May 12, 2016

Security Officer

Employer: United Nations
Location: Gaza
Closing: 12 May 2016

Job Opening Number: 59928

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Org. Setting and Reporting
Under the direct supervision of the UNSCO Chief Security Officer, this position will be located in UNSCO Gaza Office.

Security Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-4, may be responsible for the following duties:
Assists the CSO/Team Leader Close Protection Officer in the supervision of a Security Unit in Gaza, 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;
Assists in the evaluation accessible areas, maintain tracking systems and assist in the coordination of a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
Analyses security information, contributes to identification of trends of threats and security incidents affecting United Nations system personnel, assets and operations at the mission’s headquarter and/or regional offices;
Assists in the development of security risk assessments in the country or regional office or in preparation of rapid threat and risk assessments;
Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
Assists CSO/Team Leader Close Protection on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
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 dependents on security matters, as assigned;
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;
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;
Under the supervision of the UNSCO T/L CPO when required :
Performs the duty of Close Protection Officer for a Senior UN Official or any other Staff of the organization;
Conducts Close Protection operations as outlined in the UN Close protection policies and guidelines;
Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of Security management and close protection tactics and techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; able to recognize and appropriately react to threats; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security or close protection operations; 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.

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.

Technological Awareness: Ability to use various technology, weapons and security devices pertinent to the roles and responsibilities of the close protection unit; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of security or the close protection; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate
A valid driver’s license is required
UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) and UNDSS Security Officer Cerification (SCP) are highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field)

Work Experience

A minimum of six years with high school diploma or equivalent of experience in the military, police or security management is required.
A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required;
Desirable experience: close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.


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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