Aug 20, 2015

Security Coordination Officer, New York

Employer: DSS Department Of Safety and Security (United Nations)
Location: New York
Grade: P-3
Closing date: Saturday, 29 August 2015

Organizational Setting and Reporting
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.This position is located in the Division of Security and Safety Services (DHSSS), and the incumbent reports to the Director of DHSSS.

Under the overall supervision of the DHSSS Director, the incumbent is responsible for monitoring, researching and assessing factors
regarding security and safety of United Nations (UN) system staff in the assigned duty stations; monitoring security preparedness of duty stations; preparing reports of security-matters; deploying as required to the field to undertake security assessments, crisis management, and performing other tasks as assigned.In particular the Security Coordinator Officer will be responsible for the following
Monitors and researches all factors on the state of UN security in his/her assigned duty station. At the direction of his/her supervisor and in coordination with colleagues, monitor the state of security preparedness of the Security and Safety Service/Section on a continuing basis using information from multiple sources to establish and update the real-time 'security information system'; Establishes regular contacts with the duty stations, taking reports and analyzing developments in UN security; Researches current collateral security information from media, country missions and other sources on a daily basis; Analyzes accumulated information and maintains a continuous picture of evolving global, regional or local political events affecting the security of UN staff in the duty station; Monitors predictive indicators and early warning type information; Conducts periodic dialogue with each SSS Chief/Deputy Chief, discussing situations and assisting them in developing options to cope with those situations; Identifies security, crime, political and military trends that would increase risk to UN staff in the assigned duty stations.

Prepares and submits periodic and incidental reports for senior management; Submits a daily verbal and/or written security developments report to his/her supervisor which covers significant events and trends in the duty stations assigned to him/her; Upon direction, he/she prepares first draft briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendation on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making; Accumulates data input for period trend reports, such as the Quarterly Incidents Report as well as Headquarters Minimum Operating Security Standards (H-MOSS) associated reports; and prepares first draft after-action reports following all incidents.
Monitors security-related preparedness and compliance of duty stations. At the direction of his/her supervisor and in coordination with colleagues, monitors the security planning and preparedness of Security and Safety Service/Section, including: Assesses whether all duty stations have current Security Plans and that they cover all aspects required; provides guidance and advice on how and when to prepare/update the Plans; Determines if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems; Checks that the information contained in Security Plans has been properly distributed to all staff and that key individuals are aware of and capable of performing all required actions; and Undertakes or participates in security missions, as required, to all duty stations, including high risk, to perform security assessments or to assist the SSS Chiefs; ensures that security officers' training programmes comply with the standards and operational requirements.
Coordinates and collaborates with UNSMS and UNDSS stakeholders concerning the planning of the security arrangements for special events; ensure proper coordination and provision of specialized security support to major external events and conferences.
Performs other assignments as required.

Professionalism: Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement security operations in the field; ability to expeditiously learn, understand and implement a wide range of United Nations security management policies and procedures; 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 communications; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organising: 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.

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 (Master's Degree or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency 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 experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) 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. Command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. Field experience in Security Management System within the United Nations or similar International Organizations is desirable. Experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an 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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