Security Coordination Officer

Employer: United Nations ( DPKO )
Location: Brindisi Italy
Deadline: 15 November 2016



• This position is open through to 30 June 2017.

• The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

• 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: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Section of the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC). Under the general supervision of the Director (D2), the incumbent reports to the Chief Central Service (P5). As Chief Safety and Security Officer, the incumbent manages safety and security personnel in both mission locations (Brindisi, Italy and Valencia, Spain).


Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief Safety and Security Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Manages and coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Section;
• Prepares the draft of security plan, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the plan.
• Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and all other UN agencies deployed in the area of operations to ensure maximum security coordination.
• Serves as a member of the Security Management Team, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the security plan.
• Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN staff and project personnel on potential security problems.
• Maintains an ongoing evaluation of air and land evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, fuel supply and assessable roads.
• Ensures that fire detection devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises. Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary.
• Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities, issuance of identity cards, if possible background checks, and entry control.
• Provides advice and training to staff and dependents on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to minimize burglar intrusions when applicable.
• Maintains dialogue with local authorities, community leaders and international institutions such as Red Cross/Red Crescent in the event of natural disasters.
• Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly; arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.
• Investigates accidents involving UN vehicles and prepares report of findings.
• Investigates security-related incidents involving UN staff members and project personnel.
• Assumes responsibility for guard force management.
• Maintains protection detail for senior officials as necessary.
• Conducts security training in such subjects as the security management system, fire safety, first aid and responsibilities of the operations response unit.
• Performs other duties as assigned.Competencies

•Professionalism:
Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and divers security units; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 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; always acts ethically and with integrity.

•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.

Education

•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 diploma from a national police or military academy resulting in an appointment as a commissioned officer in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management at the rank of commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent) maybe accepted in lieu of a first level university degree.
•Completion of one or more of the following UN Department of Security and Safety (UNDSS) certification programs is desirable: Security Certification Program (SCP), Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP), Hostage Incident Management (HIM).


Work Experience

•A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in military, police or security management is required; of which
•At least two years of progressively responsible experience in security operations center within a military, police or security organization is required.
•At least two years of experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
•At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required.
•Desirable experience: management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management.


Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.


Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by interview.

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