UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN-Women will lead and coordinate the United Nations System’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. The UN Women Security & Safety Services within the Division of Management and Administration reporting to the Executive Director, is responsible for all aspects of security and safety management for UN-Women.
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Global Security Adviser, through the Regional Security Specialist, the Deputy Regional Security Specialist for East and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa (2 regions), is primarily responsible for all aspects of the UN Women Security and Safety services. The UN Women Deputy Regional Security and Safety Specialist is to advise, assist and support UN Women Headquarters, Regional, Multi-Country, Country Offices, and UN Women Security Field personnel with regard their security and safety responsibilities. The responsibilities are aligned to UN & UN Women security policies, procedures and guidelines to minimize the risk to UN Women personnel, property, and operations in the field while at the same time enable UN Women programme delivery throughout the organization.
The position and duty station will be located in Dakar, Senegal, whilst the position will be required to complete international mission travel as required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical support, guidance, and advice to Country, Multi-Country and Regional Offices:
• Provide timely and accurate security and safety advice and recommendations to the CO/MCO/RO; and approve organizational missions;
• Clarify, interpret, and implement existing UN and UN Women security and safety policy as applicable;
• Oversee security evaluations and provide advice on security measures for the residences (Residential Security Measures – RSM) of UN Women personnel, as well as on the latest trends and threats to personnel safety and security;
• Track developing threats and related risks, reviewing the impact of security and safety factors and risk on UN Women personnel, premises, assets, programme design and delivery;
• Provide recommendations regarding effective risk prevention and mitigation measures, including recommendations for possible UN Women support needs and improvements;
• Provide security surge support outside of the designated ‘Duty Station’ as required;
• Provide remote security support to identified UN Women personnel, offices, programmes and projects;
• Advise and support UN Women Security Focal points with regard UN Women online security assessments systems.
Oversee security assessments and take necessary action:
• Oversee substantive assessment of the security situation at duty stations and ensure adequate collation and verification of security information;
• Conduct security assessments of UN Women premises and equipment and provide recommendations on risk management.
Liaise with and participate in the local and regional security community:
• Liaise and coordinate with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers, as well as non-governmental organizations, UN entities, and other non-State actors;
• Participate as a member of security groups, particularly IASMN Working Groups as directed by the UN Women Global Security Adviser;
• Provide an advisory presence at UN security management meetings such as the country SMT, UNCT, and OMT;
• Maintain a security network of international and national security personnel;
• Represent UN Women on behalf of the Global Security Adviser at security meetings, and attends security workshops/training sessions, working groups and conferences as directed.
Collect, update, and communicate security information:
• Provide updates and information to HQ in relation to the security intranet portal and documentation;
• Disseminate of security information and measures to personnel;
• Disseminate analytical products and outputs of the Security and Safety Services to stakeholders;
• Disseminate analytical products and outputs of the Security and Safety Services to stakeholders; Conduct regular communications with UN Women Security Focal Points;
• Establish a UN Women Warden Systems/Communication Trees where applicable.
Develop, maintain, manage and implement the UN Women Security Plan, including updating personnel lists:
• Oversee the development and implementation the UN Women Security Plan in accordance with the UN Security Plan; maintain the plan;
• Manage the preparation and review of the UN Security Plan and provide technical support in its implementation;
• Provide advice and recommendations in the selection and purchasing of security and safety equipment;
• Prepare and submit security clearance/movement of personnel requests;
• Provides oversight and coordinates the implementation of UN Women Warden Systems;
• Keep and update of information related to UN Women offices and residences including Global Premises Directory.
Monitor, manage and implement UN Women compliance of the Security Risk Management Measures (SRMM) established for the duty station/s:
• Compile data required for the SRMM Self-Assessment of the UN Women and UN Security and Safety Compliance Survey (SSCS) Programme;
• Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Security Focal Points in the completion and updating of the SSCS;
• Provide technical support to and advise the UN Women Security Focal Points in the evaluation and implementation of the UN Women Security and Safety Compliance Action Plan (SSCAP);
• Provide technical advisory support to the Security Focal Points for the UN Women Security Compliance Enhancement Funding (SSCEF);
• Implement SRMM for UN Women personnel, premises and assets, and systems and protocols, in accordance with organizational risk acceptance, ensuring the mainstreaming of security;
• Provide UN Women managers with prescriptive content such as policy, risk management methodology, SRMM and RSM;
• Provide technical support to security compliance input of all UN Women offices within AOR;
• Provide technical support to the Programme team in completing and submitting the UN Women online Programme Assessment format.
