Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief Security Adviser, P5
Job Code Title: CHIEF SECURITY ADVISER
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: OTHER
Posting Period: 24 April 2018 - 07 June 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-DSS-95507-P-Other (R)
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 security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. These positions are located in the Department of Safety and Security, the Security Section or other mission in the field or headquarters. The Chief Security Adviser in the field or headquarters reports to a designated administrative authority or Principal Security Adviser and the Division of Regional Operations.

For more information on the Department, visit: https://www.un.org/undss/

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief Security Adviser may be responsible for the following duties:

•Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security management documents for the mission, designated county, geographic area or activities, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
•Establishes and chairs a security coordination cell, ensures its good functioning and practices, fosters inter agency security coordination.
•Advises to and supports the Designated Official and/or Head of Mission and/or security focal points and/or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
•Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
•Serves as member of Security Management Teams or Area Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
•Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
•Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
•Provides support and oversees the establishment/maintenance of an Emergency Communication System .
•Conducts facts finding related to security-related incidents involving UNSMS personnel or eligible dependents.
•Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
•Develops strategic goals, objectives, plans for the delivery of the substantive activities of the unit or section and implements corresponding outputs
•Guides the definition of policies, methods and standards for the implementation of the substantive activities of the Division, Unit or Section.
•Participates in security missions such as interagency missions, Integrated Task Forces (ITF) missions, Technical Assessment Missions (TAM), Non-Aligned Members (NAM) missions, Security Assessment visits, evaluation missions, Fact-finding missions/inquiries.
•Manages and reports in assets managements for the allocated resources of the assigned office(s), including personnel, budget and assets
•Develops and manages extra-budgetary funded security projects.
•Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for Division reporting.
•Identifies and promotes best practices.
•Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

•Professionalism: In depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•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 responsibilities 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations, or related field. 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, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment or related field is required. Of these, at least five (5) years of command and leadership is required. A minimum of two (2) years of experience in UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required. A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in security operation is required. A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in peacekeeping environment is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Shortly after the closure of job opening the screened-in applicants will be invited by email to take the Job-Fit Questionnaire (JFQ); please ensure that your primary email address in Inspira is correct as this will be used for the invitation. No communications will be sent to your secondary email address.

Evaluation of suitable candidates may include other forms of assessment which may be followed by 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.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is taking efforts to improve gender parity, including full implementation of the UN-wide, and Departmental Gender Strategies. We are committed to providing an inclusive culture and exciting opportunities for women in the security and operations field.

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.

This Job Opening is for roster purposes. The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations. The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Chief Security Adviser, P5 roster. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) at the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

Please note that Chief Security Adviser positions include conflict and post-conflict locations in non-family and/or hardship duty stations as well as family-duty stations and headquarters.

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

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.

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.

No Fee

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