Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 July 2023 - 21 August 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Security-DSS-210460-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 (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.

The post is located in the Training Section (TS), Security and Safety Service (SSS). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Chief of SSS. Training Section of SSS is responsible for planning and implementation of security training programmes at UNHQ and Firearms Training Instructor (FTI) and Firearms Training Officer (FTO) training programs at Peacekeeping Missions.

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Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service (SSS), New York; and the overall direction of the Chief, SSS, the Security Training Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, directing, and supervision of all activities of the Headquarters Training and Development Unit (TDU) and the Mission Support Unit (MSU). The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following duties:

- coordinate the development and implementation of the New York Headquarters annual master training plan for SSS, including training programs, modules and other training projects at all stages;
- supervise all TDU and MSU personnel;
- develop, review and assess Use of Force training and qualifications (Less Lethal & Firearms) for all UNHQs security staff as well as ensuring that specialised bespoke training programs are delivered to address identified needs in specific areas and for specialised units within SSS;
- develop, review and oversee the delivery of the full range of training programs provided by MSU to security staff at Peacekeeping missions;
- coordinate and administer the Firearms Training Instructor (FTI) and Firearms Training Officer (FTO) training programs at Peacekeeping mission HQs;
- ensure that required equipment and supplies are procured and that purchases and deliveries are followed-up, assignments are completed, and all documents and transactions are finalized; consult with and advise peacekeeping missions on security and safety training related issues;
- manage the Regular and Support Account budget allocations for Headquarters and Peacekeeping training;
- manage the imprest funds allocated for the processing of pistol permits;
- ensure that analysis and regular audit of all training operational activities are conducted;
- ensure compliance with established policy and procedure as required in all operational activities requiring support training.


• Professionalism: Ability to make decisions and recommend policy through identifying issues, formulating options and making recommendations in relation to the training of all UNHQs security staff as well as security staff at peacekeeping missions, including training pertinent to firearms usage and qualifications; ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with officials from other units or departments, diplomats, delegations, visitors and staff in general; ability to oversee the development and training programs of UN security officers specific to mission needs and evaluate training progress; ability to harmonize the mission host country security regulations and procedures with UN Security regulations and procedures; ability to delegate the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; ability to regularly discuss performance and provide feedback and coaching to security training staff; ability to establish and ensure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; ability to manage in a deliberate and predictable way; ability to operate with transparency and to give proper credit to others; ability to gather relevant information before making decisions and recommendations based on all available information and to check assumptions against facts; 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, 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in security, criminal justice, social sciences, management or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security management or administration and operations for security, military, law enforcement or civilian police is required.

A minimum of one (1) year of experience in managing, coordinating and implementing a flexible and sizeable training program is required. This must include demonstrable formal experience in all aspects of Use of Force training, including less lethal and firearms training, firearms qualifications, and corrective measures for remedial firearms training.

Experience working with security and safety services within the United Nations System or other similar international organization is desirable.

Experience working in a United Nations peace-keeping operation or similar environment is desirable.

Experience involving budget formulation and management responsibilities is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is a 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.

• 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.

• Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment or assignment and renewal therefore subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

• Those candidates who apply and are subsequently recommended and endorsed for the job opening, but are not selected for the current vacant position, will be placed on the roster for similar functions at the level and category of the job opening for possible future selection. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

• 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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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