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19 Dec 2020

Security Officer

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Juba. Juba is classified in the “E” category and as a non-family duty station. Under the overall management/direction of the Principal Security Advisor (PSA), the Security Officer, FS-6, reports to Chief Security Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Security Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Contributes to the PSA/CS0/Security Coordination Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervises a Security Unit, as needed;
  • Strategizes and develops effective security and contingency plans for a security unit and its operations;
  • Conducts assessment of prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;
  • Serves as a member of the Security Cell, implements and evaluates the security plan;
  • Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; assists in the supervision of evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
  • Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
  • Analyzes the level of security risk for the area of operations;
  • Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
  • Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
  • Briefs the CSA/SA/Security Coordination Officer or Deputy CSA/CSO on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
  • Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises; Reviews fire evacuation plan and coordinates fire drills and training as necessary;
  • Conducts physical security inspections of facilities;
  • Assumes responsibility for guard force management; Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements;
  • Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters;
  • Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
  • Supervises the investigation of security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents;
  • Identifies gaps in existing capability and recommends amendment accordingly;
  • Participates in the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
  • Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment;
  • Inspects security equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed;
  • Supervises the issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate;
  • Manages a warden system according to policy;
  • Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section;
  • Performs other duties as required.


    Professionalism: ; Knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage security units; 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.

    Planning and 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.

    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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


    High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate. UNDSS certification in any of the following is required: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Close Protection Officers Course, Security Investigation, Security Training Certification.

    Work Experience

    A minimum of ten years with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (five years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in security operations or similar within a military, police or security management is required.
    At least two years’ experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or post conflict environment is required
    For this position, Knowledge and experience in administration and Security related Training in a conflict or post-conflict and multicultural environment is required. (Such experience shall include among others: knowledge in preparing training needs; reviewing/maintaining training data ; initiating and conducting Training and compiling necessary related correspondences)
    Experience in security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, creating and implementing warden system is desirable.


    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.


    Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

    Special Notice

    This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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