United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Senior Field Security Officer (Structural Engineering)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Senior Field Security Officer for Structural Engineering Organizational Setting and Work Relationships UNHCR operates in a complex security environment, where attacks sometimes occur in the vicinity of, or directed against, the organization¿s personnel, premises and assets. UNHCR take steps to reduce the impact of threats involving explosive devices and materials through the assessment of the vulnerability of premises and assets to those threats, and the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.  Blast-resistant designs and blast mitigation measures require sophisticated approaches to analyze building response to explosions, and specialized knowledge of technical solutions to reduce risks.  The Senior Field Security Officer for Structural Engineering, a structural engineering and blast specialist, brings the requisite expertise to provide assessment, advice and support throughout the process, to ensure UNHCR personnel can continue to operate within an environment of acceptable risk.  Due to the specialized nature of the skills and expertise required, this is an expert post. Under the supervision of the Chief of the Security Operations Section, Field Security Service, the Senior Field Security Officer for Structural Engineering provides professional Analysis of premises with specific attention to their vulnerability against explosive devices. The incumbent coordinates functions with professionals of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), UNHCR Regional Field Security Coordinators (RFSC) and other Field Security personnel.

Summary of Key Functions: ¿ The incumbent conducts premises security risk assessments, evaluations, and surveys; and provides advice in all aspects related to blast and/or seismic mitigation perspective where possible.

¿ As a member of FSS Security Operations sections, the incumbent may be asked to undertake tasks and functions in line with the Service¿s wider responsibilities including to provide security advice and support, oversight and monitoring, workforce development and other duties as requested.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties ¿ Provide quality management of blast assessments and implementation of blast mitigating measures to UNHCR offices globally in accordance with UNHCR established standards.

¿ Maintain proficiency with the latest technical information and development in the professional field and private/industry on all blast mitigation measures. Collect information on latest developments and research of processes, procedures and products pertaining to blast and seismic mitigation, as well as premises security measures such as detection equipment. In addition, the incumbent stays abreast of risks against UNHCR premises globally, paying close attention to changing operational security environments and related Security Risk Management Mitigation Measures (SRMM).

¿ Maintain close cooperation with UNDSS on all matters relating to premise security aspects. Through the relevant UNHCR Country Office, the incumbent may liaise with relevant government agencies to obtain latest information regarding local building codes, country specific standards, design response capacity, and sharing of relevant good practice etc.

¿ Provide input in planning, design and implementation of relevant blast mitigation measures for new construction or the renovation of existing premises. In addition, provide assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigations into blast events affecting UNHCR premises.

¿ Interface with vendors in order to ensure understanding of available risk mitigation products and ensure adherence to UN or global standards and may participate in establishing frame agreements between UNHCR and vendors where necessary.

¿ Assist in the development of UN Security Risk Management processes (SRM) and Physical Security Network (PSN) processes for mitigating blast hazards.

¿ Represent UNHCR¿s Field Security Service at premises security-related meetings, working groups, and other fora to provide specialist input as required.

¿ Assist in the preparation of UNHCR security oversight and compliance processes and reports as required. Engage in other tasks such as analysis, recruitment induction processes, represent FSS at various meeting or task forces, and provide security advice and support as necessary.

¿ Travel on mission as required, to provide relevant advice and support to country operations.

¿ Demonstrate integrity by modeling the UN values and ethical standards.

¿ Demonstrate corporate commitment and goals to promote UNHCR¿s mission, vision, values and strategic goals.

¿ Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

¿ Communicate effectively with and relates to people of different cultures, gender, religion, race and nationality.

¿ Apply existing knowledge to work. Provides guidance and support to others. Make valuable practice contributions.

¿ Promote learning environment in the office/field. Provides constructive Advisor" id="link" class="link">Security Advisor, training, coaching, and feedback for others.

¿ Plan, prioritize and deliver a variety of tasks on time. Exercise sound judgment/analysis and develops creative solutions.

¿ Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P4 - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Civil/Structural engineering*.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Recognized certification in blast resistant design is desirable.

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Previous work experience in blast vulnerability assessments and blast resistant structural design including familiarity with the issues, standards, and procedures used to design structures that resist blast loads is essential.

Desirable Familiar with structural dynamics and advanced analytical methods such as computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis.

Experience as a military, police or Civil Engineer, or as a consultant to Government or industry in the area of handling explosive or volatile material.

Functional Skills FS-Security Analysis FS-Security Risk Management TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation FS-UN/UNHCR rules, regulations and guidelines on Security Management EX-Field experience EX-HQs experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

C001L3 - Accountability Level 3 C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3 C003L3 - Communication Level 3 C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3 C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3 C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3 M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3 M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3 M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3 M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3 X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3 X002L3 - Innovation and Creativity Level 3 X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3 The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies advertised in this addendum is Monday 14 June 2021 (mid-night Geneva time).

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