Job Title: Close Protection Officer Team Leader, FS5
Employer: United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Posting Period: 24 April 2020 – 23 May 2020
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the United Nations Verification Mission (UNVMC) in Colombia. The Close Protection Officer at FS-5 level will act as Team Leader of the Close Protection Cell.
The Close Protection Cells Team Leader reports to the Chief Security Adviser through the Deputy Chief Security Adviser, on all Protective Service issues.
Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Deputy Chief Security Adviser (DCSA) the Close Protection Officer at the FS-5 level will carry out the following duties as the Protective Service Unit´s (PSU) Team Leader:
Reports to the DCSA on official moves of the Senior UN Official (SUNO);
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 SUNO;
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 SUNO;
Ensures that continued effectiveness of the PSU remains in relation to the changes of the local threat level; Conducts Security Liaison Officer´s operations;
Accompanies the SUNO during official travels and coordinates all related security requirements;
Within delegated authority, liaises with relevant security focal points and briefs members of the PSU;
Prior to initiating a deployment, coordinates with representatives of mission units or departments on issues of the location, as well as public forces, on the current threat and political climate and assesses, plans, coordinates and executes Security Liaison Officer´s operations;
Conducts pre-deployment briefings with the Security Liaison Officers (SLO) and coordinates with the staff in the office of the SUNO under the DSCA supervision;
Provides guidance on changes that might occur whilst on duty;
De-briefs SLOs 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 to the UN standards;
Contributes to supervise the performance of all UN Personnel of the PSU (Close Protection Officers and Drivers)
Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes a recommendation for amendment;
Monitors team equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are supplied, maintained and deployed;
As for PSU Team Leader and as required, drafts 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.
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.
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 a 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
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things
from the clients' point of view
Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and
Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems
Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to the client
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.
Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
Empowers others to translate vision into results
Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
Drives for change and improvements
Does not accept the status quo
Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
A high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required. Completion of an international, national or commercial Close Protection training is desirable; training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is desirable.
A minimum of 8 years with a high school diploma or equivalent of responsible experience in the military, police, or security management is required.
Close protection of one or more principals; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; and conduct of close protection training is desirable.
A minimum of 5 years of responsible experience in close protection with a national, private, or international security organization is required.
Experience and proficiency in the use of weapons, surveillance equipment, and vehicles are required.
Work experience in the United Nations Common System or similar entities is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and Spanish (both oral and written) is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.
This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer if selected.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving a 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offense or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offenses may not be considered for employment.
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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