Dec 19, 2015

Security Officer

Employer: United Nations
Location: Africa

These positions are located in United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) or equivalent.


Within limits of delegated authority and under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Officer (CSO), the Security Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Assists the CSO to supervise Security Units, as needed;
• Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security units;
• Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifies security trends and advises UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;

• Serves as members of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plans;
• Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate actions;
Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
• Assesses the level of security risk for the areas of operations;
• Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
• Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stakeholders;
• Briefs the CSO and Senior Security Officers on the status, activities and requirements of the units;
• Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting 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 dependents 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 dependents;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendations for amendment where necessary;
• Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
• Drafts Statements of Requirement and provide 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 a Duty Officer within the Security Section;
• Performs other duties as required.


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; Show pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Are motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remain calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects 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.

Planning and Organizing: Develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities where necessary; allocate appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary; use time efficiently.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

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 at least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or post conflict environment is required. Experience in security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, security logistics in a post-conflict environment, security staffing in post-conflict and multicultural environment is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in English is required, Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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