Close Protection Officer

Employer: United Nations (United Nations Electoral Observer Mission )
Location: Bujumbura Burundi
Posting Period: Until 21 November 2014
Within limits of delegated authority, the Close Protection Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for the following duties:
• Maintains security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official;
• Ensures that mitigating measures are in place at all time to deter or deny identified threat and to preserve the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials;
• Ensures that continued effectiveness of the close protection team remains in relation to the changes of the local threat level;
• Accompanies the Senior UN Official during official travels and coordinates all related security requirements;
• Conducts pre-deployment briefings with the Close Protection Officers and coordinates with the staff in the office of the Senior UN Official under the Close Protection Team Leader (CPTL). Provides guidance on changes that might occur whilst on duty;
• Deploys CP officers, in advance, for official moves to ensure implementation of security arrangements;
• Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
• Briefs the CSO or CPTL on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where necessary;
Contributes to 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 maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
Performs other duties as required.

• Mission leadership and other United Nations Officials;
• Security personnel operating in the mission’s area of responsibility;
• Personnel from Military and Civilian Police Components of the field mission;
• Project Managers and other personnel;
• Host Government officials and local law enforcement personnel

Effective planning, implementation and coordination of a security system capable to enable the conduct of United Nations activities while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel and the security of United Nations premises and assets.

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of close protection techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or security specialization; well-developed analytical skills; able to recognize and evaluate the seriousness of threats; capacity to effectively coordinate close protection operations; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in security management and close protection operations; 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& 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
• UN DSS Close Protection Operators Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable and will be expected for future advancement in this field)
• UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field)
• UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Program, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Security Investigation.

Work Experience
• A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.
• A minimum five years within the last eight years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
• A minimum two years within the last three years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection shift leader with a national, private or international security organization is required.
• At least one year within the last two years’ experience in close protection operations 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.

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations
Job openings posted on the Careers Portal are taken off at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.Applications are automatically pre-screened according to the published evaluation criteria of the job opening on the basis of the information provided by applicants. Applications cannot be amended following submission and incomplete applications shall not be considered. The selected candidate will be subject to a reference checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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” on the upper right side of the browser on Inspira.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.

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.

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