Head of Global Security

World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, Switzerland

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Head of Global Security Role Profile

The purpose of the position of Head of Global Security and WHO Security Focal Point, in line with the scope of WHO 2020 Output 434H: 'Safe and secure environment with efficient infrastructure maintenance, cost-effective support services and responsive supply chain including duty of care' is to provide technical expertise and cross-cutting programme coordination and management of safety and security within the Department of Operational Support, broadening the scope of the Department's programme area of work in its respective field of expertise. The Head of Global Security will coordinate and create new policies and strategies to address global needs. The Head of Global Security provides Director, Operational Support Services (OSS), Assistant Director-General, Business Operations (ADG/BOS) and the Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (EXD/WHE), as well as all relevant actors within WHO with security advice, guidance and technical assistance and ensures the coordination of the programme area of work across the three levels of the Organization.
The objective of the WHO Security Services is to ensure the safety and security of WHO personnel and property. As part of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), the aim of the WHO Security Services is to enable programmes to deliver, at all levels of the Organization, based on a principle of security risk management rather than risk aversion, supporting the global humanitarian focus of ‘how to stay and deliver' as opposed to ‘when to leave'. This approach focusses on appropriate analysis, risk mitigation and implementation of all reasonable safety and security measures. With a mind-set driven by a duty of care to our staff and partners at all levels, the WHO Security Services will provide the required security presence across all levels of WHO in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Reporting to the Assistant Director-General, through Director OSS, and in coordination with the Chef de Cabinet, and the Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme, the Head of Global Security is responsible for safety and security management across the Organisation.
The Head of Global Security will advise the Office of the Director-General, in accordance with established reporting lines, on all relevant and urgent safety and security matters. The incumbent will coordinate with all senior managers within WHO to ensure that staff safety and security is given high priority by the Organisation. In addition, the Head of Global Security will be responsible for actively coordinating and assisting the Regional Offices and Country Offices on all aspects of staff safety and security management.
The post will ensure that the implementation of appropriate safety and security management procedures is undertaken and that they effectively address issues of staff safety, security and the protection of WHO assets. To this aim the Head of Global Security will develop and maintain productive and reciprocal global cooperation partnerships with relevant security counterparts especially with security professionals associated with UNSMS and Host Government departments.
She/he will represent WHO at the Inter-Agency Security Management Network and contribute to security policy-making in line with WHO strategies and best interests. The incumbent is expected to provide supervisory and technical assistance to all WHO core and mission security professionals; s/he will be accountable and responsible for all security and safety matters related directly or indirectly to WHO personnel and partners as well as the property of the Organisation. The Head of Global Security is responsible for providing leadership on safety/security policy management issues and mission operational support to enable the safest and effective implementation of programmes and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Global Security will have the following key responsibilities:
  • Develop and lead the professionalization of robust and responsive security structure that is sustainable, cost-effective and upholds the core values of the Organization.
  • Establish, implement and maintain a five-year strategic plan, with regular reviews that take stock of lessons learned, and capitalizes on strengths.
  • Provide operational and strategic analyses related to threats/ risks posed to WHO staff, programmes, offices and field missions, offering staff the necessary guidance and mitigation measures.
  • Oversee and ensure the development, implementation and management of a staff security training strategy that increases skills, security awareness and security knowledge of all personnel across the Organization.
  • Coordinate and lead the implementation of safety/ security policy/procedures in accordance with WHO responsibility and accountability to UNSMS and United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
  • Formally participate in and influence the UNSMS security policy decision-making bodies with concrete contributions.
  • Liaise and coordinate security and safety operations with host country agencies.
  • Develop, negotiate and implement safe and secure access strategies to enable WHO teams to perform their mission(s).
  • Provide senior level policy and technical safety/ security advice, training and guidance to personnel in all offices and on missions. Ensure that systems and procedures are in place to disseminate safety/ security policy/ procedures and instructions to all in a timely manner.
  • Constantly and vigilantly monitor operations in high-risk environments to ensure all safety/ security procedures are in place and security trends are monitored. To be done in coordination with the WHO Emergencies Programme.
  • Oversee, manage and develop the Security Services, providing effective leadership, vision and guidance to WHO management and personnel, in all aspects of safety / security management.
  • Direct and manage the daily operations of the Security Services providing regular reviews and assessments on the general and/or urgent staffing needs related to the Units' operations both routine and in support of emergency operations.
  • Manage all HR issues within the Unit including the development and drafting of TORs for security positions across the Organization, overseeing the performance of the security staff in all offices and monitoring the technical performance of all mission Security Officers.
  • Develop, in coordination with the Director OSS, the Comptroller and the ADG/BOS, the annual operational needs and UNDSS cost share budgets (global and local). Frequently review, in coordination with the above Officers, the Security Funding Mechanism and report on its financial status, assessing its potential to address long-term general security funding needs and emergency requirements.
  • Provide reports, assessments, advice and frequent briefings to the Senior Management Team (SMT) on activities and significant security threats/risks/trends/incidents.
  • Actively participate in the UNSMS SMT for Geneva and supply regular security briefings as required.
  • As required, conduct and/or oversee mission safety/security assessments to ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures. Make appropriate recommendations to strengthen these systems and address non-compliance issues.
  • Conduct and report on various investigations related to safety, security incidents involving staff and/or the Organization assets and provide the necessary recommendations. Such investigation should be coordinated with Human Resources, Legal and Internal Audit offices to provide the necessary recommendations.
  • Be available 24/7 to provide advice and consultation on any emergencies or security situations involving WHO staff members or assets.
  • Identify and institute security and safety best practices throughout the Organization.
  • Undertake other security and safety activities and responsibilities as directed by Director OSS and ADG/BOS.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned

Required Competencies

1. A minimum of fifteen years of professional experience in security risk management, personnel security, criminal justice, public safety, law enforcement or military service, and/or disaster risk management at national and international level.
2. Professional experience should also include a track-record of success in managing complex problems, situations or programmes.
3. Relevant work experience in, or concerning, several geographic regions.
4. Relevant work experience in, or Ability to develop and manage strategic direction and transform it into a results-oriented work programme.
5. Ability to evaluate international political problems and provide leadership in managing conflict situations.
6. Excellent managerial skills and judgement, able to manage and coordinate multilevel projects.
7. Demonstrated 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.
8. Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Advanced level degree from a recognised university in Security Management, Law, Disaster
  • Management, International Studies, Public or Business Administration or a related field.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with a fixed term contract. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience to a P6 UN Level. A staff pension fund, staff health insurance, accident and illness insurance, voluntary group life insurance are included in the benefits package.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Roland Liro, at [email protected], or fill in the below Application Form, on or before 5th August 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.
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