In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, the Secretariat welcomes applications to supplement the Secretary-General’s search and consultations. Applications of women candidates is strongly encouraged.
Applications should include the curriculum vitae of the candidate with full contact information (email and telephone) and must be sent to the Secretariat of the United Nations by 29 April 2019. Applications may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the Department of Safety and Security is available in the SecretaryGeneral’s bulletin ST/SGB/2013/5. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 59/276 establishing the Department of Safety and Security, the Under-Secretary-General shall serve for one non-renewable term not exceeding five years and shall be appointed with full respect for the principle of geographic representation.
The Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security is accountable to the Secretary-General and is responsible for all activities of the Department of Safety and Security.
The core strategic functions of the Under-Secretary-General include:
• Advising the Secretary-General on all matters related to the security and safety of
personnel, premises and assets of the United Nations;
• Representing or ensuring the representation of the Secretary-General on all securityrelated matters with governing bodies, agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations common system and administrative advisory bodies;
• Preparing reports of the Secretary-General on all security-related matters;
• Maintaining close liaison with the host countries authorities and Member States to
strengthen and implement the host countries primary responsibility for the safety and security of United Nations personnel, premises and assets;
• Leading and managing the Department of Safety and Security, and providing
executive direction and control of the United Nations Security Management System
and ensuring the overall safety and security of United Nations personnel, their
eligible family members and United Nations premises and assets at headquarters
locations and in the field;
• Coordinating with the organizations of the United Nations Security Management
System to ensure implementation, compliance and support for security aspects of
• Convening and chairing meetings of the Inter-Agency Security Management Network
and the Executive Group on Security;
• Overseeing the development of security policies, practices and procedures for the
United Nations Security Management System worldwide;
• Providing oversight, strategic policy and operational guidance to the Designated
Officials for Security appointed by the Secretary-General and other field
representatives deployed by the United Nations Security Management System entities;
• Taking all necessary measures on behalf of the Secretary-General, in coordination
with the United Nations Security Management System, to ensure that United Nations
personnel are properly informed about, and operate in conformity with, existing
policies, security risk mitigation measures and relevant codes of conduct, are trained
and duly authorized in the areas of safety and security.
The Secretary-General is seeking an individual with:
• Demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience of high-level international
security operations, policy and intelligence with a track record of accomplishment in
the safety and security area at the regional, national or international level;
• Demonstrated leadership experience with strategic vision and proven skills in leading
transformation in, and managing complex organizations, such as intergovernmental,
international non-governmental or multinational private sector entities;
• Proven track record of change management in complex organizations and accomplishments at the regional, national or international level with strong resource mobilization, political and diplomatic skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously in a multi-cultural team and establish
harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
• High commitment to the values and guiding principles of the United Nations and familiarity with the United Nations system, including peacekeeping, humanitarian, human rights and development settings and challenges.