Chief Security Officer, P-5 (Cancelled)

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   23 May 2006
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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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
The Chief Security Officer serves as the Mission Security Adviser and reports to the Head of Mission on all security-related matters. He/she is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties: - Advise the Head of Mission on all security-related matters and participate in discussions and development of security policies and procedures. - Undertake threat assessments for all locations in the Mission area where United Nations personnel are present. - Contribute to the planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations. - Review and monitor activities related to the Mission security programme and Mission security plans, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of such plans and, if necessary, their implementation. Identify air and land evacuation requirements to be used in emergencies. - Ensure availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is adapted and functioning properly. Request necessary repairs or adjustments. - Maintain continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising UN staff, project personnel to follow appropriate preventative steps. - Arrange protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP's as necessary. - Compile and maintain an updated staff list that includes all personnel, including visiting missions and consultants. - Establish lines of communication with security focal points and all UN agencies operating in the mission area and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination. Establish and maintain dialog with international institutions for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters. - Establish and maintain liaison with national law enforcement agencies and local authorities. - Monitor and evaluate office physical security measures. Conduct security surveys of installations and facilities. - Determine need for, and provide training and advice to UN staff on residential security measures. - Establish procedures for and conduct investigations on all deaths and all accidents and incidents in which mission staff have been victims of crime. Follow up on all arrest of staff members. - Assume responsibility for guard force management and issuance of ID cards. - Conduct and supervise security training in such subjects as the security management system. - Evaluate effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.

- Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills in managing a security operation. - Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military or other security specialisation and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment; good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives, and other sophisticated devices encountered in security management; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered. - Technological Awareness: Good computer skills, particularly in relation to security management and monitoring. - Communication: Good oral and written communication skills. - Judgement and Decision-Making: ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. - Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with: mission directors, security officers in other agencies, specialists in other fields related to security, representatives of local and national governments and the non-government community, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in business administration, political/social science, psychology, or international relations, with focus on security management. A military or police academy degree would be relevant, including having successfully graduated from a senior service or command and general staff college.

Work Experience
A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, police or military service with extensive command or leadership experience. Of these, at least two (2) years of international exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organisation. Direct experience in United Nations Security Management System with proven crisis management capabilities are an asset.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French is essential. Knowledge of a second official UN languages is an advantageous and sometimes requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills

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.



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