UN Offices

Security Coordination Officer

UN Offices

Job Description

The department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The post of the Inter-Agency Security Coordination Officer (SCO) is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS), Division of Administration of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent reports to the Chief Advisor" id="link" class="link">Security Advisor for Switzerland.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Inter-Agency SCO will be responsible for the following duties: Establishes an efficient platform of collaboration with the Security Focal Points (SFP) of the Agencies, Funds and Programs (AFP) present in Switzerland, and advises on strategies to ensure an optimal level of coordination by taking into account the complexities inherent in meeting the needs and expectations of numerous administratively autonomous UN entities with specific programmatic structures.

Provides assistance to the appointed security professionals of Switzerland based Agencies, Funds and Programs, in carrying out a thorough review of their premises to ensure compliance with Security Risk Management (SRM) recommended measures. In premises where no security professional is assigned, the SCO will carry out such a review. In either case, an individualized course of action for each entity should be produced within a reasonable timeframe to meet SRM recommendations. On this basis the SRM process will be continuously updated on the status of measures implementation; Supports the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) in reviewing and monitoring activities related to preparation of the Country Security plan and contingency plans for Switzerland based UN agencies, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation; Coordinates the SFPs network system through the preparation of a consolidated database of the UN personnel in Switzerland and their dependents. The incumbent will assist the Agencies in identifying staff members for nomination by the Executive Heads to perform the role of SFPs and alternate SFPs; Designs, develops and implements communication mechanisms between Switzerland based UN agencies. Consolidates inputs to form a common approach to security management such that it adheres to the requirements of UN Division of Safety and Security (UNDSS) policies, procedures and practices; Develops and/or conducts security training on the security management responsibilities and processes of the Security Focal Points/ Alternate Security Focal Points, and on the personal security awareness of UN staff; Liaises with SSS Geneva Threat and Risk Analysis Unit (TRAU) and AFP Security Analysts in the identification and evaluation of threats and risks; Ensures the implementation and functionality of emergency communications throughout all UN entities in Switzerland by conducting periodic drills; Upon receipt of request from Switzerland based AFPs for assistance with large conferences or the provision of specialized technical assistance, coordinates the provision of such services by SSS through liaison with Division of Headquarters SSS (DH-SSS); Presents regular updates on various subjects to the Designated Official (DO) through the CSA, and maintain proactive working relations with UNDSS-DHSSS and UNDSS Division of Regional Operations (DRO) counterparts involved in emergency response coordination and inter-agency matters. Equally, maintains proactive working relations with Host Country authorities involved in emergency response by integrating their inputs into the Security Cell and SFP’s working groups, as needed; Ensures a well-coordinated crisis management response mechanism, by assuming a leading role in the UNOG SSS Crisis Cell, and in case of emergency coordinates the actions of the SFP’s and provides advice to the DO through the CSA; Ensures the CSA is provided regularly with updated lists of UN personnel and their recognized dependents; UN premises, facilities and offices, the status of security awareness training and briefings; Assesses the need for security related equipment and oversees the preparation of the necessary requisitions including budgetary allotments; Performs any other duties as deemed necessary to ensure full inter-agency coordination.


PROFESSIONALISM: In depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS). Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally and 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.

COMMUNICATION: 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Disaster or Emergency Management, Security Risk Management, Political Science, Military Staff College, Law Enforcement, Law or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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

A minimum of three years of command or higher management experience is required.

International experience or experience in UN peacekeeping or with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) in the field is desirable.

Previous experience of Inter agency security coordination work is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French are required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This temporary position is on extra-budgetary funding and is intended to fill the functions of short-term duration with a starting date as soon as possible, and for a duration of 364 days. The duration of the appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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.

Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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