Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 July 2022 - 02 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNOG-184211-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the supervision of the Chief of Service, Security and Safety Service, Geneva, acting as the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) for Switzerland, the role of the Security Coordination Officer is to support the CSA on the responsibility to advise the Designated Official and the Security Management Team in their security functions.


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

- Establishes an efficient platform of collaboration with the Security Focal Points of the Agencies, Funds and Programs present in Switzerland, and advises on strategies to ensure an optimal level of coordination by taking into account the complexities inherent in meeting the needs and expectations of numerous administratively autonomous UN entities with specific programmatic structures.
- Provides upon request guidance and/or technical assistance to Security Focal Points in carrying out mandatory reviews of their premises resulting in an individualized course of action being produced for each entity within a reasonable timeframe to ensure compliance with SRM recommended measures. On this basis the SRM will be continuously updated on the status of measures implemented.
- Supports the CSA in reviewing and monitoring activities related to preparation of the Area Security Plan for Switzerland, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.
- Coordinates the Security Focal Points (SFP) network system through the preparation of a consolidated database of UN personnel and their dependents in Switzerland. The incumbent will assist the Agencies in identifying staff members for nomination by the Executive Heads to perform the role of SFPs and alternate SFPs.
- Designs, develops, implements and maintains an efficient communication strategy for Switzerland based UN agencies to support the CSA, including a reliable crisis communication system. Verifies that Switzerland based AFPs comply with UNSMS policies and produces recommendations for remedial actions.
- Develops and conducts training sessions on issues under his/her area of responsibility.
- Co-operates pro-actively with SSS Geneva Threat and Risk Analysis Unit (TRAU) and AFP Security Analysts in the identification and evaluation of threats and risks.
- Upon receipt of request from UN AFPs for assistance with large conferences or the provision of specialized technical assistance, coordinates the provision of such services by SSS ensuring the correct notifications are made to DHSSS.
- Presents regular updates on inter-agency coordination matters to the CSA and maintains proactive working relations with both DHSSS and DRO counterparts involved in emergency response coordination and inter-agency matters.
- Maintains proactive working relations with Host Country authorities responsible for security, fire prevention, safety and crisis management. Ensures a well-coordinated crisis management response mechanism by assuming a leading role in the SSS Geneva Crisis Cell. In case of emergency, coordinates the actions of the SFP's, and more specifically the Switzerland Security Cell, as a precursor of any major crisis related coordination, and provides advice to the DO through the CSA.
- Ensures the CSA is provided on regular basis with the necessary information from AFPs to fulfill UNDSS regular reporting needs, including updated lists of UN personnel and their recognized dependents; major incidents concerning UN staff, premises, facilities and offices, as well as the status of security awareness training and briefings. Ensuring that any such events are updated to SSIRS.
- May be requested to assess the need for security related equipment and participate in requisitioning processes; participates in the preparation of the Service’s budget submissions and cost plan, particularly as it related to the discharge of assigned duties.
- Performs any other managerial duties and the discharge of responsibilities as they relate to SSS Geneva.


PROFESSIONALISM- In-depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS). Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally and 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. 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 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in disaster or emergency management, security risk management, political science, military staff college, law enforcement or related area is required. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

A certification from the Security Certification Programme (SCP) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of disaster management, risk management or security experience in the public or private service areas such as national security, military or police service, or in a corporate environment is required.

At least three years of experience at the managerial level is required.

International experience or experience in UN peacekeeping or with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) in the field is desirable.

Experience with inter-agency security coordination work is desirable.

Prior experience in the provision of training to United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) entities is desirable.

Experience in dealing with gender issues within a UN security context is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French is required.


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

Special Notice

This a project funded position with an initial appointment of one year, starting as soon as possible. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds, continuation of the mandate and satisfactory performance.

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.

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.

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.

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