Security Coordination Officer , South Sudan

Employer:United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei
Location: Abyei , South Sudan
Closing : 4 November 2015

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in United Nation Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Security Coordination Officer at P-3 level reports to the Chief Security Office (CSO) on all issues related to Security Operations.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer at P-3 level may be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Security Coordination Officers.)
• Supervises a Security unit, as assigned by the CSO and assumes OiC Security while CSO is out of office;
• Serves as member of SMT/ASMT and Security Cell, where applicable;
• Assists higher level Security Coordination Officers in the management of the Security Section, prepares inputs for the work program of the unit, determines priorities and allocates resources, monitors performance, determines security resource requirements and prepares inputs for results-based budgeting;
• Develops and implements Security Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) applicable to his/her unit operations and participates in the development of the Security Plans to preserve the safety and security of all UN personnel, assets and operations;
• Prepares, develops, updates, implements and ensures that functioning and effective security and contingency plans relevant of the unit’s expertise or, as required
• Develops/drafts, review/updates Security Risk Assessments within the mission area;
• Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with security focal points, UN personnel, Host Government authorities, as well as Military and Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters;
• Provides training and advice to his/her unit’s personnel on security matters;
• Acts as a focal point for security information flow on issues of assignment;
• Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifies potential threats and advises UN personnel to follow appropriate preventive steps;
• Acts as a member of a Crisis Management Team in crisis situations, ensures crisis preparedness and timely coordinates emergency and crisis situations response in a timely manner;
• Monitors air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action; Assesses evacuation resources availability and submits request to cover the need;
• Monitors accessible areas, maintains tracking systems, establishes and coordinates an efficient 24-hour Emergency Response System (ERS);
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary.
• Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; Coordinates implementation of security arrangements by the guard force management, as recommended by the security risk assessments;
• Coordinates development of Principal Security Risk Assessment and implementation of recommended mitigating measures; assigns protective services for Senior United Nations Officials or visiting VIP’s as necessary;
• Performs as Duty Officer in the SIOC (Operations and or Information);
• Obtain, study and implement all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN);
• Performs other duties as directed by the CSO, such as SSIRS database in UNSMIN.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Security personnel, United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) including field personnel and desk officers at the Peace Operations Support Section (POSS) at UNDSS headquarters;
• Security personnel, Department of Peacekeeping Operations including the DPKO-DFS Focal Point for Security at Headquarters;
• Security personnel, Agencies, Funds and Programs operating in the mission’s area of responsibility and/or other field missions.
• Military and Civilian Police Officers.
• Project Managers and other Project personnel.


Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and divers security units; 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; always acts ethically and with integrity.

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.

Judgment and Decision-making:
Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social science or international relations with focus on security management;
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
• A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent).
UNDSS Security Certification Program (SCP) and / or UNDSS Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP) Certification is/are and advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which;
• At least three years of progressively experience in Security Operations Center or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required.
• At least two years of experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required.
• Desirable experience: management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict or post-conflict and multicultural environment.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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