United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

  • The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions, which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique; position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.


  • Within delegated authority, the incumbent assists in the effective and efficient management of all day-to-day security and safety operations in accordance with United Nations security policy and regulations and the preparation of all mandated planning, administrative and operational documents. He/she conducts security risk assessments to determine adequate protection measures for the ECA facilities.

  • Assists the Chief of Section in his advisory role for the Executive Secretary of all matters related to safety and security. As directed by the Chief of Section, maintains regular contact and communication with the Designated Official, other duty station specific security and crisis management bodies, and resident UN organizations.

  • Within delegated authority, the Deputy Chief coordinates the day-to-day operations of the SSS.

  • Ensures that SSS staff discharge their duties in accordance with United Nations policies and security and safety procedures.

  • Oversees the compilation and reviews all operational planning and standard operational procedures applicable to the conduct of security operation at ECA, including procedures of special events, such as conferences.

  • Ensures adherence of SSS personnel to UN core values and compliance with the United Nations administrative policies and procedures.

  • In accordance with the operational guidance and policy direction provided by the Department of Safety and Security, the Deputy Chief assists the Chief of Section in the development of specific procedures for security and safety management at the ECA and coordinates their implementation.

  • Assists the Chief of Section in the administration of the Section, performance management, budget preparation, resources allocation and procurement.

  • Under the direction of the Chief of Section, the Deputy Chief compiles security risk assessment for ECA and other facilities at the duty station, which fall under the responsibility of the Executive Secretary and the Chief of Section. This also includes assessments for specific events with security implications, such as conferences, meetings, VIP visits. Assists in compiling and maintaining personal security assessments for high-profile officials in collaboration with the Protection Coordination Unit in the DSS Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services.

  • In accordance with DSS training strategy and in collaboration with the DSS Training and Development Unit, oversees and guides the implementation of security and safety training programmes for security personnel and staff members at the ECA.

  • Assists the Chief of Section in consultations and coordination of protection measures through national authorities; coordinates joint security operations with local law enforcement agencies, other security services and diplomatic missions.

  • Under the direction of the Chief of Section, cooperates with the host country authorities, police, fire service and other security and safety services; determines, in cooperation with host country counterparts, threat levels and criteria for specific protection measures and coordinates their implementation;

  • Implements, in cooperation with host country security agencies and permanent missions, personnel protection measures for visiting Heads of State, the Secretary General and other high-level officials.

  • Operational activities outside the headquarters duty station:

  • Assists the Chief of Section in the coordination of security measures pertaining to travel of the Executive Secretary or other senior staff, as required.

  • Coordinates, in collaboration with the Division of Regional Operations, security
    and safety measures at sub-offices outside the duty station.

  • Assists the Chief of Section in the management of security services outside the duty station, including security risk assessment and conference security.

  • Participated in national and international conferences on security and safety as directed by the Chief of Section.

  • Assumes the responsibilities of the Chief of Section in his absence and performs other duties as directed by the Chief of Section or the Executive Secretary.


  • Professionalism: Must possess knowledge and understanding of security management and solid security background, most preferably a military/police experience at state officer level. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates 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.

  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • An advanced university degree (Masters or Doctorate or equivalent) preferably in social /political sciences, law, criminal justice, public/business administration or security management is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in security, police or military service with extensive command or leadership experience is required. Of these, at least 2 years of international exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organization is required.

  • Direct experience in United Nations Security Management Systems with proven crisis management capabilities are desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Chief, Security and Safety Service Jobs in Ethiopia

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