SECURITY COORDINATION OFFICER
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/
The advertised position is located within the Peacekeeping Operations Support Section (POSS), Division of Regional Operations (DRO), New York. The incumbent will report to the Regional Section Chief. The Division of Regional Operations (DRO) serves as the safety and security focal point for the field duty stations, providing primary operational and technical support. The Division is responsible for daily security coordination with the field.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Section, the Security Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:
1. Monitors, researches and assesses all factors on the state of UN security in assigned geographic area; Monitors the state of security preparedness of Designated Officials (DOs), Security Management Teams (SMTs), and Chief/Security Advisers (C/SAs) on a continual basis and updates the real-time security information system; Establishes and maintains regular contact and dialogue with each C/SA; Assists in developing options to cope with those situations; Analyzes accumulated information and maintains a continuous picture of evolving global, regional or local political events affecting the security of UN personnel and dependants in the assigned area; Monitors predictive indicators and early warning type information; Monitors and maintains records of the SMT meeting minutes and of Field Security Coordination Officer security update reports for assigned countries.
2. Prepares and submits periodic and incidental reports for senior management: Submits to the Desk Chief a daily security report which covers significant events and trends in assigned countries; Prepares briefs, notes, reports, studies, after action reports and recommendations on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making; Conducts Desk review/audit of mandatory security reports submitted from the field, such as Security Risk Management (SRM), Security Plans (SP), Security Risk Mitigation Measures (RMM), Residential Security Measures (RSM), Local Cost Shared Security Budget (LCSSB) and security incident reports (SIRSS); Collates data inputs for the period trend of mandatory reports. Prepare after action reports following all incidents.
3. Monitors security related preparedness of duty stations and in this regard monitors the security planning and preparedness of DOs, SMTs, C/SAs, and provides relevant guidance and advice; Promotes information exchange with and among various duty stations to avoid common problems; Undertakes security missions, as required, to field duty stations, including in high-risk locations, to perform security assessment and to assist DOs, SMTs and C/SAs.
4. Coordinates with security counterparts (DPO/DOS/Agencies in particular) at the HQ; Provides strategic guidance to support Principal-level decision-making; Provides Expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff: Acts on behalf of Desk Chief in his/her absence and takes appropriate action as required.
5. Participates in security missions such as inter agency missions, Integrated Task Forces (ITF) missions, Technical Assessment Missions (TAM), Non-Aligned Members (NAM) missions, Security Assessment visits, Fact-finding missions/inquiries; Identifies and promotes best practices.
6. The incumbent may be required to deploy on surge to the field, to support operational exigencies.
7. Performs other assignments as required.
Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially the UN security management system. Ability to produce assessments, reports and other papers on security issues. 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. Remains calm in stressful situations. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others and 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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 and 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 (Masters degree or equivalent degree) in Security, Disaster or Emergency Management, Risk Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.
A minimum of 2 years of international experience in security management systems is required.
At least 2 years of international field experience in security operations is desirable.
Experience in using applied analytics, business intelligence, information management to advance decisions, strategies and execution is desirable.
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 an asset.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a 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. 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.
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 established rules and procedures.
Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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