Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Officer - multiple positions, G4
Job Code Title: Security Officer
Department/Office: ECA Security and Safety Section
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 14 September 2021 - 13 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-ECA SSS-163288-R-Addis Ababa (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

These positions are located at ECA's Security and Safety Service (SSS). Under the overall command of the Chief of SSS, the Security Officer is required to perform security functions and reports directly to the Security Sergeant or supervising officer in the assigned working area.


Within delegated authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

1. Provides security services for the protection of persons and property during specified working hours including night and weekends in any of the following areas:
a. Tour and security control by checking ID cards and car permits or other relevant documents for proper identification of all persons entering the premises and ensuring that unauthorized persons and vehicles do not enter the premises;
b. Ensures that all outgoing UN properties have valid gate passes and that personal belongings and UN properties (equipment, materials and packages etc) entering the complex are screened and inspected;
c. Makes regular inspection of the grounds and buildings to identify any security risks and exposure as well as violation of security rules and regulation; controls the flow of traffic and enforcing parking regulations in the premises;
d. Operates a wide range of security equipment including closed circuit television (CCTV) system, walk-through and luggage inspection machines, explosive vapor detector machines, other hand-held metal detector devises and radio communication equipment;
e. Monitors electronic surveillance equipment or detecting any suspicious movements, incidents and persons and drawing attention to the relevant higher level security officer; and
f. Controls, receives, and records radio messages.

2. Fire and Safety Unit to maintain fire and safety precautions inside and outside the building:
a. Routinely patrols the ground and building to identity fire and safety hazards and checking to make sure all alarm systems are in working condition;
b. Inspects and tests firefighting equipment, hydrant systems, hose reels and foam inlets, portable fire extinguishers;
c. Ensures that all firefighting equipment are in their locations and precautionary signs and notices are not removed;
d. Ensures that used fire extinguishers are recharged;
e. Ensures that all fire/exit doors are not locked or obstructed, making regular inspection of all emergency exi·t doors, routes and walkways etc for safe and smooth movement at all times;
f. Conducts firefighting and building evacuation drills as scheduled;
g. Responds immediately to fires, rescue operations or other emergencies including undertaking evacuation of persons and property; and
h. Investigates causes of fire and damages to lives and property, and compiles comprehensive reports concerning all the essential elements of the accidents, submits appropriate reports for administrative or legal actions and provides recommendations with a view to reduce future accidents of this nature.

3. Conference squad provides special security to conferences and other events:
a. Provides special security coverage for conferences and meetings including checking and inspects conference facilities for detection of bomb and explosives,
b. Screens and checks all persons entering;
c. Provides delegates with the necessary security and safety information;
d. Controls the flow of traffic and enforces the appropriate officer for safe keeping;
e. Investigates incidents interviewing of witnesses and interrogates parties involved; and
f. Prepares reports and communicates findings to appropriate higher level security officer.

4. Special security protection and escort services for the Executive Secretary, other dignitaries and for delivery of sensitive materials:
a. Provides special security coverage and protection to the Executive Secretary within and outside of the complex, including escorting him/her to all official functions as well as to and from the airport;
b. Arranges and provides security protection and escorts for Heads of States and visiting dignitaries;
c. Organizes and provides escort for the delivery of valuable UN properties, stamps, diplomatic pouches, official document and funds;
d. Arranges and provides security assistance and escort for staff, delegates, participants to report cases to Police and public offices

5. Assists in supervising subordinate security officers in the special security unit including assigning tasks, co-coordinating monitoring and following up on assignments; and maintaining records, files and registers of actions and activities

6. Carries out any other task as required.


Professionalism: Skill and background knowledge to operate sensitive security equipment such as computers, cameras, handheld metal detectors, etc. 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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional security, police or military training is required. Passing the United Nations Security Officer Test (SOT) administered at the Duty Station is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration for this post.

Work Experience

At least four (4) years of experience in security-related works including military, police, security or fire fighting is required.
Experience in UN security operations is desirable.


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


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise followed by a competency-based interview. Passing the United Nations Security Officer Test (SOT) administered at the Duty Station is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration for this post.

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.

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.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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.

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