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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Laayoune
  • Grade: Administrative support - FS-5, Field Service - No need for Higher Education - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Fire Safety, Fire Protection and Firefighting
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-28

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Safety and Security Section of the United Nations Mission for the referendum in Western Sahara with duty station in Laayoune. The Fire Safety Officer at FS-5 level reports to the Chief Security Officer.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Fire Safety Officer at FS-5 level may be responsible for the following duties:

- Supervises the Fire Safety Unit and manages all aspects of the Unit.
- Maintains productive and efficient liaison and cooperation with authorities of host government fire, disaster relief and emergency services.
- Assists in drafting the Fire Safety Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan, coordinates drills and training sessions.
- Provides supervision, guidance, and coordination to all mission locations as per the facility specific Fire Safety Plan.
- Coordinates with mission's facilities personnel, host country authorities and organization management on fire safety issues.
- Conducts/coordinates regular fire risk assessments and fire safety inspections all AOR; reports all shortcomings and makes recommendations aimed at the rectification of shortcomings and the elimination of potential hazards to meet applicable fire safety standards.
- Conducts technical assessments/evaluations of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (FDAS).
- Drafts specifications for all equipment and devices, including FDAS and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: protective clothing, self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA incl. filling compressors), fire extinguishers, hoses and nozzles, portable, immobile, and fixed pumps, rescue equipment, etc. and provides for the maintenance of their continuous full state of readiness.
- Assists in planning static installations and systems such as: FDAS, over standpipes, water supply, extinguishing systems, spill basins, construction components (partition), lightning protection, explosion proof installations, smoke extraction systems, public address systems, etc., and drafts corresponding concepts.
- Maintains and supervises a functional Fire Warden System.
- Engages in fire/emergency intervention in a supervisory position, as and when required and as set forth in the Fire Safety Plan.
- Conducts fire safety training (basic and advanced) for unit's personnel and all MIL personnel as part of the Fire Safety Plan.
- Conducts induction fire safety training for all incoming personnel.
- Plans and supervises fire drill rehearsals at least twice a year.
- Ensures that a competent certified entity conducts periodic inspection and maintenance of fire safety and fire suppression devices, systems and installations and maintains corresponding records in all remote mission locations.
- Work implies frequent interaction with the following: UN personnel in Headquarters and field missions; Mission Support personnel; Project personnel; Security personnel; Fire Safety Officers in other UN bodies; Local fire safety and emergency service officials; Fire safety officers of other national and international organizations.
- Contributes to the collection and analysis of data as well as identification of trends or patterns and provides draft insights through graphs, charts, tables, and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation, and reporting.
- Documents requirements and background information used for data analysis.
- Performs other fire safety and/or emergency response related duties as directed.

Effective planning, implementation, supervision, and coordination of a fire safety system capable to enable the conduct of United Nations activities while ensuring the safety and well-being of personnel and a safe working environment within the United Nations premises and assets.


Excellent knowledge in the field of fire & rescue, fire and rescue command, fire safety enforcement combined with a solid background in either a Municipal Fire Brigade or Fire Safety Planning/Enforcement or directly related field; well-developed ability to identify factual and potential fire safety hazards, evaluate the risks and subsequently determine effective and feasible risk management measures; capability to develop, implement, manage and coordinate fire safety risk management programmes, concepts, systems and efforts; Strong research skills, including the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. The ability to perform analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data in support of decision-making - shows pride in his/ her 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.

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

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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


- High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.
- Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certificate from a Fire College, Fire Brigade School, Fire Training Centre or similar for position of at least Fire Service Team/Platoon Leader is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years with a high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in a public fire service is required.

At least five years of experience in a fire safety supervisory position is required.

At least two years’ experience and exposure at the international level in a fire safety position is required.

One year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Experience in coordination with host government fire department, drafting Fire Safety Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan, conducting fire risk assessments and fire safety inspections, conducting and/or supervising periodic maintenance of fire detection, alarm and suppression systems, organizing Fire Warden System, coordinating basic fire prevention training, preparing fire safety awareness briefing and fire drill rehearsals, facilitation of fire training, compliance with international fire safety standards is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


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 and geographical diversity 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.

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.

No Fee


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