Department of Safety and Security
DSS Nairobi, Kenya
Posting Title: SERGEANT, G5
Job Code Title: SERGEANT
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 14 November 2022 – 13 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Security-DSS-174824-R-Nairobi (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the representative office of the Secretary-General. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference, and information services (link)).
The post is located in the Department of Security and Safety Service (DSS) at the Nairobi duty station. The United Nations Security and Safety Service (SSS) is responsible for providing security to delegates, staff, visiting dignitaries and other visitors.
Under the direct supervision of the Security Lieutenant, the incumbent will perform the following functions: Responsibilities
1. Provide leadership to the Team by: Planning assignments for the team members during particular scheduled shifts. Give daily work instructions to the members of the team. Ensure team members are provided with uniform, communication equipment and other kits for duty. Monitor posts to ensure that they are effectively manned and that duties are properly executed.
2. Conducts daily briefings and assign officers to various functions or posts.
3. Supervises staff and carries out inspections to ensure that officers on duty are discharging their functions appropriately.
4. Examines routine reports prepared by subordinates and certify their accuracy.
5. Assigns cases to investigators, recommending action to be taken; directs sensitive and/or complex investigations.
6. Enforce safety and security in the UN Complex by (a) Ensuring that security and safety rules and procedures are strictly adhered to (b) Supervise control room duties and ensure that the electronic surveillance equipment is properly monitored and discuss reports of initial investigation with the Investigator.
7. Co-ordinate activities of the team through the Lieutenant and Inspector to the Assistant and Deputy Chiefs of the Security and Safety section by making daily reports on events, periodical reports on all investigated cases, make recommendations on improvement of work.
8. Ensure that security equipment and vehicles are in good working order, supervise operations in the event of accidents independently and prepare reports after incidents; Conduct preventive searches in cooperation with the specialized services; Keep plans and instructions up to date and conduct searches for suspicious items.
9. Respond to requests for assistance requiring first aid and general questions concerning the security and safety of the UN Complex
10. Makes recommendations to the supervising Officer on operational matters.
11. Briefs Officers under command of possible security threats and related operational plans.
12. Assumes control of specific areas as assigned during periods of heightened security.
13. Counsels, coaches and mentors Officers under command.
14. Provides input for the performance evaluation of security personnel under command.
15. Prepares written reports of all unusual incidents.
16. Makes recommendations on basic security operation.
17. Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
18. Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
19. Performs all other related duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of United Nations or International Organization Security policies, procedures, and practices. Demonstrates sound judgment in applying International Security policies, procedures, and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. The ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. 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.
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.
Completion of high school diploma or equivalent is required. Supplementary post-secondary school training in security or military with a sound and thorough knowledge of security related matters 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. The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview. 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 Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk or disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of international experience in security management systems is required.
One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area 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. Working knowledge of Kiswahili is desirable. Knowledge of any other UN official languages is desirable.
“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.
This position is funded for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Appointment against this post is on a local basis. External candidates will be considered only when no suitable internal candidate from the duty station is identified. The candidate is responsible for any travel expenses incurred in order to take-up the appointment.
Staff members are subject to the authority of and assignment by the Secretary-General. 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.
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.
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