Job Opening

Posting Title: Fire, Safety, Hazmat Officer, P3
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 18 October 2017 - 01 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Safety-DSS-87357-R-New York (G)
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.

This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) 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.

This post is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS). The Security and Safety Service is responsible for providing security to delegates, staff, visiting dignitaries and other visitors. The incumbent will report to the Assistant Chief, Operations, in the Security and Safety Service (SSS).


Under the supervision of the Assistant Chief for Operations, the incumbent is responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, operations and other activities related to fire prevention, HazMat, occupational safety, crisis and disaster management, and health at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. S/he will provide direct operational supervision and control over the SSS Fire Unit and the SSS Crisis Management Support Unit. S/he will plan, coordinate and implement the Fire, Safety, and HazMat and Emergency Response programs and provide overall supervision and guidance to the team by:

(1) Working with key clients and United Nations Fire Unit personnel to establish, coordinate and maintain a response capability for fire, safety, and hazardous material incidents within the United Nations Headquarters complex on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year basis;

(2) Facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of programs/projects related to occupational safety and health; monitor and analyze specific aspects of fire safety, HazMat, and other operational response development and implementation; review relevant documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions;

(3) Participate in survey initiatives; issue data collection tools, review, analyze and interpret responses, identify problems/issues and contribute to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. background papers, analytical notes, reports and studies, inputs to publications, recommendations, etc.;

(4) Carry out basic research on selected aspects of special operations including fire safety and HazMat programs and other related activities, to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources;

(5) Provide substantive support for policy coordination and evaluation functions in relation to fire safety, including the review and analysis of emerging development issues and trends, participation in impact evaluation or equivalent studies, etc.;

(6) Undertake outreach activities;

(7) Maintain a HazMat library with current revisions;

(8) Participate in the development of fire, safety, and HazMat training workshops, seminars, etc. and schedule training/re-certification for personnel; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities;

(9) Provide support towards the supervision of activities of the Security and Safety Service to create a safe, responsive environment for staff, visitors and diplomats to conduct business;

(10) Supervise and coordinate the creation of procedural guidelines and protocols for response within the complex, identify the scope and safety limitations of operations for United Nations personnel and the training of personnel to respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents;

(11) Develop, implement and maintain the Emergency Response Plan for the United Nations complex and coordinate the interaction between United Nations emergency response personnel and any federal, state, local or international response agency required to respond and operate within the complex.


Professionalism: Expert knowledge in management of technology available in fire safety, HazMat, and emergency operations fields and use of this to achieve tasks, combined with solid background in safety management within New York City and NY State; ability to deal effectively with stress factors when encountered in security management; ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in safety system management; ability to maintain respect from all involved persons during critical decision periods; 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.

Planning and 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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in fire science, emergency/crisis/consequence management, public policy/administration or related area. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Certification as a Fire Safety Director, New York City Department of Health Asbestos Inspector, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30 Hours Construction Course, and Site Safety Manager is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the Fire Safety, Emergency Operations and/or implementing overall fire, safety, HazMat, and/or emergency programs in a governmental (municipal, state, federal, or military) or private business setting, including inspection of facilities for conformance to general safety standards and codes is required. Relevant experience in these areas within the New York City classification is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment and 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.

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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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