Org. Setting and Reporting
The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The Principal Security Adviser (PSA) reports to both the United Nations Designated Official (DO) and the Senior Management in the Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters in New York. This position is located in designated hardship duty station Baghdad, Iraq.
Under the supervision of the United Nations Designated Official (DO) for security and the overall guidance and direction from senior managers in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, the incumbent of the post will serve as the principal security adviser to the DO and to the Security Management Team (SMT). He/she will advise the DO and the Security Management Team on all aspects of the safety and security of personnel of UNSMS organizations, their eligible dependents as well as premises, assets and operations of United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) organizations. In particular, the PSA leads and directs security operations with the following duties in the country/mission/designated area under his/her responsibility.
Security Risk Management
Is thoroughly familiar with the UNSMS approach to risk management and ensures timely development and review of the Security Risk Management (SRM) process, the management of resultant security risk management measures and Residential Security Measures, and other relevant requirements of UNSMS security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of UN programmes particularly in crisis situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of UN premises and assets.
Management of Personnel and Assets
Manages all security personnel under his/her supervision; directs the mission’s security sections and units, including executive protection, investigations and fire safety. In the context of integrated missions, manages security-related budgets, resources and assets, and oversees the performance of security contractors.
Establishes, chairs and leads the Security Cell comprising of Security Officers of UNSMS organizations; coordinates safety and security arrangements with representatives of UNSMS organizations; establishes and maintains a liaison mechanism with NGOs under the “Saving Lives Together” framework; develops and maintains contacts with appropriate host country authorities on issues related to the safety and security of UNSMS personnel, assets and operations.
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, as per requirements of UNSMS security policies and procedures.
Oversees adherence of all UNSMS personnel and organizations to security policies and procedures, including Security Plan, SRM Process, promoting understanding and support for security requirements and reporting cases of non-compliance to the DO and the SMT; monitors and analyzes trends of security incidents affecting UNSMS personnel and organizations, identifying problems and solutions in a timely fashion.
Ensures that the DO, SMT and UNDSS are kept regularly updated in a timely manner on security developments, providing required briefings and reports; ensures that all UNSMS personnel receive timely security updates, alerts and warnings when the security situation warrants it; shares security information with NGOs under the “Saving Lives Together” framework, as appropriate.
Directs in-country security training programmes, ensuring that all UNSMS personnel and their eligible family members receive the required security trainings and briefings.
Resources for Security
During emergency/crisis situations, is responsible for UNDSS inputs for security resources to Flash Appeals, Consolidated Appeals, Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF) and bilateral donor requests; is responsible and accountable for the management of extra-budgetary (XB) funding and resources relating to security.
Planning and Organizing:
Advanced University degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in risk, disaster or emergency management, social/political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of fifteen (15) years progressively responsible experience in security, risk and disaster management in the public or private areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. Of these, at least ten years of command or leadership experience is required. A minimum of five (5) years senior leadership experience in the field, including contingency planning and crisis management, is required. At least 2 (two) years of Security experience in the field in the United Nations or similar organisation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
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