Security Operations Officer, Arusha, Tanzania

Employer: International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Location: Tanzania
Closing : 9 Mar 2016
Job Opening Number: 55295

Special Notice

The appointment is limited to the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. As the international tribunals are not integrated in the Secretariat, UN Staff Members serve on assignment or secondment from their parent department/office if selected. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General. Staff Members are expected to move periodically to new functions in accordance with established rules and procedures, and may in this context be reassigned by the Secretary-General throughout the Organization based on the changing needs and mandates.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the United Nations Detention Facility ('UNDF'), Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals ('Mechanism'). This appointment is limited to the Mechanism. Under the direct supervision of the UNDF Commanding Officer, the incumbent will provide support to UNDF.


Under the overall command of the UNDF Commanding Officer, the Security Operations Officer shall have the following duties:
Manages all security personnel in the squads including developing and maintaining squad rosters and leave plans, evaluating performance and attitudes etc; directs the assignment of all subordinates on the shifts and conducts periodic inspection of posts and all detainee compounds within the UNDF;
Continually analyses the use of available security manpower for the shifts and make appropriate written and verbal recommendations to superiors whenever necessary for more effective deployment to be implemented;
Responsible for detecting sources of grievances through constant contact with subordinate supervisors, discussing work requirements with Security Sergeants and Security Officers; taking or directing action as necessary to eliminate any such grievances and preparing relevant reports for submission to the Commanding Officer;
Reports and recommends course of action to the Commanding Officer in regards to security and safety infractions, personnel deployment and availability; controls all internal movement of detainees and plans external movement to court and hospitals and reports the action to the Commanding Officer;
In the event of unusual incidences, disorders, threats or disturbances, assumes control of all security personnel, responds appropriately and implements the operational plan designed for the specific incident;
In colloboration with the Court Squad for the secure movement of detainees to court and hospitals and with the Special Services, develops and and implements procedures to protect UNDF interests in regards to normal and special tasking and facility security and safety;
Provides on-job training and mentoring including for the Tanzanian Prison Officers;
Performs administrative related functions such as issuing copies of the Rules and Regulations to detainees and preparing discharge papers upon the release of prisoners;
Reviews reports submitted by Security Sergeants, certifies accuracy and ensures they are properly written;
Ensures accountability and serviceability of equipment allocated to the security squads; X-ray machines, metal detectors, communication and other equipment; cell keys, vehicles keys and similar equpment;
Perform any other duties as required.


Completion of secondary school education supplemented with formal security training in prisons, police or military academy or college. First level University degree is an asset.

Work Experience
A minimum of 8 years of professional security experience in security, military, or police, including a minimum of 5 years at a supervisory level in a security, military, police or detention facility. Previous experience in the area of custody and detention in international tribunals is highly desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable. Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda and / or Swahili is also desirable.

Assessment Method

There may be a technical test followed by a competency-based interview.