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Security Sector Analyst Job at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Sector Analyst

Job ID: 26305
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Vacancy Type: FTA Local
Posting Type: External
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
Practice Area – Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery – STABILIZATION

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of CIMIC Specialist and in close collaboration with Senior Management of UNDP Nigeria, the Security Sector Analyst will be responsible for the following tasks:

Provides technical analyses for designing and implementation of the interventions for Output 1-  Security and Rule of Law under Stabilization Facility of Nigerian Window:

  • Support analysis of security situation of the North East region of Nigeria and identify strategic areas of support for UNDP in areas of security, Civil-Military coordination, and rule of law under Nigerian Window of Stabilization Facility;
  • Ensures the integration of cross-cutting issues, such as gender, peace building, human rights and resilience into stabilization and crisis response;
  • Regularly Monitor and update a dynamic conflict analysis of North-East Nigeria and ensure that this analysis shapes engagement with government and security agencies and UNDP decisions on project deployment and implementation of Nigerian Window of Stabilization Facility;
  • Support a coordination mechanism on security for the facility, and when required facilitate meetings in each State;
  • Assist in designing a detailed implementation plan of the identified interventions in consultation with the respective stakeholders, such as the government bodies, security actors, UN agencies, NGOs, and local communities;
  • Support the development of project implementation methodologies and coordination mechanisms for Output 1 of Nigeria Window of the Stabilization Facility in accordance with UNDP’s rules and regulations;
  • Support the Stabilization Facility team in developing plans for immediate stabilisation interventions and delivery in specific locations, working closely with local government and security agencies;
  • Identify priority intervention opportunities for strengthening government and community capacity and function for security and rule of law to respond the needs of the affected populations and ensure synergies with other components of the Stabilization Facility and other relative programmes/projects in North East Region of Nigeria;
  • Support civilian law enforcement providers in regard to proposed scope of cooperation between each Agency and the Facility (Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Immigration, Customs etc);
  • Promote community engagement to enhance security and safety in the target areas.

Provides policy analyses and capacity building support to the Government of Nigeria at Federal and State levels, military forces, law enforcement actors as well as local communities and facilitate knowledge sharing support with Stabilization Facility, UNDP and UN agencies, NGOs/CSOs, development partners other key stakeholders on the issues of security, civil-military coordination, and rule of law:

  • Assist in building solid relationships with key national partners and identifies institutional development and capacity building opportunities and priorities, where relevant, for security, civil-military coordination and rule of law;
  • Support systematic and effective security analysis, project site situation monitoring, including regular field visits and report the findings and recommendations to UNDP senior management, Head of Stabilization Facility, and Project Board and/or Steering Committee meetings;
  • Facilitate technical engagement with local stakeholders, including state government, Nigerian military and police, LGA leaders and CJTF to communicate and encourage ownership and further development of the overall approach to stabilization
  • Support and facilitate needs assessment of the law enforcement agencies in regard to priority Facility investments to allow them to fulfil functions agreed by Security Planning Groups;
  • Support the conduct of conflict and political assessments in NE Region as well as Monitoring & Evaluation exercises in the field.
  • Promote strategic coordination and partnerships with the key actors, including donors, government officials, community leaders and the academics for successful implementation of the project activities and policy advocacy, including mobilization of resources and support
  • Facilitate coordination with the Nigerian military (and military actors from other supportive nations) as well as other relevant security actors, including the security focal points in UNDSS and UN agencies to ensure regular and effective CIMIC coordination and deconfliction

Provides security and safety guidance analyses for programming and activity implementation of Nigerian Window of Stabilization Facility:

  • Provide security policy guidance and security management advice on Nigerian Window of Stabilization Facility in North-East Region of Nigeria to UNDP senior management team, enabling continuation or resuming of programme activities as security situation permits within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of security into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery in North East region of Nigeria through substantive monitoring of ongoing and future projects and programmes providing innovative and proactive support, direction and solutions where required.
  • Review the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on UNDP planning, programme design and delivery of the Nigeria Window of Stabilization Facility and UNDP project in North-East region, as well as the possible impact that programme design might have on the stability and security, ensuring that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented.
  • Liaise with military authorities at all levels in regard to enhancing CIMIC mechanism for the target areas

Impact of Results:

  • The key results have impact on effective positioning of UNDP among security sector actors in NE Nigeria. The results will provide opportunity for UNDP’s Stabilisation Facility in promoting effective civil-military coordination, which provides enabling environment for the implementation of programme interventions.

Required Skills and Experience

  • University Degree (Master degree or Bachelor’s Degree/Equivalent) or higher, preferably in Social Science, Business or Public Administration, International Relations, Peace Studies, Political Science, or a related security field or formal multi-year deduction in Security Management, such as military or police, Junior Command and Staff College (minimum 9 months full time) qualification with command experience.


  • Depending of the degree 2 or 5 years working on international peace and security issues, ideally with direct experience of stabilisation programme design and implementation
  • Experience of working in conflict environments, ideally in support of local government or security providers in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Experience of leading planning and the technical development of peace and security interventions, ideally at a sub-national level
  • Relevant experience working in peace and security, in close coordination with security/police sector in Nigeria
  • Experience of civil-military relations and engagement with security actors, local government and civil society is an asset
  • In-depth experience of security management and risk management.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)

Innovation – Ability to make new and useful ideas work:

  • Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify issues, underlying problems and how they relate
  • Contributes creative, practical ideas and approaches to deal with challenging situation
  • Strives for quality client-centered services (internal/external) when making decisions and taking actions

Leadership – Ability to persuade others to follow:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills required
  • Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities, report on work progress and delivery outputs in a punctual manner
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Sets clear performance goals and standards; execute responsibilities accordingly

People Management – Ability to improve performance and satisfaction:

  • Ability to plan own work, manage conflicting priorities, report on work progress and delivery outputs in a punctual manner
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Communication – Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform:

  • Strong communication (spoken and written) skills and ability to articulate ideas in a clear, concise style
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills

Delivery – Ability to get things done:

  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage transactions, financial analysis and reporting

Result-Based Management:

  • Experience on result-based project management, M&E and reporting
  • Experience on capacity and functional building support for crisis management and coordination in the governments
  • Understanding project implementation cycle and relations between programme and operations departments during project implementation
  • Experience on partnership building and resource mobilization for crisis response and early recovery projects

Government Capacity Building:

  • Experience on capacity and functional building support for crisis management and coordination in the governments
  • Experience in developing national frameworks and institutions for disaster and crisis management

Communications and Interpersonal Skills:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to foster good working relations with various persons, good working knowledge of information and computer technology.
  • Understanding the challenges of working in a multi-cultural environment and working in  a  crisis setting
  • Excellent writing skills in English. Proficiency in French is an asset.


  • Knowledge Management – Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge:
  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence
  • Uses ICT and web-based management systems effectively as a tool and resource
  • Is motivated & demonstrates a capacity to pursue personal developments & learn.

Partnership Management:

  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to motivate staff and mobilize colleagues and partners in the best interest of achieving results;

Stress Management:

  • Ability to work under pressure and oversee and manage multiple activities and processes simultaneously and Ability to make difficult priorities and sharpen focus to achieve results

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in Kanuri, Hausa, or other local languages spoken in the NE region is an asset.

Deadline: 7th October, 2019. (Midnight New York, USA)

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

Important Applicant Information

  • All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.
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