Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Security Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 June 2018 - 18 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-DPKO-96712-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the office of the Chief of Staff in the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Field Support (DFS). The Office of the Chief of Staff is a shared resource that delivers programme resource and information management support, leads cross management and reform initiatives, provides situational awareness on developments impacting United Nations peacekeeping to support decision making, delivers security and safety advice, and facilitates crisis response for both Departments. The Senior Security Officer reports to the Chief of Staff.

For more information on DPKO and DFS, please refer to: https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-peacekeeping-operations, and https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/department-of-field-support

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Security Officer is responsible for the following duties:
•Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security management documents for DPKO/DFS, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
•Advises and supports the USGs DPKO/DFS with regard to all security-related matters, including on strategic direction, development and management of intra- and inter-departmental security and organizational resilience management 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 Inter-Agency Security Management Networks, and its Steering Group, , contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementation of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
•Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on the implementation of security issues in DPKO-led field missions.
•Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
•Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents as part of the department’s crisis management team.
•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 Section.
•Coordinates and participates in DPKO-led security missions to integrate and harmonize emergency management architecture under the Secretariat’s Organizational Resilience Management System.
•Manages and reports in asset managements for the allocated resources of the office, 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. 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.
•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.

Managerial Competencies
•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.
•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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field is required. 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 ten (10) 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 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 UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. The post is funded for a one year period.

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.

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.

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No Fee

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