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Senior Security Officer


About UN-Habitat

United Nations Core Values: Professionalism, Integrity, Respect for Diversity


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206.

By working at all levels and with relevant stakeholders and partners, the agency contributes to linking policy development and capacity-building activities with a view to promoting cohesive and mutually reinforcing social, economic, environmental and countries’ policies and programmes in human settlements in conformity with international practices and covenants.

UN-Habitat Afghanistan

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, has been working within Afghanistan since 1992 with funding support of USAID, Japanese and Australian Governments, EU, DFID, CIDA, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kingdom of the Netherlands and several bilateral donors as well as the World Bank. During this period, its Programme expanded to include a wide range of human settlements initiatives, from small-scale neighbourhood level improvement schemes to community empowerment.

UN-Habitat has been assisting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through a number of projects, both urban and rural, supported by different donors:

UN-Habitat is supporting the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) to implement the National Solidarity Programme (NSP). Currently UN-Habitat is directly engaged in facilitating this programme in more than 20 districts of nine provinces. UN-Habitat is partner with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to take up the role of Facilitating Partner in implementing the On-Farm Water Management project in the establishment of irrigation associations in two provinces (Bamyan and Nangarhar), out of five provinces covered by the OFWM Project, and contributes in improving agricultural productivity.

The Local Integration of Vulnerable and Excluded Uprooted People (LIVE-UP) programme is funded by the European Union and operates for three years (January 2015 to December 2017). The overarching intention of the programme is to support the implementation of part of the National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons in three Afghan cities: Herat, Jalalabad and Kabul. The programme will support communities, local authorities and the central government to achieve durable solutions for local reintegration of returnees and IDPs through community empowerment, improved living conditions and security of land tenure. The project also aims to strengthen the role and capacity of local authorities, particularly municipalities, to assist returnees, IDPs and other vulnerable urban dwellers with local integration.

The Afghanistan Urban Peace-building Programme (AUPP) funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, operates for three years (April 2015 to March 2018) and is predicated on the vital linkage between state-society relations, local government capacity, and basic service provision in strengthening safety and security. It will provide direct assistance to the development of state capacity at the sub-national level, focusing on municipal administrations in eight of the country’s most strategic cities. By concentrating on the urban terrain of peace-building and state building, the programme will strengthen the production of public goods, especially security, improve local government responsiveness and accountability, and strengthen partnerships with communities, civil society, and security providers, contributing to collective efficacy– all of which are central peace-building and state building goals in the New Deal. The programme complements the international community’s efforts to support a highly centralized state building approach, with a bottom-up strategy that builds the state out from community and sub-national levels.

UN-Habitat rolls out a Municipal Governance Support Programme (MGSP), funded by EU in nine cities: Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, and Mazar-e-Sharif (Grade A cities); Kunduz and Farah (Grade B); and Bamyan and Nili (smaller but fast-growing and strategic cities). The Programme will support these nine municipal authorities to survey and register all properties within municipal boundaries. This will improve land management (e.g. increase tenure security and reduce land grabbing) as well as significantly expand the potential tax base for municipalities. To facilitate the strategic and sustainable use of local revenues, the Programme will support municipalities to undertake strategic urban planning at municipal level to promote Local Economic Development (LED), stimulate investment and expand inclusive service delivery. As Afghanistan is rapidly urbanizing, such strategic planning is an essential tool for managing urban growth and expanding access to services in already crowded and largely-informal cities. The Programme will also improve the enabling environment for municipal governance by providing technical support to central government-level authorities, including the General Directorate of Municipal Affairs (GDMA), the Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI), and Ministry of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA), to improve national policies, legislation and guidelines.

The Future of Afghan Cities (FoAC) which is being generously supported by the Government of Australia and UK (DFID), will harness the opportunities, momentum and success of SoAC 2014/15 by providing technical assistance to MUDA, IDLG/GDMA, Kabul Municipality, and the Afghan Land Authority (ARAZI) with the preparation of the National Urban Priority Programme (U-NPP), and undertaking an assessment of five key city regions of Kabul, Herat, Mazar, Kandahar and Jalalabad.

