Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Security Inspector, G7
Job Code Title: Senior Security Inspector
Department/Office: ESCWA Security and Safety Section
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 18 August 2021 - 16 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-ESCWA SSS-162095-R-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This position is within the Security and Safety Section (SSS) of ESCWA. Under the overall command of the Chief of Section, the Special Operations Unit (SOU) Inspector is required to perform armed security functions and report directly to the Deputy Chief of Security and Safety Section. Duties are normally performed in uniform, however, at times the Inspector may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes.


Within limits of delegated authority, the SOU Inspector is responsible for the following:
1.Direct the operations of the SOU including Special Services, Investigation, Training and Development, K-9, Security Systems and ID and Pass Platoons;
2.Manage all responsibilities in assigned areas;
3.Determine work schedules and make adjustments in light of changing requirements;
4.plan coverage for special events, VIP visits in consultation with the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Section, officials of Secretariat departments and external security representatives;
5.Supervise the subordinate supervisory personnel and oversee the performance of all other staff under command;
6.Conduct regular briefings with supervisory personnel under command, Counsel and coach staff as required;
7.Assure the availability of all relevant resources to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the section/unit;
8.Ensure that all incidents and complaints reported are effectively addressed and appropriate measures are taken to curtail re occurrences;
9.Assume command of emergency or heightened security situations until properly relieved;
10.Coordinate the investigations of incidents and accidents within the UN House premises;
11.Assist the Chief in planning, organizing and carrying out threat assessments;
12.Liaise with the host country police authorities with regard to security protection of the Executive Secretary;
13.Assist in assessing the need for training, organizing and co-coordinating training programs within the unit, as well as external training with local authorities and commercial companies;
14.The preparation of the training plan of SSS, monitoring and reporting of its implementation;
15.Monitoring the allocation of equipment and uniforms for the Operations Unit;
16.Advise and make recommendations in the formulation of goals and objectives of the SOU;
17.Ensure that the established goals and objectives are accomplished in accordance with prescribed priorities, time limitations and financial conditions;
18.Assist in the preparation of budget proposals, acquisition plan and performances reports in regards to the Section/ Unit;
19.Manage and process overtime and attendance of personnel under command;
20.Research materials and provide summaries of information on policies to be established and/or implemented;
21.Perform all other related duties as instructed by Chief of Section.


Professionalism: Ability to provide oversight and take responsibility for delegated assignments of officers under command. Ability to supervise, lead and motivate officers under command. Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. High sense of responsibility; alertness; physical fitness, emotional stability and neatness. 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.

Planning and Organizing: Ability to plan and organize assignments for personnel under command. 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.

Teamwork: Ability to resolve conflicts among security staff. Ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance. 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: Good oral and written communication skills in English. Ability to provide instructions clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. A high sense of confidentiality. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplemental Security Management training/ Certificate and/or first level university degree is desirable.

Work Experience

Minimum of Ten years of progressively responsible experience in security including human resources management, procurement, training and development, risk management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
Successful completion of DSS Security Officer Induction Training is desirable.
Technical skills in investigation, firearm training, physical security, personal protection, strategic and operational planning, fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical and hazardous material response are desirable.
Proficiency in common office and productivity software (e.g. MS Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.) and specialized software related to security, communication and surveilance is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA.

For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is required.

Knowledge of a third official UN language is desirable.

Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and "Knowledge of" equals a rating of "confident" in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
•This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
• Candidates are fully responsible for all arrangements and costs for attending all assessments and interviews. All candidates shall receive the same notice period for attending the assessments and interviews.
• A formal offer of appointment shall not be issued unless the candidates has the legal right to live and work in Lebanon. The candidate is fully responsible for all costs and arrangements related to travel and relocation (including visas and permits) to the duty station and for continued employment at ESCWA.
• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

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.

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