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 post is located in the Threat and Risk Assessment Service within the Division of Regional Operations (DRO). 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.
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:
a. Analyses trends of security incidents affecting the organizations of the UN System;
b. 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;
•Ensures sharing of the best analytical practices; and develops training materials, plans, organizes and delivers training sessions for analytical units;
•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;
•Coordinate and support assessment activities in collaboration with the Regional Desks and the Peacekeeping Operations Support Service of the Division of Regional Operations, DPKO, DFS and other entities of the UN system, as required;
•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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjust 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 Science, Military Science, Criminology, International Relations or related fields. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an 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 two (2) years of international experience in international organizations, public, private or corporate sector within security or related area is required. Experience within the public or private sector in research and/or studies conducted in the fields of criminology, corporate security, crime statistics, armed conflict, terrorism, civil unrest or areas related to security at the international level is desirable. Experience in the United Nations security management system is desirable. Experience in developing training materials, organizing and delivering training sessions is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required and knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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. 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.
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.
Availability of the post is subject to approval by the General Assembly. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. The appointment or assignment and renewal are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
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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