Close Protection Officer

Employer: United Nations
Location: Jerusalem District, Israel

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. Roistered 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.

Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located within the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) in the Security Section in Jerusalem. Under the overall supervision of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) the Close Protection Officer reports directly to the Team Leader Close Protection Unit.

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Close Protection Team Leader, the Close Protection Officer will carry out the following duties:
• Conducts close protection operations for Senior UN Officials;
• Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Officials at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing;
• Remains vigilant and alert in case of threat to the Senior UN Officials;
• Maintains effective and efficient security coverage for the working office and when assigned at the personal residence of the Senior UN Officials;
• Conducts close protection operations as outlined in the UN close protection policies and guidelines;
• Coordinates activities with relevant parties including other appropriate security organizations as required;
• Co-ordinates with local authorities during close protection operations;
• Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements;
• Contributes to pre-deployment briefings;
• Operates all close protection equipment to ensure equipment readiness;
• Assists in training session on close protection subjects to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques;
• Whenever necessary, supervises the Close Protection Unit drivers in the performance of their assigned duties;
• Contributes to making determination of equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements;
• Perform any other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Team Leader Close Protection Unit and CSO
• Close Protection and Security Officers in the mission and other UN agencies
• Staff in the Office of the Senior UN Officials
• Staff in the Mission Support
• Local security officials
• Security officials of other national and international organizations

• Professionalism – Knowledge of internal security policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to the place of assignment; knowledge of local laws and practices related to mission area; ability to gather information from a variety of sources; demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given; ability to detect and identify dangerous objects and knowledge of how to deal with such objects; ability to remain calm in an emergency situation; willingness to work shifts; trustworthy; high sense of responsibility; alertness; physically fit for duty; emotional stability and neatness; good knowledge of the location of organizational units, functions and key personnel; shows pride in work and achievements; 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. A high sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment. Demonstrated ability to guide security functions and supervise security staff. Staff member is well trained in security work to be performed. 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.

• 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.

• 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 technical or vocational certificate.
• A valid driver’s license is required.
• UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field).

• Completion of an international, national or commercial close protection training is desirable
• Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of an first aid certification is desirable
• High standard of physical fitness is required.
• Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is an asset.

Work Experience
• A minimum of six years of experience in the military, police or security management is required.
• A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
• Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required;
• Knowledge of operational environment of Middle East is desirable;
• Experience in close protection of one or more principals, static and mobile protection, close protection command post operations, close protection response techniques, and conduct of close protection training 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.

Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.