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Vacancy At UNICEF

Date Posted: 17/Oct/2013
Deadline: 30/Oct/2013
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Security Advisor (Polio Risk Analyst), P3/4 Nigeria and Other Duty Stations


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


Purpose of the Position

This is a Generic Vacancy Announcement for Security Advisor (Polio Risk Analyst), P4 Nigeria position and other P3/4 posts in other duty stations with Global Polio Eradication Programmes including but not limited to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and others.

Please visit to read how UNICEF is working to eradicate polio.  See the Global Polio Eradication Iniatiave in action at

The Field Risk Analyst Polio reports to the Country Risk Analyst Polio and maintains a technical line of communication to the EMOPS Security Manager Polio. The Field Risk Analyst Polio is required to provide area specific security information, analysis and support to the Country Risk Analyst Polio and area Polio team relative to the polio programme activities and operations as well as affected personnel and partners in their area of responsibility.


Key Expected Results

1. Under the supervision of the Country Risk Analyst Polio and in close collaboration with the area Polio team, the incumbent will monitor, track, analyse and report on area security conditions and events relative to area polio programme activities and operations as well as affected personnel and partners. He/she will work closely with the Country Risk Analyst Polio ensuring all security information and analysis is made available in a timely fashion to be incorporated into country level analysis.  He/she will review related security policies, practices and procedures in place and provide advice and guidance to the area Polio team in accordance with the UN and UNICEF Frameworks of Accountability for Security and the UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.
2. He/she will develop and maintain internal and external security and information networks to enhance the collection/collation of security information relating to polio activities and operations as well as affected personnel and partners in their area of responsibility.
3. He/she will collect and share with the Country Risk Analyst Polio, information relative to polio programmes, activities and operations as well affected personnel and partners, including information regarding security incidents, as well as events that precipitate such incidents. He/she will collate the information based on the credibility of the information and reliability of source.  He/she will provide timely security analysis and risk assessments of all threat and security incident information alerting the Country Risk Analyst Polio and Polio staff to any development that has a direct or potential impact on the safety and security of personnel, partners, activities and operations. He/she will share and report on this analysis with the goal of identifying trends and predicting the specific conditions that might need to be present for similar events to occur; and will develop early warning indicators as decision making and planning tools that can be incorporated into program development and activity planning.
4. The incumbent will work very closely with the technical/operations and communication staff of the UNICEF polio team in the area and similarly liaise with the Country Risk Analyst Polio to facilitate integration of all relevant security analysis into the implementation plans for country polio related programmes and activities. He/she will focus on strengthening the continuity between programme planning/delivery and security analysis/assessments in an effort to identify, and where possible, counter any threat to the activities, operations and/or affected personnel or partners under the overarching principles of programme critically and acceptable risk decisions.
5. The incumbent will follow-up all reported area security incidents related to polio activities, operations, and/or affected personnel and partners, especially as it relates to identifying lessons learned and stimulating necessary action and/or introduction of applicable security measures.
6. He/she will coordinate closely with the applicable WHO field based security apparatus in an effort to create synergies and collaborate on security plans affecting the Polio Eradication Initiative efforts in the area of responsibility.
7. He/she will be a member of the UNDSS lead, Polio Security Cell and will assist UNICEF security professionals as well as the UNDSS security apparatus in country in the development of sound security risk assessments by contributing security analyses to the process of strategic threat assessments specifically as it relates to polio related activities and operations and affected personnel or partners in Polio.
8. The incumbent shall establish appropriate systems for the sharing of security information and addressing security issues with/from and related to area 3rd party contractors for the polio programme taking into consideration the principles of risk transfer and constraints regarding duty of care and contract modalities.  He/she will provide guidance as appropriate on security interactions with such third parties in accordance with the appropriate legal parameters and organisational obligations.
9. He/she will liaise through the Country Risk Advisor Polio with UN/UNICEF/WHO Staff Counsellor’s to ensure timely notifications and referrals are made as required.
10. He/she will follow up, to ensure time sensitive notifications, reports and/or SIRs as applicable are submitted to the Country Risk Advisor Polio and UNICEF OPSCEN on all incidents directly relating to polio programmes, activities, operations and personnel or partners.
11. He/she will help develop and will conduct security training as required for polio related programme personnel including personnel on support missions in the area.
12. The incumbent will conduct security assessments, assist with security-related issues for the development of mission plans and support missions in the area to facilitate the above.
13. He/she will replace the Country Risk Analyst Polio as required during absences.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Advanced university degree or recognized equivalent in Risk Management, Political Science, International Relations, Cultural Anthropology, Military Intelligence, or related area. Substantial qualifying experience and training may be considered in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in security analysis and risk management at least 3-5 years of which should be at the senior officer, senior management or UN professional level. Demonstrated understanding of security related analytical processes is essential. UN and/or international security management experience is highly desirable. The incumbent will possess analytical and information management skills and will be able to interpret data and security information.

Fluency in English (verbal and written) is essential. Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language are an asset.


Competencies of Successful Candidate

Communication [II]
Working with People [II]
Drive for results [II]
Deciding and Initiating Action [II]
Relating and Networking [III]
Applying Technical Expertise [II]
Analyzing [III]
Coping with Pressure and Setbacks [III]



Recommended candidates must be available to take up these positions within 31 days of the offer letter.



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