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  • Organization: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
  • Location: Bogotá
  • Grade: Mid level - FS-6, Field Service - No need for Higher Education - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bogota, Colombia as part of the United Nations Verification Mission (UNVMC) and within the UNDSS Integrated Security Workforce in Colombia. The Regional Security Officer Bogotá reports to the CSA/CSO and the DCSA through the Security Information and Operations Section Coordinator. The RSO Bogotá works closely with the Field Security Coordination Officers leading the Area Safety and Security Units in security coordination projects and operational initiatives.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the incumbent will perform as Regional Security Officer (RSO) and will be responsible for the following duties:

• Contributes to the CSA/DCSA/Security Coordination Officer in the office management, procedures and/or supervises a security project, as needed;
• Develops effective security and contingency plans for a security unit and its operations;
• Conducts assessment of prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;
• Serves as a member of the Security Cell, implements and evaluates the security plan;
• Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; assists in the supervision of evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
• Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
• Analyzes 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/DCSA/Security Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
• Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the
premises; Reviews fire evacuation plan and coordinates fire drills and training as necessary;
• Conducts physical security inspections of facilities;
• Assumes responsibility for guard force management; Monitors and evaluates office
physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements;
• Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters;
• Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
• Supervises the investigation of security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and recommends amendment accordingly;
• Participates in the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as
• 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;
• Supervises the issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as
• Manages a warden system according to policy;
• Acts as Duty Officer within the Integrated Security Workforce;
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning and 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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Training in investigative skills, security coordination and operational planning and/or proven initiatives in a field of study that is directly related to security, safety, and management is required.

Security management and supervisory knowledge, programme management, security staff supervision, ability to work harmoniously with the UN field mission in an integral team to timely and accurately conduct security and safety operations for the field mission is required.

Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, and/or Security Investigation is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible security management experience, either within the UN security system, or a nationally recognized civilian or military entity is required. The minimum year of relevant experience is reduced to 5 years for candidates who possess a first level University Degree.

Commissioned military or senior level police experience is required.

Experience of command in a military or police organization in a moderately-sized country, or membership in a larger military/police force or a leadership role is desirable.

Security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, and/or security administration is desirable.

Experience working with international/national civilian and military is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023 with the possibility of
extension pending the availability of funds. If the selected candidate is a staff member from
the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• As per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy, the United Nations Secretariat is
committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to
apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity. Candidates interested to work for the
United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job
Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in
Colombia.: .
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening
may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to "internal candidates," who have been
recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff
selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff
rule 4.15.
• 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. Submitting an application or selection for the current
temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current
temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such
retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of
the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform
the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the
career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both
a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.

Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile 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.

No Fee


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