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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Chief Security Adviser
Job no: 23-Security-DSS-212201-F-Abuja (R)
Department: Department of Safety and Security
Staffing Exercise: N/A
- The Chief Security Adviser will report directly to the Division of Regional Operations of Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters in New York.
- The post is presently located in Abuja, Nigeria and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as an “C” hardship and a family duty station.
Within delegated authority, the Chief Security Adviser may be responsible for the following duties:
- Serves as Principal Adviser to the Designated Official and/or Head of Mission and to the United Nations Security Management System organizations on all security risk management matters, security policies and procedures.
- Serves as a member of the Security Management Team.
- Chairs the Security Cell, building consensus to ensure alignment and support for security operations and initiatives to best enable UN activities.
- Ensures forecasting of the evolving security environment and, the UN’s security and operational responses. Using analytical techniques and collaborative team research, supports planning and ensure awareness of the current trends to enhance or adjust security programmes.
- Leads the development of inclusive risk management strategies and drives planning using situational awareness, critical thinking, and logic to detect and interpret early signals, emerging trends and analysis of multi-dimensional threats that may impact security. Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Leads the preparation, review and implementation of security planning, security risk management documents and security solutions through innovation and creativity. Ensures written analysis of security trends and timely reporting of incidents. Participates in meetings, committees, and task forces, prepares papers on security issues, delivers briefings provides responses, as needed.
- Leads and manages the security team, develops strategic goals, objectives, plans for the delivery of the substantive activities of the unit or section and implements corresponding outputs; anticipates human resources needs through workforce planning; assesses performance and supports the development of security personnel under his/her supervision.
- Ensures implementation of departmental approaches to mainstreaming gender, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the work as well as ensuring the implementation of people-centred security risk management approaches considering specific threats or vulnerabilities of personnel and adapting practices and measures in support of diversity and inclusion.
- Performs other functions as directed.
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- Demonstrates respect and sensitivity towards diversity in all its forms, in all cultural, gender and religious settings.
- Takes responsibility for incorporating different perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Shows ability to prioritize, manage, and implement multiple high-level projects in a timely manner, even in fast-changing contexts. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
- Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, including self-awareness and contextual intelligence.
- Shows openness to learning and commitment to self-development. Identifies issues, researches, collects data, demonstrates situational awareness, conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and participates in the resolution of issues/problems demonstrating critical thinking, perceptiveness, judgement and decision-making. Demonstrates an ability to implement policies.
- Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is needed.
- Communicates complex concepts effectively both verbally and in writing. Shows pride in work and in achievements.
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- 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.
- Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
- 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.
- Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in Business or Public Administration, Political / Social Science, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Law, International Relations, Security Management or a related field is required.
- A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two 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 from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.
- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, disarmament affairs, conflict resolution, crime or terrorism prevention, security, risk or disaster or emergency management and preparedness in the public or private sector areas responsible for responding to emergency situations that directly impact security is required.
- Of these, experience in planning, design, implementation, or review of risk mitigation measures related to operations impacted by insecurity is required.
- Of these five (5) years of experience in managing personnel or teams is required.
- Three (3) years of experience in field operations is desirable.
- International experience is desirable.
- Specialized experience in such areas as security programmes, risk assessments, or analysis is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of an additional official United Nations language is desirable.
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