Field Security Officer , Ukraine
Employer: United Nations
Location: Donetsk, Ukraine
Closing: 28 August 2015
THIS POSITION IS FOR A PERIOD OF 3 MONTHS, WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION, DEPENDING ON MANDATE RENEWAL AND AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed
that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission deployed by OHCHR in Ukraine and the incumbent reports directly to the Head of HRMMU and to the Senior Security Manager in OHCHR Geneva through the Field Safety and Security Coordinator.
Within limits of delegated authority, Security Officer of the HRMMU will be responsible for the following duties:
- Closely monitor security developments in Ukraine and neighbouring countries and coordinate operational aspects of the HR Monitoring Mission as per the provisions of the UN security management system;
- Lead the OHCHR Security team, including technical supervision of the Local Security Assistants (LSAs)
- Coordinate security response to Mission activities with OHCHR LSAs deployed in the country;
- Conduct staff briefings for members of the HRMMU on security preparations and country situations prior to field missions;
- Accompany staff to the field as part of special activity of the HRMMU;
- Assist Heads of the HRMMU Sub-Offices with timely security guidance and advice;
- Establish lines of communication with all other security elements of the UN Security Management System via the UN Security Cell, and other international institutions to ensure maximum security coordination;
- Prepare Security Risk Assessments for HRMMU Sub-Offices and their field operations in Ukraine;
- Develop, monitor and evaluate office physical security measures for the HRMMU field premises and establish appropriate access control procedures;
- Ensure availability and proper functioning of security-related communication systems in assigned field locations;
- Maintain up to date the security reporting system, in particular incident reports and ensures the notification of appropriate staff members;
- Arrange all security aspects of visits by senior OHCHR managers as necessary;
- Perform other security-related duties as assigned by the Head of HRMMU.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
United Nations Resident Representatives and Deputy Resident Representatives in his/her role as the Designated Official, OHCHR Senior Security Manager, Department of Safety and Security (DSS) Security Adviser, Security Officers of other UN Agencies active in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, host country security officials, including military, police officers, local officials, law enforcement and military personnel, and any other persons as necessary to ensure the safe conduct of HRMMU activities in the country.
PROFESSIONALISM – Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military or other security specialization; good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security management; ability to deal with stress factor when encountered. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. TEAMWORK - 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.
Advanced university degree (Masters’ degree or equivalent) with a focus on security management or related disciplines. A first level university degree (BA or equivalent) with a focus on security management or related disciplines in combination with a minimum of two years of qualifying working experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Also relevant would be military or police academy degree (at officer’s level) or the non-degree equivalencies as determined by the Inter Agency Security Management Network based on UN OHRM standards.
At least 5 years of relevant experience with security and crisis management, if possible in the police or military context, alternatively in companies providing security related services. Proven experience of work within UN Security Management System is desirable. A high standard of psychological and physical fitness must be maintained in order to operate under conditions which can often be of high stress. Knowledge of the region would be an asset.
Fluency in English and working level of Russian is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages would be an asset.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an eliminatory assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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