Jan 14, 2020

Field Security Coordination Officer, P3 (Temp), DR Congo

Employer: : UN Department of Safety and Security
Location: : Bunia , DR Congo

Deadline - 19 January 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Security-DSS-129898-J-Bunia (O)

Field Security Coordination Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)

Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) 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 Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO) reports to the Emergency Response Security Coordination Officer (ERSCO). The advertised position is located in Bunia, and may be assigned by the Principal Security Adviser for the DRC to serve at other duty stations within DRC as per the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response operational requirements. The duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as "E" hardship and non-family. The candidate may also be required to undertake frequent visits to other areas within DRC in line with operational needs.


Within delegated authority, the FSCO will assist the ERSCO to fulfill the following tasks and responsibilities:

• Security Operations: assist in the coordination and provision of security support to the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) and the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response operations;
• Security Planning: Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Security Advisories: assist to prepare and maintain all planning documents in accordance with the UN Security Policy Manual;
• Security Assessments and Advisories: assist in the preparation of Security Risk Assessments (SRA), Structured Threat Assessments, security surveys; and security advisories;
• Staff Lists /Warden System: maintain, in cooperation with UNSMS member organizations updated staff lists, including visiting missions and consultants; establish separate warden systems for international and national personnel;
• Crisis Management and Incident Response: assisting the ERSCO, ASC and ASMT on crisis management and incident response; respond to all security related incidents involving UN staff, including medical evacuations; support hostage incident management;
• SRM Measures: assisting UNSMS organizations in implementing and reporting on compliance;
• Security Communications System" (SCS): efficient and effective supervision of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) and conducting UNSMS personnel tracking and routine radio checks, where applicable;
• Premises Security: assisting UNSMS organizations in developing and implementing premises security measures, including access control, safe haven construction, vehicular stand-off distance; selection/supervision of guards; fire safety and building evacuation, operational procedures and periodical drills and exercises;
• Security Reporting: update the ERSCO (daily), ASC and CSO (as appropriate) on security developments and immediately report all significant security incidents to the FSCO;
• Arrests and Detentions: provide support to the staff/dependent and liaise with host country officials as directed by the ERSCO/CSA and ASC;
• Investigations: conduct initial fact finding related to significant security incidents, e.g. death of a staff /family member under suspicious and/or unclear circumstances;
• Training: provide security training to the ASMT members, Area Security Coordinator, wardens, staff and humanitarian personnel;
• Collaboration with INGOs: collaborate with INGOs as per SLT Framework on information sharing, logistics and operational arrangements, security training (as per SLT framework);
• Handover/Debrief: conduct comprehensive handover or debriefing to ERSCO/PSA as required. Written handover notes to be submitted to the ERSCO/PSA at least 5 working days prior to departure. Provide a mission report to the ERSCO/PSA and UNDSS Division of Regional Operations within 15 days following mission completion.
• Performs other related duties, as required.


• Professionalism: In depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. 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. 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; 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
Of these, at least 2 years of international experience in security operations is required.
Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is taking efforts to improve gender parity, including full implementation of the UN-wide, and Departmental Gender Strategies. We are committed to providing an inclusive culture and exciting opportunities for women in the security and operations field.

The advertised position is located in Bunia. Due to operational requirements, this position may be redeployed at any time to another location.

The duration for this temporary job opening is through 31 August 2020, with the possibility of extension. The position is funded by an extra-budgetary project grant administered by UNDP. Therefore, the selected candidate may be given an appointment through UNDP. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof is subject to the availability of the funds, budgetary approval and/or extension of the mandate. Accordingly, the appointment will be temporary for the duration of the grant. Subject to the funding source of the position and the urgency to fill this role, this temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates. Applying to this temporary job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer with a maximum of 30 days for deployment, if selected.

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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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/2010/4 Rev.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 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 reemployment 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.

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.The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuance 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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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