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Chief Security Adviser, D-1 (Cancelled)
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   26 May 2006
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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
Under the direction of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Designated Official (SRSG/DO), the Chief Security Advisor serves as the Principal Security Adviser to the SRSG/DO and the SMT on all aspects of security management, crisis readiness and preparedness with regard to the safety, security and well-being of UN staff members, their eligible dependants and property and the security of UN facilities, equipment and activities in Iraq. - Lead the development and provision of comprehensive security advice to SRSG/DO, the DSRSGs, and through the Security Management Team (SMT) to the Heads of Agencies and Offices; - Serve as a member of the Security Management Team (SMT). - Be accountable to the SRSG/DO with the responsibility for a unified United Nations security system in Iraq; - Manage the Security Section and carry out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including, preparing inputs for the work programme of the Section, determining priorities and allocating resources, monitoring performance, determination of security resource requirements and preparing inputs for results-based budgeting; - Serve as the UNAMI principle high-level day-to-day interface on security issues and events with the Government of Iraq, the SPLM and local authorities, as appropriate; - Represent the SRSG/DO in high-level security coordination groups ; Serving as the primary, day-to-day interface with UNDSS in New York; - On an exceptional basis and in accordance with the direction of the SRSG/DO, chair meeting of the SMT Working Group and coordinating the initiation and completion of major security threat/risk assessments; - Coordinate periodic reviews of the effectiveness and efficiency of the UNAMI Integrated Security Structure and recommending measures to maintain and improve security capabilities; conducting periodic security assessment visits to UNAMI Regions; Establish and chair a security coordination cell for duty stations where there are also Single-agency Security Officers, in order to ensure that all security officers at the duty station work together to further security management; - Coordinate and manage all safety and security aspects of UN staff based in Iraq including contingency and evacuation plans and the warden system. Coordinate UNAMI security efforts in HQ and Field Offices in Darfur and South Iraq; - Take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of United Nations staff in Iraq; - Advise the UN Iraq Security Management Team (SMT) in Iraq on all aspects of security policies and procedures, provide strategic guidance and direction and proactive and innovative approaches to delivery of security services to ensure optimal utilization of security resources; - Act as security focal point for UNAMI and represent them at inter-agency and intra-organizational meetings on security; - Provide advice and guidance to improve security of all UN facilities, in line with H-MOSS and MOSS; - Update of the Security Plan for UNAMI for approval by the SMT. This will include but is not limited to : a) Plans for Evacuation from Iraq; b) the Warden systems; c) Plans for relocation from Regional and Sub-Regional locations; d) emergency communications system covering net in Baghdad and a similar system covering all Regional and Sub-Regional locations. - Maintain close working relationship with Iraq based agencies, the host country Security Forces, diplomatic mission security focal points and international organizations; - Supervise the investigations of all security-related incidents involving UN staff and follow up with local authorities; - Plan and oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Security Section and ensure that substantive activities such as emergency preparedness, issuance of Grounds Passes and ID cards, and establishment of entry controls for normal or emergency conditions for the UNAMI office are carried out in a timely fashion. Ensure the outputs produced by the Section meet high standards and that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive dates necessary to comply with the relevant mandates; - Input to UNAMI lessons identified/learned initiatives; - Determine the need for, and ensure a programme to provide security training to UNAMI staff; and - Report to the SRSG/DO instances of failure or non-compliance with security policies, practices and procedures.

Professionalism: Expert knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military, police or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of the Middle East generally and Iraq specifically, ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Planning and organizing; proven ability to plan and organize work, requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and ability to integrate the work of the Service into the Mission’s work programme. Communication: Drafting ability and communication skills, both oral and written; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful. Judgment/Decision-making – Good judgment and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, energy and tact; ability to ensure an effective work structure to maximize productivity and achieve Section’s goals. Leadership Strong managerial/leadership skills, demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis of complex human resources, financial or administrative management policy and programme issues; proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including the ability to effectively lead, mentor, develop, supervise and evaluate staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills. Managing Performance: ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work of others; ability to make timely decisions; ability to coach, mentor, motivate and develop staff and encourage good performance. Building trust – Reputation for dealing honestly and openly with issues and staff, recognized and highly respected by peers, clients and staff.


Advanced University Degree or university degree with experience and advanced training/courses in one of the disciplines directly related to security management. A military or police academy degree will be considered relevant.

Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in security management, preferably in a military or police context, including at least five years in the security management role in the United Nations system. Prior experience in the review and development of country specific MOSS initiative for a large facility, as well as prior field experience (peacekeeping, humanitarian etc) work in the area of threat and risk analysis are highly desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second official UN langauge is ana advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local langauge 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.



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.
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