Chief - Policy, Compliance and Coordination Service, New York
Chief - Policy, Compliance and Coordination Service, New York

Job description

Organization:DSS - Department of Safety and Security
Category:Economics, Social & Development
Grade: D-1
Deadline: 23 January 2017


This vacancy is subject to availability of post. The duration of need for this temporary job opening is currently until 30 June 2017.

Subject to the funding source and urgency to fill this position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories.

For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further 'stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…' Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

The expression 'Internal candidates', shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Service formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Service, oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Service, provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Service and Department, and with other organizations of the UNSMS, as appropriate.


Supports and advises the OUSG in planning, developing, analyzing and overseeing strategic security management concepts, policies, guidelines, compliance evaluation and best practices required for the UNSMS based on lessons-learned/best-practices, ensuring the strategic alignment of the Policy and Compliance work programmes to operations in the field and the overall vision of the department and programmatic framework and delivery of services for the Department and UNSMS members, with a view to mainstreaming safety and security into the programmes and activities of the UN system.

Oversees and ensures that policy manuals and guidelines are kept up-to-date and readily available to staff.

Liaises with Senior Security Managers/Security Focal Points of the UNSMS and coordinates ad-hoc working groups. Reviews/revises existing security management policies. Maintains effective coordination, consults and negotiates with interlocutors.

Responds to requests for advice and/or information from stakeholders.

Responsible for, under the strategic direction of the USG, the development of safety and security policies.

Evaluates and monitors for compliance with UNSMS policies & framework; identifies and monitors non-compliance, bringing this to the attention of managers, the ASG and USG.

Provides input and reports to intergovernmental bodies on programmatic/ substantive issues related to policy and compliance, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports. Undertakes the coordination, production, quality assurance and timely submission of departmental input of substantive reports to legislative bodies. Conducts and participates in policy-related courses and seminars across the UN system.

Serves as DSS focal point for the Secretary-General's Policy Committee, managing requisite input into policy committee drafts and the implementation of decisions of the Secretary-General.

Serves as Secretary of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) and manages the substantive preparation and organization of its meetings.

Manages and supervises the Policy, Planning & Co-ordination and the Compliance,

Evaluation & Monitoring Units including the administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Service, including assisting the ASG in preparing the work programme of the Service, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery, preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting. Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance; manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Service and across organizational boundaries.

Accompanies the USG/ ASG in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other organizations and represents the

Service and Department at meetings as required.

Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

Liaises, consults and maintains ongoing relationships with stakeholders.

Performs other duties as required.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, international relations, public administration, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experiance

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of security policy or security management with at least 5 years experience at the international level in a culturally diverse environment and a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior leadership/ management function. Experience in policy analysis, development and writing is required. A minimum of 2 years of field safety and security operational experience is also required. Experience dealing with legislative and policy bodies is desirable.

Experience in inter-agency coordination is desirable.


Professionalism: demonstrates effective interpersonal skills as well as strong strategic planning skills and vision including making decisions and implementing strategies;

demonstrates knowledge and experience in policy development, ability to develop and articulate policy and conceptual frameworks; excellent drafting ability and well developed communications skills essential; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and possesses strong communication skills; 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.

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.

Vision: identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the organization's strategy and the work unit's goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Leadership: 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable.

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