Job Opening

Posting Title: CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER, FS4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Duty Station: BOGOTA
Posting Period: 30 July 2021 - 05 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-UNVMC-160741-J-Bogota (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 United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. The Close Protection Officer at FS-4 level will carry out functions as Security Liaison Officer and reports to the Close Protection Coordinator (CPC) through the Protection Services Unit's Team Leader.


Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Close Protection Coordinator (CPC), the Close Protection Officer at the FS-4 level, when fulfilling his/her functions as Security Liaison Officer, will carry out the following duties for which demonstrated high standard of physical fitness is essential:
•Reports to the Protection Services Unit (PSU) Team Leader on official moves of the Senior UN Official;
•Provides advice on operational requirements within the mandated area of operations and the time of assignment;
•Maintains security coverage for the working office and, as would be needed, personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
•Ensures that mitigating measures are in place at all time to deter or deny identified threat and to preserve the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials;
•Conducts Security Liaison Officer operations;
•Accompanies the Senior UN Official during official travels and coordinates all related security requirements;
•Within delegated authority, liaises with relevant security focal points;
•Prior to initiating a deployment, coordinates with representatives of mission units or departments on issues of the location, as well as public forces, on the current threat and political climate and assesses, plans, coordinates and executes close protection operations;
•Provides guidance on changes that might occur whilst on duty;
•De-briefs PSU´s Officers and assesses each move upon conclusion;
•Assists the PSU´s Team Leader or equivalent in drafting the Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment;
•Performs any other duties as required.


Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of personal protection technique combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; well-developed analytical skills; able to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats; capacity to effectively coordinate personal protection´s operations; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management and personal 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.

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.

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.


A high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

Technical training in military or police procedures as well as training in close protection , self defense and security techniques is required

Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable; recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of a first aid certification is desirable; training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is desirable.

Work Experience

At least six years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a local, national, private or international security organization is required.
Experience in the use of personal protection weapons, communications/surveillance equipment and close protection transportation is required.
At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict, post conflict or complex environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment and vehicles is required.
Experience working in close protection in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based 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. 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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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