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Field Security Coordination Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for themselves. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Headquartered in New York City, the status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Field Security Coordination Specialist

Job Code: 3612
Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Job Schedule: Full time
Vacancy Type: Fixed Term
Agency: UNDP
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Africa
Grade: P4
Practice Area: Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Required Languages: Fluency in written and oral English
Mobility required/no mobility: Mobility required


  • UNDP 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.
  • UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across north-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence has uprooted tens of thousands more people, exacerbating an already dire crisis situation.
  • An intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need.
  • It is unlikely that security responses alone will be sufficient to address the complex factors that gave rise to the insurgency, and which continue to sustain it.
  • There is increasing consensus that military efforts must be coupled with significant investments in complementary stabilization activities to benefit the local population at both local and Lake Chad Basin (LCB) regional levels if the security-humanitarian-development nexus around Lake Chad is to be effectively addressed.
  • While robust national and multi-national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.
  • To this end, UNDP has been developing a new initiative for establishing Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization Facility (RSF), supporting four Lake Chad Basin countries (i.e., Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad) as well as LCB regional institutions, such as the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
  • The Facility will act as a rapid-response package– delivering within 90 days of target area selection – those relevant authorities can sequence with military operations as necessary, to ensure immediate follow-up in specific locations and curtail the ability of armed opposition groups to re-infiltrate and exploit any security vacuum or community perceptions of non-responsive Government by extending an organized and effective civilian security umbrella, consolidating military progress with development ‘dividends’ for the local population.
  • The Facility aims to address the needs for immediate stabilization in the target areas with high degrees of insecurity, promoting the phased transition of insecure areas toward greater security, and the reduction of current volatility whereby previously secure areas have become more rather than less vulnerable.
  • Through the initiation of implementation of the Stabilization Facility, improved cooperation among security actors at the federal, state, and community levels have emerged as an urgent need to achieve a joined-up approach to establish a sequenced transition from military to civilian control in selected target areas in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe states.
  • To this end, UNDP seeks a qualified expert to provide technical support to strengthen its support for security coordination among the key security providers/law enforcement entities, such as military, police, civil defence, immigration, customs authorities as well as community security providers to maintain stability and protection in the seven target areas of the Stabilization Facility and the North-East region as a whole.

Duties & Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of the Head of Stabilization and in close collaboration with Civil-Military Coordination Advisor and other colleagues in Output One, the Security Coordination Specialist will perform the following tasks, focusing on the establishment and operationalization of security coordination mechanisms particularly in the target communities, linking with Security Planning and Coordination Groups (SPCGs) at the State Level:

  • Effective technical and coordination support to state and community-level security platforms
  • Effective advocacy and engagement with security actors
  • Safety and security situation analysis including threat assessments.

Effective technical and coordination support to state and community level security platforms:

  • In collaboration with the Civil-Military Coordination Advisor establish and operationalize the Security Planning and Coordination Groups (SPCGs) at the BAY States level bringing together state government and security actors for a coordinated approach to security management.
  • Assume responsibility for the establishment and operationalization of security coordination Groups in the RSF target communities in furtherance of engagement and collective planning between community-level security actors in meeting the security needs of RSF target locations.
  • In consultation with engineers, monitor and coordinate the construction, verification, and hand over of security-related infrastructure in target field locations with a view to ensuring the appropriateness of structure and suitability for use.
  • Initiates, conducts and monitors security risk management process and other relevant requirements of RSF security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of UN programmes particularly in crisis situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of UN premises and assets.
  • Participation in Security Planning and Coordination Group forums and meetings with security actors at the state level.
  • Monitor progress of security-related constructions in target areas as prioritized and coordinate with state agencies for deployments retaining momentum.

Effective advocacy and engagement with security actors:

  • Establish and maintain collaborative links with security actors and community actors at the field level in ensuring access to up-to-date security information as they occur in target communities.
  • Engage with senior Commanders of the Military, Police, NSCDC, Customs, Immigration, DSS and other community security actors in identifying addressing community safety concerns and challenges raised by community security actors.
  • Undertake regular consultations and advocacy with security actors on issues of deployments, gender inclusion as well as in discussion of security needs in RSF target communities.
  • Identify and communicate changes of key personnel of security institutions to ensure uninterrupted robust engagement while retaining institutional memory to fill capacity gaps of security/law enforcement actors, while providing recommendations for their capacity building needs.

Safety and security situation Analysis including threat assessments:

  • Conduct periodic community-level security consultations and assessments in the wider North-East (NE) region with emphasis on the RSF target communities in Identifying and monitoring security trends, gauging perception and identifying priority security challenges, concerns and coordination needs of the target communities.
  • Conduct a threat and risk assessment of operations in the districts and regions where UNDP 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 UNDP staffs, dependents and equipment are present;
  • Assist/provide inputs to the Sub Office Security Management Team through the UNDP Country Director (CD).
  • Assist local UNDP travel managers with risk assessments related to air travel.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Science, Business or Public Administration, International Relations, Peace Studies, Political Science related areas; or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with additional 2 years of experience in relevant fields will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s Degree
  • Formal multi-year education in Security Management, such as military or police, Junior Command and Staff College (minimum 9 months full time) qualification with command experience.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years (with Master’s) or 9 years (with Bachelor’s)  working on international peace and security issues, ideally with direct experience of stabilization/crisis response programme design and implementation
  • Direct experience of civil-military relations and effective ways to encourage security actors to cooperate with each other and with local government and civil society
  • Experience in working in conflict environments, ideally in support of local/national government or security providers in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Experience in leading planning and the technical development of peace and security interventions, ideally at a sub-national level
  • Relevant experience working in Africa, and in particular Nigeria or the Sahel/Lake Chad region, is an asset
  • Working as part of a multilateral approach to peace and security. Working experience on civil-military coordination/cooperation in the UNDP or UN agencies is an asset.
  • In-depth experience in security management and risk management.

Required Technical Skills:

  • Functionally related professional management skills including remote office management;
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills in complex and conflict settings
  • Plan and prioritize work activities to meet organizational goals and organizes and oversee work processes efficiently to achieve quality results;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, as well as experience in the handling of web-based management systems.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English both written and oral;

Core Competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:

  • Business Direction & Strategy – Business Acumen: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
  • Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
  • Business Direction & Strategy – Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiate mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and create ‘win-win’ situations
  • Business Development – Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need
  • Business Management – Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Business Management – Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
  • Business Development – UNDP Representation: Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; ability to advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies.

Application Closing Date
8th June, 2022; 04:59 AM

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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