Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This position is within the Security and Safety Section (SSS) of the Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services (DHSSS). Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Section, the incumbent reports directly to the Unit Supervisor.
The incumbent is required to provide security and safety services for the protection of United Nations personnel and property, including armed security functions. The incumbent will be required to work on shifts, morning, afternoon, and night.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
1 - Manages, supervises and coordinates the work of the assigned squad(s) within the Safety and Security Section;
2 - Inspects line-ups of officers to ensure that they are properly attired and equipped, as well as issuing assignment orders, including redeployment, and adjustments in accordance with operational requirements;
3 - Assess training needs, identify, design and deliver training programmes by fostering a positive atmosphere, and provide corrective feedback to trainees.
4- Supervises personnel and manages the performance of staff under command; Act as the first reporting officer for assigned security personnel; Assists in the preparation of performance evaluation reports;
5 - Ensures that all posts are properly and effectively manned and that routine patrols and physical inspections are conducted to check the safety and security of the premises, personnel and adherence to rules and regulations;
6 - Assures the proper maintenance of all relevant equipment and records in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the unit; prepares required documentation such as requisitions, work order authorization lists, instructions etc.;
7 - Prepares and reviews incident reports prepared by the Unit; guarantees that all incidents and complaints reported are effectively addressed and personally conducts investigations of all serious accidents, crime and property losses in the area of
operations, and takes preventive action to forestall losses, damage or theft; reports all pertinent data for complete investigation to the appropriate point of contact;
8 - Implements planned coverage for meetings, special events and VIP visits and staff by making adjustment in light of operational requirements and recommends inter-unit redeployment to resolve temporary personnel shortages;
9 - Acts as officer in charge as required, and assumes command of emergency or heightened security situations until properly relieved;
10 - Organizes and supervises building evacuation exercises;
11 - Performs all other related duties as required.
Professionalism - Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices; technical skills in methods of instruction, physical security, personal protection, strategic and operational planning, fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical and hazardous material response; demonstrated knowledge of control center operation/CCTV and desk officer functions; excellent report writing and investigative skills; demonstrated professional and courteous attitude; must be mentally and physically fit - duties may require long periods of standing; must meet all UN firearms qualification standards; demonstrated computer skills in standard office automation software. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection management issues/problems. Ability to lead, motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate performance of officers under command.
Ability to provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignment of officers under command. Demonstrated decision-making capacity. 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.
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.
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.
Managing Performance - Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
High school diploma or equivalent diploma with supplemental security training is required.Job - Specific Qualification
Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) or Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC) is desirable.
Firearm Trainer Officer (FTO) certification is desirable.
A minimum of seven years of experience in the security operation within the UN Security Service, including investigation, physical security, personal protection, fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical and hazardous material response or related area is required.
A minimum of one year of experience in managing performances is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
The shortlisted candidates will undergo a substantive written assessment related to the functions of the post and a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.Special Notice
• Must be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in uniform; however, at times the incumbent may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes. Duties may require long periods of
standing. The incumbent is required to obtain and maintain appropriate host country licenses, including, but not limited to, pistol and vehicle operator licenses and to meet all UN firearms qualification standards.
• This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
• 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.
• Candidates are fully responsible for all arrangements and costs for attending all assessments and interviews. All candidates shall receive the same notice period for attending the assessments and interviews.
• A formal offer of appointment shall not be issued unless the candidates has the legal right to live and work in Lebanon. The candidate is fully responsible for all costs and arrangements related to travel and relocation (including visas and permits) to the duty station and for continued employment at ESCWA.
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
• 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.
The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.
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