Under the immediate supervision of the UN Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO), the Local Security Assistant (LSA) will provide assistance in the implementation of the security plan and all matters relating to safety and security management.
In the instances without a full time FSCO, the LSA works under the direct supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA).
It is important to note that the LSA is a local assistant who must always work under the direct supervision of and be accountable to either the FSCO or CSA.
He/she will perform the following duties and responsibilities.
1- Provide substantive support to the FSCO in the collection of information and preparation of communications to the United Nations (UN) Head of agencies and the UN Security Bureau in the New York in relation to the security issues.
2- Gather and update information on security related issues in order to review and assess the security situation at the duty station.
3- Provide assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigation and reports on the security related incidents affecting UN staff and UN offices and maintain an accurate and detailed record of all security incidents occurring in the regional office.
4- Assist in the preparation of security reports (Security Incidents, Security Assessments and Quarterly Incident Reports).
5- Maintain close contact and liaise with host government agencies and other UN offices to obtain the latest information regarding the security situation in the country and advise the FSCO on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security.
6- Prepare, maintain and update country security plan in accordance with the guidelines contained in the UN Field Security Handbook including updating national and international staff list.
7- Assist in the maintenance and monitoring of MOSS (Minimum Operational security standards) compliance on equipment and other areas.
8- Identify the emergency Communication Equipment.
9- Take part in conducting security evaluations and surveys in order to provide advice on security measures for the residences of the UN staff members and UN offices.
10- Represent the UN/DSS meetings when the FSCO is on mission/leave outside the country.
11- Provide support in organizing and conducting training courses on security issues/awareness and preparedness that include newly assigned staff members. Security orientation briefing is also given to new staff members upon arrival at the duty station.
12- Assist the Area Security Coordinators and Wardens in the discharge of their responsibilities and monitor the status of their security preparedness at all times.
13- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the FSCO.
• High level of awareness on security matters and to understand different levels of risk and threat.
• Ability to take initiative and use judgment to identify threats against the UN (personnel or property) and take appropriate action / report to high officials in a timely fashion.
• Willing to work long hours, under difficult conditions and often at high levels of stress.
• Highly motivated and have the ability to think quickly and react with initiative to rapidly changing situations.
• Have good inter-personal and communications skills and the ability to interact readily with UN staff members at all levels.
• Proven management and administrative skills;