Job Vacancies Department of Safety and Security (DSS)
Position Security Coordination Officer
Department/ Office Department Of Safety And Security
Duty Station NEW YORK
Closing Date: Monday, 13 February 2012
Job Opening number 11-SEC-DEPT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY-21855-R-NEW YORK
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.
The position advertised is located in the Division of Regional Operations (DRO). The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Europe and Americas Desk.
Following are the duties and responsibilities of the Security Coordination Officer:
1. Monitors, researches and assesses all factors on the state of UN security in assigned geographic region.
- Monitors the state of security preparedness of offices of Designated Officials (DOs), Security Management Teams (SMTs), and Field Security Coordination Officers (FSCOs) on a continuing basis and updates the real-time “security information system”;
- Establishes and conducts regular contacts and dialogs with each FSCO, taking reports and analyzing developments in UN security and assisting them in developing options to cope with those situations;
- Analyzes accumulated information and maintains a continuous picture of evolving global, regional or local political events affecting the security of UN staff and dependants in the assigned region;
- Monitors predictive indicators and early warning type information;
2. Prepares and submits periodic and incidental reports for senior management:
- Submits a daily security development report to the Desk Chief which covers significant events and trends in countries assigned;
- Prepares briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendation on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making;
- Accumulates data input for period trend reports, such as the Quarterly Incidents Report as well as Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS) associated reports; and
- Prepares after-action reports following all incidents.
3. Monitors security-related preparedness and compliance of duty stations.
- Monitors the security planning and preparedness of DOs, SMTs, FSCOs;
- Provides guidance and advice on all aspects relating to the preparation and updating of Security Plans;
- Assesses whether all duty station share current Security Plans and if not, suggests corrective action;
- Determines if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems;
- Promotes information exchange with and among various duty stations to avoid common implementation problems related to Security Plans;
- Undertakes security missions, as required, to all duty stations, including high risk, to perform security assessments or to assist DOs, SMTs, and FSCOs.
- Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff; Acts on behalf of Desk Chief in his absence and takes appropriate action as required;
- Makes recommendations to the Desk Chief on courses of action and appropriate responses as necessary.
Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement security operations in the field; ability to expeditiously learn, understand and implement a wide range of United Nations security management policies and procedures; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
Planning and Organising:
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;
Judgement and 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Risk Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law 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 seven years of disaster management, risk management or security experience in the public or private service areas such as national security, military or police service or in a corporate environment, together with a minimum of four years of command (Major equivalent or higher) or management experience, is required. International experience, or experience in UN peacekeeping, or in the UN security management system, is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of a second UN language (Russian or Spanish) is desirable.
A competency based interview and/or other assessment methods will be used.
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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