Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is within the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Under the direction of the Senior Legal Officer leading the Operational Support Section (OSS), the Security Coordination Officer is responsible for the coordination and management of security and safety for IIIM offices and its field operations. The role of the incumbent is to ensure the safety and security of IIIM personnel and property and to enable the IIIM to conduct its operations in a safe environment, based on the principle of security risk management rather than risk aversion.
With a mind-set driven by a duty of care to staff and partners at all levels, the IIIM Security Coordinator will provide the required security presence across all levels of IIIM in a cost effective and efficient manner.
The role of the Security Coordination Officer is to act as liaison with the Security and Safety Service (SSS), GVA, in matters related to the security and safety of IIIM staff and assets in the UNOG campus, and to prepare, implement and monitor a security framework for IIIM operations in the field, in coordination with the United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) relevant offices and with other parties as needed. As directed, the Security Coordinator/Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Security response planning and communication:
• In coordination with SSS Geneva, plans security responses and communication with all parties across all levels of the IIIM to ensure safety and security of staff.
• In consultation with SSS Geneva, develops policy advice on security issues as appropriate across all levels of the IIIM.
• Liaises and coordinates as required with SSS Geneva and with other Geneva-based UN Agency Security Focal Points to keep abreast of relevant security matters in the Geneva area.
• In consultation with SSS Geneva, drafts the overall security plan for IIIM, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the plan.
• Liaises with SSS Geneva to ensure that fire detection devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the IIIM’s premises. Coordinates with SSS Geneva in the maintenance of the fire evacuation plan and the conduct of fire drills and training as necessary.
• Contributes to implementation and evaluation of the preparedness and compliance of the IIIM to security measures mandated by UNDSS through SSS Geneva.
• Liaises with SSS Geneva to ensure that Personal Security Risk Assessments (PSRAs) for senior IIIM personnel are updated as required.
• Liaises with SSS Geneva in the conduct of security assessment of IIIM premises and recommends appropriate upgrades and other actions.
• Liaises with UNDSS to ensure that the Security Risk Management (SRM) for IIIM premises is updated on an annual basis or as required.
• Assists the Head and/or Deputy Head of the IIIM in their oversight functions for the management of staff safety at IIIM premises and in the field.
2) Coordination of field security-related matters:
• Supervises and guides security aspects of IIIM activities in field operations and provides technical oversight, including in liaison with field security officers as required.
• Prepares security guidelines for IIIM staff on field mission.
• Assesses relevant prevailing security conditions, identifying security trends and advising IIIM Management, staff and associated personnel on potential security problems, such as direct threats, kidnapping, armed attacks, arrest and detention. Prepares travel advice and assists in the preparation of mission plans.
• As required by the supervisor, liaises with the UNDSS and field security coordinators of other agencies for the purpose of exchanging information and facilitating greater staff security and safety for IIIM staff.
• Plans and implements security assessment missions to the field and for the purpose of responding to emergencies and advising IIIM staff and management on how best to deal with serious security/ safety problems.
• Coordinates and, where appropriate, implements security training for staff at all levels.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military, law enforcement or other security specialization and political and cultural knowledge of the Middle Eastern region. Ability to deal effectively with stress factors when encountered in security management. 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.
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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) 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 additional 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 five years of progressively responsible professional experience in governmental, institutional or corporate security risk management and operations at the international level is required.
At least 2 years of direct field experience in an international context is desirable.
Experience in field operations in high risk settings is desirable.
Experience with security frameworks in the context of evidence collection work is desirable.
Professional work experience in the Middle East is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.
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.
An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.
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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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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