Security Officer

Employer: United Nations
Naqoura  ,  Lebanon
Closing: 25 Dec 2015
This position is located in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Naqoura. The incumbent of the post reports to the Officer-in-Charge of the Unit and the Deputy Chief Security Officer.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-4, may be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Security Officers, at FS-4 level).

• Assists the CSO/DCSO/Coordination Officer in the supervision of a Security Unit, as assigned;
• Drafts and updates security contingency plans for a security unit.
• Monitors prevailing local security conditions and trends and advises UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;
• Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
• Monitors air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises;
• Assists in the evaluation accessible areas, maintain tracking systems and assist in the coordination of a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
• Contributes to security risk assessments 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;
• Assists senior Officers in briefing to the CSO/DCSO/Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
• 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;
• Conducts routine 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;
• Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependants; Provides and submits investigation reports to appropriate authorities.
• Assists in the planning, organization and conduct of investigations of alleged violations of UN rules, regulations and pertinent administrative issuances.
• Conduct incident response activities; perceive and gather evidences.
• Contributes to the identification of gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where necessary;
• Assists in planning of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
• Prepares Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment;
• Monitors 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, if needed;
• 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; 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.


• 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.

Work Experience

• A minimum of six 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.
• Desirable experience: security investigations 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.


French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this job opening, fluency in English (both oral and written ) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by informal interview.