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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Deputy Security Adviser, P4
Job Opening Number: 20-Security-DSS-138046-F-Abuja (R)
Department / Office: Department of Safety and Security
Job Code Title: Security Coordination Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
- The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) 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 Deputy Security Adviser reports directly to the Chief Security Adviser. The post is located in Abuja, Nigeria and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as a “C” hardship and a family duty station.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Security Adviser, the incumbent of the post will serve as the Deputy Security Adviser to the Chief Security Adviser and perform the following duties:
- Advises to and supports the Designated Official and/or Head of Mission 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 in absence of the Principal/Chief/Security Adviser.
- 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 Chief Security Adviser and/or 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.
- Develops, manages, reviews or supports extra-budgetary funded security projects.
- Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for Division reporting.
- Identifies and promotes best practices.
- Acts as Chief Security Adviser in the absence of the CSA as required.
- Performs any other duties as may be assigned.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
- Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
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.
Deadline: 21st July, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (New York time)
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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- 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.
- Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
- 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.
- 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 does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.