Security Officer, Abidjan

Employer: United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI)
Location: Cote d'Ivoire
Closing date: Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in United Nations Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI). Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) the Security Officer FS-5, reports to a senior Security Coordination Officer, on all security operations as assigned.
Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for the following duties:
  • Assists the CSA /Security Coordination Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervise a Security Unit, as needed;
  • 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 dependants on security issues;
  • Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
  • Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
  • Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
  • Assesses the level of security risk for the area of operations;
  • 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 /Security Coordination Officer or Deputy CSA 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 dependants on security matters, as assigned;
  • Identifies the training needs of security and mission's staff;
  • Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependants;
  • Identifies gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where necessary;
  • Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
  • 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.
  • Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
  • Mission leadership and other United Nations Officials;
  • Security personnel operating in the mission's area of responsibility;
  • Personnel from Military and Civilian Police Components of the field mission;
  • Project Managers and other personnel;
  • Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel.
  • Competencies
Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately supervise security units; 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 peace operations.
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.
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.
High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate
Work Experience
A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which
A minimum two years of experience in security operations centres or similar within a military, police or security organization is required; and
At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or post conflict environment is required.
Desirable experience: security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, security logistics in a post-conflict environment, security staffing in post-conflict and multicultural environment
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal assessment exercise.

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