Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR SECURITY PROJECT MANAGER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 07 May 2021 - 16 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-DSS-154886-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place.

For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit:

The position is located in the Division of Headquarters Safety and Security (DHSSS) in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, reports through the Chief of Unit, DHSSS, and is under the general supervision of the Director, DHSSS. The Security and Safety Services (SSS) are operated independently in New York and at seven other Secretariat headquarters locations around the world, with DHSSS providing coordination among the various Services. The Senior Security Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the standardized physical security improvements project (PACT III), at the Headquarters (HQ) Offices away from Headquarters (OaHs) and Regional Commissions (RCs).


• Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security management documents related to the PACT III for the HQ, OaHs and RCs, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
• Establishes and chairs a PACT III security coordination cell, comprised of representatives of all security and safety services at the HQ, OaHs and RCs and ensures its good functioning and practices, fosters inter agency security coordination.
• Advises to and supports the Director DHSSS and Chiefs of Security and Safety Services with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures related to the PACT III, including cost estimates, cost reports, cost analysis worksheets, owner's reports, fee payments, monthly construction invoices, master cost breakdowns, general conditions estimates, and labor cost reports.
• Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points based at the HQ, OaHs and RCs as appropriate.
• Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to SSS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations in all PACT III related matters (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
• Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
• Conducts facts finding related to security-related incidents involving UNSMS personnel or eligible dependents at the HQ, OaHs and RCs with a view on improving physical security systems.
• Develops strategic goals, objectives, plans for the delivery of the substantive activities of the project, including concepts and technical standards of physical security equipment, designs, solutions and construction activities, in coordination with relevant counterparts in the areas of programming, acquisition management, contracting, scheduling, cost estimating, quality control and contract administration.
• Guides the definition of policies, methods and standards for the implementation of the substantive activities of PACT III.
• Participates in security missions and physical security assessments at the HQ, OaHs and RCs to define PACT III scope and priorities in support of the Chiefs of SSS.
• Manages and reports in assets managements for the allocated resources of the PACT III, including personnel, budget and assets.
• Develops and manages extra-budgetary funded security projects in place at the HQ, OaHs and RCs, to avoid overlapping and duplication with PACT III efforts.
• Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for reporting of the PACT III to the Department’s senior management and General Assembly bodies such as the ACABQ and the 5th Committee.
• Coordinates and analyzes programme/project development and implementation including activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.);
• Identifies and promotes best practices amongst duty stations in relation to the PACT III scope.
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned.


Core Competencies:
• Professionalism: Indepth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. 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. Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in and builds trust with colleagues, staff members and stakeholders; Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• 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.

• Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Managerial Competencies
• Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
• Managing performace: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, 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 five (5) years of international experience in managing physical security projects covering multiple subsystems effectively, on time, and on budget, using leading edge software project management tools in a Security Management System in the UN or similar International Organizations is required.
Experience in the application of budgetary policies and practices, financial regulations, rules and administrative procedures of the UN or other similar international organization is required.
Experience in producing substantive and budgetary reports and papers on physical security issues is required.
Experience in the development, preparation and coordination of projects through large consultative processes involving multiple stakeholders is desirable.
Experience working with security and safety services within the United Nations System or other similar international organization 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 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 for this position. 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.

• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

• Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. 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.

• This position is funded through General Temporary Assistance (GTA) funding with funding available through 31 December 2021, extension of the appointment is subject to extension of mandate and funding availability.

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

• Staff members appointed to the current position may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon assignment or appointment and annually thereafter.

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.

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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