UN Offices

Security Officer (3 Posts)

UN Offices

Job Description


These 3 vacant positions are located in the Security and Safety Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).


Under the supervision of the Chief of Unit or Security Lieutenant, the incumbent: - Carries out security and safety tasks, including the enforcement of access control regulations on vehicles and pedestrians, the surveillance of the premises and the response to incidents and accidents. In this regard, operates Security Screening, and handles security and safety surveillance and detection equipment. - Provides information and directions to all persons associated with the organization. - Maintains alertness for any potential or actual breaches of security and any disturbances or unusual activity, and reports these immediately. - Controls the circulation and parking of vehicles, reports violations and prepares accident reports. - Drafts reports on all incidents, accidents or irregularities. - In the absence of a Sergeant or Senior Security Officer, or when required due to the needs of the service, coordinates the work of a team of security officers by ensuring their proper uniformity and the adequate discharge of their duties. - Assists with evacuations and takes action until the specialized Emergency services arrive, in the case of fires, bomb threats, elevator breakdowns or other incidents. - Takes part in fire and safety prevention by implementing the measures set out in the safety rules and instructions, including safety patrols, both during and outside normal working hours. - Intervenes in case of fire by using existing fire extinguishing equipment in accordance to standard procedures. - Conducts mobile and foot patrols of the UNOG premises and Annexes locations. - May be assigned for temporary deployment to external security assignments including field missions. - May be assigned to other units of the service as required. - All duties are performed in uniform, although the officer may be asked to perform his/her duties in civilian clothes for the close protection unit.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of computers and office techniques. Must have a level of physical fitness to enable discharge of assigned duties with due diligence and effectiveness. 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 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 the 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; builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; 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.


High school diploma or equivalent. Must hold a valid driving licence.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience in police or military service is required. Experience in the Security Services of the United Nations system or other international organizations is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN secretariat. For the posts advertised, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other language is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) is desirable.


Written entrance examination for security and safety officers. Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a technical assessment exercise, which may be taken prior to the security and safety officers test, to be followed by a competency-based interview. Candidates will be required to pass a physical fitness test.

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions. These positions are subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Candidates from Schengen area may be exceptionally considered for these positions. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. These posts are subject to funding availability. Vacancies at G1-G4 levels are open to both internal and external candidates, including staff members on temporary appointments. However, priority consideration will be given to existing serving staff members. New external candidates will only be considered when a serving staff member holding a Permanent, Continuing, Fixed-Term or Temporary Appointment at the time of application cannot be identified. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. Internal and external candidates with the required qualifications must pass the written entrance test for United Nations security and safety staff. An invitation to sit the test will be sent by e-mail to candidates who meet the required qualifications. Physical condition: must be in excellent physical and mental shape. The selected candidates are subject to satisfactory medical clearance that includes a psychological test.

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 offence 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 offences 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. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. 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. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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