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Security Information Analyst, P-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   30 Aug 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process within 14 days (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff Selection System). The process for rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted. Placement on the roster does not guarantee selection to field mission.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Within limits of delegated authority, and under the general supervision of the CSA/CSO or a Security Adviser (SA), the Security Information Analyst at P-4 level is responsible for the management of information relevant to security, including collection, collation, analysis and dissemination, to be used as a decision-making and planning tool by the UN Designated Official and Security Management Team in a field mission to enhance the safety and security of UN personnel, assets and operations in the country. The Security Information Analyst will maintain security information awareness of all aspects which could potentially affect the safety and security of the UN, including up-to-date knowledge of events relating to the security environment through monitoring of security incidents, daily situation reports, local media and other open sources, and the cultivation of an information gathering and sharing network in accordance with policy and guidelines. Specific responsibilities (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Security Information Analysts): Advises the CSA/CSO/SA or equivalent on threats affecting the United Nations; Supervises the Security Information and Operations Centre or similar entity, as appointed; Provides supervision of the Security Information Cell as a senior Security Information Analyst (SIA); Identifies and coordinates security information requirements, collection, collation and dissemination of security threat information to CSA/CSO/SA or equivalent, Designated Officials and Security Management Teams; Analyzes security information, identifies trends of threats and security incidents affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations in specific countries; Develops trend analysis, gathers comprehensive information on all factors of insecurity, determines the relevance and validity of security information and the reliability of information resources; Assists the CSA/CSO/SA or equivalent in the development of specific security risk assessments for individual UN programmes and activities in countries and regions, or in preparation of rapid threat and risk assessments; Develops corresponding security advisories and recommendations on security operating procedures; Develops country-wide security risk analyses, briefing materials and presentations to CSA/CSO/SA or equivalent, Designated Officials and Security Management Teams on security matters; Conducts and coordinates research on specific threat factors, support activities of the Crisis Management Team in response to specific security incidents; Establishes effective communication channels with security authorities of host countries and other interlocutors; Ensures timely dissemination of security threat information to mission leadership, Security Personnel; Develops reports on analyses of security incidents affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations; Develops regional threat assessments in coordination with Chief Security Adviser or equivalent in neighboring countries; Supervises the activities of the Security Information Analysts (if available) in the SIOC as well as any national staff assigned to the information cell; Performs other duties as directed by CSA/CSO/SA or equivalent 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 Peacekeeping Operations Support Section (POSS) at UNDSS headquarters and the Threat and Risk Assessment Unit; Security personnel, Department of Peacekeeping Operations including the DPKO-DFS Focal Point for Security at Headquarters, and the Assessment Teams of the DPKO Situation Centre and the Office of Military Affairs; 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; Members of diplomatic missions in the country, foreign military forces and other sanctioned organizations and individuals.

PROFESSIONALISM: Excellent knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information collection, collation and analysis; Ability to develop research projects and perform studies on practical security matters; Knowledge of security management, combined with solid background (training, education and experience) in security information management; Ability to understand security threats and challenges in a conflict and post-conflict environment; 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 COMMUNICATION: Excellent drafting abilities, resourceful communications skills, both orally and in writing, ability to effectively communicate complex security issues to clients and supervisors; Clearly present research findings and formulate security advisories; 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 AND 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. TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Adherence to continuous learning and education, knowledge of information data management, analytical tools, techniques and procedures; Good computer skills, particularly in relation to security information management and monitoring; Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the Office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology. JUDGEMENT AND DECISION-MAKING: Demonstrated sound judgment, ability to differentiate assumptions, inductions and deductions from conclusions and proven facts; Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


• An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management, information management or business administration, political/social science or international relations with focus on security information management. • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security information management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. • A diploma from a national police or military academy resulting in an appointment as a commissioned officer in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management at the rank of commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent) maybe accepted in lieu of a first level university degree. • Successfully certification in the UN DSS Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP) course is an asset (and will be expected for future advancement in this field).

Work Experience
• A minimum of seven years with advanced university degree (nine years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in security information analysis with a military, police, state, civilian information management or security management organization is required; • At least two years experience and exposure at the international level is required; • At least one year of experience in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Other Skills
UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme (SCP), Hostage Incident Management (HIM), Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC) and Security Investigation (SINV).

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).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
  1. To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

  2. After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

  3. In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.