Job Opening

Posting Title: Close Protection Coordination Officer/Team Leader, FS6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: Close Protection Coordination Officer
Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Duty Station: JERUSALEM
Posting Period: 04 December 2019 - 11 December 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Security-UNSCO-127926-J-Jerusalem (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Safety and Security Section of the Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) based in Jerusalem. The Close Protection Coordination Officer reports to the Security Coordination Officer.


Within the limits delegated authority, the Close Protection Coordination Officer at the FS-6 level will be responsible for performing the following duties:

•Advises the Security Coordination Officer or equivalent 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 wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials;
•Conducts security risk assessments and monitor threats to the Senior UN Official in conjunction with the Chief Security Adviser Officer or equivalent, recommends mitigation measures and implementation strategies;
•Coordinates close protection planning and team supervision 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 Chief Security Adviser or equivalent and host country authorities;
•Coordinates close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards;
•Accompanies and leads close protection team assigned to the Senior UN Official during travel and/or coordinates all related security requirements as required;
•Assesses the performance of the Close Protection Team;
•Supervises the Close Protection Unit
•Provides direction and guidance to close protection unit, 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.


•Professionalism: 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.

•Planning& 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.

•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.


A High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required. UNDSS Close Protection Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field and enrolment in the UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification). UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme (SCP) and Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC), UNDSS Firearms Training Officer, UNDSS Revised Close Protection Officer Course Instructor, UNDSS Basic Defensive Tactics Instructor

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 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/coordinator within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.
At least two 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.
Experience in close protection of one or more principals, static and mobile protection, close protection command post operations, close protection response techniques, and conduct of close protection training are desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2019 and may be extended beyond that date. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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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