Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Coordination Officer, Policy Planning and Coordination (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 September 2018 - 10 October 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-DSS-104447-J-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support, policy guidance and oversight to the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System. This position is in the Policy, Planning and Coordination Unit (PPCU) of the Policy and Compliance Service (PCS), UNDSS. The PPCU was established as an integral part of the UNDSS in 2005. Its role is to coordinate the development and promulgation of common policies and standards for the UNSMS, and to serve as a Secretariat for the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN). The PPCU contributes to the UNDSS’ efforts to provide safety and security services to the United Nations personnel to enable the implementation of United Nations mandate. The incumbent will report to Chief of PPCU who leads, coordinates and supervises the work of the Unit. Please visit our website at to learn more about PPCU, PCS and UNDSS.


Under the supervision of the Chief, PPCU and within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
1) Participate and contribute to the development of policies impacting on the safety and security of UN personnel including:
a) Participate and contribute to the development of security policies and guidelines, ensuring appropriate planning, research, consultation and communication are carried out with various internal and external stakeholders.
b) Maintains up-to-date knowledge of events relating to security issues and potential impact on the development of security policies for the UNSMS.
c) Provide advice to members of the UNSMS (including but not limited to Security Coordination Officers at headquarters, Field Security Coordination Officers, Security Focal Points within UNSMS) on security related policy issues, in a timely manner.
d) Provide substantive reviews and feedback of policy drafts, ensuring consistency with existing security policy framework.
e) Ensure communication of UNSMS policies and guidelines.
2) Provide strategic support to the unit and OUSG, including accurate and timely guidance and advice on the implications of current UN security guidance and its application to specific situations encompassing:
a) Collect, collate, organize and analyse information to prepare reports as required, including reports to the General Assembly.
b) Take the lead and provide substantive support on strategic projects including the Academic Project, UNDSS Trust Fund, and the review of Peace Operations policies and guidance in view of management reform, and security integration.
3) Provide substantial support to the Secretariat of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) and IASMN Working Groups not limited to:
a) Participate, as assigned, in the organization of the IASMN, ensuring that Conference Room Papers (CRPs) are prepared, reviewed and edited in a timely manner.
b) Provide secretariat services to the IASMN as necessary.
c) Take notes and prepare reports of meetings; including briefing notes for senior management as necessary.
d) Coordinate with IASMN members in preparation of the various meetings including Full sessions, Steering Group meetings and Inter-Agency Video-Teleconferences.
e) Provide substantive input to the various Technical Working Groups of the IASMN, and as necessary, assume lead coordination responsibility for the conceptualization and preparation of policies.
f) Monitor actions and actively follow up on required outputs of the IASMN, Steering Group, and Technical Working Groups.
g) Work with the Team Assistant to ensure appropriate record and dissemination of all IASMN related materials.
4) As a senior member of the team, undertake managerial activities, including support to budget and recruitment and other human resources requirements. May act as Officer in Charge of PPCU and perform other assignments as required; Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Unit Chief.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of field security operations and policies of the United Nations Security Management System. Ability to coordinate and produce complex reports, notes, and to review and edit the work of others.. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities and manage multiple stakeholders within and beyond the Department. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. 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; 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.
• 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.


Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, crisis management, military affairs, public administration, law enforcement, law or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) 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. A minimum of 2 years international field experience in peacekeeping, UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required. Experience working in humanitarian programmes or peacekeeping missions is desirable. Experience in policy development in security, risk or crisis management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.


Evaluation of suitable candidates may include a technical assessment or other forms of assessment which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for six months with a possibility of extension. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.

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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