Job Vacancies Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
Position: Senior security coordination officer
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Sunday, 08 July 2012
Organizational Setting and Reporting
Under the leadership of the Chief of Staff of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS), the Senior Security Coordination Officer serves as the DPKO/DFS Focal Point for Security and Safety. Through the Chief of Staff, s/he advises the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support on strategic direction, development and management of the implementation of overall intra – and inter-departmental policies and procedures on security and field safety (occupational), risk management and organizational resilience management for DPKO and DFS and the missions they direct and support in the field.
In close coordination with the Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and in his/her capacity as the DPKO/DFS Focal Point for Security, the Senior Security Coordination Officer ensures oversight of security and safety-related policies measures, in support of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operation’s responsibilities and accountability for the security and safety of military and police personnel deployed as formed units and for his/her role in supporting the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security in safeguarding the safety and security of civilian personnel, individual military and police personnel and other personnel deployed in DPKO-led field missions. As a shared DPKO/DFS resource, the Senior Security Coordination Officer coordinates with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Security Focal Point on security and safety-related measures for personnel deployed in DPA-led field missions.
In so doing, the Senior Security Coordination Officer interacts with all substantive DPKO and DFS organizational units, including the Office of Operations, the Office of Military Affairs, the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions (including the Police Division), and the Divisions of the Department of Field Support to ensure that provisions for the full implementation of UN security and safety risk management polices are made in a timely and effective manner, and to ensure coordination between the military, police and civilian components on security and safety policies. On behalf of the Chief of Staff, s/he represents DPKO and DFS in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) Steering Group, both plenary sessions and working groups, ensuring appropriate consultation on policy documents with all DPKO/DFS stakeholders. The Senior Security Coordination Officer contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on the implementation of security policies, practices and issues in DPKO-led field missions. In coordination with DSS, the Senior Security Coordination Officer undertakes or participates, as required, in security assessment missions in the field, including technical assessment missions and pre-deployment missions, with a primary focus on the coordination of security and safety issues between military, police and civilian components, and with relevant DSS officials.
The Senior Security Coordination Officer leads and manages a Section responsible for the production and maintenance of the DPKO/DFS Headquarters Business Continuity Plan and assistance to DPKO-led missions in the development of their business continuity plans, in accordance with Secretariat-wide policies and the specific operational requirements of DPKO and DFS. The Section also: assists DPKO-led missions to integrate and harmonize their emergency management plans under the Secretariat’s Organizational Resilience Management System; and, coordinates field safety risk management for DPKO-led missions, collecting and analyzing safety incident data and providing safety best practices and training to field missions. The Senior Security Coordination Officer forecasts, plans and manages the Section’s human and financial resources.
In-depth knowledge of the operational security and safety risk management as well as emergency management issues in the field of peacekeeping. 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; and, remains calm in stressful situations.
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; and, uses time efficiently to ensure that goals and deadlines are met.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify; 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.
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; and, shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Judgement / Decision-making:
identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information and 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; and, makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in safety, security, emergency management, risk management or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of safety and security risk management is required, including at least five years of senior management experience. Experience in security risk management at the senior management level within an international organization is required. Experience in UN peacekeeping or other field operations is required, military or police experience at the officer level is required. Attendance at a Command and Staff College or equivalent is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is desirable
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
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 fulfill 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 note.
These posts are 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.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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