Job Opening

Job Code Title: Close Protection Coordination Officer
Department/Office: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen
Duty Station: SANA'A
Posting Period: 13 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-SESG-YEMEN-183837-F-Sana'a (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 Safety and Security Section of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESG-Yemen) based in Sana'a. The Close Protection Coordination Officer reports to the Chief Security Officer.


Within the limits delegated authority, the Close Protection Coordination Officer at the FS-6 level will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Advises the Chief Security Officer or equivalent on close protection operations of the mission;
• Responsible for developing the standard operating procedures and security risk assessments within which the Close Protection Units will deploy;
• Liaises and coordinates close protection operations with Host Country, other mission components (military and police) and other organizations, as necessary, to enable implementation of necessary security arrangements for the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials;
• Conducts security risk assessments and monitor threats to the Senior UN Official in conjunction with the Chief Security Officer or equivalent, recommends mitigation measures and implementation strategies;
• Coordinates close protection planning in accordance with UN close protection policy, guidance and standard operating procedures;
• Ensures that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards;
• Provides risk briefings to Senior UN Officials and security managers on any close protection concerns for the official travels or daily activities;
• Develops protocols on the security coordination requirements for official travels of Senior UN Officials within the host country or abroad, in conjunction with the Chief Security Officer or equivalent and host country authorities;
• Coordinates close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards;
• Accompanies the Senior UN Official during travel and/or coordinates all related security requirements as required;
• Assesses the performance of the Close Protection Unit;
• Supervises the Close Protection Detail Leaders / Team Leaders
• Provides direction and guidance to close protection units, as required;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary;
• Maintains training records and ensure all personnel maintain mandatory physical and technical skills requirements.
• Maintains a training calendar/roster in coordination with the Security Training Unit to ensure all personnel are given opportunity to meet annual certification requirements;
• Develops and reviews operational team rosters to ensure adequate training and rest time is allotted in addition to operations. Ensures accurate reflection of work hours by all unit personnel;
• Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment;
• Monitors Close Protection Unit equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy
• Provides inputs related to close protection to the mission's budget proposal;
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate a high level of concentration and accuracy. Ability to work under continuous stress and deliver clear interpretation on an exceedingly broad range of subjects. 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 the 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


•A High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

•UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field).

•UNDSS certification in any of the following is desirable: Security Certification Programme (SCP) and Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC).

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (five years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in military, police or security management is required.

A minimum five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in close protection within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.

A minimum three (3) years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.

At least two (2) years of experience and exposure at the international level is required.

At least one year of experience in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.

Close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training, UN CP Team Leader or Unit Coordinator is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

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.

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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