Chief Security Officer , Cyprus

Employer: United Nations
Duty Station: NICOSIA Cyprus
Closing: 15 March 2016
Job Opening Number: 57025

Special Notice

This temporary position is available with a start date as soon as possible until 7 November 2016, with the possibility of extension.

Notes:•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.•Please note that 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.•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Section of UNFICYP. The Chief Security Officer reports directly to the Head of Mission, and in his/her capacity as UNDSS Security Advisor to the Designated Official. S/he is the senior UN security professional on the island and as such heads the UN security capacity in Cyprus.


Within delegated authority, the Chief Security Officer is responsible for the following duties: Reviews and monitors activities related to preparation and submission of security plans for the mission area including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.

•Performs as Chief of the Security Section of the mission and its senior supervisor.
•Advises the Head of Mission and Designated Official with regard to all security-related matters and participates in discussions and development of policies and procedures for security operations, contributing inputs related to assigned areas of responsibility.
•Establishes lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination.
•Serves as member of the Security Management Team (SMT), the Mission Senior Management Group (SMG) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security and other plans and other aspects of security and mission operations.
•Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants to follow appropriate preventative steps.
•Establishes air, land and sea reception and evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of required assets.
•Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions.
•Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.
•Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependants on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.
•Establishes and maintains dialogue with local authorities and international institutions for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters.
•Ensures availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly. Arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.
•Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependants.
•Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned.
•Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP’s as necessary.
•Conducts and supervises security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness.Competencies

Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment. Ability to deal effectively with stress factor when encountered in security management. Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management. 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 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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
•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.

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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field.
• 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in security management is required.
• Experience of at least two years in a UN Field Mission is required. Ideally this should have been gained in a UN Security, military or police context.
• Experience in a security management capacity in a UN Field Mission is highly desirable.
• Experience in working with senior UN officials in the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) is desirable.


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

Evaluation of qualified candidates 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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