Close Protection Coordination Officer , South Sudan

Employer: United Nations
Location:  Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan
Closing:  25 March 2015
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Close Protection Coordination Officer at P-3 level reports directly to the Chief Security Adviser through the Deputy Chief Security Adviser, on all close protection operations and related issues”
Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Adviser/Deputy Chief Security Adviser (CSA/DCSA) the Close Protection Coordination Officer at the P-3 level will carry out the following duties:
• Advises the CSA/DCSA or equivalent on close protection operations of the mission;
• Responsible for developing the standard operating procedures and security risk assessments within which the Close Protection Units will deploy;
• Liaises and coordinates close protection operations with Host Country, other mission components (military and police) and other organizations, as necessary, to enable implementation of necessary security arrangements for the security, safety and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials;
• Conducts security risk assessments and monitors threats to the Senior UN Officials in conjunction with the CSA/DCSA; recommends mitigation measures and implementation strategies;
• Coordinates close protection planning in accordance with UN close protection policy, guidance and standard operating procedures;
• Ensures that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards;
• Provides risk briefings to Senior UN Officials and security managers on any close protection concerns for the official travels or daily activities;
• Develops protocols on the security coordination requirements for official travels of Senior UN Officials within the host country or abroad, in conjunction with the CSA/DCSA or equivalent and host country authorities;
• Coordinates close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards;
• Accompanies the Senior UN Officials during travel and/or coordinates all related security arrangements as required;
• Assesses the performance of the Close Protection Units;
• Supervises the Close Protection Detail Leaders / Team Leaders;
• Provide direction and guidance to close protection units, as required;
• Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary;
• In coordination with the Close Protection Officers (Detail Leaders) draft Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment;
• Monitors units’ equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
• Provides inputs related to close protection to the mission’s budget proposal;
• Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of close protection technique 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.
• Judgment and Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in complex situation 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


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security or business administration, political/social science or international relations, with focus on security management.
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent).
• UNDSS Close Protection Supervisor Certification (CPSC) is highly desirable
• UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Program (SCP) and Close Protection Officers Course (CPOC).
• 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 a first aid certification is desirable

Work Experience
• A minimum of five years with advance university degree (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in close protection within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.
• A minimum three years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader within governmental special services, military, police or security organizations (national or international) is required.
• At least two years of experience and exposure at the international level is required.
• At least one year of experience in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
• 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 experience is desirable

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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

United Nations Considerations
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