Job Opening

Posting Title: CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER, FS4
Job Code Title: CLOSE PROTECTION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: BAGHDAD
Posting Period: 22 November 2021 - 06 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Security-UNAMI-168027-F-Baghdad (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in the Security Section in Baghdad. The Close Protection Officer at FS-4 will report to the Close Protection Team Leader.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Close Protection Coordinator the Close Protection Officer at the FS-4 level will carry out the following duties:

•Conducts close protection operations for a Senior UN Official;
•Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Official at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing;
•Remains vigilant and alert in case of threat to the Senior UN Official;
•Maintains effective and efficient security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
•Conducts close protection operations as outlined in the UN close protection policies and guidelines;
•Coordinates activities with relevant parties to include the Security Operations Unit and other appropriate security organizations as required;
•Co-ordinates with local authorities during close protection operations;
•Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements;
•Contributes to pre-deployment briefings;
•Operates all close protection equipment to ensure equipment readiness;
•Assists in training session on close protection subjects to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques;
•Whenever necessary, supervises the Close Protection Unit's drivers in the performance of their assigned duties;
•Contributes to making determination of equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements;
•Perform any other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
•Close Protection and Security Officers in the mission and other UN agencies.
•Staff in the Office of the Senior UN Official.
•Staff in the Mission Support.
•Project Managers and other project personnel.
•Local security officials.
•Security officials of other national and international organizations.

Competencies

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of close protection tactics and techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; able to recognize and appropriately react to threats; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in close 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.

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.

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.

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

High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate.

Job - Specific Qualification

A driver's license is required.

An international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable.

Training in martial arts and/or specialised security practices is desirable.

UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of six years with high school diploma or equivalent of experience in the military, police or security management is required.

A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.

At least one year 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 static and mobile protection is desirable.

Experience in close protection command post operations is desirable.

Experience in close protection response techniques is desirable.

Experience in conducting of close protection training is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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.

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.

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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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