Local Security Assistant, (GS-4), #117886 TA, Bolívar – Venezuela, LACR

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a hero

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Assists the Security Specialist (SS) with collecting, updating, and communicating information regarding the security situation:
  • Assists the Chief Field Office and Area Security Management Team (ASMT) in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
  • Supports the SS with the assessment of Security Operational Procedures (SOPs) for the assigned field office;
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UNICEF staff, offices and assets;
  • Organises and delivers training courses on security awareness and preparedness;
  • Provides general administrative assistance to the Security Specialist.

1. Assists the SS in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country:

  • Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organisations and/or personnel, including local, provincial authorities, military, and police officers, as well as non-governmental organisations and other non-State actors in the area of operation;
  • Helps to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation by the SS;
  • Communicates information on security to the head of Field Offices and provides host country security advice to UNICEF as required;
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies;
  • May be requested to provide technical assistance at ASMT meetings.

2. Assists the Chief Field Office (CFO) and Area Security Management Team in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists:

  • Assists the CFO administratively and logistically in their planning functions related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members as well as the safeguarding of premises, assets, and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems. 
  • Helps in the preparation and review of the Security Management Process;
  • Supports actions during the implementation of the Security Plan, as required.
  • Assist the CFO in the development of UNICEF routine security documentation including security contingency plans such as, but not limited to, fire and evacuation plans.
  • Assists the CFO in the establishment of effective and functioning Communications/Warden Systems for UNICEF and the periodic testing of these systems

3. Assists the SS in monitoring compliance with the SRMMs, established for the field office.

  • Monitor the local security situation through local media and networks providing regular information and updates to the supervisor relative to on-going and emerging security issues in the country. 

4. Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UNICEF staff, offices and assets, and assists the SS in the preparation of security reports.

5. Provides support in organising and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members. Conducts security briefings, as required.

  • Under the direct guidance of the CFO, share information with UNICEF personnel and eligible family members that would affect their safety and security and information regarding the actions to take in the event of an emergency, including those identified in the UNICEF/UN Security Plans. 
  • With strong support and guidance from the supervisor, develop and conduct area level training sessions for drivers to familiarise them with the specific actions to take when encountering a security-related situation while driving.

6. Provides general administrative assistance to the SS:

  • Maintains routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;
  • Maintains a database on contact details about host country local security authorities;
  • Arranges appointments, receives visitors, places and screens telephone calls and answers queries with discretion, and takes minutes and/or notes at meetings.
  • Maintains liaison with commercial companies used for UN security at offices and residences, to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force, in compliance with established contracts.
  • Conducts security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences (Residential Security Measures – RSMs) of UNICEF staff, as well as on the latest trends and threats to staff safety and security;


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Completion of secondary education, supplemented by relevant technical/military/police courses and/or university courses in a relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in a security related environment is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required, English is an asset. 


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness 
  • Works Collaboratively with others 
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships 
  • Innovates and Embraces Change 
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically 
  • Drive to achieve impactful results 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity 


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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