Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service, P3
Department/Office: ECA Security and Safety Section
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 27 August 2021 - 10 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-ECA SSS-159697-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions, which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique; position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

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 programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The position is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS), Department of Safety and Security (DSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Security & Safety Section.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent assists in the effective and efficient management of all day-to-day security and safety operations in accordance with United Nations security policy and regulations and the preparation of all mandated planning, administrative and operational documents. He/she conducts security risk assessments to determine adequate protection measures for the ECA facilities. He/she assists in the development and implementation of HMOSS (Headquarters Minimum Operating Security Standards) for the ECA facility and other offices, as appropriate.

1. Assists the Chief of Section in his advisory role for the Executive Secretary of all matters related to safety and security. As directed by the Chief of Section, maintains regular contact and communication with the Designated Official, other duty station specific security and crisis management bodies, and resident UN organizations.

2. Within delegated authority, the Deputy Chief coordinates the day-to-day operations of the SSS.
2.1. Ensures that SSS staff discharge their duties in accordance with United Nations policies and security and safety procedures.
2.2. Oversees the compilation and reviews all operational planning and standard operational procedures applicable to the conduct of security operation at ECA, including procedures of special events, such as conferences.
2.3. Supervises and controls SSS operations in accordance with the defined organizational structure and deploys security personnel under his/her authority as to ensure the most effective and efficient provision of security and safety services.
2.4. Ensures adherence of SSS personnel to UN core values and compliance with the United Nations administrative policies and procedures.
2.5. Oversees personnel management for the SSS in accordance with the applicable professional standards for security personnel. In consultation with Human Resources, assist the Chief in the development of long-term policy for recruitment and retention of qualified security personnel, procedures for screening and evaluating new candidates, and identifies new recruitment sources.

3. In accordance with the operational guidance and policy direction provided by the Department of Safety and Security, the Deputy Chief assists the Chief of Section in the development of specific procedures for security and safety management at the ECA and coordinates their implementation.

4. Assists the Chief of Section in the administration of the Section, performance management, budget preparation, resources allocation and procurement.

5. Under the direction of the Chief of Section, the Deputy Chief compiles security risk assessment for ECA and other facilities at the duty station, which fall under the responsibility of the Executive Secretary and the Chief of Section. This also includes assessments for specific events with security implications, such as conferences, meetings, VIP visits. Assists in compiling and maintaining personal security assessments for high-profile officials in collaboration with the Protection Coordination Unit in the DSS Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services.

6. Evaluates the effectiveness of physical security and safety installations in the framework of HMOSS, including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness and security procedure, disaster recovery, business continuity and crisis management planning, building safety measures, fire prevention, evacuation planning, and makes recommendation regarding measures to be taken to mitigate identified risks. Identifies and expands the use of new physical security equipment and information technology tools. Revises the Crisis Management and other security planning documents.

7. In accordance with DSS training strategy and in collaboration with the DSS Training and Development Unit, oversees and guides the implementation of security and safety training programmes for security personnel and staff members at the ECA.

8. Assists the Chief of Section in consultations and coordination of protection measures through national authorities; coordinates joint security operations with local law enforcement agencies, other security services and diplomatic missions.
8.1. Under the direction of the Chief of Section, cooperates with the host country authorities, police, fire service and other security and safety services; determines, in cooperation with host country counterparts, threat levels and criteria for specific protection measures and coordinates their implementation;
8.2. Implements, in cooperation with host country security agencies and permanent missions, personnel protection measures for visiting Heads of State, the Secretary General and other high-level officials.

9. Operational activities outside the headquarters duty station:
9.1. Assists the Chief of Section in the coordination of security measures pertaining to travel of the Executive Secretary or other senior staff, as required.
9.2. Coordinates, in collaboration with the Division of Regional Operations, security and safety measures at sub-offices outside the duty station.
9.3. Assists the Chief of Section in the management of security services outside the duty station, including security risk assessment and conference security.
9.4. Participated in national and international conferences on security and safety as directed by the Chief of Section.

10. Assumes the responsibilities of the Chief of Section in his absence and performs other duties as directed by the Chief of Section or the Executive Secretary.


Professionalism: Must possess knowledge and understanding of security management and solid security background, most preferably a military/police experience at state officer level. 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 perspective and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Masters or Doctorate or equivalent) preferably in social/political sciences, law, criminal justice, public/business administration or security management is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in security, police or military service with extensive command or leadership experience is required. Of these, at least 2 years of international exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organization is required.
Direct experience in United Nations Security Management Systems with proven crisis management capabilities are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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