Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, P5
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK; NEW YORK;
Posting Period: 17 June 2021 - 31 July 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-DSS-157517-R-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:

This position is located within the Department of Safety and Security, Division of Specialized Operational Support, Department of Safety and Security and operationally works with the Strategic Planning and Policy Service (SPPS). The Senior Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is under the functional supervision of the Director for the Strategic Planning and Policy Service.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will manage a small team responsible for the implementation of overall strategies and inter-departmental policies and procedures related to strategic accountability and performance, including evaluation, compliance monitoring, knowledge management, corporate performance measurements and risk management, and accountability to oversight bodies. The incumbent of the post will be responsible for the following duties:

• Advises and supports the SPPS Chief, UNDSS field operations, Designated Official or Head of Mission and security focal points of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) regarding evaluation of security-related matters, implementation of and compliance with security policies and procedures, and development of lessons learned and best practices.
• Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
• Coordinates and leads the implementation of a compliance monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure the effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities in field operations.
• Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides briefings, advice and training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
• Ensures overall implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
• Supports departmental priorities on the monitoring of corporate performance indicators, operational excellence, and knowledge management, as well as other related priorities.
• Develops strategic goals, objectives, plans for the delivery of the substantive activities of the team and implements corresponding outputs.
• Guides the definition of policies, methods, and standards for the implementation of the substantive activities of the team.
• Manages and prepares reports on management, personnel, budget, and assets.
• Develops and manages extra-budgetary funded projects as required.
• Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for reporting.
• Identifies and promotes lessons learned and best practices.
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Chief of Service.


• In-depth 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.
• 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
• 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 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.

• Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
• Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
• Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
• Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
• Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Client Orientation:
• Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
• Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
• Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
• Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
• Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
• Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

• 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 Performance:
• 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 degree) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations, or related field. 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 ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas is required.
Of these, at least five (5) years of managing personnel is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of experience in UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required.
A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in security operation is required.
A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in peacekeeping environment is desirable.
Experience in audit, evaluation of programmes, monitoring of strategic performance is desirable.
Experience within the United Nations system or similar large 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 for one year, extension of the appointment is subject to extension of mandate and funding availability.

• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

• Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

• 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.

• 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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