International / Multinational

Security Specialist, P3 at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Specialist, P3

Job no: 535191
Location: Abuja
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-3
Categories: Security

For Every Child, Security

  • In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with government, civil society, children and families.  UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:

How can you make a difference?

  • The position is established to provide operational security support to all field offices in Nigeria. The incumbent will be based in Abuja, however, will be expected to undertake frequent travel to all field-offices in Nigeria in order to assist implementation of programmes across the country.
  • The security situation on ground requires an experienced security specialist to function as an advisor with regards to maintaining safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members; premises and assets in the area of responsibility in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks
Act the advisor on staff safety and security to heads of field offices:

  • Liaison with UNDSS, Security professionals of other Agencies, Funds & Programmes:
  • In collaboration with the UNICEF programme and communication, provide relevant analysis for integration into the planning and execution of all activities.
  • Please refer to the attached job description for more informationDownload File TOR – Security Specialist Nigeria P-3 08 OCT 2020.pdf

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

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Security Management, Business Administration, Political / Social Science, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Law, International Relations or a related field is required.
  • Of these, at least 2 years of international experience in security operations is required.
  • Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two years of added qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
  • Fluency in English and basic knowledge of French is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

For Every Child, You Demonstrate
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (2)


  • Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS.
  • Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts orally.
  • Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others.
  • Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines in work situations.

View our competency framework at

Deadline: 27th October, 2020.

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


  • 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.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection.

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