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SHA-Secondment UNDSS, Security Information Analyst  


Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa


Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation



Date: 06/05/2022


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Humanitarian Aid is one of the four departments of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. It is involved in protecting the interests of vulnerable population groups prior to, during and after periods of conflict, crises or natural disasters.

The Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) is the operational arm of Swiss Humanitarian Aid. Its specialists are deployed to implement projects of the SDC or its UN partners before, during and after periods of crisis or conflict.

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The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.


This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place. For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit:


This post is located in the Threat and Risk Assessment Service within the Division of Regional Operations (DRO) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as non-family duty station. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Senior Threat and Risk Assessment Officer and under the supervision of Chief of the Threat and Risk Assessment Service.




Within delegated authority, the Security Information Analyst may be responsible for the following duties:


Advises and provides guidance to Security Advisers with regards to Regional and Country specific

threats; prepares briefing materials such as periodic security threat information alerts, notices, warnings, and advisories on security threats for UNDSS senior management and UN Designated Officials; participates in development of procedures for security operations, contributing with preparation and review of security-related briefs for UN and other key decision makers related to current/significant events in various areas.


Contributes in the preparation of security plans for a designated country, or geographic area by conducting regional and country-specific threat and risk assessments for the UN encompassing:

Analyses trends of security incidents affecting the organizations of the UN System.

Identifies, through field research of threat actors, the operating environment of the UN in liaison with host governments' security interlocutors.

  • Develops security information requirements for the UN in a particular region.

  • Develops security risk assessments, assisting UNDSS Security Advisers in the field.

  • Develops strategic assessments on trends of security threats in the region for dissemination to relevant clients.

  • Prepares early warning reports and indicators on security threats, as a planning tool for UNDSS Senior Management.

  • Establishes and maintains dialog with local authorities and international institutions such as Red Cross/Red Crescent for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters.

  • Establishes lines of communication with focal points of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) for coordination of security threat assessment requirements; liaises with the Organizations of the UN System and Member States on the development of security threat information; liaises with field missions' host governments' security interlocutors to inform on threatactors and the operating environment of the UN; communicate with relevant clients to disseminateprocessed information on strategic assessments on trends of security threats in related regions.

  • Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing security conditions for region of coverage, developing technical knowledge and awareness of security threat environments, identifying probable threats bypreparation of profiles of threat actors impacting the security environment in which the UN operates, and analyzing trends of security incidents affecting the United Nations, advising on potential impacts of threats on the relevant UN staff accordingly.

  • Prepares analytical reports on security incidents in both HQ and Field locations.

  • Performs other analytical and research assignments and tasks as required.




Professionalism: Excellent knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information collection, collation and analysis; ability to develop research projects and perform detailed analysis on security threats and emerging trends; Ability to effectively communicate complex issues and defend recommendations to clients and supervisors; Ability to clearly present research findings and develop high quality reports on security matters; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors' language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.



  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in political, military or criminal science, international relations or related fields. A first-level university degree in any of these fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience

  • At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in applied military, police, or political predictive analysis is required.
  • At least two years of international experience in a multilateral organization in the field of criminology or corporate security is required.
  • Experience in the analysis of either security, crime, political, or military trends is desirable.
  • Experience in the preparation of analytical statistical reports is desirable.
  • Experience in information or intelligence analysis is desirable.

For this position fluency in English is required.


Starting date and duration of assignment: 01.07.2022 for 12 months



2G (vaccinated or cured) is highly recommended

This position is exclusively open to Swiss citizens (or Lichtenstein) or holder of a valid working permit (C permit) in Switzerland. Candidates who do not fulfil this condition will not receive response.




Isabelle Mellana

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC Humanitarian Aid
Field Resources H
Effingerstrasse 27
3003 Berne

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Type of contract: Staff (Permanent and Fixed Term)

Duration: 1 year

Macro-area: Sub-Saharan Africa

Level of experience: Senior Professional, more than 5 years

Area of work: Security and Safety / Security Risk Management

Type of organisation: Governmental Actors


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