United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC)
Org. Setting and Reporting
These positions are located in Ocaña, Tibú, Barrancabermeja, Inírida, Buenaventura, Arauca and Yopal, Colombia with the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia (UNVMC) as part of the UNDSS Security Integrated Workforce (ISW). The Field Security Assistant (FSA) reports to the Field Security Coordinator Officer (FSCO) and assists in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for the United Nations Personnel, United Nations Premises and Assets of the Organizations of United Nations in the region of assignment.
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Field Security Assistant (FSA) may be responsible for performing the following duties:
-Controls the opening, closure, and entry into buildings to ensure security of the Mission premises and issues building entry passes as appropriate.
-Manages all aspects of the administration and work of security guards and watchmen.
-Ensures that routine patrols and/or sector patrols are conducted to check security of buildings, personnel, equipment, and adherence to rules and regulations.
-Receives, records, and appropriately takes action based on information received through all communication means.
-Monitors and controls communications network to ensure security and discipline.
-Monitors adherence to computer and information security guidelines.
-Conducts security surveys of offices and other Mission facilities.
-Obtains comprehensive security information and produces background papers relating to incidents that affect safety and security in the Mission.
-Instructs personnel in the performance of security services, including fire control and physical security of the premises, first aid procedures, use of equipment and operation of automated alarm and video surveillance system.
-Liaises where necessary with designated host government security, safety, and emergency officials.
-Liaises and exchanges security related information with all components of the mission and other UN agencies in the area.
-Conducts threat assessments and site surveys.
-Prepares and provides security briefings, written security advice and recommendations to the Mission hierarchy.
-Produces incident-based security and travel advisories.
-Assists in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating UN Personnel, as well reporting and preparing security incidents affecting UN Personnel, offices, and assets, such as the Security Incident Report, the Security Assessments, and the Quarterly Incident Report, and notify your immediate supervisor of urgent events that arise, and follow up with the corresponding authorities when requested by the FSCO.
-Support the FSCO in the preparation of VIP visits and missions as required.
-Maintains regular contacts with Security Wardens and Focal Points of the Organizations of United Nations in the region of assignment.
-Communicates information on security to the Organizations of United Nations and provides host country security advice to UNDSS in the absence of the Field Security Coordinator Officer (FSCO) as required.
-Helps to establish the means to monitor that all UNVMC policies are applied and followed thoroughly across all processes, including adherence to UNVMC code of conduct and ethics, and integrates a gender-sensitive approach in all functions.
-Performs other related 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.
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.
Job – Specific Qualification
A valid driver’s license is desirable.
Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is desirable.
Training in military or police procedures and practices, and self-defense techniques is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible security experience with local, national or private police, security, fire brigade organization or any related field of work is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to three (3) years for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher.
Experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the positions advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required.
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 may be followed by an informal interview.
• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• As per the Staff Rule 4.4 if a serving staff member in the General Service (GS) or National Professional Officer (NPO) category applies and gets selected for a temporary job opening in another duty station, the GS or NPO staff member would have to be separated and reappointed on a temporary appointment since a lien cannot be maintained on their parent position. The expenses related to the movement of a GS or NPO are not covered by the Organization.
• 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.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff, as per the Secretary General´s Gender Parity Strategy. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. #United_for_Gender_Parity
• Candidates interested to work for the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia may wish to check out our Realistic Job Preview videos to get an idea of the living and working conditions in different duty stations in Colombia.: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-8SCkVjg-e3073SwTDG1VQf1oLTWfUQ4
• 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.
Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.
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