The Kabul Strengthening Municipal Nahias Programme (K-SMNP), is funded by USAID and operates for four years (May 2016 to April 2020). The programme is underpinned by the fact that harnessing Afghanistan’s cities for state building and peace-building requires three fundamental components: (i) effective land management and clear land rights and responsibilities; (ii) strategic urban planning to guide investments and establish a common vision for an inclusive and prosperous urban future; and (iii) improved municipal governance and citizen engagement and representation. Together these create the fundamental conditions for improved state-society relations, stimulating the urban economy, promoting investment, increasing the legitimacy of the state in the eyes of the citizens and strengthening municipal institutions. The action will support Kabul municipality to survey and register all properties within its municipal boundaries i.e. residential, commercial and institutional properties plus vacant land. This will improve land management by increasing tenure security and reducing land grabbing as well as significantly expanding the potential tax base. Aligned with the land survey will be street addressing, house numbering/street lighting which are essential for improved urban management and increasing citizen’s socio-economic inclusion. The K-SMNP dovetails with the EU funded MGSP, which follows a similar approach and will be implemented concurrently.

The Clean and Green Cities (CGC), is funded by USAID and operates for two years (July 2016 to May 2018). The purpose of this Grant is to provide a basic labor stimulus and stabilization package for nine strategic Afghan cities. The overall objectives of the grant are to (1) improve state –society relations where urban citizens see municipalities delivering basic neighborhood services; (2) establish a cleaner, safer, and healthier urban environment and public spaces; (3) improve urban and household economies, especially for the most vulnerable households, including at risk youth; and (4) increase private sector confidence and investment. CGC will invest in labor intensive urban clean-up, repair, beautification, and basic solid-waste management activities. The expected impacts are: (i) improve well-being of citizens and urban environmental quality, (ii) increased trust between citizens and municipalities and strengthened government legitimacy, and (iii) augmented economic and labor stimulus to the poorest households which will have multiplier effects on the urban economy, (iv) Increased private sector confidence and investment for job creation.

The Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (henceforth ‘Citizens’ Charter) is an inter-ministerial development program through which line ministries – MoE, MoPH, MAIL and MRRD – provide basic services to rural communities. The Citizens’ Charter is a promise of partnership between the state and communities. It is a foundation stone for realizing the government’s development vision
Under Citizens’ charter each urban CDC and Guzar Assembly will receive a grant over the course of four years.

Operations Section, UN-Habitat Afghanistan Programme is responsible for providing professional, timely, accurate, effective and efficient support to the country office programme by ensuring that financial resources are unitized in the best interest of the organization and in line with UN rules and regulations. The Operations Section comprise of Finance Management, Human Resources, Procurement, Office Management, Grants/Contracts Management, Information Communication Technology and Security and Safety Units

Job Summary

The Senior Security officer will report to Program Management Officer (PMO) and undertake the following tasks and activities:

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2016 Reference: 2016-11-091
Closing Date: 30 Nov 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Security/Safety Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities


• Provide security policy guidance and security management support to the Country Programme Manager (CPM) to enable effective programme planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures;
• Ensure the mainstreaming of security into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery through the substantive monitoring of ongoing and future projects and programmes;
• Review the potential impact of current as well as future security factors and trends on UN-Habitat planning, programme design and delivery, and ensure that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented;
• Liaise and coordinate activities of partner organizations and counterparts in the planning, preparation and execution of missions, ensuring the safety and security of UN-Habitat staff as the highest priority;
• Protect and minimize the risk to UN-Habitat staff, project personnel, property and operations in all locations while ensuring programme delivery;
• Maintain a security network of international and national personnel;
• Represent UN-Habitat at security related coordination meetings such as the SMT, the security cell established by UNDSS and any security specific workshop groups.
• Provide pre-arrival and ground security briefing to all new comers to UN-Habitat Afghanistan.

