Overview

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Close Protection Officer will be based in Mogadishu. Under the overall command of the Principal Security Adviser (PSA) and Deputy PSA. The Close Protection Officer at FS-4 level reports directly to the Close Protection Coordinator through his/her Team Leader on all close protection issues. This job opening targets two positions, both of which are based in Mogadishu.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Close Protection Team Leader, the Close Protection Officer will carry out the following duties:

• Conducts close protection operations for Senior UN Officials;
• Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Officials at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security and safety;
• Remains vigilant and alert at all times due to potential threats to the Senior UN Official;
• Maintains an effective and efficient security coverage for the office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
• Conducts close protection operations in accordance with UNDSS Manual of Guidance and policies on close protection Operations;
• Coordinates activities with relevant parties and interlocutors including other appropriate security organizations as required;
• Co-ordinates with local authorities during close protection operations;
• Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements;
• Contributes to pre-deployment briefings;
• Operates all close protection equipment and logistics to ensure its operational readiness;
• Assists in training sessions on close protection matters to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques;
• When necessary, supervises the Close Protection Unit drivers and Local Security Assistants in the performance of their assigned duties;
• Perform any other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
a. Field Security Coordination Officers, Close Protection Coordinator
b. Team Leader Close Protection Unit
c. Other Close Protection Officers and DSS and Mission Security Officers in the mission
d. FSA from UN Agencies
e. Office of the Senior UN Officials, UNSOS and UNSOM.
f. Host Government officials
g. AMISOM and Security officials from other national and international organizations

Competencies

• Professionalism – Knowledge of internal security policies, processes and procedures; demonstrated ability to apply good judgement in the context of assignments given; 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. 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 diploma or an equivalent diploma is required.

•Technical training in military or police procedures as well as training in close protection, self-defence and security techniques is required.

Participation in any of the DSS programs i.e. Security Certification Program (SCP), Security Analysis Practice Process (SAPP) and Hostage Incident Management is an asset.
•UNDSS certification in the Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC) is desirable.

Work Experience

At least 6 years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a local, national, private or international security organization is required.
At least on year of experience and exposure as a Close Protection Officer in a conflict or a high-risk duty station is required.
Experience working in close protection in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.
Recognised medical qualifications such as EMT, Paramedic, Advanced First Aid or Trauma Medic are desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


HOW TO APPLY

Click this link to Apply: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=129360