Job Title: Field Security Coordination Officer
Organisation: United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.
Job Summary: The Field Security Coordination Officer will report directly to the Security Adviser. The post is presently located in Kampala, Uganda and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as “B” hardship and family duty station.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the Field Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provides substantive inputs in the 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.
- Supports the development of 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 impact security. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Prepares, reviews, implements, and supports 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 provides responses, as needed.
- Advises on, and supports, 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. Supports and collaborates with relevant parties, building consensus to ensure alignment and support for security operations and initiatives to best enable UN activities.
- Supports the management of security-related projects, prioritizing work to meet deadlines and following defined processes, policies, procedures and guidance, fostering alignment with colleagues and across organizations.
- Monitors and contributes to activities that relate to the implementation and evaluation of preparedness and compliance; drives results that help support efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
- Enhances communication and trust through active collaboration, consultation and exchanges with agencies, funds, and programmes and other stakeholders, for information sharing, coordination of responses, provision of security briefings, taking into account operational activities and risks.
- Collaborates closely with peers and colleagues, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, and Host Government representatives with a view to understanding what the UN is trying to achieve, obtaining the best security support, and staying abreast of existing and emerging threats and how they may impact United Nations System activities, personnel, dependents, premises, residences, and property.
- Strengthens awareness and capacity of relevant personnel by supporting the development, updates and delivery of contextually relevant security training and advice.
- Conducts security surveys and assessments, creatively leveraging tools and processes, identifying and recommending the most simple, reasonable, effective and efficient security measures, including when there is incomplete, contradictory and/or fluid information.
- Supports organizational resilience and contingency planning, crisis decision-making, and the development of disaster recovery and business continuity plans, by providing information and analysis including situational monitoring and updates. Assists with internally relocating personnel and assets in a conflict zone or supporting the development and implementation of evacuation plans from a country.
- Provides support to establishing and maintaining a functioning Security Communication System.
- Supports budget, finance and logistical planning for the security office and participates in relevant United Nations administration, finance, and logistics forums. Supports resource mobilization, formulates work plans and follows up on its implementation. Manages performance of security personnel under his/her supervision.
- Actively implements departmental approaches to mainstreaming gender, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the work as well as ensuring the implementation of people-centred security risk management approaches considering specific threats or vulnerabilities of personnel and adapting practices and measures in support of diversity and inclusion.
- Performs other functions as directed.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Field Security Coordination Officer job must hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations, security management or a related field. A relevant 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.
- At least five years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, disarmament affairs, conflict resolution, crime or terrorism prevention, security, risk, disaster, post disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction or emergency management and preparedness in the public or private sector areas responsible for responding to emergency situations that directly impact security is required.
- For candidates holding a bachelor’s degree, an additional 2 years of relevant progressively responsible experience in the above referenced fields is required.
- Previous experience in planning, design, implementation or review of risk mitigation measures related to operations impacted by insecurity and/or humanitarian assistance is desirable.
- One (1) year of experience in field operations is desirable.
- International experience 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.
- Languages: fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.
- Professionalism: 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. Identifies issues, researches, collects data, demonstrates situational awareness, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and participates in the resolution of issues/problems demonstrating critical thinking, perceptiveness, judgement and decision-making. Demonstrates an ability to implement policies. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is needed. Communicates complex concepts effectively both verbally and in writing. 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. Shows ability to prioritize, manage, and implement multiple high-level projects in a timely manner, even in fast-changing contexts. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Takes ownership of accountability and supports strategies to ensure compliance with all security risk management decisions and regulations. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
- 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) should apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 6th June 2023