Security Coordination Officer

Employer: United Nations
Location: New York
Deadline 16 December 2016

Job Opening Number: 16-Security-DSS-67655-R-New York (X)


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

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The Division of Regional Operations (DRO) serves as the safety and security focal point for the field duty stations, providing primary operational and technical support. The Division is responsible for daily security coordination with the field. The advertised position is located in the Europe and Americas Desk, DRO. 

The incumbent reports to the Chief, Europe and Americas Desk.Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Chief Europe and Americas Desk, in the Division of Regional Operations (DRO), Department of Safety and Security (DSS), the Security Coordination Officer (SCO) will perform the following duties:

1. Monitors, researches and assesses all factors on the state of UN security in assigned geographic area; monitors the state of security preparedness of Designated Officials (DOs), Security Management Teams (SMTs), and Chiefs/Security Advisers (C/SAs) on a continual basis and updates the real-time security information system; Establishes and conducts regular contacts and dialogs with each C/SAs, drafting reports and analyzing developments in UN security; Assists in developing options to cope with those situations; Analyzes accumulated information and maintains a continuous picture of evolving global, regional or local political events affecting the security of UN personnel and dependents in the assigned area; Monitors predictive indicators and early warning type information; Monitors and maintains UN Country Security Management Team meeting minutes and Chiefs/Security Advisers (C/SAs) security update reports for assigned countries.

2. Prepares and submits periodic and incidental reports for senior management; Submits a daily security report to the Chief Desk which covers significant events and trends in assigned countries; Prepares briefs, notes, reports, studies, after-action reports and recommendations on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making; Conducts Desk review/audit of mandatory security reports submitted from the field, such as Security Risk Assessments (SRA), Country Security Plans (CSP), Security Level System (SLS), Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS), and security incident reports (SIRSS); Collates data inputs for the periodic trends of mandatory reports. Prepares after action reports following all incidents.

3. Monitors security related preparedness and compliance of duty stations and in this regard monitors the security planning and preparedness of DOs, SMTs, C/SAs, and provides relevant guidance and advice; Promotes information exchange with and among various duty stations to avoid common problems; Undertakes security missions, as required, to field duty stations, including in high risk locations, to perform security assessment and to assist DOs, SMTs and C/SAs avoid common implementation problems.

4. Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff; Acts on behalf of Desk Chief in his/her absence and takes appropriate action as required; Makes recommendations to the Desk Chief on courses of action and appropriate responses as required.Competencies

Professionalism: In depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UN security management system. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. 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; 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.

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.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others and 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.Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Risk Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. Senior command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. A minimum of 2 years international field experience in peacekeeping, UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required.Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


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