Organization Setting And Reporting
The Chief Security Policy and Planning reports directly to the Director of Security and Risk
The Chief Security Policy and Planning acts as a Deputy and advisor to the Director on
Policy, Planning, and Compliance of UNRWA security risk management objectives.
- Leads the Security and Risk Management Department (SRMD) development of high
quality, best practise security policies, standards, and operational procedures across the
Agency, reflecting changes within the UNSMS policy developments, including maintenance,
and provision of relevant UNRWA security policies. Monitors and evaluates the
implementation of, and compliance with UNRWA (and UNSMS) policies framework,
procedures and guidelines; coordinates strategic and thematic evaluations and promotes
- Advises and provides support to the Director in planning, developing, analysing,
communication, enhancing understanding of and overseeing strategic security management
concepts, policies, guidelines, and compliance;
- Acts as a Deputy Director of the SRMD and therefore is appointed as Officer in Charge
(OIC) during the Directors absence;
- Leads the development and prescriptive content, facilitating the development and
maintenance of the SRMD SharePoint and security practice network;
- Liaises, consults, facilitates, and maintains ongoing relationships with UNRWA
programmes ensuring security integration into programmatic activities; liaises with UN
bodies on policy and governance;
- Develops Annual Security Workplan to be reflected in the annual compendium of new
revised policies and procedures. Leads the process of regular review/revision of extant
security policy documents and frameworks;
- Measures UNRWA’s implementation of compliance on security risk management policy and
procedures and takes the lead in lessons learned activities following any safety and/or security
incidents impacting UNRWA;
- Develops reports and monitors key performance indicators to support strategic planning and
decision making and acts as focal point for coordinating and providing advice and relevant
information on occupational Safety and Health matters.
UN Core Values of Professionalism, Integrity and Respect for Diversity and Core
Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by
default. Default managerial competencies may apply.
- Leading and Supervising
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts
- Creating and Innovating
- Adapting and Responding to Change
- Planning and Organizing
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- Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) from an accredited educational
institution, in social sciences, public or business administration, international politics,
management, or a related security field. Formal training in security risk management;
- Good working knowledge of UNSMS policies and procedures and knowledge in
Information Technology services.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in research, public
administration, organizational development, project management and policy analysis
At least 8 years of experience in organizational security and operational risk management
At least 6 years at managerial level in a large governmental, international or commercial
A minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and
outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a
national identity number.
Previous experience with other UN agencies (desirable)
Project management certifications (desirable)
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be
followed by competency-based interview.
Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension.
The Chief, Security Policy and Planning will be required to travel in the Agency’s area of
UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states,
regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA
is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the
difficult circumstances in which they live.
For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org/
United Nations Considerations
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to
assignment by him or her.
UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current
UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from
At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the
necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due
regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of
qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and
inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with
disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when
requested and indicated in the application.
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence,
neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human
rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who
fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs.
Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA if they have committed
violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law,
sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to
believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. Candidates who
have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for
employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of
misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear
on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment
platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the
Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side
of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in
the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable
internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations,
resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative
issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information
pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in
inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion,
revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates
under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the
information provided in the application.
Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time)
on the deadline date.
How to apply
To start the application process, applicants are required to register at https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx go to Department and choose UNRWA for UNRWA posts. Only applications received through https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx will be considered. Due to the large number of applications received, only short-listed applicants will be contacted via e-mail only.
Link to TJO is: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=152644&Lang=en-US