Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) 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 incumbent will work under the general guidance of the Senior Threat and Risk Assessment Officer and under the supervision of Chief of the Threat and Risk Assessment Service. The post is located in Algiers, Algeria.
Within delegated authority, the Security Information Analyst may be responsible for the following duties:
- Advises and provides guidance to Security Advisers and Security Analysts with regards to Regional and Country specific threats; prepares briefing materials such as periodic security threat information alerts, notices, warnings, and advisories on security threats for DSS senior management and UN Designated Officials; participates in development of procedures for security operations, contributing with preparation and review of security-related briefs for UN and other key decision makers related to current/significant events in various areas;
- Contributes in preparation of security plans for a designated country, or geographic area by conducting regional and country-specific threat and risk assessments for the UN encompassing:
- Analyzes trends of security incidents affecting the organizations of the UN System;
- Identifies, through field research of threat actors, the operating environment of the UN in liaison with host governments' security interlocutors;
- Develops security information requirements for the UN in a particular region;
- Develops security risk assessments, assisting DSS Security Advisers and Security Analysts in the field;
- Develops strategic assessments on trends of security threats in the region for dissemination to relevant clients;
- Prepares early warning reports and indicators on security threats, as a planning tool for DSS Senior Management;
- Establishes and maintains dialog with local authorities and international institutions such as Red Cross/Red Crescent for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters;
- Establishes lines of communication with focal points of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) for coordination of security threat assessment requirements; liaises with the Organizations of the UN System and Member States on the development of security threat information; liaises with field missions’ host governments' security interlocutors to inform on threat actors and the operating environment of the UN; communicate with relevant clients to disseminate processed information on strategic assessments on trends of security threats in related regions;
- Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing security conditions for region of coverage, developing technical knowledge and awareness of security threat environments, identifying probable threats by preparation of profiles of threat actors impacting the security environment in which the UN operates, and analysing trends of security incidents affecting the United Nations, advising on potential impacts of threats on the relevant UN staff accordingly;
- Ensures availability of strategic security threat information system by conducting liaison visits (SSTILV) to make periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly, ensuring information management systems are functional and in compliance with established Security Analysis Process and Practice Standards;
- Prepares analytical reports on security incidents in both HQ and Field locations;
- Performs other analytical and research assignments and tasks as required.
- Professionalism: Excellent knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information collection, collation and analysis; ability to develop research projects and perform detailed analysis on security threats and emerging trends; Ability to effectively communicate complex issues and defend recommendations to clients and supervisors; Ability to clearly present research findings and develop high quality reports on security matters; 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.
- Communication: 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political, military or criminal science, international relations or related fields. A first level university degree in any of these fields in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in applied military, police or political predictive analysis or security studies of threat factors in the field of criminology and/or corporate security. A minimum of 2 years of international experience in international organizations, public, private or corporate sector within security or related area is required. Experience in the United Nations security management system or other international organizations is an asset.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
- Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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