Security Officer, Baghdad 479 views



Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

Duty Station: BAGHDAD

Posting Period: 24 March 2020 – 07 April 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Security-UNAMI-133564-F-Baghdad (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Section within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Baghdad. The Security Officer FS-4 reports to the Field Security Coordination Officer on all security operation related matters.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-4, may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the PSA/CSO/Security Coordination Officers in the supervision of a Security Unit, as assigned.
  • Drafts and updates security contingency plans for a security unit.
  • 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.
  • Assists senior Officers in briefing to the PSA/CSO/Security Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit.
  • Ensures 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.
  • Conducts routine 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.
  • Provides advice and training 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.
  • Monitors 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, if needed.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of security management combined with background in military or police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment. Capability to appropriately supervise security units. ability to maintain tracking systems, security clearances and emergency communications. Ability to prepare security advisories and incident reports, and performance of security analyses and assessments for mandated programmes and activities. 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 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.


High School diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

UN DSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme. Security Analysis Practice and Process, Physical Security Training.

Work Experience

A minimum of six 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 of 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 and Arabic is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

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.

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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