Job Opening

Posting Title: Associate Security Officer, Training, P2
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 March 2018 - 02 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-DSS-93837-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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. This position is located in the Training and Development Unit (TDU) / Mission Support Unit (MSU) and the incumbent will report to the Security Training Coordinator.


Under the direction of the P-3 Security Training Coordinator, the incumbent is responsible for planning, coordinating and conducting HQ in-house and mission support training programmes. More specifically, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

- Assess the training requirements of the HQ Security Service as well as the Peacekeeping Missions, in consultation with the Security Training Coordinator, propose programs to be conducted and researching training methods and materials for use in training programs.
- Participate in instructor training courses, seminars, designing and development of training modules.
- Review the selection of staff for field security training programmes and coordinate the enrollment of field security staff for external training programmes.
- Liaise and coordinate training with other law enforcement/ security agencies.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of in-house and external training programmes and coordinate the enrollment of field security staff for external training programs.
- Conduct training courses, evaluate participants and review administrative reports prepared by the training officers.
- Maintain the training records and training officers’ data base.
- Draft budget proposals for security training programmes, and monitor training expenditure.
- Supervise and ensure technical compliance and ongoing development of training staff.
- In the absence of the Security Training Coordinator, take the required appropriate actions, including staff supervision and guidance, to ensure the continuity of unit’s operations.
- Assist the Security Training Coordinator in developing and reviewing the delivery of the full range of use of force and related training programmes provided by MSU to security staff of peacekeeping missions, including UN Firearms Trainer Instructor (FTI) and UN Firearms Training Officer (FTO) certification programmes.
- Assist the Security Training Coordinator in planning, organizing and conducting Training Needs Assessments at peacekeeping missions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.


- Ability to make decisions and recommend policy through identifying issues, formulating options and making recommendations in relation to the training of the UN Security Officers in Headquarters or on Peacekeeping missions
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with officials from other units or departments, diplomats, delegations, visitors and staff in general
- Good basic skills in security specialization to be able to develop, review and deliver security training programmes for security personnel
- Well-developed training and coaching skills
- Ability to prepare, deliver and evaluate delivery of security training programmes, including use of force training – firearms and less lethal
- 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 & 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

Commitment to Continuous Learning:
- Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession
- Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally
- Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates
- Shows willingness to learn from others
- Seeks feedback to learn and improve

Managing Performance:
- Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority
- Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member
- Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills
- Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines
- Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff
- Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative
- Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff
- Appraises performance fairly


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Security Management ,or related area is required. 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.

A first-level degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of experience in the security, military, police and/ or criminal justice field is required. Experience as an instructor, preferably in firearms; close protection operations; personal defensive tactics; surveillance detection; fire and safety; CPR/first aid and other security related matters is desirable. Experience in administration and operations for security, law enforcement or military police is desirable. Experience of an international level or in United Nations Peacekeeping operations as well as experience in security management is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P) in Security.


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 applicants may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

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.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval/ extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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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