Security Officer, Pristina, Kosovo

UNMIK - United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo




Department/Office: United Nations Mission in Kosovo

Duty Station: PRISTINA

Posting Period: 15 November 2022 – 14 December 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNMIK-195312-R-Pristina (M)

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

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the field mission of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Under the overall supervision of the United Nations Department of Security and Safety (UNDSS) Security Advisor/UNMIK Chief Security Officer (SA/CSO), the Security Officer, FS-5, reports to the Deputy Chief Security Officer (DCSO), as assigned.


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

  • Development, maintenance, timely update, and dissemination of Security Risk Management (SRM) process in compliance with the UNDSS Security Policy Manual (SPM) to all relevant clients, with analysis and assessment based on the applicable threat categories.
  • Monitors and reports events, activities, incidents pertaining to the safety and security of UN personnel and their eligible dependents at the duty station.
  • Prepares timely reports, updates, and dissemination of Security Management Team (SMT) minutes, Daily/Weekly/Flash situation reports, including situational analysis and briefing notes to the UNMIK Senior Management Meetings (SMM).
  • Prepares and ensures that all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Security Plans, as well as input to the mandatory Quarterly Activity Reports (QAR) are updated and disseminated to all relevant clients.
  • Prepares, reviews and updates Personal Security Risk Assessments (PSRAs) for a Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG)/ Designated Official (DO) and any visiting Senior United Nations Officials (SUNOs).
  • Monitors and ensures that UN personnel are in compliance with travel advisories and security clearance procedures and maintains a tracking system.
  • Maintains good contacts and relations with other security officials and interlocutors of the UN system in Kosovo, International Organizations, and Local Authorities including National Security Focal Point (NSFP) with a view to obtaining information for the best possible protection of personnel employed by the UNSMS and their eligible dependents.
  • As and when required, prepares, and provides SA/CSO briefings for the DO/SMT/Senior Mission Management, on any significant incident/event, emergency with situational analysis, assessments, and recommendations.

  • Prepares SMT and Security Cell meetings and relevant documents (agenda, power-point presentation, minutes of meeting) and its dissemination prior to and after as and when required.
  • Supervises a 24/7 Security Operations Centre (SOC) and coordinates security operations and emergency response as required.
  • Develops situational awareness and security information on known and anticipated risks, issuing security advisories, alerts, and warnings to the UNSMS.
  • Assists the Fire Marshal on fire evacuation plan, fire drills and training as required.
  • Assists the guard force management and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements as and when required.
  • Assists in the investigation of any security-related incidents involving UN personnel, eligible dependents, as and when required.
  • Inspects security equipment and in accordance with Security Risk Management (SRM) policies ensures compliance with the current security standards and procedures.
  • Assists with the issuance of identity and access cards, background checks and entry control, as appropriate.
  • Assists in the implementation and updating of the warden system at the duty station.
  • Performs other duties as tasked by the SA/CSO and DCSO.


Professionalism: Knowledge of security management, combined with background in military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post conflict environment; Capability to appropriately supervise security units; 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.

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 & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust 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; use time efficiently.


High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate. The following UNDSS certifications are required: 1. Security Certification Program (SCP) 2. Security Analysis Practice and Process (SAPP).

Work Experience

A minimum of eight years with high school diploma of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required.

A minimum two years of experience in security operations centers or similar within a military, police or security organization is required.

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

Experience in security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, security administration, security logistics in a post-conflict environment, security staffing in post-conflict and multicultural environment are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

The appointment or assignment and renewal thereofare subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

No Fee


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