Security Coordination Officer, P-4

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International Public Sector
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Security Coordination Officer, P-4

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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.
  • Provides support and advice to the Designated Official and/or security focal points and/or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
  • Serves as member of Security Management Teams or Area Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
  • 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).
  • Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
  • 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 UNSMS personnel or eligible dependents.
  • Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Monitors, coordinates and evaluates the close protection arrangements for the senior UN Officials (SUNOs), identifies suitable close protection assets within the UNSMS.
  • 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.
  • Manages, monitors, reports or assists in assets managements for the allocated resources for the assigned office(s).
  • Develops, manages, reviews or supports extra-budgetary funded security projects.
  • Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for Division reporting.
  • 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 seven (7) 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, a minimum of 2 years of international experience security management systems, as well as 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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