Close Protection Officer , Somalia

Employer:United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS)
Location: Mogadishu , Somalia
Closing:  02 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 66108

These positions are located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) based in Mogadishu. The Close Protection Officer at FS-4 level reports to the Chief Security Officer (CSO)/ Deputy CSO/Close Protection Team Leader, on all close protection issues.Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the CSO/DCSO/Close protection Team Leader, the Close Protection Officer at the FS-4 level will carry out the following duties:

• Conducts and coordinate personal protection operations for the SUNO when on duty.
•Remain within the proximity of the principal at all times.
• Remain vigilant and alert in case of any threat to the protected person and act accordingly.
•Conduct all personal protection security operations as outlined in the UN personal protection management guidelines.
•Coordinate all activities with relevant parties to include the Security Operations unit and other appropriate security organisations, as required.
•Whenever necessary, supervises drivers attached to the close protection unit in the performance of their assigned duties.
•Operates all personal protection equipment and ensure equipment rediness.
•Carries all issued equipment while on duty.
•Conducts training sessions on personal protection subjects.
•Performs other duties as assigned by the CSO/DCSO/Security Coordination Officer

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
•Close Protection and Security Officers in the mission and other UN agencies
•Staff in the Office of the Senior UN Official
•Staff in the Mission Support
•Representatives of mission military and police components
•Project Managers and other project personnel
•Local security officials
•Security officials of other national and international organizations.

Results Expected:
•Professionally competent close protection operations within the mission, which meets the needs of Senior UN Official and the Close Protection Officer (Team Leader).
•To provide the proper implementation of the SOPs in accordance with the UN standards in close protection.Competencies

Excellent knowledge of close protection technique combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; well-developed analytical skills; able to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats; capacity to effectively coordinate close protection operations; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management and close protection operations; 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.

•Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects.

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 diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate
•UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is desirable but not mandatory.
•Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is highly desirable
•High standard of physical fitness is desirable
•Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is an asset.Work Experience

•A minimum of five years with high school diploma or equivalent of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
•A minimum three 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.
•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.Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language 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.

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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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