Report security and safety incidents affecting UN Women personnel, programmes, offices and assets:
• Collate information and provide inputs to security reports, such as the Security & Safety Incident Reporting System (SSIRS), Security Risk Management (SRM) Assessments and other ad-hoc incident reports;
• Oversee security and safety evaluations and surveys of RO/MCO/CO/PPOs;
• Develop accurate and timely written country briefings; add inputs to position papers from a field perspective;
• Provide information to the country UN Security Management System (UNSMS) as required.
Develop and conduct training courses on security and safety awareness, preparedness, mainstreaming, BCP and specialized functions:
• Participate in the development and delivery of UNSMS training;
• Develop and deliver UN Women specific security and safety training;
• Provide security and safety orientation to newly assigned personnel members and briefings;
• Provide security and safety mainstreaming sessions as required;
• Provide BCP training sessions as required and under the guidance of the UN Women Business Continuity Manager;
• Provide Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training sessions as required and under the guidance of the UN Women
• Occupational Safety and Health Specialist;
• Provide BCP training sessions as required;
• Coordinate with Human Resources to provide UN Women Representatives and Heads of Offices security and safety briefings.
• Identify, develop and deliver specialized security and safety training under the guidance of the Global Security Adviser.
Oversee the Budget and Finances
• Oversee the security and safety bi-annual work plan and related budget; initiate budget revisions for approval;
• Prepare security budgets as well as completion of UN Women SSCEF funding requests;
• Provide substantive security inputs to UN Women BWP/SN, programme appraisal bodies, and related budgets;
• Monitor and support allotted UN Women Security and Safety Compliance funds to budget and utilize them in a timely manner;
• Monitor that costs and expenditures remain within budget and approved limits through the monitoring of monthly budget reports;
• Keep the Global Security Adviser updated on expenditures in the operational budget and follow closely remaining expenditure;
• Oversee budget closures and reports as per HQ processes;
• Ensure that all projects and programmes contribute resources to implementation of security and safety measures.
Perform other security-related tasks including but not limited to:
• Provide Air Travel Focal Point services to UN Women as per CATSU requirements;
• Maintain liaison with commercial companies used for UN Women security at offices and residences, in order to ensure the effective and efficient use of the guard force.
Key Performance Indicators
• Quality and timely security and safety recommendations and advice;
• Adherence to UN Women and UN security and safety standards;
• Provide timely and accurate security and safety reports;
• Accurate and timely implementation of the overall UN Women security and safety plan;
• Provide accurate information and briefings to personnel, including newly hired personnel and non-personnel;
• Regular interaction and maintain good relationships with important partners, including Security and Safety Focal Points, UN agencies and external parties;
• Timely completion and input to the UN Women security business process SSCS – SSCAP- SSCAP.
• Respect for Diversity;
• Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
• Creative Problem Solving;
• Effective Communication;
• Inclusive Collaboration;
• Stakeholder Engagement;
• Leading by Example.
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• Excellent knowledge of security and risk management;
• Excellent knowledge of country’s security situation/ laws;
• Ability to be client focused;
• Excellent analytical skills;
• Ability to create, edit and present information in clear, presentable and concise formats;
• Ability to build effective client relationships and partnerships;
• Ability to interact at all levels of staff/organization;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Ability to provide guidance and support to others;
• Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
• Ability to develop creative solutions;
• Ability to function effectively in crisis and stressful circumstances.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification
• Master’s degree or equivalent in security management, business administration, leadership, 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 o f the advanced university degree. UN, military or police senior Command and Staff College qualification with command experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in security with experience of programme management in the field in a development context;
• Experience of conducting security and/or safety risk assessments as integral part of operational planning and the enabling of operations is required;
• Experience of disaster and/or conflict surge support is highly desirable.
• Fluency in English and French is required;
• Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.