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Associate Security Coordination Officer


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-30

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is within the Operational Support Section of the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Under the direction of the Security Coordination Officer, the Associate Security Coordination Officer is responsible for supporting the Security Coordination Officer in the coordination and management of security and safety for IIIM offices and its field operations. With a mind-set driven by a duty of care to staff and partners at all levels, the IIIM Associate Security Coordination Officer will contribute to the required security presence across all levels of IIIM.


The role of the Associate Security Coordination Officer is to support the IIIM Security Coordination Officer in ensuring the safety and security of the Mechanism, its Staff, and its assets. As directed, the Associate Security Coordinator will be responsible for the following duties:

- Contributes to designing IIIM personnel security clearance procedures and implements related fact-finding to identify information and find facts. Based upon this, produces and submits reports to the Security Coordination Officer and conducts follow-on tasks as required.
- Prepares security analysis products for use by the Mechanism, including Security Risk Management (SRM) reports, reports on specific incidents or groups/areas relevant to the work of the Mechanism, maps security incidents relevant to the area of operation of the Mechanism, reviews content and extracts key data and text from open and internal sources.
- Conducts fact-finding into minor security incidents and accidents involving IIIM or its staff.
- Maintains and updates internal security databases; logs information receipts in databases.
- As required, liaises and coordinates with SSS Geneva and coordinates, collaborates, and consults with Host Country representatives, United Nations entities, and other relevant authorities.
- Maintains the IIIM Security SharePoint page to ensure the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of data stored within it.
- Acts as administrator for security-related systems and tools assigned to the Section.
- Deputizes for the Security Coordination Officer in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN), UNOG Security Cell, and other groups as and when required.
- In coordination with the IIIM Security Coordination Officer and SSS Geneva, participates in planning security responses and communication with all parties across all levels of the IIIM to ensure the safety and security of staff.
- Liaises and coordinates as required with SSS Geneva and with other Geneva-based UN Agency Security Focal Points to keep abreast of relevant security matters in the Geneva area.
- Liaises with SSS Geneva to ensure that Personal Security Risk Assessments (PSRAs) for senior IIIM personnel are updated as required.
- Participates in the preparation phase of investigations or evidence-collection missions in the field: reviews mission operations plans, conducts specific threat and vulnerability assessments, advises on appropriate and effective mitigation measures, and deploys to the field as required.
- Prepares and conducts specific pre-deployment briefings.
- Assists in monitoring staff on official duty operating outside Switzerland, acting as IIIM point of contact for deployed staff, and coordinating incident responses.
- Acts in place of the Security Coordination Officer during their absence.
- Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of security management combined with a solid background in military, law enforcement, or other security specialization and operational field experience. Ability to deal effectively with stress factors when encountered in security management. 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. 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 the 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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) 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. 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of professional experience in governmental, institutional or corporate security investigations or operations at the international level is required.

Experience in the design and implementation of background screening procedures is desirable.

Experience with security frameworks in the context of evidence collection work is desirable.

Experience in security facility/event management is desirable.

Experience in the Middle East and Türkiye is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Fluency in French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or availability of the funds.

Fulfillment of the responsibilities of this position will necessitate engagement with material and/or information that may be distressing.

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.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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