Senior Security Coordination Officer

Employer: United Nations
Location: New York
Closing: 04 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 56229

Special Notice

Applicants from troop- and police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. The post is funded for a one year period.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in office of the Chief of Staff of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS). The Senior Security Coordination Officer reports to the Chief of Staff.

DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations. DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.


The Senior Security Coordination Officer serves as the DPKO/DFS Focal Point for Security and Safety. Through the Chief of Staff, the incumbent advises the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support on the implementation of departmental policies and procedures on security and field safety (occupational), risk management and organizational resilience management for DPKO and DFS and the missions they direct and support in the field. As a shared DPKO/DFS resource, the Senior Security Coordination Officer coordinates with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Security Focal Point on security and safety-related measures for personnel deployed in DPA-led field missions.

The Senior Security Coordination Officer interacts with all DPKO and DFS organizational units, including the Office of Operations, the Office of Military Affairs, the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (including the Police Division) and the Divisions of the Department of Field Support to ensure that provisions for the full implementation of UN security and safety risk management policies are made in a timely and effective manner, and to ensure coordination between the military, police and civilian components on security and safety policies. On behalf of the Chief of Staff, s/he represents DPKO and DFS in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) Steering Group, both plenary sessions and working groups, ensuring appropriate consultation on policy documents with all DPKO/DFS stakeholders. The Senior Security Coordination Officer contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on the implementation of security policies, practices and issues in DPKO-led field missions. In coordination with DSS, the Senior Security Coordination Officer undertakes or participates, as required, in security assessment missions in the field, including technical assessment missions and pre-deployment missions, with a primary focus on the coordination of security and safety issues between military, police and civilian components, and with relevant DSS officials.

The Senior Security Coordination Officer leads and manages a Section responsible for the production and maintenance of the DPKO/DFS Headquarters Business Continuity Plan and provides assistance to DPKO-led missions in the development of their business continuity plans, in accordance with Secretariat-wide policies and the specific operational requirements of DPKO and DFS. The Section also: assists DPKO-led missions to integrate and harmonize their emergency management plans under the Secretariat’s Organizational Resilience Management System; and, coordinates field safety risk management for DPKO-led missions, collecting and analyzing safety incident data and providing safety best practices and training to field missions. The Senior Security Coordination Officer forecasts, plans and manages the Section’s human and financial resources.


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the operational security and safety risk management as well as emergency management issues in the field of peacekeeping. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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; and, remains calm in stressful situations.

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; and, uses time efficiently to ensure that goals and deadlines are met.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify; 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.

Managerial Competences:

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 improvement; does not accept the status quo; and, shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Judgement/ Decision-making: identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information and 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; and, makes tough decisions when necessary.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, management, public administration, international affairs, law or related area 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 10 years of progressively responsible experience in security management with an international organization is required. Experience in security risk management within an international organization is desirable. Experience in a UN peacekeeping or other field operations is desirable. Experience in occupational safety and organizational resilience (crisis management and business continuity) is desirable.


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 a second UN language is desirable.Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants 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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