Job Vacancies Department of Safety and Security (DSS)
Position: Security coordination officer: West Africa Desk
Location: United States of America ( The ), New York
Closing Date: Monday, 02 July 2012
Organizational 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 programs 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 West Africa Desk.
The 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.
monitor 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 maintains regular contact and dialogue with each FSCO, taking reports from them 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 recommendations on critical issues of interest to senior management;
Accumulates data input for periodic 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 stations 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 and/or to assist DOs, SMTs, and FSCOs. 4. Other duties:
Provides expert guidance and leadership to more junior staff;
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency, has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency 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 progressively responsible experience in 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. Senior command (Major or equivalent level) or higher management experience in a corporate environment, 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 and French (both oral and written) is required.
A competency based interview and/or other substantive assessment method may be used.
- 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 position is vacant due to the temporary assignment/secondment of the regular incumbent to another office/organization. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
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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