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Close Protection Officer, FS-4
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   21 Sep 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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.
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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-4 level reports to the Close Protection Officer (Detail Leader) or delegated authority, on all close protection issues. Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) or equivalent, the Close Protection Officer at the FS-4 level will carry out the following duties: Conducts close protection operations for a Senior UN Official; Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Official at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing; Remains vigilant and alert in case of threat to the Senior UN Official; Maintains effective and efficient security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official; Conducts close protection operations as outlined in the UN close protection policies and guidelines; Coordinates activities with relevant parties to include the Security Operations Unit and other appropriate security organizations as required; Coordinates with local authorities during close protection operations; Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements; Contributes to pre-deployment briefings; Operates all close protection equipment to ensure equipment readiness; Assists in training session on close protection subjects to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques; Whenever necessary, supervises the Close Protection Unit drivers in the performance of their assigned duties; Contributes to making determination of 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 Results Expected: 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 tactics and techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; able to recognize and appropriately react to threats; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in 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 • 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; demonstrated capability of rapid decision-making in emergencies (with little margin of error), under conditions of extreme stress or when rapid response is required • 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 Officer Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field) • Other: 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.

Work Experience
• A minimum of six years with high school diploma or equivalent of 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. • 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.

Other Skills

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.



How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
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  4. UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.


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