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Date Posted: 04/Apr/2014
Deadline: 17/Apr/2014


This position is located in the Nigeria field office of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). 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 programmes and activities of the United Nations System. Successful candidates who are not initially hired against this post will be placed on a roster for consideration as and when similar vacancies arise in the future at other duty stations. The selection process will be managed by UNDSS but, as UNDP administers UNDSS staff in field locations, appointment to this position will be offered under UNDP conditions of service. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions and other duty stations in their careers, as per established rules and procedures. UNDSS has a mandatory mobility policy whereby its internationally-recruited staff are expected to rotate to other duty stations every three to four years. The rotation programme is managed centrally by UNDSS. Abuja is presently a family duty station.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser (CSA), the Security Information Analyst (SIA) is responsible for the management of information relevant to security, including collection, collation, analysis and dissemination, to be used as a decision-making and planning tool by the UN Designated Official (DO) and Security Management Team (SMT) in Nigeria to enhance the safety and security of UN personnel, assets and operations in the country. The SIA will maintain security information awareness of all aspects which could potentially affect the safety and security of the UN, including up-to-date knowledge of events relating to the security environment through monitoring of security incidents, daily situation reports, local media and other open sources. To accomplish the above, the SIA will be responsible for the identification and coordination of security information requirements, development of trend analysis, gathering comprehensive information on all factors on security as well as determining the relevance and validity of security information and the reliability of information resources. In addition, under the supervision of the CSA, the  SIA will be responsible for developing country-wide security risk analyses, preparing comprehensive briefings on safety and security to the DO and the SMT, conducting research on specific threat factors, supporting the UN Crisis Management Team in Nigeria, disseminating security information in a timely manner to representatives of all UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes operating in Nigeria. The SIA will perform other duties as directed by the CSA.
Core Values:
• Integrity;
• Professionalism;
• Respect for Diversity.
Functional Competencies:

• Knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information collection, collation and analysis;
• Ability to develop research projects and perform studies on practical security matters;
• Ability to communicate complex issues to clients and supervisors, clearly present research findings and formulate security advisories;
• Shows pride in work and in achievements, demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;
• Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
• Motivated by professional rather than personal concern and shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges;
• Remains calm in stressful situations and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• Speaks and writes clearly and effectively;
• Listens to others and correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
• Asks questions to clarify, exhibits interest in having two-way communication and  tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience;
• Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and Organizing:
• Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
• Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required;
• Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
• Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
• Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
• Uses time efficiently.
Required Skills and Experience
• Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in Political or Social Science, Military Science, Criminology, International Relations or related field;
• A first level university degree with 9 years of relevant combination of experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of the advance university degree.
Work Experience:
• At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in applied military, law enforcement or political analysis, research and/or studies in the field of criminology and/or crime statistics or corporate security, with international experience;
• Experience of the United Nations security management system is desirable.
Language Requirements:
• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this post, written and spoken fluency in English is required.
Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.








Under the guidance of Deputy Country Director (P), the Team Leader (TL) acts as the manager of and advisor to senior management on all aspects of Country Office (CO)  Governance programme. The main role is to facilitate implementation of the Governance Programme, ensure implementation of resource mobilization strategies, strengthen strategic partnership and donor intelligence, undertake knowledge building and sharing as well as monitoring and evaluation of Governance programme interventions. 
The TL also ensures that Governance interventions respond creatively to emerging challenges and opportunities. In addition to undertaking strategic planning and repositioning of Governance interventions, the TL also ensures that CO’s Governance interventions are consistent with United Nations Development Assistance Framework /CPD priorities.

To successfully implement CO Governance programme of support to the Government of Nigeria, the TL provides sound leadership to the Governance Unit and works in close collaboration with other programme unit teams, the Business Development Team, the team in operations and UNDP HQs staff. In addition, the 

TL also collaborates with the UN system through the UN Theme groups and with government officials, and donors, and civil society organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Summary of Key Functions:

  • Ensuring the strategic direction of UNDP Governance Programme;
  • Management of the CO Governance Programme and supervision of the Programme team;
  • Lead and guide formulation of Governance projects and programmes;
  • Strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization;
  • Provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management in the area of governance.

 The TL ensures the strategic direction of UNDP programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis of the governance and political situation of the country and collaborative preparation/revision of Common Country Assessment (CCA), United Nations Development Asssitance Framework  (UNDAF), Country Programme Document (CPD), Country Programme Annual Plan (CPAP) or UNDAF Action Plan (UNDAP) and other documents;
  • Identification of strategic and innovative areas of cooperation;
  • Operationalization of the Governance aspect of UNDAF/CPD in collaboration with the main partners and other UN agencies;
  • Analysis and presentation of UNDP policies and programmes and their implementation in the CO;
  • CO business processes mapping and establishment of internal standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, control of the workflows in the Governance Unit.

Ensures effective management of the Governance programme and supervision of the programme team focusing on quality control of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation achieving the following results:

  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring and achievement of results;
  • Strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the programme, tracking use of fanatical resources in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations. Under delegated authority may perform the function of Manager Level 2 in Atlas for development projects transactions approval;
  • Effective monitoring, measuring the impacts of Governance Programme and evaluation. Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely adjustment of programme;
  • Ensures effective follow up to Audit recommendations and findings;
  • Ensures effective organization of cost recovery system for the services provided by the CO to Governance-area projects in close collaboration with Operations Manager.

