Dec 5, 2015

Chief Security Officer , Africa

Employer: United Nations
Location : Laayoune (Western Sahara)
Closing: 29 December 2015

Job Opening Number: 51442

Special Notice
Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Referendum Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Laayoune. The Chief Security Officer (CSO) at P-4 level reports on all security operations coordination, security administration and security operational support matters directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. A technical line of communication for all security operations coordination is maintained with the UN Department of Safety and Security, Peacekeeping Operations Support Section (POSS).

Within the delegated authority, the incumbent would be responsible for the following duties: Serves as member of Security Management Team (SMT) and Security Cell, assisting the Head of Mission in development and implementation of Security Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Security Plans to preserve the safety and security of UN personnel, assets and operations; Manage the Security Section and carry out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including, preparing inputs for the work programme of the Section, determining priorities and allocating resources, monitoring performance, determination of security resource requirements and preparing inputs for results-based budgeting; Prepares, develops, updates, implements and ensures that there are functioning and effective security and contingency plans for the mission, or a designated country, or a geographic area where UN personnel, assets and operations are present; Contributes to security risk assessments of locations within the mission area; Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with security focal points, UN personnel, including Agencies, Funds and Programmes (AFP's) and Implementing Partners, Host Government authorities, as well as Military and Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters; Provides training and advises mission personnel on security matters, as well as determining and recommending the need for such resources; 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; Acts as a member of a Crisis Management Team in crisis situations; ensures crisis preparedness and timely coordinate emergency and crisis situations response; Determines 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; Obtains, studies and implements all security policy promulgated by the Inter- Agency Security Management Network (IASMN). Ensures availability of emergency communications systems by making periodic checks to determine if the system is functioning properly: arrange for necessary repairs or adjustments; Develop and maintain a warden system in accordance with relevant policy. Performs other duties as directed by the Head of Mission, or delegated authority;Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Head of Field Mission, Designated Official for Safety and Security, Chief Mission Support and Directors; Security personnel, United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS); 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 and Civilian Police Officers; Project Managers and other Project personnel; Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel.

• Professionalism:
Knowledge and mastery of the substantive field of work in the specific area of occupational safety management; Strong research skills, including the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources; 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. 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 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.

• Leadership:
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; Empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; Drives for change and improvements; Does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• An advanced university degree (Masters 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 certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Occupational SafetyWork Experience
• A minimum of seven years with advanced university degree (nine years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which
• At least five years of progressively experience in security operations, or in security administration, or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
• At least two years of experience in managing multiple and divers 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.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or French is an advantage.

Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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