Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Officer, Multiple Positions, G3
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 17 July 2023 - 19 September 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Security-ECLAC-212309-R-Santiago (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 in the Security and Safety Service Section of ECLAC and is under the mandate of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise, and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.

This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place.

For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit: and


Under the overall command of the Chief of Service, the security officer is required to perform armed security functions and reports directly to the security sergeant or supervising officer.

Within delegated authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties:
• Protects the life of persons in the UN complex and preserves UN property by providing security coverage of entry points throughout the United Nations complex to prevent entry to unauthorized person and the unauthorized removal of UN property;
• Preserves the order by enforcing the application of UN policies and safety and security regulations, in line with ST/AI/5/2019.
• Screens all personnel, packages and vehicles entering the UN complex to ensure authorized access.
• Provides continuous coverage of cameras, telephone and radio communications systems and associated recording units in the Control Centers.
• In the event of emergencies and incidents, alerts relevant units and dispatch, as needed security personnel to the site under the direction of the duty supervisor.
• Maintains logs and rosters and initiates chronological logs of events during emergency situations.
• Prepares daily and weekly work schedules and various periodic reports.
• Provides information and directions to all persons associated with the organization.
• Controls pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
• Is alert for any potential or actual breaches of security and any disturbances or unusual activity and reports these immediately.
• Ensures that all UN property being carried from the complex is checked for appropriate documentation.
• Performs other related duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying technical expertise in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Ability to apply use of force continuum, including use of firearms, as appropriate. Knowledge of the use of weapons and self-defense tactics. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and ability to respond to enquiries and provide reliable information or direct staff to alternative source of information. Good knowledge of the city where the office is located. 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

Officers are required to be in possession of valid host country licenses, including but not limited to: Motor vehicle permit from the appropriate issuing authorities within the Santiago Region. Your valid motor vehicle permit must be attached to your application.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in security operations, including civilian police force, military police, or any other relevant military operations is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to none for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher.

Experience in the emergency procedures: detection and handling of dangerous objects, handling of fire emergencies, use of metal detectors, use of firearms, etc, is required.

Experience in self-defense techniques is required.

Experience working for an international organization or United Nations entities is desirable.

Experience in providing training and guidance on emergency procedures is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, and Spanish is a working language of ECLAC. For this position fluency in English and Spanish is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include a series of assessments including but not limited to:
- a physical fitness assessment
- a firearms handling assessment
- a written assessment exercise
- a Security Officer Test.
- a competency-based interview

Candidates must pass each stage in order to progress to the next to be considered for possible recruitment. As part of recruitment process, candidates will also be required to pass a psychological evaluation.

Special Notice

Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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.

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.

The incumbent of this post is required to stand on posts as well as perform extended walking inspection patrols of the United Nations premises. The incumbent is expected to be assigned to perform their duties on any shift on any day (including weekends and holidays) according to the exigencies of the service.

Candidates must be in excellent physical and mental condition. They must pass a physical fitness test in order to be considered eligible for employment.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be between 22 and 35 years old by at the time of application (with the exception of candidates who are serving at other UNDSS/Security and Safety Service (SSS) locations who may be granted an exception).

Officers will be required to remain compliant with the specified Service Dress and Bearing manual and in accordance with the relevant Host Country Law Enforcement Standards.

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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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