Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 05 February 2019 - 21 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Security-DSS-109994-R-New York (O)
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 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 post supports the Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Service (DHSSS) of UNDSS in New York. DHSSS provides strategic leadership, management, technical oversight and monitoring for the Security and Safety Services at Headquarters, Offices away from Headquarters and Regional Commissions. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Protection Coordination Unit, DHSSS for Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC) and Use of Force (UoF) matters with an additional reporting line to the Chief of the Training and Development Section (TDS).


The Security Training Officer will be responsible for the coordination of appropriate training and learning activities related to the Use of Force Portfolio. He/she will be the Programme Manager for the Use of Force Portfolio and the Subject Matter Expert (SME) within DSS for firearms and less lethal weapons training, and, responsible for the coordination and delivery of the Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC), and, is responsible for carrying out the following duties: a) Lead the development and implementation of standardized firearms and less lethal weapons training/learning and qualification programmes throughout the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) through consultation with training units in departments and organizations of the UN Secretariat, including field missions led by Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department for Political Affairs (DPA); b) Participate as required, in the Joint Working Group on Weapons Training on behalf of DHSSS. c) Consult with and advise field missions on security and safety training related issues in accordance with UNDSS, TDS, criteria and responsibilities; d) Function as the Programme Manager for the Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC) with responsibility to deliver, implement and review Close Protection Officer (CPO) training, and Instructor development/deployment, to include the RCPOC and the associated Instructor Development Programme (IDP); e) Identifies the need in equipment and supplies for all programs under his/her coordination, provides technical details, monitors the procurement processes and accountability for financial disbursement and the submission and completion of administrative procedures in support of training delivery; f) Plan, prepare, design and deliver training and learning programmes in accordance with learning needs analysis and best practice to include RCPOC, IDP, Firearms Training Officers (FTO) and Firearms Training Instructors (FTI); g) Participate in the annual Protective Services Workshop to review global best-practice for Protective Services operations; h) Participates in the management of the budget for RCPOC and IDP, recommending alternate and cost-effective options to be used in the delivery of the use of force programmes. j) Ensure analysis and regular audit of all training operational activities are conducted. k) Ensure compliance with established policies and procedures in support of DSS training goals.


Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Ability to make decisions and recommend policy through identifying issues, formulating options and making recommendations in relation to Use of Force related training of authorized personnel within the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), as well as security personnel at peacekeeping missions and other duty stations to include training pertinent to firearms qualification and use; Ability to oversee the development of training/learning programmes for UNSMS personnel, specific to mission needs, and evaluate training progress; The ability to harmonize mission/duty station/host country security regulations and procedures with United Nations security requirement and procedures; Displays pride in own 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; Displays persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and ability to seek resolutions to enable activities; Remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives, and ensuring equal participation of women and men, into all areas of operations.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, 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 degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional 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. Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable. Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of a first aid certification is desirable.

Work Experience

Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience managing security operations and/or managing security training programmes for security operations or other Rule of Law capacity that requires routine use of force equipment and firearms is required. At least three years’ experience as a qualified weapons instructor in a military, police or civilian context is required.
Experience in managing, coordinating and implementing flexible and sizeable training programmes across multiple locations and geographic regions is required.
Experience with all aspects of firearms training, corrective measures for remedial firearm training and granting firearms qualifications is required. Operational international experience in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable. Experience conducting close protection training is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview

Special Notice

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. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential. 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.

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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