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  • Posted: May 17, 2024
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    The United Nations Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system, ensure the maximum security for staff and eligible dependants as well as enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.
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    Deputy Security Adviser

    Job Opening ID: 234450

    Organisational Setting and Reporting

    • This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value.
    • Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place. For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit: The Deputy Security Adviser will report to the Chief Security Adviser (CSA).
    • The position is currently located in Abuja, Nigeria and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as a "B" hardship and a family duty station.


    • Within delegated authority, the Deputy Security Adviser may be responsible for the following duties:
    • Serves as Adviser to the Designated Official, and to United Nations Security Management System organizations on all security risk management matters, security policy and procedures in the absence of the Chief Security Adviser.
    • Serves as a member of the Security Management Team in the absence of the Chief Security Advisor.
    • Supports the Chief Security Advisor in forecasting of the evolving security environment and, the UN’s security and operational responses. Using analytical techniques and collaborative team research, supports planning and ensure awareness of the current trends to enhance or adjust security programmes.
    • Ensures the development of inclusive risk management strategies and drives planning using situational awareness, critical thinking, and logic to detect and interpret early signals, emerging trends and analysis of multi-dimensional threats that may impact security. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
    • Ensures the preparation, review and implementation of security planning, security risk management documents and risk management-based security solutions through innovation and creativity.
    • Provides written analysis of security trends and reporting of incidents. Participates in meetings, committees, and task forces, prepares papers on security issues, delivers briefings, provides responses, as needed or directed by the Chief Security Advisor.
    • Advises on the inclusion of security in all stages of United Nations activities and programmes.
    • Provides advice and support to line managers responsible for security.
    • Enables the delivery of mandates and programmes through direct operational assistance.
    • Oversees security-related projects, prioritizing work to meet deadlines and following defined processes, policies, procedures and guidance, fostering alignment with colleagues and across organizations.
    • Monitors and contributes to activities that relate to the implementation and evaluation of preparedness and compliance; drives results that help support operational efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Enhances communication and trust through active collaboration, consultation and exchanges with UN system organizations and other stakeholders, for information sharing, coordination of responses, provision of security briefings, taking into account operational activities and risks.
    • Collaborates closely with peers and colleagues, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, and Host Government representatives.
    • Strengthens awareness and capacity of personnel by supporting the development, updates and delivery of contextually relevant security training and advice.
    • Ensures the conduct of security surveys and assessments, creatively leveraging tools and processes, identifying, and recommending simple, reasonable, inclusive, effective and efficient security measures, including when there is incomplete, contradictory and/or fluid information.
    • Ensures implementation and maintenance of a functioning Security Communication System.
    • Ensures conduct of budget, finance and logistical planning for the security office and participation in relevant United Nations administration, finance, and logistics forums. Supports resource mobilization,
    • Supports the Chief Security Advisor to lead and manage the security team, anticipate human resources needs through workforce planning, assesses performance and support the development security personnel under his/her supervision.
    • Ensures implementation of departmental approaches to mainstreaming gender, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the work as well as ensuring the implementation of people-centered security risk management approaches considering specific threats or vulnerabilities of personnel and adapting practices and measures in support of diversity and inclusion.
    • Ensures effective humanitarian access arrangements to facilitate delivery operations particularly in hard to reach areas.
    • Performs other functions as directed.


    • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Business or Public Administration, Political/Social Science, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Law, International Relations, Security Management or a related field is required.
    • A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
    • A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.

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