Job Opening

Posting Title: Security Captain, S6
Job Code Title: Security Captain
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 October 2017 - 25 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-DSS-86968-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all Staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis and 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. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

• Officers are required to be in possession of valid host country licenses, including but not limited to:
(1) Handgun License from the Police Department - City of New York; and
(2) motor vehicle permit from the appropriate issuing authorities within the New York tri-state area.
• Officers are required to be in possession of a valid UN Weapons Permit, and meet and maintain all UN firearms qualification standards.
• They must be mentally and medically fit.
• All duties are performed in uniform; however, at times the officer may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. This post is located in the Security and Safety Service. The Security and Safety Service is responsible for providing security to delegates, staff, visiting dignitaries and other visitors. Under the overall command of the Chief of Service, the Security Captain is required to perform armed security functions and reports directly to the Security Inspector or other security supervisor.


Within delegated authority, the Security Captain may be responsible for the following duties:

• Manages the security responsibilities under his/her command; issues assignment orders, including redeployments, in accordance with operational requirements.
• Instructs and directs subordinate supervisory staff in their duties and responsibilities.
• Recommends and advises on matters concerning the organization and management of the activities of his/her assigned responsibilities.
• Supervises supervisory personnel and all other staff under command.
• Ensures that all posts are properly and effectively supervised.
• Assures the availability of all relevant resources to carry out duties and responsibilities.
• Supervises preparation of all incident and administrative reports, confirming their accuracy and ensuring their prompt dispatch through the chain of command.
• Reviews security arrangements and staffing resources on a continuous basis and makes recommendations to the Security Inspector for improvements in the procedures or more effective deployment of staff.
• Assumes command of emergency or heightened security situations until properly relieved. Performs all other related duties as required.
• Ensures that first-line supervisors make frequent patrols to all static and mobile posts to observe work performance and to further brief officers on duty.
• Carries out patrols to monitor performance of officers under command and to inspect uniforms, equipment and general appearance of subordinates.
• Receives reports of complaints, accidents and unusual incidents occurring in the area of command and personally conducts investigations of all serious accidents, crimes and property losses in the area of operations; reports all pertinent data for complete investigation by the Special Services Unit and/or Office of the Chief of Service.
• Performs other related tasks as assigned.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices; Demonstrates sound judgment and technical expertise in the application of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Possesses computer skills and has First Aid knowledge. Possesses high sense of responsibility, including being punctual, alert and reliable when reporting for duty; Duties may require long periods of standing. 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. Demonstrated decision-making capacity. 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.

• 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.

• Leadership: Serves as a reliable role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflict by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• 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 equivalent. Must have passed the United Nations Security Officer Test (SOT).

Work Experience

Fifteen (15) years of experience in security and safety operations with the United Nations or other similar international organization is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


A written assessment test will be administered to applicants followed by a competency based interview for the applicants who pass the written test.

United Nations Considerations

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.

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.

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 inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. 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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