1 Feb 2015

Close Protection Officer - Yemen

Employer: United Nations
Location:Sana'a, Amanat Al Asimah, Yemen
Close Protection Officer, FS5
Posting Period: To 13 February 2015

This position is located in Sana’a. Under the overall direction of the Special Adviser of the Secretary General on Yemen, the Close Protection Officer, at FS5 level, will report to the Chief Security Officer on all close protection operations

Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Officer, the Close Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:- Advise the Chief Security Officer on close protection operations of the mission.
- Develop the standard operating procedures and security risk assessments within which the Close Protection Unit will deploy.
- Liaise and coordinate close protection operations with Host Country, other mission components and other organizations, as necessary, to enable implementation of necessary security arrangements for the security, safety and wellbeing of the Special Adviser and other mission staff, as appropriate.
- Conduct security risk assessments and monitor threats to the Special Adviser and other mission staff, as appropriate, in conjunction with the Chief Security Officer, and recommend mitigation measures and implementation strategies.
- Identify gaps in existing capability and make recommendations for amendment where necessary.
- Coordinate close protection planning in accordance with UN close protection policy, guidance and standard operating procedures.
- Ensure that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards.
- Provide risk briefings to the Special Adviser, other mission staff, as appropriate, and security managers on any close protection concerns for official travel or daily activities.
- Develop protocols on the security coordination requirements for official travel of the Special Adviser within the host country or abroad, in conjunction with the Chief Security Officer or equivalent and with host country authorities.
- Accompanies the Special Adviser during travel and/or coordinates all related security requirements, as required.
- Supervise the Close Protection Detail Team Leaders, and assess the performance of the Close Protection Unit.
- Provide direction and guidance to the Close Protection Unit, as required.
- Coordinate close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards.
- Maintain training records and ensure all personnel maintain mandatory physical and technical skills requirements.
- Maintain a training calendar/roster in coordination with the Security Training Unit to ensure all personnel are given opportunity to meet annual certification requirements.
- Develop and review operational team rosters to ensure adequate training and rest time is allotted in addition to operations. Ensure accurate reflection of work hours by all unit personnel.
- Draft Statements of Requirement and provide technical specifications for the procurement of Close Protection Unit equipment.
- Monitor Close Protection Unit equipment and ensure minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy.
- Provide inputs related to close protection in the mission’s budget proposal.
- Perform other relevant duties as required.

Professionalism – Excellent knowledge of close protection technique combined with solid background of military, police or other 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.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 organization 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.
Judgment & Decision Making – Identifies the key issues in complex situations of close protection operations; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative 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 or vocational certificate.UNDSS Close Protection Officer 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).

Work Experience
A minimum of eight (8) years with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (or five (5) years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required, and a minimum of two (2) years experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader with a national, private or international security organization is required.
At least one (1) year experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict environment is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required;
Experience working in the Middle East on security issues is highly desirable.
Desirable criteria: Close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training.

Fluency in English and Arabic (spoken and written) is required.

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.
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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.