Job Opening

Posting Title: SECURITY SERGEANT (2 Positions), G5
Job Code Title: SERGEANT
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 08 May 2017 - 21 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-UNON-72753-R-Nairobi (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment. Staff
members are subject to the authority of and assignment by the Secretary-General. All staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. 1. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. 2. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Need Help?" link.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, conference and information services ( The post is located in the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Department of Safety and Security Services.


Under the direct supervision of the Security Lieutenant the incumbent will perform the following functions: 1.Provide leadership to the Team by:- Planning assignments for the team members during particular scheduled shifts; Give daily work instructions to the members of the team; Ensure team members are provided with uniforms, communications equipment and other kits for duty; Monitor posts to ensure that they are effectively manned and that duties are properly executed. 2. Enforce safety and security in the UN Complex: Ensure that security and safety rules and procedures are strictly adhered to; Supervise control room duties and ensure that the electronic surveillance equipment is properly monitored and discuss reports of initial investigation with the Investigator. 3. Co-ordinate activities of the team through the Lieutenant and Inspector to the Assistant and Deputy Chiefs of the Security and Safety section by making daily reports on events, periodical reports on all investigated cases, make recommendations on improvement of work. 4. Ensure that security equipment and vehicles are in good working order, supervise operations in the event of accidents independently and in cooperation with other rescue services, such as, the Nairobi City Council Fire Brigade and prepare reports after incidents; Inspect mail and deliveries entering the UN premises; Keep 'bomb alert' plans and instructions up to date, conduct searches for suspicious items. Conduct preventive searches in cooperation with the specialized services; Liaise with the host country's de-mining services. 5. Respond to requests for assistance requiring first aid and general questions concerning the security and safety of the UN Complex. 6. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and masteryof 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.
• 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 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.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary post-secondary school training in security or military with a sound and thorough knowledge of security related matters is desirable. Must have passed the United Nations Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) or the Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years' of relevant and progressively responsible experience in the National Police Force or Military Service is required. A minimum of five years (5) work
experience with United Nations Security and Safety Service is desirable


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 Kiswahili is desirable. Knowledge of any other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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