Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Officer (Multiple positions), G4
Job Code Title: Security Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Vienna
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 20 September 2022 - 19 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNOV-191222-R-Vienna (O)
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 at the United Nations Security and Safety Service (SSS-Vienna), Division for Management, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

The Security and Safety Service (SSS) is comprised of the Office of the Chief and three Units: Operations, Special Operations and Operations Support.

The Operations Unit consists of the Perimeter Sub-Unit, the Fire Sub-Unit, the Security Control Center Sub-Unit and the Tour Sub-Unit (composed of four Teams).

The Special Operations Unit consists of the Pass and ID Sub-Unit, and the Special Services Sub-Unit, which is composed of five Teams: Close Protection and Surveillance Detection, Executive Floors, Conference Security, Emergency Response and Canine Teams.

The Operations Support Unit consists of the Security Administration Sub-Unit, the Planning Team Sub-Unit, the Security Risk Management Sub-Unit, the Physical Security Sub-Unit, the Security Investigations Sub-Unit and the Training and Development Sub-Unit.

Under the overall command of the Chief of Service, the Security Officer will perform armed security functions and will report directly to the respective Security Sergeant or supervising officer in the assigned working area.


Within limits of the assigned authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties in the assigned area of work:

• Screen all personnel, packages and vehicles entering the Vienna International Centre (VIC) to ensure authorized access.
• Operate SSS Vienna physical/electronic security systems and communications systems.
• Implement the proper application of SSS Vienna policies, Standard Operational Procedures, post-specific and daily orders.
• Provide information and directions to all persons associated with VIC-based organizations.
• Provide effective emergency response capability; be alert and respond to any potential or actual breaches of security, unsafe conditions, unusual activity and report these immediately.
• Control pedestrian and vehicular traffic; enforce VIC traffic and garage administration rules.
• Ensure that all UN property being carried from the VIC premises is checked for appropriate documentation.
• Provide security coverage for UN conferences and special events.
• Prepare various routine periodic reports as well as initial incident reports.
• Maintain UN firearms qualification standards.
• Perform other related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Has knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrates sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Is able to make sound decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

Passing the Security Officer test (SOT) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, for recruitment consideration for Security Officer positions in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed or taken the SOT at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application.

SOT is an entry level security examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization.

Relevant training in security, police or military is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience in Security or Civilian Police Service and/or relevant military and/or corporate security experience is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of German is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Candidates must be mentally and physically fit. All duties are performed in uniform or in civilian clothes whenever required. Security personnel perform armed security functions on shift basis with possibility of rotations for work life balance and career development in areas such as conference security, close protection, Pass & ID, firefighting, emergency response, canine handling, training and development etc. SSS Vienna is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

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. Non-local candidates will be considered only when no suitable candidate from the duty station is identified and will be subject to local recruitment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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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