Security Officer, Baghdad, Iraq At United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

Closing date: Sunday, 23 April 2023



Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

Duty Station: BAGHDAD

Posting Period: 10 April 2023 – 24 April 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Security-UNAMI-206170-F-Baghdad (M)

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

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). Under the overall supervision of the Principal Security Advisor and Deputy Principal Security Adviser/CSO, the Security Officer FS-5 reports to Area Security Advisor (ASA) Central Region.


Within delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-5, may be responsible for the following duties:

  •  Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit;
  •  Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel, and eligible dependents on security issues;
  •  Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to the implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
  •  Ensures the Area of responsibility is feasibly equipped for staff relocation and evacuation staging area accordingly.
  •  Evaluates air, land, and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
  •  Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems, and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
  •  Assesses the level of security risk for the area of operations;
  •  Monitors, conducts, or coordinates security operations in consultation with the Area Security Adviser;
  •  Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stakeholders;
  •  Briefs the Deputy Security Advisor and CSO or PSA 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;
  •  Maintains office security by conducting 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;
  •  Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
  •  Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel, or eligible dependents;
  •  Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes a recommendation for amendment where necessary;
  •  Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
  •  Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of security section equipment;
  •  Inspects 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;
  •  Performs other 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. 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  •  Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; 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

EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.

Job – Specific QualificationCompletion of the UNDSS Security Certification Program is desirable. Training in Physical Security related training, hostile surveillance detection related training, technology related to physical security, or IED/EDD related training is desirable.

Work ExperienceA minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or international security management organization is required, At least two years’ experience and exposure on the international level is required. At least one year of experience in conflict or post conflict environment is required. Experience in Physical Security, Guard Force, CCTV coverage in private sector or UN is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required.

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

Special NoticeThis “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 and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording 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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