Job Opening

Posting Title: Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service, P3
Job Code Title: SECURITY COORDINATION OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 27 June 2017 - 10 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-ECA-81584-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2016, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Vietnam.

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 is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the 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) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Security & Safety Section.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Chief SSS and within limits of delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

1. Directs, manages and administers security and safety operations at UNECA, Addis Ababa, and associated UN properties.
2. Prepares draft of security plans for the UNECA premises and associated UN properties, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the plan.
3. Maintains an ongoing review of operational plans, with modifications, as situations, issues and/or incidents dictate;
4. Analyses security and safety trends and developments as they relate to the threats and risks to all UN staff and associated UN properties, and presents proposals for improved policies, procedures, techniques and equipment to be implemented or used on the UNECA premises and associated UN properties.
5. Responsible for the development of all crisis management and contingency plans in case of emergency.
6. Develops, implements and maintains defensive measures to mitigate/forestall all possible breaches of security.
7. Ensures the strategic planning and implementation of projects and reports on current issues related such projects.
8. Oversees the preparation and management of the budget of the service.
9. Oversees procurement arrangement and contract activities of the service.
Defines and maintains a reporting system communicating relevant information to appropriate levels.
10. Ensures the effective management of human resources and develop strategies for deployment of manpower.
11. Oversees the recruitment, promotion and placement processes and makes recommendations to improve their effectiveness.
12. Defines and analyses training needs, proposes training programs and oversees the elaboration of training manuals.
13. Investigates security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependent;
14. Provides an ongoing liaison programmes with UN member states and Host Country law enforcement on security matters;
15. Leads working groups on security and development projects, and provides UN organizations with advice on security and related technical matters.
16. Also temporarily performs the tasks of the Assistant Chief in the absence of the latter.
17. Performs any other duties as requested.

Competencies

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of the UN security management system, combined with solid background of military/police or other security specialization and sound political and social knowledge of the country of assignment. 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 perspective and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as requires; 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 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.

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.

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 audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Security Management, Social/Political Science, Military Science, Business Administration, law or related field. A first level university degree 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 years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster-management in the public or private sectors, such as national security, military or police or in a corporate security environment is required. Command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. Field experience in Security Management System within the United Nations or similar International Organizations is desirable. Experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.

Languages

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 another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

The assessment process may include a substantive assessment related to the functions of the post, followed by a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.

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No Fee

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