Job Opening

Posting Title: Director, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services, D2
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 16 February 2018 - 01 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-DSS-92165-D-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system to enable the safest, most efficient and effective conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System, the safety and security of the United Nations staff, operations and premises at United Nations headquarters, Offices Away from Headquarters and in field locations. The Director leads the Division of Security and Safety Services at the Headquarters. The incumbent reports to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Safety and Security.


Within delegated authority, and under the general direction of the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for the DSS, the Director of the Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services (DHSSS) leads, manages, directs and coordinates the work of the Division, including the Physical Security Unit, Protection Coordination Unit and the Conference Coordination Unit, and provides policy direction, operational guidance and overall technical supervision to the Safety and Security Services in New York and other headquarters locations around the world.

The Director undertakes the following:

-Plans and develops emergency response procedures and business continuity plans for the Organization and directs the response to emergency situations and crisis management;

-Takes the lead in physical security policies and procedures to provide safety and security to UNSMS personnel and implements physical security assessments of UN locations globally;

-Is responsible for leading global close protection operations in a systematic and coordinated manner ensuring the protection and overall safety of senior UN officials;

-Directs protective operations and decides on the deployment and staffing of personal protection teams based on security threat and risk assessments;

-Oversees the security arrangements for all UN external conferences globally ensuring coordination with host countries, assessing potential threats to venues and implementing appropriate security measures;

-Manages all Use of Force training for the UNSMS including weapons training and qualifications, firearms training instructor certification, and the close protection officer’s certification course;

-Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under direct supervision, fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across Organizational boundaries;

-Makes recommendations to the USG on safety and security policy matters as they arise from all duty stations;

-Acts as Chair of the United Nations Security and Safety Service Network (UNSSSNET);

-Develops common standards and practices for safety and security services at UNHQ and for all other overseas UN duty stations including Regional Commissions and represents the Organization at international, regional and inter-agency meetings, seminars and other forums on security and safety issues as appropriate;

-Acts as the Chair of the UNDSS Interdepartmental Weapon’s Committee;

-Oversees relations with senior officials of city, state, federal and international law enforcement and other agencies on policy and operational issues and performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate management expertise in a decentralized security organization. Knowledge of physical security, guard force management, venue security and close protection. Expert knowledge of the field of safety and security, preferably in an international setting; Serves as a role model with leadership skills and ability to manage and coordinate many different activities/operations to make difficult decisions under pressure and to implement proposals; Ability to build and manage large and diverse teams; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and possesses strong communication skills; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence and resilience when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations.

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.

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.

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, criminal justice, security management, public administration or related area. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in security, police, military service or relevant area. A minimum of five years of the aforementioned experience should be in senior leadership and management at the international level. Experience with safety and security programmes is required. Seven years of experience in physical security and managing a large, globally deployed guard force operation in the UN or similar international organization is required. Ten years of experience in managing close protection operations, especially for VIPs in high-risk environments, is required. Experience in managing security for large venues is desirable. Experience in providing Use of Force training is desirable. Experience in crisis management is desirable. Experience in security management in the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) or similar organization 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 another official UN language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

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.

Appointment to this position is subject to mandatory adherence to the United Nations Financial Disclosure programme.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, 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, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, 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, 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.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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