The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles.
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UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.
Within delegated authority, the Security Adviser may be responsible for the following duties:
• Serves as Adviser to the Designated Official and/or Head of Mission, and to United Nations Security Management System organizations on all security risk management matters, security policy and procedures.
• Serves as a member of the Security Management Team.
• Chairs the Area Security Cell, building consensus to ensure alignment and support for security operations and initiatives to best enable UN activities.
• Ensures forecasting of the evolving security environment and, the UN’s security and operational responses. Using analytical techniques and collaborative team research, supports planning and ensure awareness of the current trends to enhance or adjust security programmes.
• Ensures the development of inclusive risk management strategies and drives planning using situational awareness, critical thinking, and logic to detect and interpret early signals, emerging trends and analysis of multi-dimensional threats that may influence security. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
• Ensures the preparation, review and implementation of security planning, security risk management documents and risk management-based security solutions through innovation and creativity. Provides written analysis of security trends and reporting of incidents. Participates in meetings, committees, and task forces, prepares papers on security issues, delivers briefings, and provides responses, as needed.
• Advises on the inclusion of security in all stages of United Nations activities and programmes. Provides advice and support to line managers responsible for security. Enables the delivery of mandates and programmes through direct operational assistance.
Demonstrates respect and sensitivity towards diversity in all its forms, in all cultural, gender and religious settings. Takes responsibility for incorporating different perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Contributes to an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in and builds trust with colleagues and stakeholders. Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and contextual intelligence. Shows openness to learning and commitment to self-development.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, disarmament affairs, conflict resolution, crime or terrorism prevention, security, risk or disaster or emergency management and preparedness in the public or private sector areas responsible for responding to emergencies that directly influence security is required.
- Experience in planning, design, implementation, or review of risk mitigation measures related to operations impacted by insecurity is desirable.
- Specialized experience in such areas as security programmes, risk assessments, or analysis is desirable.
Experience in using applied analytics, business intelligence, information management to advance decisions, strategies and execution is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is desirable.
- Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.