UN Security Coordination Officer Jobs – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


Job Title:    Security Coordination

Organisation: Office
of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Vacancy Number: 20-Security-OHCHR-145018-R-Kampala (X)

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Head
of the Office

Grade: P3


About US:

The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the
world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate
from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. The
High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of
the United Nations. The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United
Nations’ human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate
and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human


Job Summary:  This position is located in the Office of the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda, Africa Branch, Field
Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD). The Security
Coordination Officer reports directly to the Head of the Office and to the
Senior Security Manager in OHCHR Geneva through the Field Safety and Security
Coordinator. Functional responsibility for security rests with the Head of the
Office supported by the OHCHR Safety and Security Section.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Within delegated authority, the Security
Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

and monitors the situation in the country of assignment with specific regard as
to how it relates or may have an impact on OHCHR operations in the country.

the Head of the Office with regard to all security and related matters and
develops tactics, techniques and procedures in accordance with the provisions
of the UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of OHCHR operations
in the country of assignment.

staff members to the field as a part of special activity such as monitoring
missions, Commissions of Inquiry and Investigation missions.

draft of security plan for the office, designated country or geographic area,
including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and
updating of the plan.

continuing lines of communication with security focal points and all other UN
agencies involved in humanitarian and other missions to ensure maximum security

regular Security Risk Assessments of field activity and analysis of the
security situation in locations where OHCHR is or intends to operate to enable
appropriate security responses with regard to safety and security of staff in
coordination with UN DSS (United Nations Department of Safety and Security).

requested by the Head of the Office, participates in the United Nations
Security Management Team, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the
effectiveness of the security plan.

prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising
OHCHR staff, project personnel and dependents on potential security problems,
such as mines, kidnapping, armed attacks, arrest and detention.

an ongoing evaluation of air, land and sea evacuation routes and resources for
use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, vessels,
fuel supply and accessible roads.

that fire detection devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the
premises. Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training
as necessar

office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities,
issuance of identity cards, if possible background checks, and entry control.

advice and training to staff and dependents on residential security measures
such as guards, alarm systems and locks to minimize burglar intrusions.

dialog with authorities and international institutions such as Red Cross/Red
Crescent in the event of natural disasters.

availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to
determine if system is functioning properly; arranges for necessary repairs or

accidents involving UN vehicles and prepares report of findings.

security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or
eligible dependents.

responsibility for guard force management.

protection detail for senior officials as necessary.

security training in such subjects as the security management system,
responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) Security Coordination Officer job placement must hold an
advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security
management, business administration, political/social science, psychology,
international relations or a related field. A first level university degree
with a focus on security management or related disciplines, in combination with
two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of
the advanced university degree. Military or Police Academy degrees (at
officer’s level), may also be considered in lieu of the first level university

At least
five years of progressively responsible experience in military, police,
security management or related area is required.

in the police or military context is desirable.

years of experience working in the field is desirable.

with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) is desirable.

in the area of human rights or international humanitarian law is desirable.

in Uganda and/or the Great Lakes region is desirable.

Fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.



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. Takes responsibility for
incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women
and men in all areas of work.

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

Works collaboratively with
colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing
others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team
agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group
decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for
team shortcomings.


How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the
link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job




Deadline: 22nd December 2020


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