Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Baghdad. The Security Coordination Officer reports to the Principal Security Adviser through Chief Security Officer.
Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Reviews and monitors activities related to preparation of security plans for the Mission including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation;
- Advises the Head of Mission with regard to all security-related matters and participates in discussions and development of policies and procedures for security operations, contributing inputs related to assigned areas of responsibility;
- Establishes lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination;
- Serves as member of security management teams, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations;
- Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising UN staff and dependents to follow appropriate preventative steps;
- Establishes air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of aircraft, vessels, railways, vehicles, fuel supply, accessible roads, ports and airfields;
- Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions;
- Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans;
- Determines need for and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependents on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions;
- Establishes and maintains lines of communication and meets regularly with security focal points, UN personnel, Host Government authorities, as well as Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters;
- Ensures availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly. Arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments;
- Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members or eligible dependents;
- Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned;
- Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP’s as necessary;
- Conducts and supervises security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness;
- Oversees all human resources related matters and carry out administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section;
- Prepares the budget for the Security Section including the outputs and performance reports for timely submission to the Mission management;
- Performs other duties as required.
- Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police or security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and diverse security units; 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; always acts ethically and with integrity. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently;
- 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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings;
- Judgment and Decision-making: Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; takes tough decisions when necessary
- An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social/military science or international relations, with focus on security management;
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management 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 academy (for commissioned officers), which may be considered its equivalent, and in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management.
- A minimum of seven years with advanced university degree (nine years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which:
- At least five years of progressively more senior experience in security operations, or in security administration, or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
- At least two years of experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required; and
- At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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