Job Opening

Posting Title: FIELD SECURITY ASSISTANT, G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: SEOUL
Posting Period: 05 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-OHCHR-78815-J-Seoul (T)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice


Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.

Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.

• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.

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• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Local Security Assistant in OHCHR office in Seoul reports directly to the Head of Office and to the Senior Security Manager in OHCHR Geneva through the Field Safety and Security Coordinator. Functional responsibility for security rests with the Head of Office supported by the OHCHR Safety and Security Section.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Local Security Assistant in OHCHR Office in Seoul is responsible for the following duties:

-Review and monitor the situation in the Republic of Korea and in the region with specific regard as to how it relates or may have an impact on OHCHR activities;
-Advise the Head of the OHCHR office with regard to all security-related matters and develop tactics, techniques and procedures in accordance with the provisions of the UN Security Management System for the safe conduct of OHCHR operations in the Republic of Korea and in the region;
-Develop and distribute relevant standard operating procedures (SOPs) for office security and field operations;
-Regular and systematic review of the office security and associated access control measures and contingency preparations in close coordination with the host government and building security personnel deployed at the Seoul Office;
-Continuous liaison including 24/7 emergency contact mechanism with the police liaison officer assigned by the government for the Seoul Office;
-Regularly review the personal security of the staff in coordination with the government security liaison officer;
-Conducting security risk assessment for field missions, implementing appropriate risk mitigation measures with the support of the HoO and accompanying such missions as and when required.
-Tactical driving of operational vehicles while accompanying staff on operational/field missions.
-Develop and ensure the deliverance of appropriate security training to all OHCHR staff assigned to the office in Seoul (special emphasis to be placed on counter surveillance);
-Make sure that staff and drivers engaged in driving office vehicles for official purposes are fully trained in safe driving procedures.
-Establish working relationship with UN Security Focal Point in the Republic of Korea and UN DSS Regional Security Advisor to ensure maximum security coordination;
-Establish contacts with local security authorities in Seoul as well as the region to ensure their support for the security of OHCHR staff and assets;
-Establish contacts with civil society leaders as appropriate, especially in the region, to obtain protective information related to the security of OHCHR staff and assets;
-Establish, in coordination with the UN Security Focal Point and UN DSS Regional Security Adviser, emergency and evacuation procedures for OHCHR staff in the Republic of Korea and ensure office integration with the country Security and Evacuation Plan;
-Assist Head of Office in Ensuring that OHCHR office in Seoul reaches and maintains full Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), as established by the UN Security Management Team in the Republic of Korea, in all of its’ activities;
-Determine need for, and provide training and advice to OHCHR staff and dependants on residential security measures in Seoul;
-Ensure availability and proper functioning of security-related communication systems;
-Report to UN DSS Regional SA and OHCHR Security and Safety Section about accidents or security-related incidents involving OHCHR staff, dependants or assets and assist them in conducting investigations;
-Arrange all security aspects of visits by senior OHCHR officials as necessary;
-Work very closely with and in support of UN DSS Regional Security Advisor and UN Security Focal Point in the Republic of Korea to ensure maximum coordination between OHCHR and the DO/SMT;
-Monitor and provide advice on adherence to computer and information security guidelines. Work with the IT Section in Geneva to ensure the implementation and maintenance of technical related matters necessary for a secure IT network environment.
-Provide logistical and administrative support, including screening and answering phone calls, communications assistance and language support, news monitoring, and performance of other duties as may be assigned.
-All other security-related duties as assigned by the supervisors.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
OHCHR Head of Office in Korea, OHCHR Senior Security Manager, and the Field Safety and Security Coordinator, Department of Safety and Security (DSS) Regional Security Adviser, UN Security Focal Point in Korea, national security authorities including Military and civilian Police Officers, local officials and law enforcement personnel, civil society leaders and any other persons as necessary to ensure the safe conduct of OHCHR activities in the Republic of Korea and the region.

Results Expected:
Effectively plan, implement and evaluate a security system to ensure the safety and security of OHCHR staff, dependents and assets in the Republic of Korea and the region; enhances the credibility of the United Nations as an instrument of peace and justice.


PROFESSIONALISM : Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the Internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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 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.


High School diploma or equivalent is required. Additional safety and security studies and/or training on military, police or other security field is desirable. Diploma in physical security management is desirable. Possession of a valid driving license for light motor vehicles.

Work Experience

At least seven years of progressive experience on Safety and Security, Military/ Police or other security field’s experience/background are required. A high standard of psychological and physical fitness must be maintained in order to operate under conditions which can often be of high stress. Knowledge or experience in the area of human rights or international humanitarian law would be an asset. Proven previous experience working in an international work environment or abroad is desirable.


For this position, fluency in English and Korean is required.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an eliminatory assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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