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Posting Title: Security Coordination Officer, P3
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 20 April 2017 - 03 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-DSS-78000-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organisation. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.

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.

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 conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

The Division of Regional Operations (DRO) serves as the safety and security focal point for the field duty stations, providing primary operational and technical support.

The Division is responsible for daily security coordination with the field. The advertised position is located within the Division of Regional Operations (DRO).

The incumbent will report to the Section Chief.


Under the supervision of the Section Chief, the Security Coordination Officer is responsible for the following duties:

1.Monitor, research, and assess all factors on the state of UN security in the assigned geographic region.
Under the direction of the Section Chief and in coordination with colleagues, monitor and assess the state of security preparedness of offices of Designated Officials (DO), Security Management Teams (SMT), and Field Security Coordination Officers (FSCO) on a continuing basis, using information from multiple sources to establish and update the real-time "security information system” :
• Establish regular contact with the field, through reporting and analysing developments in UN security. Analyse accumulated information and maintain a continuous picture of the evolving global, regional or local political events affecting UN security in the assigned region;
• Monitor predictive indicators and early warning type information;
• Conduct periodic dialogue with each Field Security Coordination Officer in the region, discussing situations and assisting them in developing options to cope with those situations;
• Monitor and maintain the UN Country Security Management Team meeting minutes and Field Security Coordination Officer security update reports;
• Provide expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff; Make recommendations to the Section Chief on course of action and appropriate responses as necessary.

2.Prepare and submit periodic and incidental reports for senior management. Submit daily security developments report to Section Chief which cover significant events and trends in countries as assigned:
• Prepare briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendations on critical issues of interest to senior management for decision-making;
• Accumulate data for period trend reports, as well as MOSS and MORSS associated reports;
• Prepare after action reports following all incidents.

3.Monitor security-related preparedness and compliance of duty stations. At the direction of the Section Chief, and in coordination with colleagues, monitor and assess the security planning and preparedness of Designated Officials (DO), Security Management Teams, and Field Security Coordination Officers, including:
• Provide guidance and advice on all aspects relating to the preparation and updating of Security Plans, assess whether all duty stations have current Plans and if not suggest corrective action;
• Determine if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems;
• Promote information exchange with and among various duty stations to avoid common implementation problems related to Security Plans;
• Undertake security missions, as required, to all duty stations, including high risk, to perform security assessments to assist DOs, SMTs, and FSCOs.

4. Perform other assignments as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge in the field of security management, especially the UN security management system; Ability to produce assessments, reports, and other papers on security issues; Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; Ability to communicate complex concepts orally; Good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; Ability to ensure an effective work environment to maximize productivity; Remains calm in stressful situations; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• 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 Security, Disaster or Emergency Management, Risk Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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, risk or disaster management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment. Senior command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. International field experience or field experience in UN peacekeeping or in the UN Security Management System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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