Job Opening

Vacancy NoUNITAMS-JO-El Fasher-2022-76
Posting TitleSECURITY OFFICER, FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/OfficeUnited Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Duty StationKHARTOUM
Posting Period01 March 2022 – 07 March 2022
Job Opening Number22-Security-UNITAMS-175969-J-Khartoum (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). The United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2524 (2020) authorizing the mandate of UNITAMS which is to support the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; to support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; to assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in the areas of Blue Nile, South Kordofan and Darfur; and to support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

The position is based in Khartoum and is located in the Office of the Chief Security Officer. The incumbent reports to the Chief Security Officer or to a Senior Security Officer. The principal duty of the Security Officer is to provide timely and effective efforts to recognize potential threats and recommends corrective action to alleviate or prevent injury to United Nations staff, property or operations.


Within the limits of delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Officer, the Security Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Serves as a focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of data analysis activity, involving extensive liaison with diverse UN entities to request data and to communicate data needs to other parts of the organization. Follows-up on requests made by other team members and coordinates activities.
• Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit.
• Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues.
• Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan.
• Maintains specific information products including but not limited incident database, and staff and dependent lists in Security Areas and assists more senior staff in providing information products to others.
• Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System.
• Drafts correspondence and communications related to all aspects of data analysis, including information on available data sets, data catalogs and data analysis, revisions and other related issues, as well as preparing unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports. Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations.
• Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders.
• Briefs the CSA/SA/Security Coordination Officer or Deputy CSA/CSO on the status, activity and requirements of the unit.
• Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises; Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary.
• Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities.
• Assumes responsibility for guard force management; Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements.
• Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters, as assigned.
• Assists in drafting the Fire Safety Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan and to
• coordinate drills and training sessions.
• Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents.
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary.
• Coordinates with mission’s facilities personnel, host country authorities and
• organization management on fire safety issues.
• Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment.
• Inspects Security equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained, and deployed in accordance with relevant policy.
• Coordinates issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate.
• Sets up and manages a warden system according to policy.
• Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section.
• Performs other duties as required


Professionalism: Knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Ability to communicate complex concepts orally. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


• High School diploma or an equivalent diploma is required.
• Training in Data Management and or Excel Data tools is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police, security management or analysis with a military, police or international security management organization is required, including at least two years’ experience and exposure at the international level and at least one year of experience in a conflict and post conflict environment.

A minimum of two (2) years of experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police
or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.

A minimum of one (1) year experience and exposure at the international level with the United Nations or comparable international organization is required.

Experience developing Fire Safety Plans and Standard Operating Procedures for a facility of the United Nations or comparable organisation is required.

Experience setting up a Field Access Control System (FACS) for a UN field mission including the technical aspects and development of SOPs is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

•This is a temporary position. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

•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

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