Senior Operations Officer

United Nations Department of Safety and Security, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th August, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place.

The Senior Operations Officer will report directly to the Chief, Security Information and Operation Cell (SIOC).

The post is presently located in Islamabad, Pakistan and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as an "C" hardship and a family duty station.

For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit:


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Security Information and Operations Center (SIOC), the incumbent of the post will serve as the Senior Operations Officer, with specific operational responsibilities to the SIOC and perform the following duties:

  • Provides support to the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) through the Deputy Security Adviser (DSA) and the CSIOC
  • Supports the development of security risk mitigation strategies and drive the security planning by using situational awareness, critical thinking, and logic to detect and interpret early signals, emerging trends and analysis of multi-dimensional security risks. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to the operational challenges.
  • Supports the security focal points of the agencies of the UNSMS regarding to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and reviews security management documents for the designated area of responsibility, including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents
  • Identifies and monitors trends of security incidents affecting UNSMS personnel premises and assets.
  • Initiates and monitors the Security Risk Management (SRM) processes.
  • Contributes to implementation and evaluation of the preparedness and compliance of the security measures as decided by the United Nations Security Management Team (SMT).
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities
  • Maintains cooperation and collaborations with authorities and international institutions, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations (such as entities under Saving Life Together framework).
  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System. Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the determination of accessible areas, establishment and maintenance of tracking systems and emergency communication and security clearance system to ensure operational security control over the movement of UNSMS personnel and assets.\
  • Provides support to UNSMS organizations in the establishment and maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System.
  • Leads and directs security operations and assists in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Identifies and promotes best practices.
  • Acts as Chief, Security Information and Operations Center (CSIOC) in the absence of the CSIOC as required.
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma from a police or military education institution, college or academy obtained over a minimum of a three-year period.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years international field experience in security operations is required.
  • Experience in planning, design, implementation, or review of risk mitigation measures related to security operations is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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