Professional & effective

UNDSS develops and maintains a professional and effective Safety & Security Workforce

The UNDSS workforce is the backbone of security management at the United Nations. UNDSS strives for a mobile, flexible and global workforce that is highly trained and professional.

A highly trained safety and security workforce

UNDSS ensures all UN personnel have the knowledge, skills and experience required for their duties and any security responsibilities they may have in accordance with the Framework of Accountability. All UN security professionals go through intense and rigorous training before being deployed.

Throughout their careers, UNDSS personnel keep their skills sharp with a wide range of training courses adapted to their responsibilities. UNDSS has top class security trainers who develop state-of-the-art training programmes to ensure our security professionals have the ability and capacity to respond to ever-changing security challenges and offer the best services.

UNDSS is continually updating its training programmes to ensure it remains adaptive to the security environment and developments within the UN. Recent amendments to its Security Certification Programme (SCP) include modules on new crisis management policies and training on gendered and LGBTI security concerns.

On the ground

On the ground, UNDSS coordinates all necessary requirements to enable personnel to deliver the UN mandate safely, be it about training, programme assessments in support of the Security Risk Management (SRM) process, budget preparation or security logistics.


A mobile, flexible and global workforce

Given the critical mandate of UNDSS, it is of the utmost importance for the Department to have a professional and effective safety and security workforce that promotes diversity, gender parity and geographical representation.

Our personnel are our most valuable asset, providing critical services to the United Nations Security Management System and all its staff and programmes. The Department places a strong emphasis on attracting, developing and retaining talented personnel for security operations, executive support and operational support roles. Our workforce is responsive and mobile in order to effectively address evolving operational needs. Central to this is the UNDSS organizational culture, reflected in our guiding principles that value gender and diversity in the workforce. The Department has recently initiated a Strategy on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and will work with the UN system towards its gender parity targets.

The Department is equipped with a Human Resource Strategy to develop and support a professional and mobile workforce with the knowledge, skills and experience to provide effective safety and security services to the United Nations globally. This HR strategy outlines UNDSS commitments articulated in three objectives: Organizational Culture & Values, Talent & Workforce Management and Career Development.

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Surge Capacity: A mobile and flexible workforce to respond to crisis

The UNDSS surge programme has become increasingly important for UNDSS to rapidly deploy security officers to emerging crises, reinforce UNDSS field offices or cover vacant posts.

Since 2012, there has been a seven-fold increase in surge deployment days. Overall trends point to a further expansion of UNDSS surge by 20-25% in the coming years.