• Added Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Jerusalem. The Chief Security Officer (CSO) reports to the Head of Mission on all security operations coordination, administration and operational support. As part of the UN Integrated Security Workforce (ISW), he/she maintains technical reporting lines with the UNDSS desk of the Peacekeeping Operations Support Section at UNHQ, and provides reports to and assists the UNDSS CSA/SA in the respective UN Country Team Area of Operations (AO) or other AOs where UNTSO is operating. The CSO serves as the primary adviser on aspects of safety, security and cross-utilization of security assets, and the application of the UNSMS to the missions UNTSO and UNSCO, the mission of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Chief Security Officer at P-4 level will be responsible for the following duties (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Chief Security Officers):


•Leads, supervises and manages the mission Security Unit

•Monitors and evaluates office physical measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions

•Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.

•Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependents on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.

•Ensures availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly. Arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.

•Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents.

•Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned

•Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP’s as necessary

•Conducts and supervises security Training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and wardens and personal security awareness.

•Obtains, studies and implements all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN).

Advice and Coordination

•Advise the Head of Mission on all security related matters and participates in discussions and development of security policies and procedures.

•Establishes direct lines of communication with the UNDSS POSS desk and keeps lines of communications and meets regularly with the CSA/SA/CSO of the respective UN Country Teams or missions in his/her AO, and is a member of existing security cell setups in the areas of operations.

•Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with Security Focal Points, UN personnel, including Agencies, Funds and Programmes (AFP's) and Implementing Partners, Host Government authorities, as well as Military and Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters.


•Reviews and monitors activities related to security risk management including the preparation of risk assessments and the development of risk mitigation measures.

•Reviews and monitors activities related to preparation of security plan of the Mission, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.

•Serves as member of the mission Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation and evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations.

•Establishes air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends necessary infrastructure in coordination with the Mission Support departments; assesses evacuation resources availability.

•Perform other duties as directed by the Head of Mission, or delegated authority.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

•Heads of Missions, Designated Officials for Safety and Security in areas of operation, Senior Administrative Officers and Directors;
•United Nations Resident Coordinators, Deputy Resident Representative;
•UN Integrated Security personnel, United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) desk officers of the Peace Operations Support Section (POSS) at UNDSS headquarters as well as UNDSS Chief/Security advisors and security field personnel;
•Security personnel, Agencies, Funds and Programmes operating in the mission’s area of responsibility and/or other field missions;
•Military and Civilian Police Officers as UNSMS members;
•Project Managers and other Project personnel;
•Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel.
Results expected:
•Effective planning, implementation and coordination of a security system capable to enable the conduct of United Nations programmes and activities while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel and the security of United Nations premises and assets.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and diverse security units; 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; always acts ethically and with integrity.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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; Provides leadership and takes responsibility 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.

Judgment and Decision-making: Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; 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 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; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


•An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management or business administration, political/social science or international relations, with a focus on security management. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
•A diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy equivalent to a first or advanced degree may be accepted. over a minimum of a three-year period.
•UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management is desirable.


•English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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