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UNDSS team: a vital role

UNDSS personnel play a vital role in enabling the safe conduct of UN operations, often in dangerous environments.

We do this while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of UN personnel, premises and assets worldwide. We have exciting employment opportunities for committed safety and security professionals and support personnel in dynamic environments globally.


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Vacancies

All current vacancies in the UN's Internal Security and Safety job network can be viewed on the UN Careers website.

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Working at the UN

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Development

As we value professional growth and staff mobility at UNDSS, we encourage professional development and growth. During the course of their careers with UNDSS, our personnel can choose to remain within a particular career stream, but they will also be encouraged to gain experience in other streams to build the knowledge, skills and experience required for management and leadership roles.

We endeavour to give our personnel the greatest opportunities for career development to realise their potential.

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The nature of our work

Our personnel perform a large range of functions, from ensuring the security of UN compounds, providing close protection services, investigating incidents, providing training on safety and security policies and procedures. Our staff identify security trends, develop security plans and ensure crisis preparedness.

There are many types of roles within UNDSS, requiring a diverse set of knowledge, skills and experience. These roles can be broadly grouped into three career streams, all of which are essential for the successful implementation of our mandate:

  1. Security operations:

    This stream is made up of specialised functions that require specific technical skill sets, knowledge and experience. Examples include Policy Officers, Threat Analysts, Physical Security Specialists, Aviation Risk Management, Training and Fire Safety.

  2. Specialist security operations support:

    This stream includes core safety and security functions related to the Department’s operations. Examples of Security Operations functions include Security Management & Advisory Services, Uniformed Security and Close Protection.

  3. Executive support:

    This stream includes roles that exist across the UN system, such as Budget & Finance, HR, Logistics, Communications, etc.

Strength in diversity

We are fully committed to increasing both geographical and gender representation throughout our workforce across all levels and categories. Diversity contributes to more effective decision-making and problem-solving by providing a range of perspectives, expertise, and a more robust process for critical evaluation. It is also reflective of our global client base, their needs and the membership of the United Nations system that we serve.

Gender

With respect to gender, we strive to:

  • Establish an inclusive and enabling organizational culture free from gender bias and discrimination;
  • Improve greater gender balance at all levels in UNDSS; and
  • Strengthen resilience through improved strategic planning for gender-responsive operations.