Job Opening

Job Code Title: SERGEANT
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 16 May 2017 - 14 June 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-ESCWA-78817-R-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country of the duty station, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable candidate is identified, overseas candidates will be considered subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examinations at the duty station.

The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take the examination and, in the event of an employment offer, any costs relating to travel and relocation to the duty station.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These posts are located within the Security and Safety Section (SSS), Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Security Sergeant reports directly to the Headquarters Lieutenant and is under the overall supervision of the Chief, SSS.


Within delegated authority, the Security Sergeant will be required to provide standby services during the weekend, holidays and outside normal working hours and will be responsible for carrying out the following duties:
1. Conducts daily briefings and assign officers to various functions or posts;
2. Provides security and safety services for the protection of United Nations personnel and property; these services include armed security functions;
3. Regulates and controls the flow of vehicles and pedestrians in and out of the UN House and in the Security Control Center;
4. Assists the Security Lieutenant in the daily organization, coordination and supervision of the work of officers assigned to a Platoon/ office;
5. Supervises staff and carries out inspections to ensure that officers on duty are discharging their functions appropriately;
6. Examines routine reports prepared by subordinates and certify their accuracy;
7. Makes recommendations to the supervising officer on operational matters;
8. Briefs officers under command of possible security threats and related operational plans;
9. Assumes control of specific areas as assigned during periods of heightened security;
10.Counsels, coaches and mentors officers under command;
11. Provides input for the performance evaluation of security personnel under command;
12. Prepares written reports of all unusual incidents;
13. Makes recommendations on basic security operation;
14. Performs all other related duties as required.


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; ability to lead and motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate
performance of officers under command. 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


High school diploma or an equivalent diploma is required. Training in Police, army, civil defense, national security services is required..

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of accumulated security experience in police, army, civil defense, national security, UN security. The candidate must have a minimum of 3 years within the UN security system.


English and French are the official languages of the Secretariat of the United Nations. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required.


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a written assessment and a competency-based interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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