Close Protection Officer, FS-5
||06 Oct 2013
|DATE OF ISSUANCE:
||21 Sep 2013
||Field Missions Administered by DPKO
|SPECIAL NOTICE: The incumbents of these positions will be seconded by their Government.
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. The Close Protection Officer at FS-5 level reports to the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader), on all close protection issues.
Responsibilities: Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) or equivalent, the Close Protection Officer at the FS-5 level will carry out the following duties: Provides supervision to a close protection team to conduct close protection operations for a Senior UN Official; Provides advice on operational requirements within the mandated area of operations and the time of assignment;
Maintains security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official; Ensures that mitigating measures are in place at all time to deter or deny identified threat and to preserve the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials; Ensures that continued effectiveness of the close protection team remains in relation to the changes of the local threat level; Conducts close protection operations;
Accompanies the Senior UN Official during official travels and coordinates all related security requirements; Reports to the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader) on official moves of the Senior UN Official; Within delegated authority, liaises with relevant security focal points and briefs members of the CP Team; Prior to initiating a deployment, coordinates with representatives of mission units or departments on issues of the location, current threat and political climate and assesses, plans, coordinates and executes close protection operations; Conducts pre-deployment briefings with the Close Protection Officers and coordinates with the staff in the office of the Senior UN Official under the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader). Provides guidance on changes that might occur whilst on duty; Deploys CP officers, in advance, for official moves to ensure implementation of security arrangements; De-briefs CP Officers and assesses each move upon conclusion; Contributes to the forecasting, planning and executing security training for his/her team and liaises with other UN Missions to keep abreast with current training methods; Maintains the qualification records and ensures that security officers are certified according with the UN standards; Contributes to supervise the performance of Close Protection Officers, Close Protection Drivers; Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment; Monitors team equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are supplied, maintained and deployed; Assists the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader) or equivalent in drafting the Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment; Determines equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements; Performs any other duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Close Protection and Security Officers in the mission and other UN agencies; Staff in the Office of the Senior UN Official; Staff in the Mission Support; Representatives of mission military and police components; Project Managers and other project personnel; Local security officials; Security officials of other national and international organizations.
• Professionally competent close protection operations within the mission, which meets the needs of Senior UN Official and the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader).
• To provide the proper implementation of the SOPs in accordance with the UN standards in close protection
• Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of close protection technique combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; well-developed analytical skills; able to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats; capacity to effectively coordinate close protection operations; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management and close protection operations; 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.
• Planning& 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
• Judgment and Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in complex situation of close protection operations; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative 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.
• Technological Awareness: Ability to use various technology, weapons and security devices pertinent to the roles and responsibilities of the close protection unit; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the close protection; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.
• High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate
• A valid driver’s license is required
• UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field)
• Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable
• Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of an first aid certification is desirable
• High standard of physical fitness is desirable
• Training in martial arts and/or specialised security practices is an asset.
• A minimum of eight years with high school diploma or equivalent of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
• A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
• A minimum two years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection shift leader with a national, private or international security organization is required.
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
• Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required;
• Desirable experience: close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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