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Local Security Assistant (LSA)


Grade: G6  

Publication date: 18 NOVEMBER 2019
Application deadline (midnight local time): 2 DECEMBER 2019

Vacancy no.: RB/Colombo/GS/2019/02


Job ID: 2050 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Colombo 
Location: Colombo   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The recruitment process for General Service positions is subject to local recruitment regulations and Article 4.3 of the ILO Staff Regulations. The ILO may only offer a contract to persons who have a valid residency status .


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade.


The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives supports ILO constituents to realise decent work for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Country Office works in close collaboration with the government of Sri Lanka, employers’ and workers’ organisations, and other stakeholders, through the Decent Work Country Programme 2018-2022.

The Country Office draws technical support from specialists in the Decent Work Teams in New Delhi and Bangkok, the Regional Office in Bangkok, technical departments in Geneva and the International Training Centre in Turin.


Under the direct supervision of the Administration and Operations Officer and the overall supervision of the Country Director, the Local Security Assistant (LSA) will help ensure a safe and secure environment for efficient program delivery of the ILO operations in Sri Lanka. The successful candidate will assist in the planning, implementation, and monitoring of all appropriate security management procedures related to the safety and security of ILO staff as well as consultants/contractors, and the protection of ILO assets/facilities in Sri Lanka.


Duties and responsibilities


Liaison with Security Personnel and Guard Forces:

  • Develop a close working relationship and regularly liaise with relevant security personnel as follows:  
    • Guard forces at ILO premises in Colombo and elsewhere;
    • UN DSS and other UN Security personnel.
  • Work closely with FIELDSECURITY unit at ILO HQ in Geneva, and relevant individuals at ILO regional office in Bangkok (ROAP).

Security Reporting:

  • Perform routine monitor of the security environment in Sri Lanka, especially Colombo and provinces covered by ILO projects/other operations. Monitor daily threat reporting from UN and other sources. Ensure timely dissemination of relevant security information to all ILO personnel in Sri Lanka, as well as relevant staff in Geneva, Bangkok and Delhi where necessary.
  •  Prepare daily staff tracking and weekly reporting documents to UN DSS.
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  • Prepare security incident reports when required.
  • Assist in the briefing of new staff, consultants, and visiting ILO staff.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of security policies and procedures, including emergency and contingency plans.
  • Assist in the maintenance of security-related databases and documents, including training matrices, ID card databases, communications lists (including emergency contact numbers), and other relevant documents.

MOSS Compliance and Accountability and Maintenance of Security Equipment:

  • Maintain all emergency and security equipment to ensure proper location, condition, serviceability, and compliance with MOSS standards.
  • Maintain records of purchase, handover, and inspection of all safety and security equipment.
  • Arrange for the repair or replacement of unserviceable safety and security equipment.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, and supervision of a radio communication monitoring mechanism.

Operations Management and Administration:

  •  Assist with vehicle fleet management.
  • Facilitate visitor entry into ILO Colombo office premises.
  •  Provide security-related administrative support to ILO offices and projects, including supply, communications, logistics, and travel.
  • Undertake field security missions as required, typically in conjunction with the planned technical or managerial missions.
  • Perform any other duties as may be required by the Office.
  • Completion of secondary school education, supplemented by technical or university level courses in security management or equivalent practical experience.
  • Formal training in security management is required, preferably in a diverse range of skills (such as principles of security management, fire training, first aid, etc.). Certified UN training such as LSA, ETB, etc. will be desirable.


At least 6 years of experience in security management. Security experience within the UN system, donor-funded projects or international NGOs would be an advantage.


Excellent written and spoken command of the English language and a good knowledge of other local language/s.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

  • Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to safety and security management, with particular relevance to the ILO mandate and affiliated projects;
  • Ability to clearly formulate positions on security-related issues, to articulate options and potential solutions that convey the maximum amount of necessary information, and to offer defendable recommendations based on sound security management principles and ILO or UN policies;
  • Good research, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • Proven ability to use information technology (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet browsers, email, Skype);
  • Ability to assist in preparing reports and conduct presentations;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with people in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner;
  • Ability to liaise with senior UN or government officials;
  • Ability to apply diplomacy and tact to convey difficult and complex issues or positions;
  • High standards of ethical conduct;
  • Must demonstrate a high level of commitment and responsibility towards completing assignments efficiently, accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Ability to take initiatives. Discretion.
  • Understanding of the mission and work of the ILO and the UN system.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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