Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 September 2022 - 23 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-DSS-187991-R-New York (R)
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 (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient and effective conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

This post is located in the Protection Coordination Unit (PCU), Division of Partnerships and Specialized Services in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (DPSS). PCU was established to manage the growing number of personal protection details in a systematic and coordinated manner. All decisions on staffing of personal protection teams are based on detailed security threat and risk assessments.

The incumbent provides support in establishing and maintaining all policies, capacities and functions necessary to ensure close protections within the United Nations are delivered in a systematic and coordinated manner to best protect the lives and dignity of senior United Nations Officials whilst they perform their official duties. The Security Coordination Officer supports and contributes to the achievements of the overall goals of the Department of Safety and Security in general and for the Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services in specific.


Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Contributes and supports the achievement of the overall goals of the Department and the Division, especially on the United Nations system-wide protection coordination in a systematic and coordinated manner;
• Participates in the development of a coherent policy framework and standard operating procedures for close protection operations in the United Nations, in particular with regard to risk criteria to determine needs and the resulting requirements for training and equipment.
• Contributes to the establishment of the strategic objectives of the unit; recommends and conducts research in support of close protection strategy design and implementation.
• Supports the development of the Unit's work plan, monitors and ensures implementation, producing periodic updates on the status of the Unit's projects.
• Establishes and oversees external and internal communications, workflow within the Unit, and effective and efficient service delivery.
• Ensures timely implementation of the daily tasks.
• Monitors and coordinates close protection operations within the united Nations system;
• Assesses and collaborates with relevant UN and non-UN entities on the deployment of close protection assets to meet operational needs throughout the United Nations system.
• Ensures the availability of a Close protection (CP) stand-by capability to include personnel, standardized weapons, ammunition and specialized equipment,
• Advises on the initial deployment strength of the CP assets.
• Develops, implements and coordinates close protection response capacity to meet UN operational needs, in close cooperation with the Executive Office, and the wider Secretariat support structure.
• Ensures the deployment of advanced close protection standards and measures, as well as training methodologies.
• Determines the requirement and nature of close protection measures on the basis of established criteria and substantive threat and risk assessments and makes recommendations to the Director of the Division.
• Recommends policy for and coordinates with senior security professionals in Secretariat departments and in United Nations security Management System (UNSMS) entities in the conduct of personal profiles and threat and risk assessments pertaining to close protection.
• Evaluates and monitors the travel of senior UN personnel assessed to be at potential or actual risk.
• Contributes and makes recommendations on the prevention and mitigation measures during the security risk management process conducted for the travels of the key Senior UN Officials (SUNOs).
• Coordinates liaison of close protection details with Member States' law enforcement agencies in order to ensure effective security arrangements.
• 'Reviews lessons learned and recommends best practices in the provision of UN protective services.
• Conducts Protective Services Assessments (PSAS) in UN Field Missions to determine benchmarks, trends and compliance with applicable close protection operational policies and practices; makes recommendations and supports senior security professionals and close Protection units in strengthening operational capability.
• Establishes relationships with expert institutions and organizations in the field of close protection in order to keep abreast of innovations and best practices.
• Participates in regional workshops to advise and brief participants on the global or regional planning and coordination of the protective€ operations.
• Participates in the establishment of CP standards including skills, weapon systems, special equipment, etc. In case of non-UN resources, assesses the compliance with the UN CP standards and training capabilities.
• Perform other related duties as required.


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of close protection operations in an international setting. Excellent analytical, negotiating and drafting skills, including ability to deliver final plans and recommendations on complex close protection matters under pressure. Ability to explain/defend complex close protection issues to senior officials. 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.

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.

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.

Managerial Competencies: 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 - 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.


• Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in security management, public administration, political science, social science, international relations or a related field;
• A first level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in close protection within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.

Experience directly supervising personnel and managing a team is required.

A minimum of three years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.

At least two years of experience at the international level, in a close protection capacity is required.

At least two years of experience in coordinating protective operations in conflict or post conflict environment is required.

Experience in the use of recent technologies in the planning and implementation of close protection operations is desirable.

Experience in procurement and administrative processes in the United Nations or similar organization is desirable.

Experience in coordinating and liaising with multiple stakeholders is desirable.

Experience in the developing of standards for protective operations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirabe.


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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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