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This is a FS-6 contract. This kind of contract is known as Field Service. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education. More about FS-6 contracts and their salaries.

Org. Setting and Reporting The United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) was established by Security Council resolution 2476 and is mandated to promote and strengthen political stability and good governance, including the rule of law, preserving, and advancing a peaceful and stable environment, supporting an inclusive inter-Haitian national dialogue, and protecting and promoting human rights in Haiti.

This position is located within the Integrated Security Workforce (ISW) of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) and will be based in Port-au-Prince. The Close Protection Officer reports directly to the Chief Security Officer.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conducts all close protection operations as outlined by the UN close protection policies and guidelines.
  • Gathers and analyzes information relevant to the tactical level of close protection operations, in coordination with the relevant security units.
  • Assist in the preparation of the threat and tactical risk assessment reports recommending close protection specialized mitigating measures based on the threat identified.
  • Implement mitigation strategies to deter or deny any identified threat to preserve the security, safety, and wellbeing of the Senior UN Officials
  • Produce and coordinate his/her unit operational plans, exercises, and review courses of action in conjunction with the assessed threat and in accordance with UN close protection policy, guidance, and standard operating procedures.
  • Establish and deploy close protection teams tactically trained to meet the assessed threat.
  • Ensure that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standards.
  • Within delegated authority, liaise with relevant host country civilian police, law enforcement officials and others, as necessary.
  • Coordinate with other mission security, police components and support services.
  • Accompany the Senior UN Official during official travels and/or coordinate all related security requirements.
  • Prepare regular operational reports with analysis and recommendations.
  • Monitor team equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are supplied, maintained, and deployed.
  • Establish clear lines of authority between members of the Close Protection Unit (CPU).
  • Provide risk briefings to Senior UN Officials and security managers on close protection concerns for the official travels or daily activities.
  • Ensure effective and efficient security coverage for the office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official.
  • Determine equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct close protection training and exercises to ensure that operational readiness and competencies are maintained to UN standards.
  • Supervise the performance of individual team members.
  • Establish a rotational schedule for CPU team members, in and out of the unit.
  • Identify gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment where necessary.
  • Coordinate with the Deputy Chief Security Officer in drafting the Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of unit and team equipment.
  • Provide inputs related to close protection to the mission's budget proposal.
  • Perform other duties as required.

    Competencies Professionalism: Proper implementation of SOPs in accordance with the UN standard for close protection. Ensures that close protection operations are conducted in accordance with UN methodology and standard. Effectively ensures the safety and security of the designated official and other high ranking United Nations staff visiting Haiti, enhances the credibility of the United Nations as an instrument of peace and justice. Shows pride in work and 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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.

Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job - Specific Qualification UN DSS certification in any of the following: UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) or comparable international, national, or commercial recognized accreditation is desirable.

Work Experience A minimum of ten (10) years of work experience with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (five years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.

A minimum two years of experience in close protection management at least at the level of a close protection team leader with a national, private, or international security organization is required.

At least one-year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.

At least five years of experience and exposure of convoy protection in a conflict/post conflict environment is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of Haitian Creole is desirable.

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

Special Notice Fully vaccinated status for COVID-19 or willingness to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may be required for this position.

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.

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.

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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