Job Opening

Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 27 May 2020 - 10 July 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Security-IIMM-135750-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 39/2, adopted on 27 September 2018. The creation of the Mechanism was welcomed by the General Assembly in its resolution 73/264, adopted on 22 December 2018. This position is located in Geneva, Switzerland, within the Administration Section. The Security Coordination Officer reports to the Senior Administration Officer.


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

Advises the Head of IIMM with respect to all safety and security related matters and develops procedures in accordance with the provisions of the UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of IIMM operations in the country of assignment.

Security response planning and communication:
(1) Prepares security responses and communication with parties across all levels of IIMM to ensure safety and security of staff.
(2) Maintains ongoing coordination with the Security and Safety Service (SSS), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Swiss authorities and other Geneva-based UN Agency heads of security to keep abreast of relevant security matters in the Geneva area.
(3) In close collaboration with SSS UNOG, participates in and contributes to security planning at the IIMM to ensure the optimal protection of staff, visitors and assets.
(4) In close collaboration with SSS UNOG, monitors fire safety equipment, verifies that fire evacuation arrangements are in place, and ensures that the warden system works effectively through the conduct of regularly scheduled fire drills.
(5) Liaises with SSS UNOG to ensure that safety and security assessments of IIMM premises are conducted, and that recommendations regarding appropriate upgrades and other actions are undertaken through SSS UNOG.
(6) Maintains up-to-date security reporting system, in particular incident reports and ensures the notification of appropriate staff members.

Coordination of field security-related matters:
(1) Conducts regular Security Risk Assessments of field activity and analysis of the security situation in locations where IIMM is or intends to operate and to enable appropriate security procedures with regard to safety of staff, in coordination with the United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS).
(2) Oversees security aspects of IIMM activities in field operations and provides technical oversights, including liaison with field security officers/coordinators as required.
(3) Prepares security guidelines and conducts briefings on country situations for IIMM staff in field missions.
(4) Conducts staff briefings on security preparations and country situations prior to travel.
(5) Accompanies staff members on deployment to the field as part of special activities such as monitoring missions and investigation missions, as required.
(6) Maintains files on the evacuation and security plan of the offices where IIMM staff are deployed. Ensures all staff are aware of their responsibilities and preparations in the case of evacuation and/or relocation.
(7) Liaises with the UNDSS and field security coordinators of other agencies for the purpose of exchanging information and facilitating greater staff security and safety for IIMM staff.

Performs other duties, as assigned.


PROFESSIONALISM: Thorough knowledge of all aspects of security management, preferably in a multi-national environment, the ability to make quick, accurate assessments leading to sound, reasoned decisions and act upon those decisions and the skill to implement security management system in calm, professional manner under the most stressful conditions. Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professionalism 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 other; 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 & 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.
A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A first level of university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification from a national police or military academy (for commissioned officers), which may be considered its equivalent, and in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience in military, police or security management.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
Out of the five (5) years, at least three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in security operations management or control, within a military, police or security organization is required.
At least 2 years of experience managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
At least 2 years of experience and exposure at the international level is required.
Experience in the area of international criminal law is desirable.
Experience with security frameworks in the context of evidence collection work is desirable.
Experience working within the UN Security Management System is desirable.
Experience working on security issues in the South-East Asia region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable. Knowledge of Myanmar local languages is desirable


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

Special Notice

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. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and funding availability.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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.

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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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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