Associate Security Officer , Africa


Employer: United Nations
Location: Kenya Nairobi
Closing : 29 Dec 2015
Job Opening Number: 51450


The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services (www.unon.org). This position is located in the Safety and Security Service of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).

Under the direct supervision of the Chief and Deputy Chief, Security and Safety, the incumbent will perform the following:Responsibilities

1.Prepare a draft security plan for a specific area within the UN Complex.
2.Perform routine investigations or security assessments to ensure the safety of field staff to enter or return to a location where actual or suspected problems exist.
3.Ensure that all staff members and their dependents are kept fully informed on matters affecting their security.
4.Conduct routine security surveys of office and residential areas and premises.
5.Investigate and prepare reports on minor cases of theft, illegal entry, assault, or other incidents when the extent of the infraction is readily determinable.
6.Assist Security Officers at the senior levels in establishing policies and procedures for reviewing crisis situations and preparing contingency plans for emergencies.
7.Assist in the recruitment, training and supervision of local security officers.
8.Assist in identifying and recording United Nations assets and number of staff and dependants to be protected, and estimates number of security officers required.
9.Liaise with local authorities to discuss potential problems and plans possible methods of resolution.
10.Assist with the management of the Security and Safety Service, United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), Kenya.
11.Perform any other related duties as assigned.Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of security specialization and ability to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats and potential dangers. Ability to appraise and evaluate the security-related implications of economic, political, cultural and historical variables in the country. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

• Planning and 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.

• 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.Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field is required. 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 two (2) years' of progressively responsible experience in the military, police, security management preferably in the police or military context or related area. Prior experience in UNDSS is desirable. No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post 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 will include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.United Nations Considerations

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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