Security Coordination Officer, P-3

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International Public Sector
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Security Coordination Officer, P-3

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Application closing date: 24 March 2018

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. These positions are located in the Department of Safety and Security, the Security Section or other mission in the field or headquarters. The Security Coordination Officer in the field or headquarters reports to a designated administrative authority or a Senior Security Officer.

United Nations promotes and values diversity and inclusion. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer may be responsible for the following duties (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Security Officers):

  • Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security planning and security management documents for the mission, designated county or geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.
  • Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures.
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
  • Contributes to implementation and evaluation of the preparedness and compliance of the security measures as decided by the United Nations Security Management Team.
  • Conducts security surveys and assessments.
  • Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
  • Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System.
  • Conducts facts finding related to security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents.
  • Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Facilitates the coordination of Close Protection (CP) security arrangements between field duty stations and headquarters.
  • Reviews and/or approves and/or endorses security planning and security management documents.
  • Participates in security missions such as interagency missions, Integrated Task Forces (ITF) missions, Technical Assessment Missions (TAM), Non-Aligned Members (NAM) missions, Security Assessment visits, Fact-finding missions/inquiries.
  • Identifies and promotes best practices.
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.



Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience 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 education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. Of these, at least 2 years of international experience in security operations is required. Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable

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