Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 29 January 2020 - 30 April 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Security-ESCWA-129856-R-Beirut (O)
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 Security and Safety Section (SSS) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Under the overall command of the Chief of Security and Safety Section, the Security Officer is required to perform armed security functions and reports directly to the Security Sergeant.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

(1) Provide security coverage at entry points throughout the United Nations premises and at the annex buildings to prevent entry to unauthorized persons and the unauthorized removal of UN property;
(2) Screen all personnel, packages and vehicles entering the premises including clearance through metal detectors and by use of x-ray equipment;
(3) Conduct exterior, garage, garden and watch-tour patrols within the Headquarters district and at the annex buildings for the purpose of intercepting unauthorized persons attempting to gain entry to the premises;
(4) Provide information and directions to all persons associated with the Organization, including visitors;
(5) Control, identify and clear pedestrian and vehicular traffic entering and exiting the premises;
(6) Maintain log books and records as required;
(7) Maintain alertness for any potential or actual breach of security and any disturbance or unusual activity and report these and all security, fire, and safety violations to the Security Control Centre;
(8) Ensure that all UN property being carried from the complex is checked for appropriate documentation;
(9) Perform other related duties as assigned.


Professionalism - Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying technical expertise in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. 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 work.

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.

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.


High school certificate (Baccalaureate) is required. A relevant degree is the Security field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in Security or Civilian Police Service or a minimum of three (3) years of relevant Military experience is required.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required.


Applicants meeting the requirements of the post will be invited to sit for written and practical tests. Candidates with satisfactory test results will be interviewed by a panel.

Evaluation of qualified candidates include a series of assessments including but not limited to:

1. a physical fitness assessment;
2. a written technical assessment;
3. a competency-based interview.
4. a psychological assessment;
5. a firearm test simulation;
6. a medical exam including toxicology test.

Candidates must pass each stage in order to progress to the next assessment to be considered for possible recruitment.

Special Notice

Applicants should be between 22 and 35 years of age. Must be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in uniform. At times, however, the officer may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes. Duties may require long periods of standing, working evenings, overnights and on weekends. The officer is required to meet all UN firearms qualification standards. Computer skills, investigative skills, hazardous materials skills, close/personal protection skills are an asset.

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

*** Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.***

ESCWA is a smoke-free environment.

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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