Security Officer , West Africa

Employer: United Nations (MINUSMA) 
Location: Tombouctou, Mali
Closing: 19 May 2016

Job Opening Number: 60012

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

This position is located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the Security Section in Tombouctou, Mali. The Security Officer FS-5 reports to the Supervisor of the Special Investigation Unit or a Senior Security Officer.

Security Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) or equivalent, the Security Officer, FS-5, reports to a Senior Security Officer on all security operations as assigned.

• Oversees and monitors operations relating to access control into mission buildings and installations in order to ensure continued effectiveness of security arrangements.
• Liaises with the local administration, police authorities, fire services and other emergency services.
• Responds to personnel and telephone enquiries and provides appropriate information or suggest alternative sources of information.
• Assists Senior Security Coordination Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervise a Security Unit, as needed;
• Provides returns and statistics to the Chief Security Adviser.
• Analyzes reports and statistics for forward planning.
• Ensures that fair distribution and good maintenance of all office equipment and vehicles on charge to the Security Unit
• Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit;
• Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
• Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
• Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
• Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
• Briefs the CSA/DSA/Security Coordination Officers 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;
• Maintains office security by conducting 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;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where necessary;
• Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
• Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment;
• Inspects 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;
• Performs other duties as required.Competencies

• Professionalism – Knowledge of internal security policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to the place of assignment; knowledge of local laws and practices related to mission area; ability to gather information from a variety of sources; demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to detect and identify dangerous objects and knowledge of how to deal with such objects; ability to remain calm in an emergency situation; willingness to work shifts; trustworthy; high sense of responsibility; alertness; physically fit for duty; emotional stability and neatness; good knowledge of the location of organizational units, functions and key personnel; shows pride in work and achievements; 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. A high sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment. Demonstrated ability to guide security functions and supervise security staff. Staff member is well trained in security work to be performed. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• Planning & Organizing – Develops 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; 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.Education

High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in military or police procedures and practices. UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Program (SCP), Security Analysis Practice and Process (SAPP) Security Investigation Training, Investigator Standard Training (OIOS). A valid driver’s license is a requirement.Work Experience

A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; A minimum two years of experience in security operations centres or similar within a military, police or security organization is required; At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or post conflict environment is required. A minimum of five years security management experience within the UN would be an asset.

Desirable experience: security planning, 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 staffing in post-conflict and multicultural environment.Languages

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

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal 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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