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Security Inspector


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Vienna
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-7, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Non-Proliferation of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-23

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located at the United Nations Security and Safety Service (SSS-Vienna), Division for Management, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

The Security and Safety Service (SSS) consists of the Office of the Chief and three Units: Operations, Special Operations and Operations Support.

The Operations Unit consists of the following Teams: Perimeter Team, Fire Team and the Tour Teams.

The Special Operations Unit consists of the Pass and ID Team, and the Special Services Team, which is composed of the following Teams: Close Protection and Surveillance Detection Team, Executive Floors Team, Conference Security Team, Emergency Response Team, and Canine Team.

The Operations Support Unit consists of the following Teams: Security Administration Team, Security Planning Team, Security Risk Management Team, Physical Security Team, Security Investigations Team and the Training and Development Team.

Under the overall command of the Chief of Service the Security Inspector is required to perform armed security functions and reports directly to the Chief, Deputy Chief or Assisting Chief of Service.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Inspector may be responsible for the following duties in the assigned areas of work:

• Consult with and advise the Chief, Deputy Chief or Assistant Chief of Service on all matters and activities of concern planned or taking place within the Vienna International Centre (VIC).
• Manage and coordinate all responsibilities, activities and operations of SSS-Vienna.
• Ensure that the established goals and objectives of the Service work plan are accomplished in accordance with prescribed priorities, time limitations and financial conditions.
• Conduct regular briefings with subordinate supervisory personnel.
• Directly supervise subordinate supervisory personnel and oversee the performance of all other staff under command.
• Determine work schedules and make adjustments thereto in light of changing requirements to ensure that all posts are properly and effectively staffed and supervised.
• Ensure the availability of all relevant resources to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Service.
• Recommend and advise on matters concerning the organisation and management of the Service.
• Coordinate the proper application of SSS Vienna policies, Standard Operational Procedures, post-specific and daily orders.
• Assist in the preparation and management of budget proposals and performance reports.
• Participate, as directed, in recruitment and selection panels.
• Coordinate security plans in consultation with the Chief, Deputy or Assistant Chief of Service, officials of the Secretariat departments and external representatives.
• Coordinate emergency response operations or periods of heightened security until properly relieved.
• Ensure that all incidents and complaints reported are effectively addressed and appropriate measures taken to prevent reoccurrences and improve procedures.
• Assume the responsibilities of the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Service in the absence of the Chief, the Deputy and the Assistant Chief of Service.
• Perform all other work-related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has thorough knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrates sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Is able to lead, supervise and motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate performance of officers under command. Is able to provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignment of officers under command. Demonstrates decision-making capacity. Is able to make sound decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Serves as a role model for junior colleagues and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. 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.
• 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.
• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
• 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.
• Judgement/Decision-Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


High school diploma or equivalent with supplementary security management or related training is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

Relevant training in supplementary security management or related is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in security management skills in different areas of security and safety operations in the UN Security and Safety Services is required.

A minimum of five years of prior experience at a supervisory level is required.

Previous experience at senior General Service level leading security teams within the United Nations Department of Security and Safety is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of German is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Must be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in uniform; however, at times the Security Inspector may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes. The Security Inspector is required to meet all UN firearms qualification standards.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit

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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