Saturday, July 19, 2014

Job Opening at the UN


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Location :Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :17-Jul-14
Additional CategoryCrisis Prevention and Recovery
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months (3 –year retainer basis)

In 2004, a proposal for strengthening and unifying the United Nations security management system was presented to the 59th session of the General Assembly in Report A/59/365 of 11 October 2004. This resulted in the adoption of General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/59/276, XI, 7 - 23 December 2004) that created the Department of Safety and Security merging the security management component of the Office of the United Nations Security Coordinator (UNSECOORD), the Security and Safety Services (SSS) and the civilian security component of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) into a single security management framework.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) was formally established on 1 January 2005. Since that time, the Department has been dedicated to performing the following functions:
  • Support and enable the effective conduct of United Nations activities by ensuring a coherent, effective and timely response to all security-related threats and other emergencies;
  • Ensure effective risk mitigation through the establishment of a coordinated security threat and risk assessment mechanism within the framework of a common, system-wide methodology;
  • Develop high-quality, best-practice security policies, standards and operational procedures across the United Nations system, including the appropriate degree of standardization;
  • Support implementation and monitor compliance with those security policies, standards and operational procedures;
  • Ensure the most cost-effective provision and employment of security personnel by taking advantage of economies of scale and through centrally directed recruitment, selection, training, deployment and career development.
UNDSS Somalia supports the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes through security advice and guidance. Within the UNDSS Somalia Office, the training section aims at providing staff of UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes with adequate skills and knowledge, enabling them to conduct their missions within Somalia in the safest possible way.

The mounting hostility and increasing number of violent attacks against humanitarian staff, premises and assets emphasize the need to further promote and deliver safety and security training for personnel carrying out vital peace, development and humanitarian missions in unstable and dangerous areas of the world.
Since January 2007, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) have been contributing to making the staff of UN Agencies, Departments, Funds and Programmes as well as International Organizations, NGOs and Government Agencies better prepared to identify, face and respond to direct and indirect threats and incidents jeopardizing their lives and the ability to serve the targeted populations.
The Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environment (SSAFE) programme is the instrument through which over 14,000 UN and associated personnel (i.e. NGOs, International Organizations and Governments Agencies) in 16 countries have benefitted from a thorough safety and security training curriculum. It consists of a theoretical and practical training delivered by more than 400 certified SSAFE trainers. 
The modular structure and flexibility of the SSAFE training enables it to be easily customized and adapted to different working contexts and realities.
The objective of the SSAFE Somalia training is to assure the quality and effectiveness of the standard safety and security training curriculum capable to respond to the ever-changing perils and menaces affecting UN activities in this country.

The SSAFE Somalia training is mandatory for all UN staff before deploying in Somalia.

Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment

To provide the SSAFE students with theoretical and practical inputs about the UN Hostage Incident Management and Hostage Survival strategies while abducted.

Scope of work

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Field Security Coordination Officer (FSCO) Training, the incumbent will assist in facilitating training on security related issues by performing the following duties:

Conduct a theoretical lecture on Hostage Survival during SSAFE trainings covering the following topics:

  • High risk areas for hostage incidents;
  • Motives of hostage taking;
  • The current hostage situation in Somalia and its likelihood;
  • Lessons learnt from former or current hostage situations in Somalia;
  • The five phases of a kidnapping;
  • Coping strategies and hostage survival techniques;
  • The UN Hostage Incident Management.
Supervise practical Hostage Survival exercises and conduct debriefings.
Monitoring the Kidnapping situation in Somalia and incorporating the latest trends into the presentation.
Monitoring and Progress controls

The incumbent will be monitored and evaluated during his/her theoretical presentations and practical scenario debriefings. In addition, the SSAFE students’ feedback will also be used to monitor and evaluate the incumbent.
Final product/Deliverables

The final product is a professional and up to date presentation during 18 SSAFE trainings as well as up to date debriefs during practical SSAFE scenarios.
Review/approval time
There is no approval time.

    Integrity and professionalism: 
    • Demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; 
    • High degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership;
    • Willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality;
    • Ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented.
      • Mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations.
        Commitment to continuous learning: 
        • Initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise;
        • Ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
          Planning and organizing:
          • Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner;
          • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work;
          • Ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities.
            Teamwork and respect for diversity: 
            • Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries;
            • Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
              • Proven interpersonal skills;
              • Good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports;
              • Ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely;
              • Ability to make and defend recommendations;
              • Ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds;
              • Ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest;
              • Capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups.
              • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations.

              Required Skills and Experience
              Academic Qualifications:
              • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) preferably in law enforcement, Criminal Studies, Security Studies or International Relations or Graduate from a Police Academy;
              • A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and minimum of 15 years within law enforcement agencies may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
              Years of experience:
              • At least ten years of professional experience in police or law enforcement work;
              • Qualifications as a police crisis or hostage negotiator with minimum 2 years of work experience in this function. In addition, basic first aid skills are required. Previous experience with the UN is an asset;
              • Experience in organizing security related training courses and basic training design is required.
              Language requirements:
              • Proficiency (level C) of English and Intermediate knowledge (level B) of another UN official language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
              Other Information
              • The expert will be required to have a personal laptop computer.