Security Coordination Officer, P3

United Nations Department of Safety and Security
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 10

Position description


Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security planning and security management documents for the mission, designated county or geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
  • Monitor, research, and assess all factors on the state of UN security in the assigned geographic region.
  • Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures.
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal
  • points.
  • Contributes to implementation and evaluation of the preparedness and compliance of the security measures as decided by the United Nations Security Management Team.
  • Conducts security surveys and assessments.
  • Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
  • Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System.
  • Conducts facts finding related to security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents.
  • Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Facilitates the coordination of Close Protection (CP) security arrangements between field duty stations and headquarters.
  • Reviews and/or approves and/or endorses security planning and security management documents.
  • Participates in security missions such as inter agency missions, Integrated Task Forces (ITF) missions, Technical Assessment Missions (TAM), Non-Aligned Members (NAM) missions, Security Assessment visits, Fact-finding missions/inquiries.
  • Identifies and promotes best practices.
  • Performs other relevant duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background in security or emergency or disaster operations. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to produce assessments, reports, and other papers on security issues; Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.
  • Teamwork: 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 and 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 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 first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
  • Of these, at least 2 years of international experience in security operations is required.
  • Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.
  • Field security operations management experience in the UN or similar international organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

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