Security Sergeant

Employer: United Nations
Location : Geneva
Closing: 30 June 2016


Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis and is open only to those who have been successful in the relevant entry level examination given by the duty station identified above.

Candidates must have passed the UN Security Test. Candidates must have pass a written and practical qualification on weapon(s) used by UN Security Officers within 6 months of employment. In case, candidate does not pass the written test and practical qualification on weapon, please note that the contract will not be extended.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Security and Safety Service in UNOG. Under the overall supervision of the Security Chief and Unit Chiefs.

Responsibilities
- Acts as first line supervisor of a team of security officers by providing guidance through the dissemination of instructions and the issuance of operational orders, and by monitoring compliance with standard operating procedures.
- Monitors the team’s actions in access control tasks - including the identification and security screening of incoming pedestrians and the inspections of vehicles – as well as in indoors and outdoors preventive patrols aimed at maintaining public order.
- Supervises traffic and parking control activities carried out by the team inside the UN grounds.
- Prepares and submits reports related to the above-mentioned activities and contributes in the presentation of relevant statistics.
- Participates in the performance appraisal of staff under the incumbent’s responsibility.
- Takes first decision in response to complaints of physical or verbal aggression, as well as of theft, loss or damage of UN property, makes initial assessments of the situation, takes statements , conducts preliminary inquires and draws up the related fact finding reports.
- Provides advice to staff members and, as necessary, takes preventive action to forestall losses, damage or theft; in this sense acts at all times as source of guidance and information to delegates, visitors and staff members, using the documents and files at his/her disposal.
- If assigned to the Security Control Centre , supervises the work of the security staff therein assigned by ensuring the optimal use of security equipment, mainly CCTV surveillance and alarm systems.
- The incumbent is expected to be able to supervise a team in registration and badge issuing tasks.
- To maintain and sustain his/her team staff members in continuous training.
- May be called upon to take charge of organizing all or some basic or refresher training or the training of the new security officers.
- May be called upon to assist the Unit Chief in verifying security officers attendance, drawing up leave schedules and duty lists and compiling periodic reports.
- Takes responsibility for the equipment assigned to security posts under his/her supervision and may receive additional responsibilities in regard to the custody and administration of the Service's equipment and materials.
- Within short notice may be assigned to act as squad leader at one the Palais' main annexes, or to take up an operational team during weekends, holidays, or nights.
- Participates on missions or at conferences outside Switzerland and acts as lead security supervisor for conference or special events in UN grounds
- At any time and without previous notice may be called upon to temporarily perform tasks of higher level.
- Within the framework of existing rules and regulations, may be called upon to perform other functions or tasks compatible with his or her responsibility, anytime or in any place, including during off-working hours, week-ends, nights, in accordance to the needs of the Section.
- May be required to work extended duty shifts or to come to work beyond regular duty shifts in case of service related needs.
- Engages in permanent professional development by participating in both in-house and external training programmes with a view to achieve and maintain the needed versatility to assume multifaceted assignments.

Must be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in uniform; however, at times the officer may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes. Duties may require long periods of standing. The officer is required to obtain and maintain appropriate host country licenses, including, but not limited to, pistol and vehicle operator licenses. Officers are also required to meet all UN firearms qualification standards.Competencies

Professionalism :
- Demonstrates expertise in the handling of firearms as well as on first-aid and self-defense techniques.
- Shows pride in work and in achievements.
- Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of security matters.
- Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
- Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges.

Accountability :
- Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments.
- Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
- Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.
- Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
- Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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.

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 the audience.
- Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Commitment to Continuous Learning:
- Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession.
- Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally.
- Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates.
- Shows willingness to learn from others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.Education

Completion of secondary school and training in a recognized security unit (police, gendarmerie, armed forces, United Nations security) are required.Work Experience

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the armed forces or police, gendarmerie, United Nations security or equivalent, of which three years preferably in the United Nations. Experience with a UN organization is an asset. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the high school or secondary school diploma.
Proven experience and/or specialized training in the following areas would be significant assets: firefighting or fire prevention, close protection, investigations, nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical risks, bomb searches and disposal, first aid, police/military training, risk analysis, self-defence, arrest techniques, knowledge of firearms and shooting, and knowledge of surveillance systems.Languages

Fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment

Written test and Competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

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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