Field Security Officer (Temporay Job Opening)

Employer: United Nations
Location: Abidjan
Closing: 9 Mar 2016

Job Opening Number: 51238

Special Notice

Notes:•A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.•Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.•Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.•While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.•The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.•For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.•The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Operation in Cote d 'Ivoire (UNOCI) Abidjan . The Field Security Officer at the P3 level reports to the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) through the Chief Security Officer (CSO). ONUCI is in drawdown phase. This post is available until 30 June 2016. Extension is subject to budget approval.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Field Security Officer at the P-3 level will be responsible for the following duties:•Supervises a Security unit, as assigned by the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) or equivalent; •Serves as a member of the security management team and Security Cell;•Assists higher level Security Coordination Officers in the management of the Security Section, prepares inputs for the work programme of the unit, determines priorities and allocates resources, monitors performance, determines security resource requirements and prepares inputs for results-based budgeting; •Develops and implements Security Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) applicable to his/her unit operations and participates in the development of the Security Plans to preserve the safety and security of all UN personnel, assets and operations;•Prepares, develops, updates, implements and ensures that functioning and effective security and contingency plans relevant of the unit’s expertise or, as required;•Contributes to security risk assessments within the mission area;•Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with security focal points, UN personnel, Host Government authorities, as well as Military and Civilian Police components of field missions to plan and review security related matters;•Provides training and advice to his/her unit’s personnel on security matters;•Acts as a focal point for security information flow on issues of assignment;•Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifies potential threats and advises UN personnel to follow appropriate preventive steps; •Acts as a member of a Crisis Management Team in crisis situations, ensures crisis preparedness and timely coordinates emergency and crisis situations response in a timely manner;•Monitors air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action; Assesses evacuation resources availability and submits request to cover the need;•Monitors accessible areas, maintains tracking systems, establishes and coordinates an efficient 24-hour Emergency Response System (ERS); •Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary. •Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; Coordinates implementation of security arrangements by the guard force management, as recommended by the security risk assessments;•Coordinates development of Principal Security Risk Assessment and implementation of recommended mitigating measures; assigns protective services for Senior United Nations Officials or visiting VIP’s as necessary;•Performs as Duty Officer in the Security Information and Operations Centre;•Obtain, study and implement all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN);•Performs other duties as directed by the CSA or delegated authority.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and divers 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; always acts ethically and with integrity.Planning & OrganizingDevelops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•An advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent such as a senior command and staff qualification) in security management or business administration, political/social science or international relations with focus on security management;•A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;•A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent) .

Work Experience

•A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which•At least three years of progressively experience in security operations centre or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and•At least two years of experience in managing multiple and divers military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment at an international level is required•Desirable experience: management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, 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, logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict or post-conflict and multicultural environment.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French is required.

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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