SECURITY OFFICER ( Deputy Team Leader, Close Protection)
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
AL BASRAH; KIRKUK
11 September 2013-26 September 2013
Organizational Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in the Security Section. The Security Officer (Deputy Team Leader, Close Protection Unit) will report to the Team Leader, Close Protection Unit.
Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Security Officer FS-5 will carry out the following duties:
Assists the CSA/CSA/SA/Security Coordination Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervise a Security 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;
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/CSO/SA/Security Coordination Officer or Deputy CSA/CSO 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;
Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependants on security matters, as assigned;
Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
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;
Provides supervision to a close protection team to conduct close protection operations for a Senior UN Official and other UN personnel;
Provides advice on operational requirements within the mandated area of operations and the time of assignment;
Maintains security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
Ensures that mitigating measures are in place at all time to deter or deny identified threat and to preserve the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials and other UN personnel;
Ensures that continued effectiveness of the close protection team remains in relation to the changes of the local threat level;
Conducts close protection operations;
Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section;
Performs other duties as required.
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.
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.
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.
High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in military or police procedures and practices, and self-defense techniques or related fields is a requirement. A valid driver’s license is a requirement. UN DSS Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC) certification is desired. Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of a first aid certification is required. High standard of physical fitness is required. Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is an asset. UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field).
A minimum of eight years with high school diploma or equivalent of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
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 a post conflict environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required.
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 Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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