CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER (4 positions) FS4 – UNITAMS

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Org. Setting and Reporting

These four (4) positions are 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 assist the political transition, progress towards democratic governance, in the protection and promotion of human rights, and sustainable peace; support peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements; assist peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Blue Nile and South Kordofan (the Two Areas) and Darfur; and support the mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

These positions are based in Khartoum and are located in the Security Section of the Khartoum Close Protection Team. The incumbents will report to the Close Protection Officer (Team Leader) or delegated authority, on all close protection issues.

Job Description

Department/Office:United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan
Posting Title:CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER (4 positions), FS4
Job Code Title:CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER
Duty Station:KHARTOUM
Posting Period:22 December 2020 – 04 January 2021
Job Opening Number:20-Security-UNITAMS-147274-F-Khartoum (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Officer, the Close Protection Officer at the FS-4 level will carry out the following duties:

  • Conducts close protection operations for a Senior UN Official;
  • Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Official at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing;
  • Remains vigilant and alert in case of threat to the Senior UN Official;
  • Maintains effective and efficient security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
  • Conducts close protection operations as outlined in the UN close protection policies and guidelines;
  • Coordinates activities with relevant parties to include the Security Operations Unit and other appropriate security organizations as required;
  • Co-ordinates with local authorities during close protection operations;
  • Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements;
  • Contributes to pre-deployment briefings;
  • Operates all close protection equipment to ensure equipment readiness;
  • Assists in training session on close protection subjects to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques;
  • Whenever necessary, supervises the Close Protection Unit drivers in the performance of their assigned duties;
  • Contributes to making determination of equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements;
  • Performs any other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of close protection tactics and techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; able to recognize and appropriately react to threats; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in close protection operations; 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. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Education

  • High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.
  • UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field).
  • Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable.
  • Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of a first aid certification is desirable.
  • High standard of physical fitness is desirable.
  • Training in martial arts and/or specialised security practices is an asset.

Work Experience

A minimum of six (6) years with high school diploma or equivalent of experience in the military, police or security management is required.
A minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
At least one (1) year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required.
Experience in close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training is desirable.

Languages

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. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This job opening is being advertised for advance planning purposes pending formal approval of the relevant funding and staffing structures. An appointment may be terminated, or post level adjusted in accordance with the Staff Rules for such reasons as abolition of post or reduction of staff or committee funding approvals, for example in the event that the funding for the post is not approved or the mandate of the mission is not extended.

The selected candidate will be expected to deploy in time to commence work no sooner than 1 January 2021.

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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.


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