Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) duty station Bamako and Gao.The Chief Security Officer (CSO) reports through the Principal Security Adviser (PSA) to the Designated Official. The incumbent shall be accountable and responsible for all operations related to the security and safety of MINUSMA personnel, eligible dependents and properties at the duty station in accordance with the terms outlined in the Reference. The CSO is responsible to the PSA to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the MINUSMA Security Section. As the Deputy PSA, the incumbent is also responsible to support the PSA in ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the United Nations in Mali. He/She will undertake the PSA's responsibilities when the PSA is not in-country.
Summary of Main Functions:
The CSO is to undertake all security management functions for MINUSMA, in relation to the United Nations Security Management System, and will execute his/her security responsibilities to enable/facilitate the delivery of MINUSMA programs and activities, whilst ensuring the safety and security of MINUSMA personnel. Under the general direction of the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security (USG UNDSS) and the Designated Official (DO) for Mali, the incumbent, through the PSA, will also serve as Deputy Principal Security Advisor (DPSA).
This includes responsibilities in regard to the safety, security and well-being of all United Nations personnel and their dependents, while enabling effective operations in the field. The CSO shall perform his/her specific duties relating to the MINUSMA Mission and will formally assist and support the PSA in the efficient discharge of his/her duties and detailed responsibilities.
These duties include:
The CSO’s duties and responsibilities also include the direct support of the PSA in that:
Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police or security specialization; knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in conflict and post-conflict environments; ability to appropriately manage multiple and divers security units; 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; always acts ethically and with integrity; 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.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, 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.
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.
Demonstrated leadership skills in managing a security operation. 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 improvements; 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.
Judgment and Decision-making:
Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; takes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment or related field is required, of which, at least five (5) years should be at the leadership level. At least two (2) years of experience managing security operations and implementing organizational mandated security protocols, in a conflict, post conflict or a volatile environment, is required. Experience with security related contingency planning and crisis management is desirable. A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in a peacekeeping environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French is required.
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