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Security Officer

Location: New Delhi
Closing Date: 21st September 2011

Purpose of the post:

The Security Officer will serve as the security focal point for UNICEF within the India UN Security Management System. The incumbent will address the key security related issues relevant for UNICEF and act as liaison with United Nations Department for Security & Safety.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative (Operations), the Security Officer will, on a regular basis, carry out the assessment of the status of Minimum Operating Standards of Security and Minimum Operating Residential Safety and Security implementation in India Country Office and make the necessary recommendations. The incumbent will be responsible for both the physical and procedural security arrangements for India Country Office Delhi as well as for providing advice to the Chiefs of State Offices.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:-

1. Conduct regular reviews and assessments of Minimum Operating Standards of Security and Minimum Operating Residential Safety and Security implementation and compliance in the UNICEF office in New Delhi. In conjunction with Department for Security and Safety, make recommendations on which measures need to be taken to ensure full Minimum Operating Standards of Security and Minimum Operating Residential Safety and Security compliance.

2. Conduct regular reviews and assessments of Minimum Operating Standards of Security (MOSS) and Minimum Operating Residential Safety and Security (MORSS) implementation and compliance of all UNICEF state offices, in the country. In conjunction with DSS, make recommendations on which measures need to be taken to ensure full MOSS and MORSS compliance.  Provide advice on security and staff security issues to UNICEF management, including Chiefs of Field Offices.

3. As UNICEF’s security focal point. Advise the Deputy Representative Operations on security measures for UNICEF/UN offices and staff as well as the latest trends and threats to staff safety and security. Attend as observer and recorder of action points for UNICEF at the UN Security Management Team meetings in New Delhi and ensure regular and timely reporting to United Nations Department of Security and Safety on all relevant security related incidents/issues for both the UNICEF Office in Delhi and the State Offices.

4. Under direct supervision of the Deputy Representative Operations, establish and maintain contact and close collaboration with the UN Department of Security and Safety. Ensure coherence of UNICEF actions with the UN Department of Security and Safety as regards security matters. In collaboration with UN Department of Security and Safety, establish and maintain contacts with India host government agencies, UN offices and other agencies to systematically obtain the latest information regarding the security situation.  

5. Assist in preparing and reviewing relevant security documents such as the Office Security Plan, contingency plans, or other Security Risk Assessments, including those that may not be strictly part of MOSS requirement, e.g. assistance in upgrading the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan or Avian Flu Contingency Plan. Prepare drafts of security instructions and/or guidelines to staff for review and issuance by the Deputy Representative Operations.  Prepare Terms Of Reference for contracted security services and perform liaison functions with the contracted security firm. 

6. Provide assistance in the conduct and follow-up of investigations and incidents affecting UN staff and offices etc. Conduct investigations into theft/loss of property cases within the Delhi and state offices.  Train and supervise the security assistant in the Delhi office. Liaise with local police organizations with respect to incidents of theft/loss/criminal activity at residences of staff.

7. Identify and report potential security hazards to the Representative and Deputy Representative. Assess the nature, degree and likelihood of threats to UNICEF interest (personnel, facilities and other assets) and determine the vulnerabilities of UNICEF interest Develop detailed plans and procedures for handling emergency situations. Communicate to UNICEF staff the applicable procedures to employ during a crisis situation and “best” practices to be used for their own personal security

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• University degree in business administration, political science or related field. Security Training is an essential asset.

• At least four years of relevant experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work. Experience in a UN, International NGO or diplomatic mission related environment is an asset. Knowledge of the political and security situation in the local area is desirable. 

• Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of the local languages at the duty station is an asset.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

• Excellent data collection, analytical and writing skills (in English language)

• Ability to cope effectively with administrative issues.

• Ability to work under stress, and within strict deadlines.

• Ability to learn and organise relevant capacity building of others if required.   

• Planning and monitoring skills. 

• Proven ability to plan and organize work independently.

• Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions or recommendations to the supervisor.

• Essential computer skills.

• Commitment to continuous learning for professional development.

• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.

• Initiative, passion and commitment to UN’s mission and professional values.

• Ability to work as a part of Team.

• Drive for Result.

Competency Profile

Core Values (Required)
• Commitment  
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity

ii)  Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication  [I] 
• Working with People  [II]
• Drive for Results  [II]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Persuading and Influencing   [II]
• Applying Technical Expertise [II]
• Planning and Organizing   [I]
• Adapting and Responding to Change  [II]
• Coping with Pressure and Setbacks   [II]

Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent by email to devjobs@careeristindia.com by 21st September 2011. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short-listed candidates will be acknowledged. This vacancy is open to Indian nationals only. 

UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.



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