Org. Setting and Reporting
These two positions are located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and are based in Galkayo and Beletweyne respectively.
The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) 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. Under the overall management of the Principal Security Adviser of UNDSS Integrated Security Workforce, Somalia, the incumbents will report to the Field Security Coordination Officer (P-4) and the Deputy Principle Security Adviser respectively.
Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Prepares draft of the area security plan for the designated county or geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the plan.
- Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination.
- Serves as a member of the United Nations Area Security Management Team, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the security plan.
- Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants on potential security problems, such as mines, kidnapping, armed attacks, arrest and detention.
- Maintains an ongoing evaluation of air, land and sea evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, vessels, fuel supply and accessable roads.
- Ensures that fire detection devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises. Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary in coordination with Fire Safety Unit.
- Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities, issuance of identity cards, if possible background checks, and entry control.
- Provides advice and training to staff and dependants on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to minimise burglar intrusions.
- Maintains dialog with host government authorities and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Red Cross/Red Crescent in the event crisis and information sharing.
- Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly; arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.
- Investigates accidents involving UN vehicles and prepares report of findings in coordination with Special Investigation Unit.
- Investigates security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependant.
- Assumes responsibility for guard force management.
- Prepares SRM for all Senior UN Officials visits and coordinate protection detail for senior officials as necessary in closed coordination with Close Protection Coordinator
- Conducts security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness in coordination with Security Training and Development Unit.
- Performs other duties as assigned by Principle Security Adviser,Deputy Principle Security Adviser Chief Security Officer, Deputy Principle Security Adviser of Operations, Deputy Chief Security Officer and Chief Security Information Operations Centre
Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and divers security units; 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 & 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.
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social/military science or international relations with focus on security management;
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management 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 academy (for commissioned officers), which may be considered its equivalent, and in combination with four additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management.
- Weapons qualification is desirable
- Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP) and/or Security Certification Program is desirable.
- A minimum of five years with advanced university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which:
- At least five years of progressively more senior experience in security operations management or control, within a military, police or security organization is required;
- At least two years of experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required;
and at least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For these positions advertised fluency in English is required.
Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.
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.
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.
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