The United Nations is seeking a highly qualified professional in safety and security to fill the position of Director, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services (DHSSS) in the Department of Safety and Security (DSS). The incumbent reports to the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Safety and Security.
DHSSS serves as the safety and security focal point for United Nations Headquarters and Offices Away from Headquarters and is responsible for the management of safety and security operations at 11 major duty stations, comprising some 1,500 security personnel, overseeing all United Nations close protection operations and managing the security arrangements of all United Nations external conferences globally.
The Director undertakes the following responsibilities:
- Plans and develops emergency response procedures and business continuity plans for the Organization and directs the response to emergency situations and crisis management;
- Takes the lead in physical security policies and procedures to provide safety and security to UNSMS personnel and implements physical security assessments of UN locations globally;
- Is responsible for leading global close protection operations in a systematic and coordinated manner ensuring the protection and overall safety of senior UN officials;
- Directs protective operations and decides on the deployment and staffing of personal protection teams based on security threat and risk assessments;
- Oversees the security arrangements for all UN external conferences globally ensuring coordination with host countries, assessing potential threats to venues and implementing appropriate security measures;
- Manages all Use of Force training for the UNSMS including weapons training and qualifications, firearms training instructor certification, and the close protection officer’s certification course;
- Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under direct supervision, fostering teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across Organizational boundaries;
- Makes recommendations to the USG on safety and security policy matters as they arise from all duty stations;
- Acts as Chair of the United Nations Security and Safety Service Network (UNSSSNET);
- Develops common standards and practices for safety and security services at UNHQ and for all other overseas UN duty stations including Regional Commissions and represents the Organization at international, regional and inter-agency meetings, seminars and other forums on security and safety issues as appropriate;
- Acts as the Chair of the UNDSS Interdepartmental Weapon’s Committee;
- Oversees relations with senior officials of city, state, federal and international law enforcement and other agencies on policy and operational issues and performs other duties as required.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminal justice, security management, public administration or related area. A first level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in security, police, military service or relevant area. A minimum of five years of the aforementioned experience should be in senior leadership and management at the international level. Experience with safety and security programmes is required. Seven years of experience in physical security and managing a large, globally deployed guard force operation in the UN or similar international organization is required. Ten years of experience in managing close protection operations, especially for VIPs in high-risk environments, is required. Experience in managing security for large venues is desirable. Experience in providing Use of Force training is desirable. Experience in crisis management is desirable. Experience in security management in the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) or similar organization is desirable.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Internal Number: 92165
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The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System.