SECURITY COORDINATION OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]
New York City
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.
This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place.
For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit: https://www.un.org/undss/
This position is located in the Office of the Director of Regional Operations, UNDSS. The Security Coordination Officer reports to the Deputy Director of Regional Operations.
Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Serves as manager of the SRM/SSIRS unit; reviews the SRM/SSIRS systems and associated manuals, inputs to and manages the changes necessary to make improvements, and provides oversight and guidance to all stakeholders and collaborates in that regard on security risk management matters, security policies and procedures.
• Using analytical techniques and collaborative team research, supports planning and ensures awareness of trends to enhance or adjust SRMs and security incident reporting.
• Ensures the development of inclusive risk management strategies. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems determining if the appropriate security risk management measures are included in the SRMs.
• Ensures, through reviewing and assessing security planning, security risk management documents and risk management-based security solutions, that plans are in line with SRM and, if not, suggests corrective action. Provides written analysis of trends including on SRMs and the reporting of incidents. Participates in meetings, committees, and task forces, prepares papers on security issues, delivers briefings provides responses, as needed.
• Enables the delivery of mandates and programmes through guiding and advising on the appropriate use of SRM/SSIRS.
• Oversees the SRM/SSIRS unit and similar security-related projects, prioritizing work to meet deadlines and following defined processes, policies, procedures and guidance, fostering alignment with colleagues and across organizations.
• Monitors and contributes to activities that relate to the implementation and evaluation of security-related awareness, comprehension and compliance of designated areas; drives results that help support operational efficiency and effectiveness.
• Enhances awareness, understanding, communication and trust on SRM and SSIRS through active collaboration, consultation and exchanges with UN system organizations and other stakeholders, provision ofbriefings and promotes information that will enhance SRM/SSIRS across duty stations, taking into account operational activities and risks.
• Collaborates closely with peers and colleagues, at all levels, taking reports from them and analysing developments in UN security and assisting them in developing options to cope with those situations.
• Strengthens awareness and capacity of personnel by supporting the development, updates and delivery of contextually relevant security training and advice on SRM/SSIRS and related topics.
• Advises and provides guidance within DRO on the preparation and updating of SRM and SSIRS.
• Ensures the effectiveness of the SRM/SSIRS tools, creatively leveraging tools and processes, identifying and recommending simple, reasonable, inclusive, effective and efficient solutions; .
• Ensures the appropriate conduct of budget, finance and logistical processes for the unit.
• Leads and manages the SRM/SSIRS unit, anticipates human resources needs through workforce planning, assesses performance and supports the development of security personnel under his/her supervision.
• Leads or participates in UNSMS or UNDSS working group and advisory groups on SRM/SSIRS; collaborates with OICT and relevant stakeholders to ensure the updating of the SRM/SSIRS tools; collaborates with training teams to ensure that training guidance is updated and adequate.
• Undertakes security missions, as required, to duty stations, including high risk, to perform security assessments and/or to assist DOs, SMTs, P/C/SAs and FSCOs.
• Ensures implementation of departmental approaches to mainstreaming gender, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the work as well as ensuring the implementation of people-centred security risk management approaches considering specific threats or vulnerabilities of personnel and adapting practices and measures in support of diversity and inclusion.
• Makes recommendations to the Deputy Director on courses of action and appropriate responses as necessary.
• Performs other functions as directed.
Professionalism: Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and contextual intelligence. Shows openness to learning and commitment to self-development. Identifies issues, researches, collects data, demonstrates situational awareness, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and participates in the resolution of issues/problems demonstrating critical thinking, perceptiveness, judgement and decision-making. Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to security risk management and security incident reporting. Demonstrates an ability to implement policies. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is needed. Communicates complex concepts effectively both verbally and in writing. 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. Shows ability to prioritize, manage, and implement multiple high-level projects in a timely manner, even in fast-changing contexts. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Takes ownership of accountability and supports strategies to ensure compliance with all security risk management decisions and regulations. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Demonstrates respect and sensitivity towards diversity in all its forms, in all cultural, gender and religious settings. Contributes to an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in and builds trust with colleagues and stakeholders. Takes responsibility for incorporating different perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations, security management or a related field is required. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, disarmament affairs, conflict resolution, crime or terrorism prevention, security, risk or disaster or emergency management and preparedness in the public or private sector areas responsible for responding to emergency situations that directly impact security is required.
Of these, at least three (3) years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, or review of risk mitigation measures related to operations impacted by insecurity is required.
At least two (2) years of leadership experience, managing teams, is required
Two (2) years of experience in field security operations is desirable.
Three years of international experience in the United Nations security management system is desirable.
Specialized experience in such areas as training or analysis is desirable.
Experience in using applied analytics, business intelligence, information management to advance decisions, strategies and execution is desirable.
English and French are working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another UN Official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include assessment exercises which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• The duration for this temporary job opening is for a period of 364 days. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.
• The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof is subject to the availability of the project funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
• Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, 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 establishes rules and procedures.
• An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
• 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.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• 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.
• While this temporary job opening 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.
• 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. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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