Org. Setting and Reporting The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership,operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and
most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The Division of Regional Operations (DRO) serves as the safety and security focal
point for the field duty stations, providing primary operational and technical support. The Division is responsible for daily security coordination with the field. The advertised position
is located within the Division of Regional Operations (DRO). The incumbent will report to the Africa Regional Section Chief. Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Chief, of Section, the Security Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:
1. Monitors, researches and assesses all factors on the state of UN security in assigned geographic area; Monitors the state of security preparedness of Designated Officials (DOs), Security Management Teams (SMTs), and Chief/Security Advisers (C/SAs) on a continual basis and updates the real-time security information system; Establishes and maintains regular contact and dialogue with each C/SA, Assists in developing options to cope with those situations; Analyzes accumulated information and maintains a continuous picture of evolving global, regional or local political events affecting the security of UN personnel and dependants in the assigned area; Monitors predictive indicators and early warning type information; Monitors and maintains records of the SMT meeting minutes and of Field Security Coordination Officer security update reports for assigned countries.
2. Prepares and submits periodic and incidental reports for senior management: Submits to the Desk Chief a daily security report which covers significant events and trends in assigned countries; Prepares briefs, notes, reports, studies, after action reports and recommendations on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making; Conducts Desk review/audit of mandatory security reports submitted from the field, such as Security Risk Management (SRM), Security Plans (SP), Security Risk Mitigation Measures (RMM), Residential Security Measures (RSM), Local Cost Shared Security Budget (LCSSB) and security incident reports (SIRSS); Collates data inputs for the period trend of mandatory reports. Prepare after action reports following all incidents.
3. Monitors security related preparedness of duty stations and in this regard monitors the security planning and preparedness of DOs, SMTs, C/SAs, and provides relevant guidance and advice; Promotes information exchange with and among various duty stations to avoid common problems; Undertakes security missions, as required, to field duty stations, including in high risk locations, to perform security assessment and to assist DOs, SMTs and C/SAs .
4. Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff; Acts on behalf of Desk Chief in his/her absence and takes appropriate action as required; Makes recommendations to the Desk Chief on courses of action and appropriate responses as required..
5. Performs other assignments as required. Competencies Professionalism:
Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially the UN security management system. Ability to produce assessments, reports and other papers on security issues. Ability to
make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact. Ability to ensure an effective work environment to maximize productivity. Remains calm in stressful situations. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others and 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. Education Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent degree) in Security, Disaster or Emergency Management, Risk Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Work Experience A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required. A minimum of 2 years of international experience security management systems is required. At least 2 years of international experience in security operations is desirable. At least one year of field experience within a Security Management System is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Fluency in another official UN language is also desirable. Assessment Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview. Special Notice The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is taking efforts to improve gender parity, including full implementation of the UN-wide, and Departmental Gender Strategies.
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. United Nations Considerations According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
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