Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Training Officer, P4
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 19 November 2020 - 02 January 2021
Job Opening Number: 20-Human Resources-DSS-142371-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

This position is located in the Training and Development Section in the Division of Specialized Operational Services of the Department of Safety and Security. The Department of Safety and Security 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 Security Training Officer reports to the Chief, Training and Development Section.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Training Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Manages and leads the team's implementation of a suite of specialist security training courses and security certification programmes for security personnel in accordance with the Learning and Development Strategy for the Integrated Security Workforce and related Implementation Plan and timelines.
•Monitors and ensures the implementation of programmes at all stages, measuring training project performance using appropriate tools and techniques and escalating implementation difficulties and recommending remedial actions to stakeholders, as needed.
•Prepares reports maintaining comprehensive training documentation and data, incl. for the use of senior management, the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN), STWG and other stakeholders at agreed periods and, as requested.
•Plan, organize, manage and supervise the work of the Team’s work programme and human and financial resources in accordance with the Implementation Plan, providing oversight and ensuring that resources are allocated appropriately so that training is cost-effective and has the maximum operational impact.
•Identifies and analyzes learnings needs in coordination with the Security Training Working Group (STWG), the Division of Regional Operations (DRO) and the field and the Division of Headquarters Safety and Security Services (DHSSS) ensuring alignment with operational priorities and to ensure the timely selection of training participants as well as joint venture trainers who may be assigned to deliver particular courses.. Prepares monitoring reports on staff development and career support programmes.
•Collaborates with other parts of UNDSS to ensure that they are consistent with the overall organizations goals, and that cross cutting issues are incorporated into the design and development of training programmes, including new and updated security policies outcomes of the workforce plan, HR Strategy and Gender Strategy.
•Evaluates, coordinates and monitors training programmes to ensure effectiveness in learning, impact of staff development and quality assurance and as required recommends ways to enhance effectiveness and impact.
•Ensures the establishment and maintenance of a database to track course participants, performance and expenditure to enable timely reporting to senior management and partners, as requested.
•Supervises and monitors the work of the junior training officers, including managing the performance of the staff on the team, as well as consultants, vendors and member states’ institutions or personnel who may support the portfolio, to ensure that training and development activities are implemented in accordance with the Implementation Plan and established standards.
•Performs any other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge in the field of learning or training including design, delivery, management and coordination. Knowledge of diverse delivery methodologies (e.g. online, blended and face-to-face delivery methods). Demonstrated ability to manage programmes, resources and external partnerships or complex contracts with large scale vendors. Excellent drafting and communications skills, both oral and written. Proven ability as a trainer. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency, has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in learning, security management, business or public administration, social sciences, or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first level degree or diploma from a police or military education institution in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the management, design and delivery of adult learning or training programmes or a related area.
Management experience, including experience supervising diverse teams, in multinational and global settings is required.
At least two years experience in the management and delivery of First Responder, disaster or emergency management training or other operational training for security personnel is required.
Experience in coordinating activities with consultants and managing contracts with vendors and partners is desirable.
International work experience, preferably in a post-conflict environment or field mission is desirable.


English and French, are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a 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.

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.

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

The selection process for this job opening will be conducted pursuant to ST/AI/2010/3 on the "Staff Selection System" and include the compliance review process by a review body described in staff rule 4.15.

The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuance governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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