Security Associate

The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)

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UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

Vacancy Notice No: 

  • 2018/VA/042

Core Duties And Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Head of Field Office, the incumbent shall carry out the responsibilities below:
  • Assist in the processing of internal Security clearance (MSCR) at Cross River level for all UNHCR staff travelling within Nigeria where required,
  • Assist the Senior Field Security Advisor in the preparation and update of Staff tracking, Security Warden System and security plans (fire, evacuation, medical etc.) for UNHCR  staff and/or at any other location where determined.
  • Conduct Security briefing for new Staff as required.
  • Update and advise Head of Sub-office/management and staff on security issues
  • Conduct premises assessment for UNHCR Office and staff accommodations in compliance with UN Minimum Operating Security Standards and Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards.
  • Attend to security incidents/accidents that involves UNHCR staff and report accordingly.
  • Supervise and monitor security Guards at UNHCR premises.
  • Collect open security information from available sources that could impact staff safety and security, and report accordingly.
  • Conduct field security assessment missions when required.
  • Record all mandatory UN training (SSAFE, BSITF and ASITF, SAT) for staff
  • Maintain proper record keeping system in the Field Security Unit.
  • Assist in the collection of data and drafting of periodic security reports.
  • Perform radio room duties by assisting in the tracking of staff on road mission, conduct periodic radio checks in the absence of radio operator at the duty station.
  • Liaise and work in close collaboration with United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) for all matters regarding staff training, Police escorts, and other security matters.
  • Work in close collaboration with UNHCR security colleagues in the field outside Cross River.
  • Any other responsibilities/functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the Head of office and/or the Senior Field Security Advisor.

Essential Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of Secondary Education with relevant training and experience in security and safety issues. Military or Police background preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years (6 with advanced training/certificate) of previous relevant job experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
  • Ability to work in a team under pressure with minimum supervision; good analytic and training skills, organized and good sense of initiative.
  • Be professional, discrete, organized, flexible and available at short notice.
  • Good communication skills (written and oral).

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Good computer skills - (MS Word; MS Excel; MS PPT).
  • Excellent knowledge of local security apparatus.
  • United Nations experience in the field of security or closely related in lieu of Military or Police training.
  • Successful training in UN Security related course(s) an asset
  • Sensitive to and good knowledge of the local culture.
  • Knowledge of another relevant UN or local languages.

Method of Application

  • Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Application/Letter of Motivation, Resume as well as fully completed and signed UN Personal History Form (P11) and send via email ONLY quoting in the subject line the above vacancy notice number and title of the position.


  • Kindly note that a written test may be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • There is no need to send other certificates with the application at this stage.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Kindly note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
  • Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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The United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification

High School (S.S.C.E)

Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years

Application Deadline