Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER
Job Code Title: CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: ABYEI
Posting Period: 17 December 2016 - 30 December 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Security-FMADPKO-71434-F-Abyei (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA), duty station Abyei. The Chief Security Officer reports directly to the Head of Mission.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Operations:
•Lead, supervise and manage the Mission Security Unit
•Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions.
•Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.
•Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependents on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.
•Ensures availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly. Arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.
•Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents.
•Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned.
•Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP’s as necessary.
•Conducts and supervises security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness.

Advice and Coordination:
•Advise the Head of Mission on all security-related matters and participate in discussions and development of security policies and procedures
•Establishes lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination.
•Establishes and maintains dialog with local security authorities and international institutions for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters.

Planning:
•Reviews and monitors activities related to security risk management including the preparation of security risk assessments and the development of risk mitigation measures.
•Reviews and monitors activities related to preparation of security plans for the mission, a designated country, or geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.
•Serves as member of the mission Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation and evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations.
•Plans for air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of aircraft, vessels, railways, vehicles, fuel supply, assessable roads, ports and airfields.
•Performs other duties, as assigned.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment. Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management. 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.

Judgment and Decision-making
Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; 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 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.

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 improvements; 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Also relevant would be military or police academy/staff college education equivalent to a first level or advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, police or military service with extensive command or leadership experience; of these, at least two (2) years of international exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organizations. Direct experience in United Nations Security Management System with proven crisis management capabilities are an asset.

Languages

English and French are the official languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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