United Nations Secretariat

Security Advisor

United Nations Secretariat

Job Description

This position is within the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM) located in Geneva, Switzerland. The role of the Security Advisor is to ensure the safety and security of IIIM personnel and property. The aim of the IIIM Security Advisor is to enable the IIIM to conduct its operations in a safe environment, based on the principle of Security Risk Management rather than risk aversion. The IIIM Security Advisor will play a key role in implementing the security framework in which the organization will operate in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and the ongoing construction and renovation works around our premises at the Palais des Nations. With a mind-set driven by a duty of care to staff and partners at all levels, the IIIM Security Advisor will ensure the provision of the required security presence across all levels of IIIM in a cost effective and efficient manner.


Under the general supervision of the Senior Legal Officer (Operational Support Section), the incumbent is responsible for coordination with SSS UNOG for security management for the IIIM offices at UNOG, and with the relevant UNDSS office for security management at field locations.

As directed, the Security Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:

• Security response planning and communication:
1) Prepares security responses and communication with parties across all levels of the IIIM to ensure safety and security of staff.
2) Maintains ongoing coordination with SSS UNOG, Swiss authorities and other Geneva-based UN Agency heads of security to keep abreast of relevant security matters in the Geneva area.
3) In collaboration with SSS UNOG, contributes to security planning at the IIIM to ensure the optimal protection of staff, visitors and assets.
4) In collaboration with SSS UNOG, monitors fire safety equipment, verifies that fire evacuation arrangements are in place, and ensures that the warden system works effectively through the conduct of regularly scheduled fire drills.
5) Liaises with SSS UNOG to ensure that security assessments of IIIM premises are conducted, and that recommendations regarding appropriate upgrades and other actions are actioned through SSS UNOG.

• Coordination of Field Security-related matters:
1) Supervises and guides security aspects of IIIM activities in Field Operations and provides technical oversight, including in liaison with field security officers as required.
2) Prepares security guidelines for IIIM staff on field mission.
3) As required by the supervisor, liaises with the UNDSS and field security coordinators of other agencies for the purpose of exchanging information and facilitating greater staff security and safety for IIIM staff.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military, law enforcement or other security specialization and political and cultural knowledge of the Middle Eastern region. Ability to deal effectively with stress factors when encountered in security 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.

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 & 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.


Advanced university degree in public or business administration, social or political sciences, international relations, law or security related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first level of university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification from a national police or military academy (for commissioned officers), which may be considered its equivalent, and in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience in military, police or security management. Certifications involving study, training and examination in the field of security are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in governmental, institutional or corporate security risk management and operations at the international level is required.
At least 2 years of direct field experience in an international context is desirable.
Experience in field operations in high risk settings is desirable.
Experience with security frameworks in the context of evidence collection work is desirable.
Experience in cyber-security is desirable.
Experience in military, law enforcement or other security specialization is desirable.
Professional work experience in the Middle East is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN. For this post fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• The temporary position is intended to fill the functions of short-term duration for six months with an estimated start date as soon as possible.
• The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds.
• Candidates should have no expectation of any fixed-term appointment possibility after the end of this temporary assignment. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
• Subsequent to the initial temporary appointment, new and successive temporary appointments may be granted for service in the same office or in a different office any number of times, for any duration, provided that the length of service does not exceed the period of 364 calendar days.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position.
• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further "stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…" Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression "Internal candidates", shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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