Security Officer , West Africa

Employer: United Nations (
Duty Station:  
Closing:  12 July 2016
Job Opening Number: 62888

Special Notice


• 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.

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• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA), the Security Officer, FS-5, is responsible for maintaining a security awareness presence for a Senior United Nations Official (SUNO).Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for the following duties:
•Assists the CSA or Deputy CSA/CSO in the office management procedures and supervise a Security Liaison Officers (SLO) Unit, as needed;
•Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit;
•Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependants on security issues
•Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
•Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary; and is a team leader to the other security team
•Coordinates the provision of flexible protective services (security liaison officer) for the SUNO;
•Liaises with host country security personnel to ensure coordinated support for the SUNO;
•Coordinates all activities with the relevant parties including UNDSS, host country and other appropriate security organizations as required;
•Remains vigilant and alert to any threat, failings in the programme, accommodation or transport arrangements which may expose the SUNO to unnecessary risk and act accordingly;
•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;
•Assesses the level of security risk for the area of operations;
•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 or Deputy CSA/CSO on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
•Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements;
•Identifies gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where 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;
•Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section;
•Performs other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
•Mission leadership and other United Nations Officials;
•Security personnel operating in the mission’s area of responsibility;
•Personnel from Military and Civilian Police Components of the field mission;
•Project Managers and other personnel;
•Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel.

Effective planning, implementation and coordination of a security system capable to enable the conduct of United Nations activities while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel and the security of United Nations premises and assetsCompetencies

Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; 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.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens 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.

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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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.Education

•High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate
•UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, Security InvestigationWork Experience

•A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which
•A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
•A minimum two years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection shift leader 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 post conflict environment is required.Languages

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 French and / or Portuguese languages is an advantage.Assessment

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

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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