UN Missions

Security Officer

UN Missions

Job Description

This position is located in the Security Section of the United Nations Mission Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) with duty station in Kabul. Kabul is classified in the "E" category and as a non-family duty station. This Security Officer, FS4 position will be based in Kabul and will directly report to a Security Coordination Officer and or a Senior Level Security Officer that is assigned as a Supervisor of a Unit.


Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Security Coordination Officer (SCO), the Security Officer will carry out the following duties: •Drafts and updates security contingency plans for a security unit͖ ; •Monitors prevailing local security conditions and trends and advises UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues; •Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the Security Plan; •Monitors air, land and sea Emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises; •Assists in the evaluation accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and assists in the coordination of a 24-hour Emergency Response System; •Contributes to security risk assessments 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; •Assist senior Officers in briefing to the PSA/ CSO /Security Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit; •Assists in the management of basic Security Trainings in the Field Office •Contributes to the delivery of security training to security and non-security personnel.

•Assists in Ensuring that all venues and logistics required for security operations as required.

•Provides advice, guidance and support on security related matters affecting UN personnel in mission or field offices, as required.

•Conducts routine physical security inspections of facilities; •Provides advice to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters, as assigned; •Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents; Contributes to the identification of gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary; •Assists in planning of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary; •Prepares Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment; •Assists to Monitor Security equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy; •Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section, if needed; •Performs other duties as required


Professionalism: 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.

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 Diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

UNDSS Security Certification Programme desirable Emergency Trauma Bag (ETB) Operator is desirable Hostage Incident Management is desirable

Work Experience

A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police, security management or Analysis with a military, police or international security management organization is required At least two years experience and exposure at the international level is required.

At least one year of experience in a conflict and post conflict environment is required.


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


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2021. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across Duty Stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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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