Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Chief, Security And Safety Service, P5
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 26 April 2017 - 09 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-DSS-78220-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

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.

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

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral or geographical move(s) requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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 position is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS), Department of Safety and Security (DSS). SSS was established to secure and protect staff, operations, and premises of the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), New York and associated properties. The incumbent reports to the Chief of SSS.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Security and Safety Service (SSS), the incumbent is required to perform the following duties:
1) Directs, manages and administers security and safety operations at UNHQ, New York and associated UN properties; maintains an ongoing review of operational plans with modifications as situations, issues and/or incidents dictate; provides policy guidance to the Chief, SSS and Director, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services (DHSSS) on conceptual strategy development and implementation of overall strategies and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures; provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to inter-divisional/departmental/governmental bodies; defines and maintains a reporting system communicating relevant information to appropriate levels; defines security training requirements for the Service; participates in tactical and strategic planning and implementation to include recommendations; provides an ongoing liaison programme with UN member states and host country law enforcement on security matters; oversees the budget preparation and monitoring process on a scheduled basis.
2) Oversees security arrangements at UNHQ, NY; primarily responsible for the development of all crisis management and contingency plans in case of emergency; develops, implements and maintains defensive measures to mitigate/forestall all possible breaches of security, taking into account the threat assessment of the UNHQ, NY district conducted in co-ordination with host city/country authorities; provides advice on the development of security and safety standards with particular emphasis on business continuity/disaster recovery; assesses all security and safety issues and situations as they relate to the threats and risks to all UN staff and associated UN properties; develops appropriate studies, investigations and proposals in any and all matters pertaining to the support, development and growth of DHSSS.
3) Deputizes in the absence of the Chief of SSS; issues appropriate performance and operational directives to security and administrative staff; maintains an evaluation of performance through appropriate reporting, support and corrective actions when required; supervises all direct report sections, administrative staff and officers and assumes full responsibility and accountability for same in the absence of the Chief.


Professionalism: Demonstrated expertise in security and safety management in international organization context combined with solid background of military, police or other security specialization; proven ability to develop security plans and conduct security assessments; proven record of negotiation and collaborative skills; knowledge of planning and coordinating security operations for large scale UN or other large similar international organizations events and conferences; ability to operate in stressful situations/environment; knowledge of UN staff rules and regulations is desirable; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.

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.

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.

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.

Judgement/ Decision-making: 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Law Enforcement, Public Administration or related area is required. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in security management, preferably in a police or military context, which should include command and senior-level staff experience is required. Five years of experience at the international level in the area of security and safety management is required. Experience in incident and crisis management is highly desirable. Experience managing large complex organizations with a diverse workforce is highly desirable. At least five years working experience in the UN Security Management System is highly desirable. Current or previous experience within the UN Security and Safety Service (SSS) or other large similar international security force organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a substantive assessment, which may be followed by a 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.

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