Security Assistant

United Nations
Full time Full day
Job Description

Job Description:

Purpose of the Position:

Support the country office and the Field Security Officer (FSO) in gathering information and in analyzing the overall security situation in his/her place of assignment; and make appropriate recommendations. Act as WHO security focal point in duty station; coordinate, monitor and initiate actions related to security management.

Objectives of the Program and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the program):

The continued transmission of poliovirus in Pakistan is a national public health emergency. Pakistan is now only one of three countries with wild poliovirus circulation. The World Health Organization (WHO) together with other partners from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is supporting the government in its effort to end polio in Pakistan. As part of the National Emergency Action Plan for 2020, the program will continue to plan and conduct Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs). During each SIA round approximately 230,000 volunteers are hired as campaign workers for different tasks (vaccinators, supervisors and area in-charges). The Direct Disbursement Mechanism (DDM) is a system managed by WHO that ensures payment of frontline workers in an efficient and timely manner. WHO contracts financial institutions to deliver the payment to the beneficiaries.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):

Under the general guidance of the Provincial Team Lead, the technical guidance of the WHO Field Security Officer (FSO) and the direct supervision of the WHO Administrative Assistant, the incumbent will provide administrative support and guidance for accessing inaccessible areas of the Polio Program and make random visits to various regions to obtain information affecting program implementation, staff and non-staff security thus enabling access for better program delivery.

The incumbent plans and performs day-to-day routine tasks independently. Complex issues or deviations from established procedures are discussed and resolved with supervisor and the FSO. Some judgment is involved to determine appropriate methods to handle the various security issues and to adapt established practices to assigned work.

Summary of Assigned Duties

Within the framework of WHO\'s Security Management Structure, the duties are:

1. Collect, update and disseminate information regarding the security of WHO and sub-offices, as well as all staff and non-staff, including SOPs, security advisories, staff lists.

2. Conduct preliminary assessment of Security Risk Management measures (SRM) for WHO and sub offices; as well as the \"threat assessment\" of inaccessible locations required for the Poliomyelitis Eradication activities; submit findings to FSO for final assessment and implementation of mitigation measures.

3. Report security incidents affecting WHO staff and non-staff, offices and assets on a 24-hour basis. Respond to staff security emergencies, including follow up on arrests and detention of WHO staffs and eligible dependents in line with SOPs.

4. Participate in organizing and delivering security briefings, training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and radio communication for WHO staff and non-staff. Provide security orientation to newly assigned staff members as instructed by the FSO and in cooperation with UNDSS.

5. Support the operations and management of the WHO Security Contingency Plans as well as the WHO Warden System, including the conduct of exercises, and administer the Emergency Communications System:

6. Monitor adherence to UN Security Management System procedures and practice, including SRM and RSM compliance. Monitor existing security measures for the safeguarding of staff, visitors, WHO property and premises, as well as the emergency evacuation plans and report any discrepancies to the supervisor.

7. Establish and maintain effective relations, cooperation and liaison with local authorities and UN security cell members on issues of security.

8. Timely initiate and finalize action for security clearance for internal and external travel of staff and visitors.

9. Provide general administrative assistance to the Field Security Officer, attend Security Cell Meetings and Security Briefings in the absence of the Field Security Officer.

10. Perform other security related duties as deemed necessary.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

§ Stress and time management skills.

§ Knowledge of UN field security operations and policies are an asset.

§ Basic First Aid skills are an asset.

Education (Qualifications):


Completion of secondary education supplemented by training in security management


First level university degree or equivalent in Political Science, Military Studies, Security Management or relevant field



At least Eight (8) years relevant experience in security operations and management or equivalent functions


Working experience with WHO/UN system


Very good knowledge of English and local language

WHO Core Competencies:

1. Fostering integration and teamwork

2. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

3. Communicating in a credible and effective way

4. Producing results


Potential female applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position

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