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Security Policy Specialist

New York City

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed
Background
 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
 
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
 
Reporting to the Director - Security Office (SO), the Policy Specialist leads the development, maintenance, and promulgation of relevant UNSMS and UNDP security policies within UNDP. The incumbent, through a keen understanding of security policies, ensures security considerations are mainstreamed in UNDP corporate policies and security policies support and enable the activities of UNDP. In line with the Security Office Communications Strategy, the incumbent also leads the development of prescriptive content on relevant UNDP and SO platforms. The incumbent serves as the supervisor of the Security Coordination Associate (G-7).
 
The incumbent, through a keen understanding of security policies, ensures security considerations are mainstreamed in UNDP corporate policies and security policies support and enable the activities of UNDP. In line with the Security Office Communications Strategy, the incumbent leads the development of prescriptive content on relevant UNDP and SO platforms
 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
1. Security Policy Development & Maintenance
  • Develops security policies/procedures, reflecting latest developments in the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and changes in UNDP operating posture and environment;
  • Prepares the Annual Security Content Workplan to be reflected in the Annual Compendium of New and Revised Policies and Procedures;
  • Leads the process of regular review/revision of extant security policy documents;
  • Ensure the inclusion of effective and people centered security risk management approaches in policy maintenance including mainstreaming gender, disability, and other inclusivity related considerations;
  • Establish and maintain mechanisms to support information flow on best practices and lessons learned contributing to policy development and in support of the policy feedback loop;
  • Represents UNDP in interagency and external fora on security policy, contributing inputs/feedback from a UNDP perspective, as guided by the SO Director;
  • Prepare and provide substantive inputs and analysis towards the preparation and coordination of briefing notes and background materials for the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) and other relevant fora in close collaboration with the SO team.
2. Support to Organizational resilience efforts
  • Contribute to UNDP’s policy development, by ensuring security considerations are mainstreamed in UNDP’s corporate policies and processes including but not limited to programme and project management, Enterprise Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Business Continuity Management;
  • Represents the Security Office in internal fora contributing inputs/feedback from a security perspective, as guided by the SO Director;
  • Provide substantive contributions to the Director on policy development and implementation initiatives in support of strengthening the SO’s ability to deliver effective results.

3. Interpretation and advisory support to clients/stakeholder on UNDP security policies:

  • Advises and provides support in planning, developing, analyzing, communicating, and enhancing the understanding of security management concepts, policies, guidelines;
  • Guides clients/colleagues in the interpretation and application of UNSMS and UNDP security policies, providing timely responses to queries, and working towards full compliance/implementation;
  • Maintains effective coordination, and consults with relevant actors locally, across units and UN agencies to ensure policy development incorporates best practices and lessons from the field.

4. Prescriptive Content and Knowledge Management

  • Maintains the security page on the Programme Operations, Policies and Procedures (POPP) platform and the SO SharePoint and ensure that policies are updated, accurate and in the prescribed format for publishing;
  • Keep an up-to-date library of knowledge on security policies and proactively share documents with team members;
  • Contribute to the development and review of knowledge products in close coordination with the SO team by analyzing and sharing lessons learnt.

5. Internal and external communications and related products within SO.

  • Prepare and ensure implementation of the SO’s communication strategy and specific action plans;
  • Interface with relevant BMS/BERA Communication teams to ensure support for SO and other corporate communication activities.

6. Support provision of training on security policy/SOPs:

  • Prepare and ensure implementation of the SO’s communication strategy and specific action plans;
  • Interface with relevant BMS/BERA Communication teams to ensure support for SO and other corporate communication activities
Competencies

Core competencies - UNDP Core Competencies can be found here.

  • Achieve Results - LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively - LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously - LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility - LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination - LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner - LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion - LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

People Management Competencies - UNDP People Management Competencies can be found here.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • System Thinking - Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
  • Risk Management- Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks.
  • Communication- Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience.
  • Security Information Management- Analytical capabilities to process diverse security information and develop recommendations.
  • Security crisis management and response- Ability to assess threats and risks, identify and oversee implementation of mitigation measures, including ability to design and test security plans
  • Security advice, planning and coordination- Ability to provide with authoritative advice and guidance on security management, plan and coordinate security activities.
  • Security policy awareness and implementation- Knowledge of  security policy concepts and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Advanced University Degree in Security Management, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline. A first level university degree, with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience or the completion of Senior Police/ Military Command and Staff Course may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Successful completion of UNDSS Security Certification Programme;
  • Formal training in Security Information Analysis highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of concepts on Enterprise Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety and Business Continuity Management desirable.
Experience:
  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience in security management gained in public, private or corporate environments;
  • Extensive experience in developing and providing substantive contributions to security policies and procedures; 
  • Experience in security information analysis is an asset; 
  • Experience working on, and participating in inter/intra agency forums reviewing, UNSMS policies, highly desirable.

Language:

  • Fluency in the English language is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

 

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
 
Disclaimer
 
 
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 
 
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
 
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