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Job Title:    Security Coordination Officer

Organisation: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Vacancy Number: 20-Security-OHCHR-145018-R-Kampala (X)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head of the Office

Grade: P3


About US:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations' human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.


Job Summary:  This position is located in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda, Africa Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD). The Security Coordination Officer reports directly to the Head of the Office and to the Senior Security Manager in OHCHR Geneva through the Field Safety and Security Coordinator. Functional responsibility for security rests with the Head of the Office supported by the OHCHR Safety and Security Section.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Within delegated authority, the Security Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

·        Reviews and monitors 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.

·        Advises the Head of the Office 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 OHCHR 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 office, designated country 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 UN agencies involved in humanitarian 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 OHCHR is or intends to operate to enable appropriate security responses with regard to safety and security of staff in coordination with UN DSS (United Nations Department of Safety and Security).

·        When requested by the Head of the Office, participates in 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 OHCHR staff, project personnel and dependents 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 accessible 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 necessar

·        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 dependents on residential security measures such as 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 dependents.

·        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.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·        The ideal candidate for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Security Coordination Officer job placement must 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 with a focus on security management or related disciplines, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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.

·        At least five years of progressively responsible experience in military, police, security management or related area is required.

·        Experience in the police or military context is desirable.

·        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 Uganda and/or the Great Lakes region is 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. 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.


How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.


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Deadline: 22nd December 2020


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