8 Mar 2012


United Nations – Posted by afrideveloprNairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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Job Description

Job Opening
United Nations Office at Nairobi
7 March 2012-6 May 2012

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General.  UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services – (www.unon.org). The post has a functional reporting line to the Department of Security and Safety Services (DSS).

Under the direct supervision of the Director-General, who is the designated official for Kenya, the incumbent is responsible for the security of some 5,000 staff, delegates and contractors within the perimeter of the Gigiri compound, and an average of 170,000 visitors each year and performs the functions as Chief Security Advisor to the Director-General.  In addition he/she manages the Security for numerous high level inter-governmental conferences/meetings both within the UNON complex and at overseas venues.  The position manages 187 staff of the Service, at all levels and categories, in order to deliver a safe and secure environment for all UN staff both at the Gigiri compound and in Kenya.

Specific responsibilities will be as follows:

A. Coordinate the UN security efforts in both urban centres and up-county areas of Kenya by:

1. Ensuring the safety and security of UN staff assigned to Kenya including their family members;

2. Improving security of UN facilities throughout Kenya; ensuring that the Security equipment and procedures are consistent with the current procedures established by UNDSS;

3. Preparing and updating Security Risk Assessments, Minimum Operating Security Standards and UN contingency plans.

4. Establishing close working relationship with UN Agencies, the Security Forces of the Kenyan Government, commercial security companies, Embassies, High Commissions and International Organizations.

5. Managing security arrangements to cover meetings held at UN offices in Nairobi and coordination with relevant local authorities.

B. Ensure the security and safety of staff members by:

1. Managing the provision of security briefings.

2. Managing and supervising the investigation of security relevant incidents.

3. Liaising with local law enforcement authorities and Permanent Missions on special security arrangements.

4 Outside operational activities:

(a) Accompanying the Secretary-General and other VIPs on mission to Kenya and organizing security measures in co-ordination with security services;

(b) Participating in international, regional or national meetings on security matters as required.

E. Direction and Management of the Security Services at UNON.

Managing and supervising the functioning of the Service according to the need of Organization, including establishing safety policies and standards, recruitment policies and standards for security personnel and resource planning.


Professionalism:  Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment. Ability to deal effectively with stress factor when encountered in security management.  Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system 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.

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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; 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; 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 of staff, encourages risk-taking and supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Advanced university degree, advanced police academy degree or equivalent.   A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least fifteen (15) years of security experience either with the Military, Police Force or the UN security system, of which at least three in a supervisory capacity. Management of security for a large facility and security staff.  Work experience in Africa is desirable.
English and French are the official languages of the UN United Nations Secretariat.  For the post advertised, fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of other UN official languages and Kiswahili is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of 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.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening.  Online applications will be acknowledged where an email has been provided.  If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgment within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received.  In such cases, please resubmit the application if necessary.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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Job Categories: Environment & Sustainability, Human Rights, and United Nations (UN) System. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: International Development Jobs, Jobs in Kenya, Jobs in Nairobi, UN Jobs, and United Nations Jobs. Salary: $100,000 and above.

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