2. Threat and Risk Assessment:

• Conduct a threat and risk assessment of operations in the districts and regions where UN-Habitat projects are implemented, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures;
• Assist/provide inputs to UNDSS in preparing a comprehensive threat and risk assessment of the country to include all locations where UN-Habitat staff, dependents and equipment are present;
• Conduct quick security risk assessments (QSRA) for venues based on the UN security procedures.
• Assist the local UN-Habitat Travel Manager with risk assessments related to air and road travel.

3. Security Plan and Business Continuity:

• Maintain / update and develop business continuity plan for UN-Habitat offices in Afghanistan.
• Ensure that UN-Habitat procedures conform to the UN Security Framework;
• Provide inputs and assist UNDSS to establish, maintain and update the country specific security plan and contingency plans in accordance with the UN Field Security Handbook (FSH);
• Ensure that all UN-Habitat personnel are included in the Security Plan of the respective duty stations;
• Update the UN-Habitat component within the country-specific security plan and contingency plans in collaboration with UNDSS;
• Train UN-Habitat wardens and follow up according to their specific needs for both international and national staff;
• Facilitate security clearances for all UN-Habitat staff covered under the security umbrella when travelling in areas where required.

4. Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS):

• Oversight of UN-Habitat personnel and equipment for MOSS compliance;
• Ensure that Country Office management is briefed sufficiently on security requirements in order to take decisions and provide adequate resources so that staff members are provided with, and proficient in the use of, safety and security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field;
• Establish internal communication systems so that UN-Habitat communications are integrated into the appropriate UN Security Emergency Communications System;
• Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc.);
• Provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement, such as curfews, restricted and dangerous areas;
• Coordinate with UNDSS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving UN-Habitat staff and eligible dependents;
• In coordination with UNDSS, and on behalf of the CPM, ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders.

5. Information Management:

• Provide timely and accurate security advice to the UN-Habitat management, programme managers, project managers and visiting consultants;
• Immediately report all security-related incidents involving UN-Habitat staff and eligible dependents to the CPM and UNDSS;
• Ensure that UN-Habitat programme staff members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security-related information generated by UNDSS in a timely and efficient manner;
• In cooperation with the HR unit, maintain updated UN-Habitat staff lists, including details of visiting missions and consultants;
• In coordination with UNDSS, conduct investigations of death of a staff/family member under suspicious and unclear circumstances;
• Provide regular country security briefings to all senior staff members with analysis of impact on UN-Habitat programmes.
• Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts.

6. Funds Management:

• Support mainstreaming of security costs and ensure that all projects/programmes contribute resources towards the implementation of security measures;
• Ensure that security costs and expenditures remain within budgeted and approved limits.

7. Office and Residential Security:

• Conduct periodic security assessments of UN-Habitat premises and equipment and provide advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended mitigation measures;
• Assist UN-Habitat in implementing office security requirements for regional offices as required by MOSS and the local security environment;
• Establish and implement access control mechanisms (visitor/vehicle screening) as necessary for UN-Habitat and project offices based on the local security climate;
• Ensure that all UN-Habitat premises and international staff residences are MOSS and MORSS compliant.
• Conducting quick security risk assessments for UN-Habitat events when required.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


- Conducted United Nations Specific trainings including Security Risk Management SRM courses.

Language and Communication Skills:

• Must have fluent grasp of the English Language. Dari and/or Pashto is required.
• Full competency with computer software such as Microsoft word and excel.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal will be essential.


- The individual must pose a bachelor degree in social science, business administration or military.
- Formal security studies including diploma in Security and Risk Management.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)


Bachelors Degree, Administrative

Submission Guideline

Afghan Nationals meeting the essential qualifications of the position are invited to apply by submitting the following documents to UN-Habitat job site mentioned in below box :
1. Letter of interest with clearly indicates the VA number (2016-11-091)
2. Updated and signed UN Personal History Form P.11 for Individual Contractor (IC) attached to the VA and also (available on is must.

Failure to comply with the above requirements not signed P11 forms, no indication of VA number (2016-11-091) will result in not considering your application.

Additional Considerations:
• UN-Habitat is committed to gender balance in all functions and at all levels. Female candidates are therefore especially encouraged to submit applications.
• Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
• Only short-listed candidates will be notified or contacted.

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