Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Officer (7 posts), G4
Job Code Title: Security Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 June 2022 - 16 July 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNOG-184004-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

These vacant positions are located in the Security and Safety Service in the United Nations Office at Geneva.


Under the general supervision of the Chief of Service or a security lieutenant, the incumbent is required to carry out the following duties:
- Carries out security and safety tasks, including the enforcement of access control regulations on vehicles and pedestrians, the surveillance of the premises and the response to incidents and accidents. In this regard, operates security screening, and handles security and safety surveillance and detection equipment.
- In the absence of a Sergeant or when required due to the needs of the service, coordinates the work of a team of security officers by ensuring their proper uniformity and the adequate discharge of their duties.
- Provides information and directions to all persons associated with the organization.
- Maintains alertness for any potential or actual breaches of security and any disturbances or unusual activity, and reports these immediately.
- Controls the circulation and parking of vehicles, reports violations and prepares accident reports.
- Plays an active role in evacuations and evacuation drills by directing staff and visitors to safety and by ensuring the complete evacuation of the premises, and intervenes in the occasion of incidents or accidents by providing first aid when required.
- Takes part in fire and safety prevention by implementing the measures set out in the safety rules and instructions, including safety patrols, both during and off normal working hours.
- Intervenes in case of fire by using existing fire extinguishing elements in accordance to standard procedures.
- Conducts mobile and foot patrols of the UNOG premises and Annexes locations.
- Writes preliminary reports on incidents, accidents or anomalies within the area of responsibility, and takes basic measures to support investigations, to include securing evidences and obtaining the identity of witnesses.
- May be called upon to complete administrative tasks in one of the Service units.
- Could be called up to provide basic training, coaching and mentoring junior officers on post.
- May be assigned on voluntary basis for temporary deployment to external security assignments including field missions.
- May be assigned to other units of the service as required.
- All duties are performed in uniform, although the officer may be asked to perform his/her duties in civilian clothes for the close protection unit.
- Must drive official vehicles when required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates knowledge of and expertise in applying United Nations security regulations, procedures and practices; demonstrates expertise in the handling of firearms and in first-aid and self-defence techniques; 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.

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; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; 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.


High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of three (3) years of experience in police, military or security services of the United Nations or other similar international organization is required.

Out of these three years, at least two (2) years of experience within a United Nations Security and Safety Service is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other language is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise, to be taken prior or after the security and safety officers test. This assessment would be composed of two parts - one on security expertise and another one on physical conditions - to be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions.

These positions are 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. These posts are subject to funding availability.

Vacancies at G1-G4 levels are open to both internal and external candidates, including staff members on temporary appointments. However, priority consideration will be given to existing serving staff members. New external candidates will only be considered when a serving staff member holding a Permanent, Continuing, Fixed-Term or Temporary Appointment at the time of application cannot be identified.

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.

Internal and external candidates with the required qualifications must pass the written entrance test for United Nations security and safety staff. An invitation to sit the test will be sent by e-mail to candidates who meet the required qualifications.

Physical condition: Must be in excellent physical and mental shape. The selected candidates are subject to satisfactory medical clearance that includes a psychological test.

Weapons handling: The selected candidates must pass a written and practical test in handling the firearms used by United Nations security officers within six months of being hired. If the candidate fails this test, his/her contract will not be renewed.

The incumbent is required to work irregular shift hours on 24/7 basis. May be required to work extended duty shifts on short notice based on the exigencies of the service.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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