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 Security Adviser will report directly to the Division of Regional Operations of Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters in New York. The post is presently located in Nouakchott, Mauritania and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as a "D" hardship and a family duty station.Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Division of Regional Operations of Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters in New York, the incumbent of the post will serve as the Security Adviser to the Designated Official (DO) and to the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform the following duties:
•Advises to and supports the Designated Official of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
•Establishes and chairs a security coordination cell, ensures its good functioning and practices, fosters inter agency security coordination.
•Prepares, reviews, security management documents for the designated area of responsibility, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
•Identifies and monitors trends of security incidents affecting UNSMS personnel and organizations.
•Initiates, conducts and monitors the Security Risk Managements (SRM) process and other relevant requirements of UNSMS security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of UN programmes particularly in crisis situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of UN premises and assets.
•Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures.
•Provides support and advice to the Designated Official and/or security focal points and/or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
•Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
•Serves as member of Security Management Teams or Area Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
•Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
•Leads and directs security operations.
•Monitors implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
•Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System.
•Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
•Manages and reports in assets managements for the allocated resources of the assigned office(s), including all security personnel, budget and assets, and oversees the performance of security contractors.
•Develops, manages, reviews or supports extra-budgetary funded security projects.
•Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for Division reporting.
•Identifies and promotes best practices.
•Performs any other duties as may be assigned.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. 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; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
•TEAMWORK: 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.
• MANAGING PERFORMANCE: 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
Of these, a minimum of 2 years of international experience in security management systems is required.
Two (2) years of international experience in security operations is also required.
Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.,
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 30 January 2020 with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is taking efforts to improve gender parity, including full implementation of the UN-wide, and Departmental Gender Strategies. We are committed to providing an inclusive culture and exciting opportunities for women in the security and operations field.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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.
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