Security Officer- Multiple Positions
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Security and Safety Service (SSS-ECA), Office of the Executive Secretary.
Under the overall command of the Chief of Service, the Security Officer is required to perform security functions and reports directly to the Security Sergeant or supervising officer in the assigned working area.
Within delegated authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
•Screens all personnel, packages and vehicles entering the UN complex to ensure authorized access.
•Operate SSS ECA physical/electronic security systems and communications systems.
•Implement the proper application of SSS policies, Standard Operational Procedures, post-orders and daily orders.
•Provide effective emergency response capability; be alert and respond to any potential or actual breaches of security, unsafe conditions, unusual activity and report these immediately.
•Maintains logs and rosters and initiates chronological logs of events during emergency situations.
•Prepares daily and weekly work schedules and various periodic reports.
•Provides information and directions to all persons associated with the organization.
•Controls pedestrian and vehicular traffic; enforce ECA parking policy.
•Provide security coverage for UN conferences and special events.
•Ensures that all UN property being carried from the complex is checked for appropriate documentation.
•Maintain a high level of physical fitness.
•Performs other related duties as required.
•Professionalism: 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
•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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Must have passed the United Nations Security Officer Test (SOT). A diploma in Police/Military, Law, Business Administration, Social/Political Science, Computer Science or related field is desirable.Work Experience
A minimum of four years of experience in civilian police force, military police, or other relevant security operations is required. Experience of working in different security sectors and/or a client focused organization is desirable.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise, a competency-based interview, and physical fitness test.Special Notice
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
Internal and external candidates with the required qualifications must pass the written entrance test for United Nations Security and Safety staff. An invitation to participate in the test will be sent by e-mail to candidates with the required qualifications. External candidates will be responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take Security Officer Test (SOT) and physical fitness test and, in the event of an employment offer, any cost related to travel and relocation to the duty station on appointment and separation. The candidate will also be responsible to obtain any visas and work permits in order to take up the appointment. If selected, external candidates will be recruited on a local basis and would not be entitled to international benefits.
The incumbent is required to work irregular shift hours on 24/7 basis. May be required to work extended duty shifts on short notice based on the exigencies of the service.
Physical condition: Must be in excellent physical and mental shape. The selected candidate is subject to satisfactory medical clearance that may includes a psychological test.
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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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.
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