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  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 09 April 2019

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Safety and Security Coordination Service, Security and Information Assurance Division, Administration and Management Sector

Grade - P5

Contract Duration - 2 years *

Duty Station

: CH-Geneva

Publication Date

: 13-Mar-2019

Application Deadline

: 09-Apr-2019, 11:59:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATION DEADLINE: please note that the deadline for applications is indicated in local time as per the time zone of the applicant’s location.

1. Organizational Context

a.Organizational Setting

The post is located in the Safety and Security Coordination Service (SSCS) in the Security and Information Assurance Division (SIAD) in the Administration and Management (A&M) Sector.

The Division is responsible for the management of all aspects of WIPO's information and physical security and safety and ensures that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and effective measures and controls are established to assess and mitigate threats/risks to the Organization.

As a member of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), WIPO aligns itself with the goal of the UNSMS to enable the conduct of United Nations activities while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel and the security of United Nations premises and assets.

b.Purpose Statement

The incumbent is responsible and accountable to the Security Focal Point and the Director General for providing professional Security Risk Management (SRM) services to enable and support the safe, secure and resilient delivery of WIPO's mandate. This includes assessing the operational context, identifying and analyzing risks to personnel, assets, operations and programs, and implementing solutions to mitigate or otherwise manage those risks. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring WIPO's management and staff meet their mandatory obligations within the UNSMS.

c.Reporting Lines

The incumbent reports to the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Director of the Security and Information Assurance Division, with the exception of matters relating to the UNSMS, for which the incumbent reports directly to the UN Security Focal Point for WIPO.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will perform the following principal duties:

a. Lead the work of the Service, assess staff performance and determine staffing requirements and equipment needs; establish priorities and objectives, implement and monitor security -related budgets, resources and assets; oversee the performance of security contractors; and ensure active management of results based targets; provide guidance and leadership to SSCS staff and managers with security roles and responsibilities.

b. Develop and manage WIPO's SRM system and ensure continuous compliance, through the implementation of a strategic security plan aligned to WIPO's Medium- Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) and WIPO's Risk Management Policy.

c. Continuously seek to introduce, clarify, adapt and strengthen accountability mechanisms and supporting enforcement systems within the security and business line management structure.

d. Provide advice on strategic, tactical and policy issues related to UNSMS and accountability within the WIPO Security Management System.

e. Oversee adherence to all security policies, procedures, plans, and processes, promoting understanding and support for security requirements in business processes, and reporting compliance metrics.

f. Oversee the provision of threat monitoring, security risk analysis and management, and security advisory services to WIPO management and staff that allows the organization to carry out its mandate at an acceptable level of risk.

g. Serve as the Security Focal Point a.i. and represent WIPO at the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) security policy decision-making bodies. Engage with corporate security service forums and conferences to transfer beneficial industry best practice and international standards to the WIPO SRM system.

h. Oversee the development, implementation and maintenance of a staff security training strategy that increases skills, awareness and knowledge of all personnel across the organization.

i. Support WIPO's Organizational Resilience Strategy and plans; ensure a robust emergency, preparedness and response capability is in place to address international and domestic security or safety events; provide leadership and incident management where there is an exceptional risk to the safety and security of WIPO personnel, premises and assets.

j. Liaise with UNDSS, international organizations, government senior security officials, police, military, intelligence, specialist providers, subject matter experts and diplomatic missions on prevention, preparedness, and response to regional or global security and safety threats and incidents and carry out any other duties as assigned.

3. Requirements



Advanced university degree in security management, risk management, public policy, international relations, business, law, law enforcement, political science, military science or related discipline. A first-level university degree in any of the above disciplines plus two years of relevant experience in addition to the experience requested below may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


Certification or training in ISO 31000 and service management.

Professional security management training from a recognized law enforcement agency, UNDSS, or other competent body.

UNDSS certification in any of the following: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Occupational Safety.



At least 10 years' relevant experience in security risk management, developing and implementing security strategies, and managing complex security operations in high risk environments, working for an International Organization, government, law enforcement, public or private sector.

Experience managing staff.


Experience in performance-based security service management, business continuity, occupational health and safety, aviation security, firearms management, investigations, conference and event security management, emergency preparedness and response, intelligence and analysis, facility security management, close protection operations, travel risk management, training development, ICT management, security policy development and security program design.

Project management experience (using PRINCE2) and/ or results based management.



Excellent written and spoken knowledge of English or French and good knowledge of the other.

Job Related Competencies


Highest level of integrity, tact and discretion.

Excellent leadership, people and resource management skills.

Excellent analytical and decision-making skills, with the ability to make sound decisions and lead in high stress situations.

Ability to navigate complex policy issues with organizational significance, manage multiple complex tasks, and an ability to forge strong and effective relationships and resolve differences across organizational boundaries.

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and ability to maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and the internet.


Knowledge of UNSMS policies, rules and regulations. Knowledge of Results-Based Management frameworks.

4. Organizational Competencies

1.Communicating effectively.

2.Showing team spirit.

3.Demonstrating integrity.

4.Valuing diversity.

5.Producing results.

6.Showing service orientation.

7.Seeing the big picture.

8.Seeking change and innovation.

9.Developing yourself and others.

5. Information

Mobility:WIPO staff members are international civil servants subject to the authority of the Director General and may be assigned to any activities, office or duty station of the Organization. Accordingly, the selected candidate may be required to move from time to time to new functions and/or to another duty station.

Annual salary:

Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment. The post adjustment (cost of living allowance) is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances. The figures quoted below are based on the March 2019 rate of 67.6%


Annual salary


Post adjustment


Total Salary


Currency USD

Salaries and allowances are paid in Swiss francs at the official rate of exchange of the United Nations.

Please refer to WIPO’s Staff Regulation and Rules for detailed information concerning salaries, benefits and allowances.

Additional Information

* Initial period of two years, renewable, subject to satisfactory performance. No fixed-term appointment or any extension hereof shall carry with it any expectancy of, nor imply any right to, (further) extensions or conversion to a permanent appointment.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other posts at the same grade with similar functions in accordance with Staff Rule 4.9.5.

Applications from qualified women as well as from qualified nationals of unrepresented Member States of WIPO and underrepresented geographical regions are encouraged. Please click on the following links for the list of unrepresented Member States and the list of underrepresented regions and the WIPO Member States in these regions.

The Organization reserves the right to make an appointment at a grade lower than that advertised.


By completing an application, candidates understand that any willful misrepresentation made on this web site, or on any other documents submitted to WIPO during the application, may result in disqualification from the recruitment process, or termination of employment with WIPO at a later date, if that employment resulted from such willful misrepresentations.

In the event that your candidature is shortlisted, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of an identification and of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WIPO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: http://www.whed.net/. Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.

Additional testing/interviewing may be used as a form of screening. Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory professional references.

Additional background checks may be required.

This vacancy is archived.

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