Deputy Security Adviser
United Nations
6d ago


Under the direct supervision of the Chief Security Adviser, the incumbent of the post will serve as the Deputy Security Adviser will perform the following duties :

  • Advises to and supports the Designated Official and / or Head of Mission and / or security focal points and / or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures in absence of the Principal / Chief / Security Adviser.
  • Prepares, reviews, security management documents for the designated area of responsibility, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the
  • documents.

  • Identifies and monitors trends of security incidents affecting UNSMS personnel and organizations.
  • Initiates, conducts and monitors the Security Risk Managements (SRM) process and other relevant requirements of UNSMS security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of UN programmes particularly in crisis situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of UN premises and assets.
  • Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures.
  • Provides support and advice to the Chief Security Adviser and / or Designated Official and / or security focal points and / or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points.
  • Serves as member of Security Management Teams or Area Security Management Team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
  • Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
  • Leads and directs security operations.
  • Monitors implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS.
  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System.
  • Assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Develops, manages, reviews or supports extra-budgetary funded security projects.
  • Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for Division reporting.
  • Identifies and promotes best practices.
  • Acts as Chief Security Adviser in the absence of the CSA as required.
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.
  • Competencies

    Professionalism : Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required.

    Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others.

    Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. . 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.

  • 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.

  • Planning and 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.

    Managing performance : 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 security management, business administration, political / social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required.

    A 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.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.

    Of these, a minimum of 2 years of international experience security management systems is required.

    Two (2) years of international experience in security operations is also required

    Management experience in the public, private or corporate sector is required.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required.

    Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


    Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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