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Deputy Chief Security Officer, P-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   08 Jun 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

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 the limits of delegated authority, the Deputy Chief Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties in addition to any additional tasks entrusted to him/her by the Chief Security Officer:  Assist the Chief Security Officer to 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;  On behalf of the Chief Security Officer, oversee all human resources related matters, ensure the Security Section is properly staffed and stay up to date with all relevant human resources rules and regulations;  Plan and implement a robust schedule of ongoing live relocation and evacuation training exercises jointly involving all UN Staff and relevant UNIFIL Military components to test the effectiveness of the Military Support to the Security Plan;  Ensure that the continually rotating Military Staff Officers, who are key actors in the United Nations Security Management System, maintain a high level of awareness in terms of their roles and responsibilities;  Manage the Integrated Fire Safety Unit and evaluate effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, evacuation plans and ensure that fire evacuation drills are conducted regularly;  Manage all the contracts related to the maintenance and acquisition of fire safety related products such as fire extinguishers and fire alarms;  Annually, prepare the Budget for the Security Section including the outputs and performance reports for timely submission to the mission management;  Perform as the Officer-in-Charge of the Security Section in the absence of the Chief Security Officer;  Review and monitor activities related to the preparation of security plans for the mission, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation;  Advise superiors with regard to all security-related matters and participate in discussions and development of policies and procedures for security operations, contributing inputs related to assigned areas of responsibility;  Establish lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination;  Serve as member of security management teams, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations;  Maintain continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probably threats and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependents to follow appropriate preventative steps;  Establish air, land and sea evacuation capabilities to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of aircraft, vessels, vehicles, fuel supply, accessable roads, ports and airfields;  Monitor and evaluate office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate for normal and emergency conditions;  Determine need for, and provide training and advice to UN staff and dependents on, residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and lock to prevent burglar intrusions;  Establish and maintain dialogue with local authorities and international instituations such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters;  Ensure availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if systems are functioning properly and arrange for necessary repairs or adjustments as needed;  Establish reporting procedures for, and supervise investigations of, accidents involving UN vehicles and security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or dependents;  Assume responsibility for guard force maintainance, as assigned;  Arrange protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIPs as necessary;  Conduct and supervise security training in such subjects as the security management system;  Assume responsibility of Area Coordinators and Zone Wardens;  Perform other duties as assigned.

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of the country of assignment; good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specialiations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives, and other sophisticated devices encountered in security management; ability to effectively deal with stress factors when encountered. Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills in managing a security operation. Judgement / Decision-making: Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effecive 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-governmental community, with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Communication: Good oral and written communication skills. Technological Awareness: Good computer skills, particularly in relation to security management and monitoring.


Advanced university Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Political Science, Military Science, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience post first qualifying degree (9 years post degree if only first level degree (Bachelors) is held) in disaster management, risk management or related security area is required. A minimum one year's experience in security management outside the applicant's home country and country of birth is required. Experience in United Nations peacekeeping operations preferably within the UN Security Management System is highly desirable.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language may be an asset.

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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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