Deputy Chief of Security

from UNOPS
Closing date: 06 Nov 2019

Background Information

The Deputy Chief of Security will be reporting directly to the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser (CSA) for Denmark or in his absence to the Designated Official. He/she will assist the CSA with the overall security infrastructure, supervise the security guard team and be responsible for the day-to-day management of security at UN Compounds in Copenhagen.

The incumbent functions within the framework of the UN Security Management System in Denmark, under the supervision and general guidance of the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser. The position is responsible for providing effective and efficient security services to enable the safe conduct of the United Nations in Denmark. The incumbent promotes a compliance and client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations and UN Security Management System regulations. He/she works closely with and advises the UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes present in Copenhagen, Denmark on security related issues.

Functional responsabilities

  1. Advisory and technical
  2. Operations
  3. Staff Development
  4. Team management
  5. Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

1. Advisory and Technical

  • Advise the Designated Official (DO), the CSA and the SMT on all safety and security related matters pertaining to the management of the UN Security Team and the physical security of UN compounds including the planning and implementation of projects.
  • In line with the UN Security Management System methodology, policies, and procedures, develop, as required, security risk assessments and recommended mitigation strategies for the UN offices.

2. Operations

  • Responsible for the daily operation of security at UN Compounds (Campuses 1 and 2) and for the management of all security officers.
  • Develops security contingency plans in case of emergency; implements and maintains defensive measures to mitigate/forestall all possible breaches of security, taking into account the current security risk assessment.
  • Assist the CSA in providing advice on the identification, maintenance and functioning of the security infrastructure.
  • Create, disseminate and maintain Standard Operating Procedures/Post Orders (SOP’s & PO’s).
  • Manage tasks for security related projects by representing UN security in working groups/task forces including for a new building (Campus 3).
  • Assist the CSA in establishing procedures for reviewing crisis situations and preparing contingency plans for emergencies including for Fire Safety.
  • Responsible for the functioning of the Pass and ID card section.
  • Support the CSA with administrative tasks including procurement of equipment, resource allocation, performance management and preparation and monitoring of the budget.
  • Identification and mitigation of building deficiencies related to security.
  • Maintains an ongoing review of operational plans and ensures that UN compounds has a functioning floor warden system.
  • Ensure that all staff members are kept fully informed on matters affecting their security within the UN City compounds.

    • Determine, manage and account for the use of security equipment.
    • Deputizes in the absence of the CSA.
  • Analyze data to form proposals for improvements (e.g. implementation of new technology)

  • Plan and coordinate security operations for specific events and visits.

  • Manage and perform daily monitoring, taking necessary action when required, and generate reports as needed.

3. Staff Development

  • Develop and deliver staff development and training programs for UN personnel and security focal points.
  • Together with the Security and Safety Associate, ensure that all UN personnel receive briefings upon initial arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of developments on matters affecting their security.
  • Maintain up-to-date instructions and training for personnel on implementation of the security plan.

4. Team Management

  • Facilitate the engagement and provision of high quality results and services of the team supervised through effective work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Provide oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.
  • Assist in the recruitment of the security guards.

5. Knowledge building and Knowledge sharing

  • Organize, facilitate and/or deliver training and learning initiatives for Business Unit personnel on Security related topics.
  • Lead and conduct initiatives on capacity development and knowledge building for Security personnel, including network development, plans, learning plans and activities, procurement practice information and best practice bench-marking.
  • Oversee team’s contributions to Security knowledge networks and communities of practice including collaborative synthesis of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in Security.
  • Guide team’s collection of feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Deputy Chief of Security directly affects the security and safety of all UN personnel and operations and the organization’s credibility. This promotes the image of the UN in Denmark.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree in social or political science, law, public administration, business management or security management is required OR
  • A first-level university degree in combination with an additional 2 years' relevant experience (7 in total) at the international level OR
  • A Technical/Professional Diploma in combination with an additional 4 years (9 in total) relevant, international and national experience OR
  • Secondary Diploma in combination with an additional 6 years’ (11 in total) relevant, international and national experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree OR
  • Substantial experience (a minimum of 11 years) in civilian police/military may be accepted in lieu of formal education.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in international security management, with at least 3 years in a senior role.
  • Demonstrated experience and exposure in compound/physical security and/or international security -related issues is required.
  • Direct experience with the United Nations Security Management System is a strong advantage.
  • Ability to produce Standard Operating Procedures/Security Risk Assessments/Security Plans in accordance with UNSMS methodology is an asset.

Language requirements:

  • Full knowledge of English is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UN official language is an asset.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed-term staff contract
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
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Additional Considerations

  • Although this post is administered by UNOPS, it is a post cost shared among all UN organizations present in Denmark with a reporting line to the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser.
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

How to apply:

Please apply via the following link:

  1. Although this post is administered by UNOPS, it is a post cost shared among all UN organizations present in Denmark with a reporting line to the UNDSS Chief Security Adviser.
  2. Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time