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Job Opening
Job Title:

Department/ Office:

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period:
3 November 2010-31 December 2010

Job Opening number:
10-SEC-dss dsss sss ny-16957-R-NEW YORK
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS), Department of Safety and Security (DSS). The Security Sergeant reports directly to the Security Lieutenant or supervising officer under the overall direction of the Chief of SSS.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Security and Safety Services in New York, the Security Sergeant will be responsible for the following duties: (1) Conducts daily briefings and assign officers to various functions or posts; (2) Supervises staff and carries out inspections to ensure that officers on duty are discharging their functions appropriately; (3) Examines routine reports prepared by subordinates and certify their accuracy; (4) Assigns cases to investigators, recommending action to be taken; directs
sensitive and/or complex investigations; (5) Assists in preparing security plans, including traveling in advance, during trips of the Secretary-General or during visits of Heads of States; (6) Makes recommendations to the supervising officer on operational matters; (7) Briefs officers under command of possible security threats and related operational plans; (8) Assumes control of specific areas as assigned during periods of heightened security; (9) Counsels, coaches and mentors officers under command; provides input for the performance evaluation of security personnel under command; (10) Prepares written reports of all unusual incidents; (11) Makes recommendations on basic security operation; (12) Performs all other related duties as required. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: All duties are performed in uniform; however, at times the officer may be required to perform duties in civilian clothes. The officer is required to maintain valid host country licenses, including, but not limited to, pistol and vehicle operator licenses. Officers are required to meet all UN firearms qualification standards. Officers are required to have completed all mandatory training programs.


Professionalism: Knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and
practices; demonstrated sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems; ability to lead and motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate performance of officers under command; ability to work effectively with clients; 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 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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflict by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent, and police and/or military training required.

Work Experience

Nine (9) years of experience in all areas of the security operation within the UN Security Service, including investigation, physical security, personal protection, strategic and operational planning, fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical and hazardous material response, video imaging badge systems, methods of instruction or related area.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Assessment Method

A written assessment test will be administered to eligible applicants and a competency based interview conducted to short-listed candidates.

Special Notice

This is a locally based position. External applicants will be considered only if suitable internal applicants are not identified. Applicants must pass the Security Officers entry-level requirements.

No Fee


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