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 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. The advertised position is located in the Africa Desk, DRO. The incumbent will report through the Deputy Director to the Director, DRO.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will serve as Chief of Section for the Regional Desk and will be responsible for the following:
Manage, supervise and carry out the work programme of the Desk; plan and oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Desk; ensure that substantive work programmes and activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects within the Desk and in liaison with other segments of the Department and with other organisations; ensure that the outputs produced by the Desk maintain high quality standards, that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; ensure that all outputs produced by the Desk under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure that they comply with relevant mandates; carry out programmatic/ administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Desk including monitoring performance parameters and critical indicators, preparation of inputs for results based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance; manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision;
Monitor, research and assess factors regarding the security and safety of UN system staff and their dependents worldwide; supervise the collection and analysis of security related information which impacts on the security of staff; supervise the evaluation and approval of country specific security plans for all duty stations system-wide to ensure security preparedness in emergency and crisis situations; undertake security assessment missions to high risk duty stations; ensure that duty stations have complied with all United Nations security management rules, procedures, guidelines including but not limited to Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards/Residential Security Measures (MORSS/RSM) and Minimum Operating Security Standards/Security Risk management (MOSS/SRM); ensure that all duty stations prepare and maintain a threat and risk assessment specific to locations within the country where UN staff are located; identify emerging security and crime trends that would increase risk to UN staff operating in the field and make recommendations to mitigate risk; monitor field office responses to direction provided in order to ensure that appropriate action has been taken; manage communications with Designated Officials regarding all aspects of security management;
Supervise, coordinate, plan and direct activities of professional security personnel deployed in the field; supervise the assignment and operational activities of Field Security Advisers and Officers;
Provide direction on implementation of security functions according to established UN policies, procedures and best practices; undertake field missions to provide direct guidance and support to professional security officers in the field; provide direction and assistance on all security issues during a crisis period; participate in hostage incident management; Ensure that all personnel are deployed as required to respond to the crisis; ensure that response mechanisms are in place and functioning in the region;
Participate in international, regional or national meetings and provide programmatic/substantive input to organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions; represent the Organization at interagency meetings, seminars etc. on related substantive issues.
• Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially the UN security management system;
• Knowledge and ability to process security operation in the field;
• Ability to produce assessments, reports and other papers on security issues;
• Ability to review and edit the work of others;
• 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.
• 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; 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.
• 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 improvement;
• Does not accept the status quo;
• Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
• Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
• Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
• 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 risk, disaster or emergency management, political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law, social science, international relations or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten 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. Of these ten years, at least five years of command or leadership experience is required. Experience with the UN Security Management System, or that of a similar International Organization, within security or related area is required. Experience with security related contingency planning and crisis management is desirable. A minimum of two years international field experience in a peace-keeping environment is desirable. Five years of experience in the United Nations, or similar International Organization, security management system is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in another official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral or geographical move(s) requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
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.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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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.
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