14 July 2016

Security Coordination Officer UN Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Reports to: Head of OHCHR
Job Opening Number: 61558
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under the direct supervision of the Head of OHCHR country/regional Office and technical supervision of the Senior Security Manager the incumbent will:
  • Offer technical support for the safety and security of the staff and activities of OHCHR in the country.
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the UN Security Management System on behalf of OHCHR.
  • Keenly review and monitor the situation in the country of assignment with specific regard as to how it relates or may have an impact on OHCHR operations in the country.
  • Guide the Head of OHCHR country office with regard to all security and related matters and develop tactics, techniques and procedures in accordance with the provisions of the UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of OHCHR operations in the country of assignment.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of minimum operating security standards (MOSS), and related standard costs for offices, facilities and property of OHCHR in the field.
  • Carry out security evaluation missions in potentially difficult locations.
  • Conduct regular Security Risk Assessments of field activity and analysis of the security situation in locations where OHCHR is or intends to operate to enable appropriate security responses with regard to safety of staff, in coordination with the UN DSS (United Nations Department of Safety and Security).
  • Ensure standardization of identity privileges, custody and security of keys and standards for screening of non-staff persons.
  • Conduct staff briefings on security preparations and country situations prior to travel.
  • Maintain and keep up to date the security reporting system, in particular incident reports and ensure the notification to appropriate staff members.
  • The incumbent will accompany staff members to the field as a part of special activity such as monitoring missions, Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation missions.
  • Develop and deliver security awareness training programmes in coordination with the UN wide plan.
  • Develop and deliver driver and transport safety programmes and ensure the safe driving practices of OHCHR staff.
  • Maintain files on the evacuation and security plan of the duty station or offices where OHCHR staff are deployed.
  • Ensure all staff are aware of their responsibilities and preparedness in the case of evacuation.
  • Obtain and prepare security and staff safety bulletins and manuals and disseminate them to OHCHR staff.
  • Arrange responsibility for guard force management at all OHCHR premises.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisors.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Security Coordination Officer job opportunity should hold an 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 in combination with two additional 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 or certification from a national police or military academy at officer level.
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in military, police, security management, preferably in the police or military context or related area, is required. Out of these, three (3) years of experience working in the field, preferably within UN Security Management system, are desirable.
  • Previous experience in the area of human rights or international humanitarian law is also desirable.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

  • 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; understanding of human rights aspects. 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.

NB: The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

How to Apply:
All interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to submit their applications online at the web link below.

Deadline: 26th July, 2016

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