Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia, within the UNDSS Integrated Security. The incumbent will be based in Bogotá and will report to the Chief Security Advisor / Chief Security Officer (CSA / CSO).
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will act as the Deputy Chief Security Officer at P-
4 level and may be responsible for the following duties :
Security Operations :
Participates in the Security Management Team and Security cell, assisting the CSA / CSO or equivalent in development and assist the CSA;
CSO in the implementation of Security Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM), Security Plans and other relevant documentation and procedures, in order to preserve the safety and security of UN personnel, assets and operations;
Manage the Safety and Security Support Section and carry out administrative tasks necessary for its functioning, including, preparing inputs for the work programme of the Section, determining priorities and allocating resources, monitoring performance, determination of security requirements and preparing inputs for results-based budgeting
In liaison with the relevant UNDSS existing resources, prepares, develops, updates and effectively implements the relevant security and contingency plans for the Mission.
Contributes to security risk management (SRM) documents of locations within the Mission area
In line with the UNDSS Integrated Security Concept of Operations and its established reporting lines, meets regularly with UNSMS actors, and Host Government authorities to plan and review security related matters;
Contributes and develops security training and advices to UNSMS personnel on security matters, as well as determining and coordinating the necessary resources for such activities;
As directed by the CSA / CSO, acts as a focal point for security information flow and advisory on relevant security matters within the Mission HQ.
Maintains continuous awareness on prevailing local security conditions, identifies potential threats and advises UN staff, project personnel and eligible dependants to follow appropriate preventive steps within the Mission HQ;
Establishes and maintains dialogue with UNSMS actors, local authorities and international organizations for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters and during mass casualty incidents;
Acts a member of a Crisis Management Team as required; Ensures crisis preparedness and timely coordinate emergency and crisis situations response;
In line with existing plans and procedures and in coordination with other UNSMS actors, establishes air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies;
conducts evacuation exercises and recommends necessary infrastructure in coordination with the Mission Support and other departments;
Assess evacuation resources availability;
Coordinates and permanently updates the national and regional Mission HQs emergency calling trees, permanent tracking systems, efficient 24-
hour Emergency Response System (ERS) for the Mission, included in the UNSMS Security Operations Centre (SOC) procedures;
Identifies gaps in UNSMS existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary.
Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, conducts security surveys of residences and facilities and makes sure that the relevant Mission personnel applies Residential Security Measures (RSM) ;
Within delegated authority from the CSA / CSO, supervises the Protective Services Unit;
Coordinates development of Principal Security Risk Management (PSRM) documents and implementation of recommended mitigating measures;
assigns protective service for Senior United Nations Officials or visiting VIP's as necessary;
Supervises, coordinates and assigns investigation tasks for violation of security matters, illegal activities, accidents / incidents, complaints and allegations of misconduct, in which Mission UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents may be involved;
Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect within the Mission assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-
fighting equipment, and evacuation plans;
Monitors the Safety and Security Support Section equipment, and ensures necessary resources are provided, maintained and deployed within the Areas Safety and Security Units in accordance with approved guidelines on finance, administrative and logistic arrangements, within the UNDSS Integrated Security;
Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of security equipment and hiring of private security personnel; within the Mission
Insures that the SRMM are fully implemented and conducts regular security compliance inspections within the Mission HQs;
Monitors and coordinates issuance of identification cards for Mission personnel, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate for normal and emergency conditions;
Acts as Deputy Chief Security Adviser (DCSA) when necessary.
Performs other duties as directed by the CSA / CSO or delegated authority.
Professionalism : 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 diverse 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; always acts ethically and with integrity.
Communication : 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.
Teamwork : Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members;
Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position;
Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Judgment and Decision-making : Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; 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 or business administration, political / social science or international relations, with focus on security management is required.
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 minimum of seven (7) years with advanced university degree (nine 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 (5) years of progressively experience in security operations, or in security administration, or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
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;
Desirable experience : management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, logistics for security in a conflict or post-
conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict and post-conflict and multicultural environment.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.
Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.
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.
Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50 / 50 gender balance.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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