18 Dec 2017

Close Protection Officer , South Sudan

Location: Juba South Sudan
Deadline: 29 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Security-UNMISS-90313-F-Juba (M)

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) with duty station in Juba, in the Security and Safety Section. The Close Protection Officer at FS-5 level reports to the Team Leader, on all close protection issues.


Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Principal Security Adviser (PSA) the Close Protection Officer at the FS-5 level will carry out the following duties:

•Provides supervision to a close protection team to conduct close protection operations for a Senior UN Official;
•Provides advice on operational requirements within the mandated area of operations and the time of assignment;
•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;
•Conducts close protection operations;
•Accompanies the Senior UN Official during official travels and coordinates all related security requirements;
•Reports to the Close Protection Officer (Team Leader) on official moves of the Senior UN Official;
•Within delegated authority, liaises with relevant security focal points and briefs members of the CP Team;
•Prior to initiating a deployment, coordinates with representatives of mission units or departments on issues of the location, current threat and political climate and assesses, plans, coordinates and executes close protection operations;
•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 Coordination Officer
•Provides guidance on changes that might occur whilst on duty;
•Deploys CP officers, in advance, for official moves to ensure implementation of security arrangements;
•De-briefs CP Officers and assesses each move upon conclusion;
•Contributes to the forecasting, planning and executing security training for his/her team and liaises with other UN Missions to keep abreast with current training methods;
•Maintains the qualification records and ensures that security officers are certified according with the UN standards;
•Contributes to supervise the performance of Close Protection Officers, Close Protection Drivers;
•Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment;
•Monitors team equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are supplied, maintained and deployed;
•Assists the Close Protection Officer (Team Leader) or equivalent in drafting the Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment.
•Determines equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements;
•Performs any 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.

•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.

•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.


A high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of eight (8) years with high school diploma or equivalent of progressively responsible 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. A minimum two 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 desirable. 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 desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English language is required.Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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