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UNDP Jobs: Security Information Management Specialist (UNDSS) 2021

Job Title: Security Information Management Specialist (UNDSS)

Organization: UNDP

Job ID: 37632

Practice Area – Job Family: Management – SECURITY

Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA): 15/06/2021                             

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Education & Work Experience : G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 5 year(s) experience

Languages: English

Grade: P3

Vacancy Type: FTA International

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Africa

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension


The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programs and activities of the United Nations System. The advertised post is located in Addis Ababa; the incumbent reports to the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser, Ethiopia. The position is part of Local Cost Share security budget to strengthen Security Information and Operations Centre (SIOC) for Ethiopia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated Authority, the Security Information Management Analyst is responsible for the following duties: 

  • Advises and provides guidance to the CSAs/SAs/ with regards to Regional and Country specific threats affecting the United Nations;
  • Develops and coordinates security threat information requirements, acquisition, examination, collation, analysis, and dissemination of security threat information to relevant clients; 
  • Analyzes trends of security incidents affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations in specific countries in the designated region;
  • Conducts strategic security threat information liaison visits (SSTILV) to determine if the security threat information management system is functioning properly and in compliance with established Security Analysis Process and Practice Standards;
  • Participates in development of procedures of security operations, contributing with preparation and review of briefs for UN and other key decision makers on current/significant security-related events in the designated region;
  • Provides briefing materials such as periodic security threat information alerts, notices, warnings, and advisories on security for DSS senior management and Designated Officials on security threats; 
  • Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing security conditions for designated region, developing technical knowledge and awareness of security threat environments, identifying probable threats by preparation of profiles of specific threat factors impacting the security environment in which the United Nations operates, analyzing trends of security incidents affecting the United Nations, and advising on potential impacts of threats on the relevant United Nations staff accordingly; 
  • Identifies, through field research of threat actors, the operating environment of the UN in liaison with host government’s security interlocutors;
  • Prepares early warning reports and indicators on security threats, as a planning tool for DSS senior management;
  • Prepares analytical reports on security incidents and develop strategic assessments on trends of security threats affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations in the designated region for dissemination to relevant clients;
  • Contributes to the development of security plans for a specific country or geographical area by conducting regional or country-specific threat and risk assessments for the United Nations; 
  • Performs other analytical and research assignments and duties as required.




  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.


Security Information Management:

  • Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise. 

Security Risk Management:

  • Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise. 

Security Advisory & Coordination Services:

  • Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise. 

Security and safety:

  • Knowledge of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and UNDP’s role in addressing security issues.

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in security, political, military, international relations, or related field. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. A minimum of one year of experience in security, humanitarian or political information analysis is required. At least six months of international experience in support of humanitarian operations is required.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.


  • UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Process and Practice, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, Security Investigation.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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