Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Officer (Protection Unit), FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials
Duty Station: PHNOM-PENH
Posting Period: 29 November 2018 - 12 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-UNAKRT-107809-J-Phnom-Penh (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Under the applicable law, and in accordance with the terms of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Royal Government of Cambodia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has jurisdiction to try senior leaders and those who were most responsible for the crimes and serious violations of Cambodian penal law, international humanitarian law and custom, and international conventions recognized by Cambodia, during the period of the Khmer Rouge regime from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979.

While the ECCC is established as a national court, the Royal Government of Cambodia sought the technical assistance of the United Nations in operating the court. In Resolution A/57/228 and A/57/228B, the General Assembly approved the involvement of the United Nations and endorsed the agreement outlining the arrangements between the two parties. The United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) was established in 2005 to provide on-going technical, operational and logistical support to the Royal Government of Cambodia in all aspect of the Court's operations.

This position is in the Protection Unit, Security and Safety Section UNAKRT. The incumbent will serve as the supervisor of the Protection Unit, Firearms Training Officer and reports to the Deputy Chief Security and Safety Section, UNAKRT under the overall supervision of the Chief Security and Safety Section.

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Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief Security and Safety Section, and overall supervision of the Chief Security and Safety Section, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

1.Advise the Chief, Security and Safety Section, on personal protection operations
2.Prepare personal protection policy, direction, guidelines and standing operating procedures
3.Produce security risk assessments for the Principal, the Principal's residence and office and for specific activities of the Principal, recommend risk mitigation measures and, as directed by the Chief Security and Safety Section, implement those measures
4.Coordinate and conduct personal protection operations, in accordance with UN personal protection standards, for the protected persons while on duty
5.Assume command of emergency response operations or periods of heightened security situations until properly relieved
6.Develop a personal protection training programme for all UNAKRT Protection Unit staff and, as required, for protected persons (Principals)
7.Coordinate and conduct personal protection tactics and techniques training
8.Develop personal protection requirements and input into the mission-budget process
9.Operate and ensure the proper maintenance of all relevant protection equipment
10.Ensure that an efficient filing, storage, retrieval and secure system for documents is maintained
11.Supervise all staff of the Protection Unit and conduct ongoing performance management
12.Act as a Protection Officer and/or Protection Focal Point, as required
13.Act as a Security Driver in the performance of assigned duties, as required
14.Brief the Chief of Security on the status, activity, and requirements of the unit
15.Provide periodic reports and statistics to the Chief Security and Safety Section
16.Report for duty as and when necessary (on call)
17.Perform all other duties as assigned by the Chief Security and Safety Section


Professionalism: 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; ability to lead and motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate performance of officers under command; demonstrates decision-making capacity; ability 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; demonstrates high sense of responsibility, alertness and physically fitness for duty; 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 & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates the 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial competencies:

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate in United Nations security, military or police procedures and practices is a requirement. A valid driver license is a requirement.

The certification on UN issued weapons (Glock 19 and HK MP-5) in accordance with the UN qualification standards is required. Certified training in specialized security practices and procedures is desirable. UN DSS certification in any of the following areas is an asset: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis, and Practice and Processes, Close Protection Officer Course, Security Investigations.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a local, national, private or international security organization. A minimum of two years of prior experience at a supervisory level is required. Work experience in the following areas is desirable: security planning, security operations, security administration, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, and crisis management.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Khmer is an advantage.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods

Special Notice

Issuance of appointment is contingent upon the availability of funds and the extension of the mandate.

This is a temporary position and will be available for 364 days initially, with the possibility of extension depending on the mandate and/or the availability of the funds and the needs of the section.

Appointment against this position is limited to the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT).

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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