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Security Officer


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-14

THE OECD – Who we are, what we do

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting. 


The Executive Directorate (EXD) is the steward of OECD resources, on behalf of the Secretary-General.  Our focus is on people and their wellbeing; the effective and efficient management of the budget; the safety and security of staff, Delegations, visitors, and of the OECD’s data; maintaining and sustaining physical and digital infrastructure; and enabling the convening power of the OECD through conferences, meetings and events, whether virtual, physical or hybrid.  As well as providing corporate services, functions and management support to our staff and Members, we provide integrated, strategic and expert advice on corporate policies and management issues to the Secretary-General, to Council and to Standing Committees, to which we regularly report on corporate matters. We also provide compliance and risk management functions (for management areas under our purview). Ours is a fast-paced environment focused on delivering management excellence across all of our functions.


Within the OECD's Executive Directorate (EXD), the Conference, Security and Infrastructure Service (EXD/CSI) is responsible in particular for the conference services, language services (interpretation and translation), safety and fire security of OECD staff, delegates and visitors and the management and operation of OECD buildings facilities in Paris and at OECD Centres abroad. 

Within the Conference and Security Division (EXD/CSI/CSD), the Security Unit is responsible for the operational protection of people, property and OECD information on a 24/7 basis, and supervises the control of all access to the headquarters and annex buildings. The Unit is the first line of response in the field of security. It designs and supervises dedicated security arrangements for specific and sensitive events.


EXD/CSI/CSD is looking for a Security Officer, who will be responsible for ensuring the general security of the Organisation's people and property, taking part in the protection of VIPs and participating in the dedicated arrangements put in place for specific events.

The successful candidate will report to the Heads of the Security Unit.

Availability is an important criterion for this position, as the work is scheduled around 8- or 12-hour shifts covering days, nights, weekends and public holidays.

It is an essential requirement for the position that the successful candidate be fit and suitable to carry a firearm in a professional environment. It should be noted that any permanent reversal of this fitness or suitability may result in the termination of the contract.

Main responsibilities

Site Command Centre Supervision

  • Oversee and co-ordinate the operational security staff, including internal officials and external service providers for all sites.
  • Manage all technical systems at the Site Command Centre (access control, video surveillance, etc.).
  • Handle security alarms, fire alarms and technical alarms, and perform any remedial actions required.
  • Analyse all requests submitted by internal officials and services, which could potentially affect operational security, and provide an appropriate response in order to maintain security levels.
  • In the absence of the Heads of Fire Safety, ensure the supervision of subcontracted fire safety officers. Review the fire safety system, and report to management in the event of a risk to or loss of business continuity.
  • Trigger crisis procedures in the event of a serious incident. Take immediate measures to limit the impact of any incident, and oversee the totality of emergency operations deployed on the ground.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by Security supervisors, in particular various administrative tasks such as monitoring statistics, drafting reports, managing material resources, etc.

Security Response

  • Carry out professional activities while armed with a service weapon, with full understanding and application of the Organisation’s rules in this area.
  • Ensure the security of sites by carrying out patrols, managing the screening area, detecting any security issues, providing back-up at access control points, and supervising the screening system.
  • Intervene in the event of problems (security alarm, fire, break-in, major crisis, assisting someone in distress, etc.) and provide the most suitable response, including use of force and/or any other means of defence available.
  • Independently manage, or contribute to specific security provisions for major events.
  • Ensure the safety of the Secretary-General and his high-level visitors during sensitive events.
  • Independently manage or take part in all emergency procedures (bomb threat, fire evacuation, break-in, etc.) be it a real situation or an exercise.

Ideal candidate profile

Academic Background

  • Post-secondary qualification (university degree, advanced vocational diploma, or equivalent).
  • Category “B” driving licence.

Professional Background

  • Eight years’ experience in the field of security in the private or public sector (national or local police, etc.).
  • Experience in carrying a service weapon in a professional environment.
  • Experience in and ability to manage high-stress and conflictual situations.
  • Training in tactical marksmanship and security response techniques.
  • Proven experience demonstrating the ability to manage emergencies, working autonomously and making prudent decisions.


  • Fulfil all the conditions required for authorisation to carry a service weapon inside the Organisation (medical fitness and psychological suitability, successful completion of physical tests, validation of technical achievements).
  • Good proficiency in IT tools (Word, Excel, Outlook).


  • As a major security player in a French-speaking environment (host country police services, security company), operational fluency in French is an essential factor, even though French and English are the two official languages of the OECD. However, knowledge of English will be assessed and the successful candidate will be expected to acquire a good working knowledge of English.

Core Competencies

Contract Duration

  • Two-year fixed term contract with possibility of renewal up to five years.

NB\: As part of the OECD’s training programme, the successful candidate will have to\:

  • Complete the SSIAP 1 course (in fire safety and assistance to persons) and obtain the corresponding certificate within six months of being recruited.
  • Successfully complete the initial internal "situational shooting" training within one year of employment and obtain a permit to carry a weapon from the French authorities.

What the OECD offers 

Monthly base salary starting from 4 421 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

  • Click here to learn more about what we offer and why the OECD is a great place to work.
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Please note that our Rules and Regulations stipulate that the mandatory retirement age is 65.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD Member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

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