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Security Officer, Addis Ababa
Security Officer, FS-5
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: United Nations Office to the African Union
Remuneration: Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.

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


Under the direct supervision of the P-3 Security Officer of the UN integrated office in Addis Ababa, who shall perform as Chief Security Officer, the FS-5 Security Officer shall have the primary responsibility of supervising security services comprising pass and identification, training and investigations. The incumbent serves as a member of the office Security Unit, and shall be responsible for the following duties: Execute responsibilities for security services (pass and identification, training and investigations) with regard to the security of personnel employed by the office, their eligible dependants and their property; supervise all aspects of pass and identification control for all office staff and visitors; supervise one national Security Assistant, when assigned to pass and identification duties, or in support of other duties assigned to the FS-5 Security Officer; as directed by the Chief Security Officer, assist the FS-6 Security Officer by serving as 24/7 guard force supervisor in close coordination with the commercial service provider; as directed by the Chief Security Officer, undertake security risk assessments for all office locations where personnel of the office are present and facilitate the implementation of recommended mitigating measures and conduct security surveys of residential areas and premises; assist the Chief Security Officer in preparing, maintaining and updating the office-specific security plan, contingency plans and security listings of personnel employed by the office and their recognized dependants; conduct briefings for personnel employed by the office and their recognized dependants upon initial arrival, provide local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment and ensure such personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their security; ensure the appropriate level of confidentiality is maintained with regard to security matters; as directed by the Chief Security Officer, have primary responsibility for conducting investigations on any incident, accident, loss, theft or damage of equipment owned by the office involving office staff members; report to the Chief Security Officer all instances of failure or non-compliance with security policies, practices and procedures; and perform any other official duties as may be directed by the Chief Security Officer.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the UN Security Management System and the UN Security Risk Management process; proven ability to identify and analyze security threats that may impact upon the integrated office activities; demonstrated ability to manage access control operations; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; 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. Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities where necessary; 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. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Completion of relevant training in military or police procedures and practices. Other security-related training/certification is an asset.

Work Experience
At least 8 years of work experience in security, military and/or police fields. At least 3 years of work experience in the UN is desirable. Previous UN field experience and knowledge in the areas of staff security is required. Previous experience in management of security personnel is required.

Fluency in spoken and written English or French; knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage and sometimes a requirement. Fluency in the local language may be essential.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Because applications submitted by United Nations (UN) staff members are considered first, provided the eligibility requirements set out in ST/AI/2006/3 are met and the application is submitted in a timely fashion, staff members should apply within 15-day or 30-day mark.

Online applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please go to “My UN” page and check the status of your application by clicking on “View Application History”, and resubmit the application, if necessary.
To start the application process, applicants are required to register by opening a "My UN" account. Go to Login, and Register as a User. Fill in the form and choose a User Name and Password.

After opening the account, applicants may apply for vacancies using the Personal History Profile (PHP) provided. Once the PHP has been completed for a particular vacancy, it can be saved and used for future applications. The PHP may be up-dated, when necessary, for future applications.

In completing the PHP, please note that all fields marked with an asterisk must be completed.

UN staff members must submit scanned copies of their two latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) reports at the time of application to the appropriate Human Resources Office (HRO)/Personnel Office (PO) to the email address below, clearly indicating the vacancy announcement number. In case you have no access to the digitizing equipment, please submit hard copies of the two latest PAS reports to the relevant HRO/PO via fax.

E-mail: staffing@un.org,

Fax: 1-212-963-2800
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, if you encounter problems when applying.

Vacancy: Security Officer, Addis Ababa