Job Opening

Posting Title: CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER, FS5
Job Code Title: CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 03 September 2021 - 17 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-MINUSCA-162087-F-Bangui (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 Central African Republic with the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Close Protection Officer will be based in Bangui and will report to the Chief Security Officer through the Close Protection Coordination Officer.

Responsibilities

Within limited delegated authority, the Close Protection Officer will be responsible the following duties:
• Advises the Chief Security Officer on close protection operations.
• Prepares mission close protection policy, direction, guidelines and standing operating procedures.
• Develops a close protection training programs for all mission close protection personnel and, as required, for protected persons (Principals).•Conducts personal protection tactics and techniques training.
• Performs resource-mobilization and maintenance duties.
• Develops close protection requirements and incorporates them into the mission-budget process.
• Operates and maintains close protection equipment.
• Leads the Close Protection Unit, where required.
• Coordinates with Host Country authorities and other relevant authorities on close protection operations, where required.
• Produces security risk assessments for the Principal, the Principal's residence and office and for specific activities of the Principal, recommends risk mitigation measures and implements these measures, as directed by the leader of the Close Protection Unit.
• Coordinates and conducts close protection operations for the protected persons while on duty, in accordance with UN personal protection standards.
• Performs other duties, as assigned by the Chief Security Officer.

Competencies

• Professionalism: Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately supervise security units; 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.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical training in military or police procedures as well as training in close protection, self-defense and security techniques is
required. UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is mandatory.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years of experience, out of which a minimum of five years (5) of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader with a national, private or international security organization is required.
At least one year (1) experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles 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 is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required ; Knowledge of French language is an advantage.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

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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.

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No Fee

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