional emergency business continuity plans for the COs within the region, with the aim of increasing UNDP’s resilience.
  •  Provide inputs and assist the UNSMS in establishing, maintaining and updating the country specific security plans and contingency plans in accordance with the UN Security Policy Manual (SPM) and Security Operations Manual (SOM).
  •  Provide security inputs into functional emergency business continuity plans for the CO’s.

3. Implementing and Monitoring Compliance of Security Risk Mitigation Measures

  •  Oversight of and support to Country Office Management in ensuring that UNDP personnel, operations, premises and international staff residences are security compliant.
  •  Leads the annual security compliance review in the region. Assesses the levels of security compliance and identifies what support from BMS/SO is needed to achieve the required standard.
  •  Ensure that UNDP personnel are provided with; and proficient in the use of, safety and security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field.
  •  Establish internal communication systems and ensure UNDP communications are integrated into the appropriate UN Security Emergency Communications System.
  •  Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc.).
  •  In coordination with UNDSS, ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders.
  •  Conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of UNDP premises and equipment and advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions for Country Offices.
  •  Represent UNDP security interests in any common premises that UNDP occupies ensuring that staff safety and security are primary considerations.
  •  Ensure security awareness and capacity building of the UNDP actors included in the Framework of Accountability within the region.
  •  Brief UNDP personnel during security assistance missions on their specific security responsibilities and accountability, in accordance with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNDP security policies and procedures.
  •  Coordinate security training for the UNDP Regional Security Team.
  •  Contribution to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

4. Information Management and Sharing of Knowledge

  •  Collect, analyze and disseminate security centric information pertaining to the region to the SO and RB management.
  •  Promote information exchanges with other UNSMS organizations, to enhance coordination and implementation of security management arrangements.
  •  Monitor international events and information sources in order to assess their security-related trends and implications on UNDP operations and personnel. Ensure that analysis of major events are highlighted to the Security Office and Country Office management
  •  Provide timely and accurate security advice to the UNDP Management, programme managers, project managers and visiting consultants working in the designated area of responsibility.
  •  Immediately report all pertinent security-related incidents involving UNDP personnel and eligible family members in RB to the Security Office and RB management.
  •  Ensure that UNDP personnel are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security-related information generated by UNDSS in a timely and efficient manner.
  •  Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts.
  •  Where required, and in coordination with UNDSS, establish good relationships with national law enforcement, military and civil intelligence authorities, counterparts in the Diplomatic Missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders within the designated area of responsibility.
  •  Encourage an exchange of information relative to risk management for UNDP programme implementation.
  •  On special request and in coordination with UNDP HQ, assist in the conduct of preliminary investigations in cases of breach of the UN code of conduct by UNDP staff.
  •  Provide ongoing mentoring to and coordinate appropriate security training for security personnel in the region
  •  In coordination with UNSMS organizations, provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement.
  •  Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

5. Managerial Functions

Crisis Response & Management

  •  Coordinate UNDP Security response to critical events/crises in the region.


  •  Supervise RBAS Sub-Regional Security Specialists and provide guidance, mentoring and coaching in his/her area of responsibilities.
  •  Provide technical advice and guidance to all UNDP security practitioners and Country Office Security Focal Points in the region
  •  Ensure that the UNDP regional Security Team is adequately staffed by competent and proficient personnel with the appropriate skills and expertise required to enable the successful achievement of their respective functions and Country Office goals and objectives.
  •  Advise on and participate in country level recruitment processes as required.

Resource Management & Mobilization

  •  Support mainstreaming of security costs. Monitor that all projects/programmes contribute resources to the implementation of security measures.
  •  Liaise with COs to enable the completion and management of security annual work plans and related budgets.
  •  Support Country Office Management and Project Management in ensuring that the security cost of doing business is included in all appeals and project descriptions for COs in the designated area of responsibility.
  •  Where appropriate, participate in the drafting of CAP and CAP reviews, to be presented to donors, and provide inputs to donor reports.
  •  Monitor Country Offices’ ability to ensure effective common services are being provided to the security arrangements in-country and assist them as required (budget, local staffing, procurement, communications equipment & maintenance, physical security measures, UN House aspects, etc.).
  •  Security input on proposed and renewal/extension of UNDP leases of office premises in the region, including common premises.


  •  The RSA will, at the request of the Director of the Security Office perform other tasks and activities (as required).

The RSA will supervise Sub-Regional Security Specialists and will also provide guidance, mentoring and coaching in his/her area of responsibilities. He/she will provide technical advice and guidance to all UNDP security practitioners in the region.

  •  The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.


Core Competencies – UNDP Core Competencies can be found .

  •  Achieve Results – Level 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  •  Think Innovatively – Level 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  •  Learn Continuously – Level 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  •  Adapt with Agility – Level 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  •  Act with Determination – Level 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  •  Engage and Partner – Level 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

People Management Competencies

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found .

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

  •  Business Management – Customer Satisfaction/ Client Management: Ability to respond timely and appropriately with a sense of urgency, provide consistent solutions, and deliver timely and quality results and/or solutions to fulfil and understand the real customers’ needs; Provide inputs to the development of customer service strategy; Look for ways to add value beyond clients’ immediate requests; Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns.
  •  Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system; Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.
  •  Security advice, planning & coordination: Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.
  •  Security Information Management: Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations.
  •  Security Risk Management: Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans.
  •  Security Crisis Management & Response: Knowledge of crisis management and response arrangements as well as the ability to prepare for, respond to, support/manage security crisis events.
  •  Security policy awareness & implementation: Knowledge of security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related fields;
  •  A first level university degree (Bachelor´s Degree), with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  •  Formal training in security risk management is required.


  •  A minimum of 10 years (with Master´s Degree), or 12 years (with Bachelor´s Degree), of risk management or security experience gained in an operational environment in public or private service in such areas as national security, military or police service or in a corporate environment together with substantial leadership experience.
  •  In-depth knowledge of security management and risk management.
  •  International experience, or experience in UN peace keeping, or in the UN security management system is an asset, as well as previous experience of working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment.
  •  A sound knowledge of UNSMS policies and guidelines is desirable.
  •  Knowledge of UNDP business, operations and programming cycle is desirable.
  •  Practical experience from work in and knowledge of the security environment in the region is an asset.


  •  Fluency in English is required.
  •  Knowledge of Arabic or French, is desirable.

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


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