Location: Monrovia Liberia
Closing: 25 November 2014
This position is located in Monrovia in the United Nations Mission in Liberia. The
Security Coordination Officer at P-3 level reports through the Deputy Security Advisor to the Chief Security Advisor on all security operations coordination.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer at P-3 level may be responsible for the following duties:
• Supervises a Security unit, as assigned by the Chief Security Advisor (CSA);
• Attends security management team and Security Cell meetings;
• Assists higher level Security Coordination Officers in the management of the Security Section, prepares inputs for the work programme of the unit, determines priorities and allocates resources, monitors performance, determines security resource requirements and prepares inputs for results-based budgeting;
• Develops and implements Security Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) applicable to his/her unit operations and participates in the development of the Security Plans to preserve the safety and security of all UN personnel, assets and operations;
• Prepares, develops, updates, implements and ensures that functioning and effective security and contingency plans relevant of the unit’s expertise or, as required
• Contributes to security risk assessments within the mission area;
• Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with security focal points, UN personnel, Host Government authorities, as well as Military and Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters;
• Provides training and advice to his/her unit’s personnel on security matters;
• Acts as a focal point for security information flow on issues of assignment;
• Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifies potential threats and advises UN personnel to follow appropriate preventive steps;
• Acts as a member of a Crisis Management Team in crisis situations, ensures crisis preparedness and timely coordinates emergency and crisis situations response in a timely manner;
• Monitors air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action; Assesses evacuation resources availability and submits request to cover the need;
• Monitors accessible areas, maintains tracking systems, establishes and coordinates an efficient 24-hour Emergency Response System (ERS);
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary.
• Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; Coordinates implementation of security arrangements by the guard force management, as recommended by the security risk assessments;
• Coordinates development of Principal Security Risk Assessment and implementation of recommended mitigating measures; assigns protective services for Senior United Nations Officials or visiting VIP’s as necessary;
• Performs as Duty Officer in the Security Information and Operations Centre;
• Obtain, study and implement all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN);
• Performs other duties as directed by the CSA or delegated authority.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Head of Field Mission, Designated Official for Safety and Security (who can be the same person as Head of Mission), Senior Administrative Officers and Directors;
• United Nations Resident Coordinators (In designated countries), Deputy Resident Representative;
• Security personnel, United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS) including field personnel and desk officers at the Peace Operations Support Section (POSS) at UNDSS headquarters;
• Security personnel, Department of Peacekeeping Operations including the DPKO-DFS Focal Point for Security at Headquarters;
• Security personnel, Agencies, Funds and Programmes operating in the mission’s area of responsibility and/or other field missions,
• Military and Civilian Police Officers;
• Project Managers and other Project personnel;
• Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel.
Effective planning, implementation and coordination of a security system capable 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.
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 divers 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.
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.
• 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.
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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
• An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social science or international relations with focus on security management;
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
• A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent)
• UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, Security Investigation.
• A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which
• At least three years of progressively experience in security operations centre or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
• At least two years of experience in managing multiple and divers military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required; and
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required;
• Desirable experience: management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict or post-conflict and multicultural environment.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.