Employer: United Nations
Location: Mali Bamako
Deadline: 07 March 2017
The position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The Close Protection Coordination Officer, at FS-6 level reports to the Deputy Principal Security Adviser for Operations or equivalent or to a Protection Coordination Officer with delegated authority from the Principal Security Adviser, on all close protection issues. The technical line of communication is maintained with the UN Department of Safety and Security, Protection Coordination Unit.
Applicants will be expected to serve in hardship duty stations with difficult working and living conditions
Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Principal Security Advisor (PSA) the Close Protection Coordination Officer at the FS-6 level will carry out the following duties:
– Advises the PSA on close protection operations of the mission;
– Responsible for developing the standard operating procedures and security risk assessments within which the Close Protection Units will deploy;
– Liaises and coordinates close protection operations with Host Country, other mission components (military and police) and other organizations, as necessary, to enable implementation of necessary security arrangements for the security, safety and well-being of the Senior UN Officials;
– Conducts security risk assessments and monitor threats to the Senior UN Official in conjunction with the PSA, recommends mitigation measures and implementation strategies;
– Coordinates close protection planning in accordance with UN close protection policy, guidance and standard operating procedures;
– Ensures that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards;
– Provides risk briefings to Senior UN Officials and security managers on any close protection concerns for the official travels or daily activities;
– Develops protocols on the security coordination requirements for official travels of Senior UN Officials within the host country or abroad, in conjunction with the PSA and host country authorities;
– Coordinates close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards;
– Accompanies the Senior UN Official during travel and/or coordinates all related security requirements as required;
– Assesses the performance of the Close Protection Unit;
– Supervises the Close Protection Detail Leaders / Team Leaders
– Provides direction and guidance to close protection units, as required;
– Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary;
– Maintains training records and ensure all personnel maintain mandatory physical and technical skills requirements.
– Maintains a training calendar/roster in coordination with the Security Training Unit to ensure all personnel are given opportunity to meet annual certification requirements;
– Develops and reviews operational team rosters to ensure adequate training and rest time is allotted in addition to operations. Ensures accurate reflection of work hours by all unit personnel;
– Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment;
– Monitors Close Protection Unit equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy
– Provides inputs related to close protection to the mission’s budget proposal;
– Performs other duties as required.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
– Heads of Security and other security staff in Headquarters and field missions
– Close Protection and Security Officers in other UN agencies involved in peacekeeping and other field missions
– Directors/Chiefs of Mission Support
– Heads of military and UN police components
– Project Managers and other project personnel
– Local security officials
– Security officials of other national and international organizations
– Professionally competent close protection operations within the mission, which meets the needs of Senior UN Official and the PSA.Competencies
– Demonstrates excellent knowledge of close protection technique combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; well-developed analytic skills
– Is able to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats
– Is capable of effectively coordinating close protection operations
– Is able to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management and 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
Planning and Organizing:
– Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
– Identifies priority activities and assignments
– Adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
– Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
– Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
– Uses time efficiently
– 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
Judgment and Decision Making:
– Identifies the key issues in complex situation of close protection operations
– Gathers relevant information before making a decision
– Considers positive and negative 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 that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
– Makes tough decisions when necessaryEducation
– High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required
– UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is desirable; and will be expected for future advancement in this field
– UNDSS certification in any of the following is desirable: Security Certification Programme (SCP) or Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC)Work Experience
– A minimum of ten years with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (five years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
– A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.
– A minimum three years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.
– At least one years of experience and exposure at the international level is required.
– At least one year of experience in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) and French is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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.
Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.