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20 Dec 2020

Security Officer

Job Description

Job Family

Job Opening Number
20-Security-UNMISS-146629-R- (M)

Staffing Exercise


Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) of Safety and Security Section, Juba and Bentiu. Juba and Bentiu are both classified as an “E” hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. Under the overall supervision of the Principal Security Advisor (PSA), the Security Officer FS-5 reports to the Security Coordination Officer, on all security operations and related matters .


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the Chief Security Officer / Field Security Coordination Officer/ Security Officers in the office management procedures and/or supervise a Security Unit as needed;
  • Develops and monitors the implantation of security contingency plans for a security unit;
  • Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, projects personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;
  • Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
  • Evaluates emergency evacuation capability, conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action:
  • Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
  • Assesses the level of security risk for the area of operations- Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
  • Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
  • Briefs the CSO/ Field Security Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
  • Ensure that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises; Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary;
  • Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities;
  • Assumes responsibility for guard force management; Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements;
  • Provide advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters, as assigned;
  • Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
  • Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents;
  • 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 purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
  • Coordinates issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate;
  • Sets up and manages a warden system according to policy;
  • Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section
  • Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately supervise security units; 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of peace operations.

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 and 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.


High school or equivalent diploma is required. Technical or vocational certificate in military or police procedures and practices.
UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset:

  • Security Certification Program
  •  Security Analysis Practice and Process
  •  Hostage Incident Management
  •  Close Protection Officers Course
  •  Security Investigation.
  •  Emergency Trauma Bag certification

Work Experience

  • A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required;
    of which at least one-year experience and exposure international level in a conflict/post conflict is required.
  • Proven experience in residential and physical security measures is required
  • Experience in security planning, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures in conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The UNMISS is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its workforce. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: 15 January 2021

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