Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. We support programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) globally, as well as the global Resident Coordinator System and other UN offices in Kenya, by providing Administrative, conference, Security and information services (www.unon.org). The post is located in the Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Security and Safety Service.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Security and Safety Section the incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:
1. Provide leadership to the team by; planning assignments of the members during scheduled shifts; give instructions to the members and ensure that uniforms, communications equipment and other kits necessary for duty are provided; Ensure that posts are properly and effectively manned and duties properly executed.
2. Enforce safety and security in the UN Complex adhering rules and procedures are strictly followed; supervise Control Room duties to ensure that the electronic surveillance equipment is monitored and discuss reports of initial investigation with the Investigator.
3. Co-ordinate activities of the team with the Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief of the section; Make daily reports on events and present periodical reports on all cases which have been investigated; Make recommendations on planning and improvement of security work.
4. Ensure safety and security of equipment and vehicles are in good working order, supervise operations in the event of accidents, both independently and in cooperation with other rescue services or the Nairobi City Council Fire Brigade; prepare reports after incidents; Inspect mail and deliveries entering the Complex; Keep 'bomb alert' plans and instructions up to date; Conduct searches for suspicious items; Conduct preventive searches in cooperation with the specialized services; Liaise with the host country's de-mining services; Respond to requests for assistance requiring First Aid and prepare reports.
5. Delegates appropriate responsibilities and accountabilities and ensures that these are clear to each team member and allocates sufficient time and resources for completion of tasks, regularly monitoring and discussing performance and giving feedback and coaching to team members, acting as a role model, ensuring development and timely training of team and fairly appraises performance of team members.
6. Respond to all general questions concerning security and safety of the UN Complex.
7. Perform other related duties as may be assigned.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Ability to lead and motivate officers under command. 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; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary training in security or military is required.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Eastern Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva.
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressive responsible experience in security operation is required.
At least three (3) years as senior security officer in UN system or similar international organization is required.
At least three (3 ) years experience in the National Police Force or Military Service is required.
Previous service in a supervisory role within United Nations System or similar international organization is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of " confident" in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. The position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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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.
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