Security Coordination Officer
United Nations
PANAMA CITY
hace 22 horas

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on the Situation of Human Rights in Venezuela, Latin America Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based in Panama City.

The Security Coordination Officer reports directly to the Coordinator of the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) and to the Senior Security Manager in OHCHR Geneva through the Field Safety and Security Coordinator.

Functional responsibility for security rests with the Coordinator of the FFM supported by the OHCHR Safety and Security Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties :

  • Reviews and monitors the situation in Venezuela and neighbouring countries with specific regard as to how it relates or may have an impact on FFM operations in the country and region.
  • Advises the Coordinator of the FFM with regard to all security and related matters and develops tactics, techniques and procedures in accordance with the provisions of the UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of FFM operations in the country of assignment.
  • Accompanies staff members to the field as a part of special activity such as monitoring missions, Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation missions.
  • Prepares draft of security plan for the mission, designated county or geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the plan.
  • Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination.
  • Conducts regular Security Risk Assessments of field activity and analysis of the security situation in locations where FFM is or intends to operate to enable appropriate security responses with regard to safety and security of staff in coordination with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
  • Serves as a member of the United Nations Security Management Team, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the security plan.
  • Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants on potential security problems, such as mines, kidnapping, armed attacks, arrest and detention.
  • Maintains an ongoing evaluation of air, land and sea evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, vessels, fuel supply and assessable roads.
  • Ensures that fire detection devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises. Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary.
  • Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities, issuance of identity cards, if possible background checks, and entry control.
  • Provides advice and training to staff and dependants on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to minimize burglar intrusions.
  • Maintains dialog with authorities and international institutions such as Red Cross / Red Crescent in the event of natural disasters.
  • Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly;
  • arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.

  • Investigates accidents involving UN vehicles and prepares report of findings.
  • Investigates security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependant.
  • Assumes responsibility for guard force management.
  • Maintains protection detail for senior officials as necessary.
  • Conducts security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness.
  • Competencies

  • Professionalism : Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment.
  • Ability to deal effectively with stress factor when encountered in security management. Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management.

  • 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • 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.

  • 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; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Education

    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political / social science, psychology, international relations or a related field.

    A first-level university degree with a focus on security management or related disciplines in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Military or Police Academy degrees (at officer's level), may also be considered in lieu of the first level university degree.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in military, police, security management (preferably in the police or military context), or related area is required.

    Out of the five years, three years of experience working in the field is desirable.

    Experience with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) is desirable.

    Experience in the area of human rights or international humanitarian law is desirable.

    Experience in Venezuela and / or Latin America region is desirable.

    Languages

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.

    Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

    Assessment

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available as soon as possible for a period of six months, with possibility of extension subject to availability of funding and / or extension of the mandate.
  • If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates, who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.
  • 16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
  • Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement.
  • Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions;
  • and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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.

    The term sexual harassment means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship.

    Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

    Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs.

    The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

    The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

    By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.

    2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

    Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

    The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.

    Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.

    No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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