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.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
This position is located within the Security and Safety Section (SSS) of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), which services the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. The Chief of SSS reports directly to the Executive Secretary(ES) on all matters related to day-to-day security and safety operations at ESCAP Headquarters and is under the overall technical supervision of the Director, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services (DHSSS), UNDSS. The incumbent also serves as the Security Adviser for Thailand and in this capacity s/he reports to the Designated Official (DO) and is under the technical supervision of the Director of Regional Operations, UNDSS.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
•Performs as Chief of the Security and Safety Section of ESCAP and its senior supervisor.
•Maintains regular and effective communications with the Executive Secretary/Designated Official, the Security Management Team in Thailand and the established counterparts in DSS HQ.
•Directs security operations of all DSS security personnel at the duty station; manages personnel, administration and budget provided by DSS in support of the ES/DO, as well as the local budget associated with the security plan and its implementation.
•Reviews and monitors activities related to preparation of security plans for ESCAP and Thailand, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.
•Provides technical expertise and advice to the UN Security Management System in Thailand.
•Advises the Executive Secretary/Designated Official 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.
•Evaluates the effectiveness of physical security and safety installations at ESCAP, in the framework of Headquarters Minimum Operating Security Standards (H-MOSS), including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness and security procedures, business continuity and crisis management planning, disaster recovery, building safety measures, fire prevention and evacuation planning, and develops and implements measures to mitigate identified risks and reports findings to DHSSS.
•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.
•Manages the country and duty station specific threat and risk assessment process and maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants 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, assessable roads, ports and airfields.
•Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependants on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.
•Establishes and maintains dialog with local authorities and international institutions, such as the Red Cross/Red Crescent for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters.
•Oversees establishment of 24-hour response mechanisms to security-related incidents involving UN staff and oversees establishment/maintenance of fully functional emergency communications system.
•Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependants.
•Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned.
•Prepares and maintains personal security risk assessments and arranges protection details for Senior UN Officials or visiting VIPs, 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.
•Provides subject matter expertise as an Event Security Coordinator at UN conferences, forums and events worldwide, as necessary.
•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.
•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.
•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
•Judgement/Decision-making: 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the 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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Security Management, Political/Social science, Military Science, Law, Business Administration, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster-management in the public or private sectors, such as national security, military or police or in a corporate security environment is required. International field experience in the United Nations Security Management System is desirable. Prior experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations System is desirable. Command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. Field experience in Security Management System within the United Nations or similar International Organizations is desirable. Experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations system or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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