Oct 6, 2015

Security Coordination Officer , Afghanistan

Employer: United Nations
Location: Afghanistan
Salary: $137,648.1


Within the limits of delegated authority, and under the general supervision of the Senior Security Information Analyst (SSIA), the Security Information Analyst at P-4 level is responsible for the following;
• The management of information relevant to security, including collection, collation, analysis and dissemination, to be used as a decision-making and planning tool by the UN Designated Official and Security Management Team in a field mission to enhance the safety and security of UN personnel, assets and operations in the country.
• Analyzes security information, identifies trends of threats and security incidents affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations in specific countries;
• Assists in the development of specific security risk assessments for individual UN programmes and activities in countries and regions, or in preparation of rapid threat and risk assessments;

• Establishes productive partnerships and lines of communication meeting interlocutors, 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 advices mission personnel on security matters, as well as determining and recommending the need for such resources;
• Acts as a focal point for security information flow on issues of assignment; Prepares and submits reports and security analysis to senior or security managers on security threats and trends in the area of responsibility;
• Maintains continuous awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifies potential threats and advises UN staff, project personnel and eligible dependants to follow appropriate preventive steps;
• Establishes and maintains dialogue with UN focal points, local authorities and international organizations for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters and during mass casualty incidents;
• Under the direction of the CSA/CSO support the Crisis Management Team in crisis situations by providing timely, accurate and predictive analysis of emergency and crisis situations;
• Coordinates in the development and preparation of Principal Security Risk Assessment and Security Risk Assessments, implementation of recommended mitigating measures; assigns protective service for Senior United Nations Officials or visiting VIP’s as necessary;
• Obtains, studies and implements all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN).
• Performs other duties as directed by the CSA/CSO or delegated authority.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Head of Field Mission, Designated Official for Afghanistan, Senior Administrative Officers and Directors;
• United Nations Resident Coordinators (In designated countries), Deputy Resident Representative;
• 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 Programmes operating in the mission’s area of responsibility and/or other field missions,
• Military Advisors and Civilian Police Officers;
• International Military / ISAF, Embassies & Consulates
• International NGO’s / NGO’s & other international organizations and interlocutors
• Host Government officials and local law enforcement 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 diverse 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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)
• Successfully certification in the UN DSS Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP) course is desirable.
• UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme and Hostage Incident Management

Work Experience
• A minimum of seven years with advanced university degree (nine years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in security information analysis with a military, police, state, civilian information management or security management 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; and
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required; prior experience of security operations in Afghanistan would be an asset.
• 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 and post-conflict and multicultural environment.

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

Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal 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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