Job: Director, United Nations Division of Regional Operations | Diplomacy Opportunities

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The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The Division of Regional Operations (DRO) serves as the safety and security focal point for the field duty stations, providing primary operational and technical support. The division is responsible for daily security coordination with the field. The Director reports directly to the Under-Secretary-General.

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Under the general direction of the Under-Secretary-General (USG), the Director is responsible for the strategic management of regional operations for safety and security both at Headquarters and in the field, leading DRO, overseeing threat and risk analysis, and providing advice on related matters to the USG. She/he:

– Contributes to the overall management of the Department’s activities and operations and the formulation of the Department’s overall strategies and policies, as part of the Under-Secretary-General’s senior management team.

– Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division, determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

– Directs/manages the five regional operational desks which are responsible for safety and security arrangements in over 150 countries as well as the Threat and Risk Assessment Service; directs and supervises staff; coordinates daily with field locations; directs and manages the cadre of chief security advisors and field security coordination officers; deploys staff members to the field as required to support Designated Officials.

– Manages the 24-hour communications centre; coordinates and oversees responses to all cases of hostage-taking; monitors and maintains an overview of security and crisis management on a world-wide basis; directs the response to highly critical issues and incidents that arise, including evacuation of UN personnel; takes appropriate action in cases of arrest and detention.

– Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, recruitment of staff for the Division (taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values), including interviews and evaluation of candidates.

– Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and coordinates work both within the Division and Department, and with other organisations of the UN System and Member States, as appropriate; coordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for the presentation to intergovernmental bodies, including on budget/programme performance and on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate; participates in various committees, and prepares documents on policy issues; ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data; that all outputs produced by the Division meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with relevant mandates.

– Provides leadership on the development of innovative or change management programmes.

– Performs other assignments as required by the Under-Secretary-General.


  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Judgement/Decision-making
  • Communication

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Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in security administration, criminal justice, law, public administration, political or social science, international relations or related area. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Over 15 years of progressively responsible experience in safety and security management is required with a minimum of 5 years of experience at the international level. At least 5 years of senior management experience in safety and security is required. Experience in crisis management and/or emergency management is required. Experience of field operations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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