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Field Security Coordinator (Deputy Chief)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-31

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• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO's values
• FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
• All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
• FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

Organizational Setting
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through its Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.
The FAO Security Services (CSLS) aim to assure a safe and secure operating environment and ensure continuity of operations in FAO headquarters and Decentralized Offices, by protecting the integrity of premises and assets and the security of personnel and other subjects present in the FAO headquarters and Decentralized Offices from harmful acts and accidents or natural and technological hazards.

The position is located in Security Services (CSLS) in the Logistics Services Division (CSL) at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting Lines
The Field Security Coordinator (Deputy Chief) reports to the Chief, CSLS.

Technical Focus
Field security management and coordination.

Key Results
In line with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, effectively plans, implements and evaluates safety and security system to ensure the safety and security of FAO staff, project personnel and eligible dependants in field duty stations.

Key Functions
• Assists and advises the Chief, Security Services in ensuring the safety and security of FAO personnel, premises and assets;
• Plans, coordinates and leads concurrently several safety and security-related activities carried out worldwide and provides technical leadership on United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures;
• Ensures timely review and implementation of Security Risk Management (SRM) processes, compliance with SRM measures/Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and Residential Security Measures (RSM) and other relevant requirements of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) security policies and procedures, to enable the continued delivery of FAO programmes while ensuring the safety and security for FAO personnel and premises;
• Analyses global and country specific requirements and coordinates safety and security arrangements with Representatives of FAO at the Country, Subregional and Regional levels; provides safety and security-related policy advice/support to Decentralized Offices; maintains a liaison mechanism with UN Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) as well as other UNSMS bodies;
• Monitors field security-related budgets, resources and assets, and oversee the performance of security contractors, if applicable;
• Oversees and reviews research/analysis activities to support the development of safety and security-related standards, international instruments, technical reports, publications;
• Ensures timely development and review of Security Plans and their integral components, including, but not limited to, contingency and crisis response plans, standard operating procedures, emergency communications, warden systems and staff lists;
• Plans, organizes and participates in capacity development activities involving knowledge sharing, training workshops, seminars and meetings, as well as oversees the development of related materials, publications, reports and on-line tools and information kits ensuring that all FAO personnel and their eligible family members receive required security training and briefings;
• Monitors and analyses trends of security incidents affecting FAO personnel, premises, assets and operations, identifying problems and solutions in a timely fashion;
• Performs other duties as required


Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in risk, disaster or emergency management, social/political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law or a related area.
• Seven years of experience in security and risk management including with the United Nations, government, police, military, public and/or private sector context, with experience in field operations in the international context.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish).

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions, is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of experience, as well as ability, in managing safety and security operations in the field, implementing a wide range of security management policies and procedures, managing crisis situations and contingencies.
• Knowledge of the UNSMS and understanding of field security issues.
• Knowledge of Headquarters security operations including physical security, guards’ management, management of access control and conference security management.
• Proven managerial, leadership and coordination abilities.
• Demonstrated experience and skills to deal with Host Country Government officials and senior officials in the international community.
• Demonstrated sound judgement, ability to make responsible operational decisions in a timely fashion.
• Limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of Italian language is desirable.
• Completed UNDSS Security Certification, Intermediate Training and Hostage Incident Management Programmes is desirable.
• Experience in conducting security training activities (SSAFE, Emergency Trauma Bag, and Security Focal Point training) is desirable.

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