Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior National Security Officer, Gaza Field Office, 17
Job Code Title: Senior National Security Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
Duty Station: GAZA
Posting Period: 11 April 2022 - 25 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNRWA-179039-R-Gaza (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The incumbent of this post reports directly to the Senior Field Security Officer (SFSO), P4 who has the overall responsibility to coordinate security risk management functions.
The incumbent of this post directly supervises three professional security posts and up to 55 guard force personnel. In the absence of the SFSO, the incumbent supervises 5 additional staff


1. Assists Senior Field Security Officer (SFSO) in managing GFO security matters, and monitoring and evaluating the Field’s performance to determine compliance with established policies and procedures and security risk management measures; assists SFSO in managing a security risk management system in coordination with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and a parallel security system mutually supporting area personnel; assists SFSO in managing all instances of non-compliance with security policies, procedures, and practices; meets with local security authorities to establish line of communications for all security-related matter including the security of personnel, assets and operations;
2. Assists the SFSO in developing and coordinating training and staff development through the Security Training Officer; assists in the development of a wide variety of security related training as required by the Security Risk Management (SRM) and the ad hoc SRM; ensures the Security Training Officer maintains a database of personnel trained, prepares a training plan based on the SRM and ad hoc SRM implementation plan, conducts training research, and assists in adapting other UN organizations training and learning practices to UNRWA;
3. Oversees the performance of the National Security Officer (NSO) in the Field in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery; coordinates with NSO and Guards to incorporate new work methods, examine and update technical instructions, and follows up on quality assurance and quality control;
4. Assists the NSO in the implementation and delivery of Guard Force induction and other training activities; conducts ad hoc SRM and SRMs for premises, installations, missions, senior UNRWA officials, hotels, routes, and locations as required by the Field Office and under the supervision of the SFSO;
5. Assists the SFSO in the development and implementation of the ad hoc SRM process and security plans, and other routine documents, such as, but not limited to, security contingency plans and analytical products highlighting events that affect UNRWA personnel, assets, and/or programmes; Assists in the implementation of security policy, and the development of security guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure security compliance;
6. Act as a deputy to the SFSO during his/her absence and therefore is appointed as Officer in Charge during the SFSO absence;
7. Conducts research and coordination with all appropriate UN entities, internal and external to UNRWA, with the goal of mainstreaming security into all relevant organizational activities; establishes and maintains effective working relationships with local security authorities; monitors the local security situation through local media and professional networks providing regular updates to the SFSO on any emerging security issues that may affect UNRWA.
8. Assists with the preparation and management of security division budget, expenditure and finance related issues in coordination with the appropriate Finance Department personnel;
9. Performs other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.


UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. In addition the following competencies apply:

1. Deciding and Initiating Action
2. Planning and Organizing
3. Analyzing

1. Creating and Maintaining Impact and Partnership
2. Managing Complexity and Change

Other Competencies:
1. Excellent communication and negotiation skills, sound judgment and demonstrated problem-solving skills;
2. Good working knowledge of MS Office applications;
3. Good report writing skills;
4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in team working environment.


Advanced university degree from an accredited educational institution in security and risk management, business or public administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations, or other related fields.

Job - Specific Qualification

Possession of a valid driving license is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible and relevant experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency settings, with security responsibilities in the public or private service areas, such as the private sector or corporate environment.
Three years of professional experience at a senior management level within the UN, international organizations, private or cooperate sector is required.

Good working knowledge or familiarity of the UN security system. (Desirable)

Good background in training development and presentation. (Desirable)

Good working knowledge of computer/IT systems, with a demonstrated willingness to develop the knowledge. (Desirable)

Prior experience in the UN system or international NGO. (Desirable)


Excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.


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

Special Notice

Type of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment

Duration of Contract: 3 years including 1 year probation period, with the possibility of further extension, subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory performance and continuing need.

Conditions of service:
• Basic Salary: Monthly basic salary from $1,825.40; plus monthly senior professional officer allowance 35% of the basic salary and monthly dependency allowance up to $123.25.
• Leave: 36 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with six-day working week. 30 days of annual leave for staff attending UNRWA duty stations with five-day working week.
• Pension: Provident Fund contribution (15.2% of basic salary paid by the Agency)
• Other conditions of service and benefits may apply.

Other Information:
• This position requires the incumbent to be politically astute and culturally aware;
• The incumbent is required to travel in the Agency’s areas of operation;

This vacancy notice is open to internal and external candidates. Only candidates residing in Gaza Strip, and within commuting distance of the duty station with authorization to work in the duty station at the time of application are eligible to apply. The Agency will not assume responsibility or accountability to support or facilitate the issuance of work permit in Gaza Strip, and without a valid work permit, the appointment may be rescinded.

Preference will be given to registered Palestine refugees and candidates assisting the Agency to meet its commitment to gender parity. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for appointment to the same post or a similar post.

Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. All acquired university degrees must also be stated, if applicable. Applicants applying to positions for Grades 12 to 20 must submit a cover letter/motivational statement in order to be considered. Additionally, providing incorrect or misleading information on an application will result in the immediate disqualification of a candidate.

For UNRWA internal staff, they are required to specify and include their current UNRWA grade level. To do so applicants should select under “Category” RLG, scroll down to see all categories, then select their local grade.

Equivalency may apply for this post.
NB: Work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination.

Advertisements published only in English will only accept applications in English, and Arabic submissions will not be considered.

The Agency may disqualify applicants whose name appears on the UN Sanctions List or a UN database of staff separated for reason of misconduct or of staff who separated whilst misconduct processes were pending.

UNRWA shares investigation and misconduct information with other UN Agencies, and past and prospective employers, about staff members who have been separated for misconduct, or who have separated whilst an investigation and/or disciplinary process for misconduct is underway; and such persons may be prohibited from employment with the United Nations.

The Agency will immediately disqualify applicants who are ineligible for any reason in accordance with the Agency regulatory framework.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live.

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United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her.

UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups.

At UNRWA, 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. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

UNRWA Considerations
UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List.
UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment.

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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