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UNOG United Nations Office at Geneva

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Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post of the Deputy Chief of Service is located in the Security and Safety Section, Division of Administration of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Security and Safety Service.


Within limits of delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:
1.Oversees and directs the activities performed by the Management, Support and Annex Unit.
2.Oversees the preparation and management of the budget of the Security Service.
3.Ensures the effective management of human resources and develop strategies for deployment of manpower.
4.Oversees the recruitment, promotion and placement processes and makes recommendations to improve their effectiveness.
5.Analyses training needs, proposes training programs, and oversees the elaboration of training manuals.
6.Oversees the e-performance process for the Service.
7.Prepares services objectives, goals and work plans, sets criteria and follows up on progress made.
8.Oversees the management of security equipment, supplies and uniforms as well as firearms, and the issuances of keys.
9.Oversees the management of the annexes.
10.Ensures the strategic planning and implementation of projects, and reports on current issues related to such projects.
11.Analyses security and safety trends and developments and presents proposals for improved policies, procedures, techniques and equipment to be implemented or used on the UN premises, and for the conduct of United Nations events, both at UNOG and at UN conferences held away from Geneva.
12.Leads working groups on security and development projects (e.g. the Geneva Security Coordination), and provides UN organizations with advice on security and related technical matters.
13.Participates in the realization of the objectives set by the UN Security and Safety Services Network (UNSSSNET).
14.Replaces the Chief of Service during his absences.
15.Also temporarily performs the tasks of the Assistant Chief in the absence of the latter.
16.May be assigned to ensure the security of special events, namely UN conferences abroad as instructed by the Chief of Service.
17.Prepares in-depth reports related to such assignments.
18.Is in charge of quality control and client satisfaction programs.
19.Contributes toward readiness in the event of crisis.
20.Assists in the preparation of a Crisis Management scheme for Geneva and leads the Security Crisis Cell.
21.Performs any other duties as requested.


Thorough knowledge of the management of security and safety operations, including extensive knowledge of security risk management, crisis management and emergency response , as well as a mastering of physical security principles, techniques and procedures. 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.

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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance:
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches tasks to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in social/political science, law, criminal justice or business administration, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Certification from a Police/Military War College at the commissioned officer level is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster-management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required. Senior command or management experience in the public or private or corporate sector is required. International field experience in the UN Security Management System is desirable. Prior experience in the management of security and safety services within the United Nations System is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other language (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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 At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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