Security Officer, FS-5
||17 Feb 2014
|DATE OF ISSUANCE:
||31 Jan 2014
||Field Missions Administered by DPKO
|All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the
recruitment/rostering/selection process within 14 days (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff Selection System). The process for
rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted. Placement on
the roster does not guarantee selection to field mission.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
These positions are located in United Nations field Peacekeeping Operations and Special Political missions. Under the overall
supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) or equivalent, the Security Officer, FS-5, reports to a senior Security Coordination
Officer, on all security operations as assigned. Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for
the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Security Officers, at FS-5 level). • Assists the
CSA/CSA/SA/Security Coordination Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervise a Security Unit, as needed; •
Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit; • Assesses prevailing local security
conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependants on security issues; •
Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan; • Evaluates air, land
and sea emergency evacuation capability; • Conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action; • Determines
accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System; • Assesses the level of
security risk for the area of operations; • Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations; • Maintains continuing lines of
communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders; • Briefs the CSA/CSO/SA/Security Coordination
Officer or Deputy CSA/CSO on the status, activity and requirements of the unit; • Ensures that fire prevention devices and firefighting
equipment are available on the premises; Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary; •
Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities; • Assumes responsibility for guard force
management; Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities;
• Implements security arrangements; • Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependants on security matters, as
assigned; • Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff; • Investigates security-related incidents involving UN
personnel, project personnel or eligible dependants; • Identifies gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for
amendment where necessary; • Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary; •
Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment; •
Inspects security equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance
with relevant policy; • Coordinates issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate; • Sets up and
manages a warden system according to policy; • Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section; • Performs other duties as
• Professionalism: Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization;
Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately
supervise security units; 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; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in
stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and
men in all areas of work. • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by
genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports
and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for
team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that
are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities where necessary; 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. • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are
provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with
clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing
developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate • UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset:
Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers
Course, Security Investigation.
A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security
management is required; of which • A minimum two years of experience in security operations centres or similar within a military,
police or security organization is required; and • Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
to Apply to Field Mission vacancies:
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vacancies in United Nations Peace Operations. If you are interested in an
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All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on line.
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submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please
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application on-line or by other means for the same vacancy.
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Your application will be screened and evaluated against the requirements set out
in the vacancy announcement. In the event that you successfully complete the
preliminary screening process, you will be contacted to further discuss your
interest in working with UN peace operations. The next step would be
consideration and interview for specific positions.
Because of the high volume of applications received, the screening process can
take several months, so please do not become discouraged. Please know that your
application to a generic vacancy announcement for a specific occupational group
and your expression of interest in serving in specific locations or missions
will enable you to be considered for all positions for which you are qualified.
Your application to a generic vacancy announcement will remain valid for one
year. You need not reapply within that period.
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to the following number with a clear indication of the vacancy number to which
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reports at the time of application. The PAS will be requested from the staff
member in case it is required.
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