Institutionalizes and maintains enduring donor intelligence, strategic partnership and resource mobilization whose objectives will be focused on the following:

  • Establish the framework for scanning donors’ environment to determine areas of priorities on governance with particular reference to institutional development (e.g., human rights and access to justice; parliamentary development; electoral systems and processes; decentralization and local governance, and peacebuilding, conflict/crisis prevention and recovery. This is to determine country’s need, areas of cooperation and priority areas;
  • Develop and implement partnerships for achieving effective resource mobilization to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Establishment and coordination of partnerships with UN Agencies, international financial institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, government institutions, organized private sector, civil society organizations and other stakeholders;
  • Determination of programmatic areas of cooperation based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donor priorities;
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation and identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

Ensures provision of top quality advisory services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Identification of sources of information related to governance policy-driven issues;
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to governance programme and the country development goals;
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Provision of high quality periodic analytical reports on ongoing governance-related developments for CO and Headquarters consumption;
  • Organization of unit staff training, where necessary. 

Undertakes advocacy and information, education and communication (IEC) in the area of governance:

  • Facilitate the process of creating and raising level of awareness of CO Governance activities;
  • Create high level advocacy on pertinent development policies and programmes across the representatives of top echelon of the country’s stakeholders;
  • Determine appropriate media of reaching out to the public on CO Governance programmes and design strategies for reaching the targets in collaboration with the Communication Unit.

Impact of Results 

The key results have impacts on the overall success of the CO’s program and reaching UNDAF/CPD goals. In particular, the key results have impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets. In specific terms, it has impacts on the following results areas:

  • Governance policy articulation and advisory services promoted;
  • Governance strategy implementation enhanced;
  • Team building and management enhanced;
  • Donor intelligence and strategic partnership improved;
  • Resource mobilization and management enhanced;
  • Policy advocacy on governance and related issues promoted.


Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • An excellent sense of judgment;
  • Creativity and innovation for coordination and management activities;
  • Strategic vision: strong technical and analytical capacities, sound judgment;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks effectively;
  • Dependability, reliability and initiative.

Functional Competencies:

Technical knowledge:

  • Demonstrates an excellent understanding of and familiarity with governance issues in Nigeria;
  • Exhibits a good knowledge of institutional development issues such as the human rights, access to justice, legislative process and decentralization;
  • Displays a good understanding of economic management issues such as finance and budget process, transparency and accountability, and procurement process in the country;
  • Demonstrates a good knowledge of conflict and crisis management, prevention and recovery.

Leadership and Management:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for clients and respond positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complex deliverables and demanding timelines.
  • Possesses positive and constructive attitudes to work;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows strong conflict resolution skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
  • Solicits feedback from staff about the impact of his/her own behavior.
  • Sense of confidentiality.

Communication Skills:

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrates excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Conceptualizes, elaborates and implements communications strategies, publications policies; 
  • Advocates, effectively communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies.

Partnering and networking:

  • Initiates and sustains relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Builds and sustains effective partnerships with UN agencies and implementing partners.

Knowledge Management, sharing and learning:

  • Seeks and applies knowledge information and best practices from within and outside the UN Country Team;
  • Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas;
  • Encourages office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UNDP Practice Areas;
  • Develops deep knowledge in Practice Areas;
  • Works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas;
  • Acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Knowledge sharing  and managing for results:

  • Plans and prioritizes work activities to meet organizational goals, consistent with Results Based Management approach of the organization and in line with its Strategic Plan and other strategic planning tools;
  • Translates strategic aims into achievements plans, with established priorities; manages to them, making periodic adjustments as required.

People Skills and Team Working:

  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others;
  • Works as a team member, be a good listener, well organized, pay attention to details, and meets deadlines;
  • Builds trust and engender morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, adaptation and sustenance of a change process;
  • Sets clear performance goals and standards;
  • Executes responsibilities accordingly; provides and responds constructively to feedback (correction or recognition).

  Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client;
  • Approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Formulates and leads strategic planning, resource-based management and reporting;
  • Formulates and manages budgets, contributions, transactions, and conduct financial analysis;
  • Mobilizes resources and contributes to implementing corporate cost recovery policies;
  • Implements new systems and effect behavioural or attitudinal change;
  • Monitors and evaluates development projects and programmes.

Innovation and Judgment:

  • Devises new systems and processes, and modifies existing ones, to support innovative behaviors;
  • Generates creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
  • Conceptualizes and analysis problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalence in Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Social Sciences or related fields;
  • Additional qualifications will be an added advantage.


  • 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in providing development management services with particular reference to design and management of governance policies and programmes, e.g. human rights and access to justice; parliamentary development; electoral systems and processes; decentralization and local governance, crisis management, prevention and recovery; national economic management issues and other institutional development matters;
  • Experience in the usage of computers is essential.

Language Requirements:   

  • Excellent writing and oral skills in English is a fundamental requirement;
  • Fluency in another UN and one or more national languages is strongly desired.

Additional Information:

This is a national position and therefore carries no expatriate benefits. Non Nigerian nationals are not encouraged to apply.  

The UN  is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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