Security Officer - Investigation , Africa

Employer: United Nations
Duty Station: Monrovia , Liberia

Closing: 11 January 2016
Job Opening Number: 53376

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This position is based in Monrovia and located in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA), Investigation Assistant reports to the Deputy Chief Security Officer (DCSO) through the Supervisor, Special Investigation Unit.. The duration of the temporary assignment is through 30 June 2016.Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority and under limited supervision, the Investigation Assistant is responsible to perform the following functions.

• Plans, organizes and conducts investigations into alleged violations of UN Rules, Regulations and pertinent administrative issuance falling under Category II (misconduct);
• Conducts road traffic accident investigations;
• Conducts incident response activities, either personally or with other investigators, to ensure evidence initially available is preserved for future analysis and investigation. Incident response activities include: pre-response preparation, reception and recording of incident information, informing appropriate persons/offices during and after response, and planning for response; response definition and control of the incident scene, preservation of evidence and hand-over of the scene to the appropriate authorities; post-response evidence protection and inventory, preparation and submission of written records and debrief to relevant persons;
• Conducts fact-finding to identify information, finds facts and establishes evidence. Based upon the fact-finding, submits investigation reports to appropriate authorities, and conducts post-investigation tasks;
• As required, coordinates, collaborates and consults with local Host Country representative, United Nations and other relevant authorities throughout the investigation process;
• Functions as the standby Investigation Duty Officer when placed on periodic roster to do so and performs other duties as required as detailed by the Supervisor of the Special Investigations Unit or the Deputy Chief Security Officer or the Chief Security Advisor;
• Prepare reports and documentation, including statistical or investigative findings.
• Coordinates meetings to review investigations and related subjects;
• Drafts and updates security contingency plans for security units.
• Monitors prevailing local security conditions and trends and advises UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependants on security issues;
• Assists in the evaluation of accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and assists in the coordination of 24-hour Emergency Response Systems;
• Contributes to security risk assessments for the area of operations;
• Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
• Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises; Maintains fire evacuation plans and conducts fire drills and training as necessary;
• Conducts routine physical security inspections of facilities;
• Sets up and manages warden systems according to policy;
• Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section, if needed;
• Performs other duties as required.Competencies

Core Competencies:

Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to investigations; good research, analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities; good management skills. Strong drafting skills required, especially with respect to the preparation of complex reports of investigation. Comprehensive knowledge of United Nations policies, procedures and operations is desirable including good knowledge of the conditions prevailing in areas where the United Nations conducts peacekeeping missions. Proven ability to gather evidence and interview subjects and witnesses; proficiency in software applications used in administrative investigations is desirable. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery in area of investigations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistent 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;

Speak and writes clearly and effectively; listen 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.

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, Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.Education

• High school diploma or equivalent;
• Formal qualifications and/or certifications in investigations obtained through service with military, police, other governmental or intergovernmental agencies and organizations or private enterprise investigative firms are an advantage;Work Experience

• A minimum of six years progressively responsible, full-time experience in professional investigative work;
• Experience with the United Nations is desirable;Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; For this position, fluency in oral and written English is a requirement.Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal assessment exercise.United Nations Considerations

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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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