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Field Security Assistant [Temporary]
United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)
G-4 General Support Temporary Locallly Recruited
Job Expired 10 Oct 2023
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position in located in the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), Tindouf. The Field Security Assistant reports to the Security Officer on all
security related matters.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Field Security Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:
• Assist in Supervision of contracted security personnel in the performance of security duties and responsibilities including; physical security of the premises, access control, first aid procedures, use of equipment and operation of automated alarm and closed-circuit television
surveillance system;
• Maintain and periodically update inventory for all security equipment, record and report any
loss or damage that may occur.
• Conduct regular internal compound patrols and carry out inspection of security equipment
and vital installations and submit reports.
• Liaise with United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programs security focal points, Algerian Gendarmerie, Saharawi Protection Agency and, when necessary, local authorities, to ensure coordinated and secure movement of UN convoys during field missions and other authorized
travel within the area of responsibility.
• Carry out inspection of fire equipment and report on expiry status.
• Monitor and verify daily attendance of security guards and submit periodic reports as
• Monitor staff observance of security measures instituted from time to time and report noncompliance
• Report occurrence of all incidents, secure scene of incident, investigate and prepare preliminary report on findings
• Support Security Officer in coordinating support at site of incident and management of events during situations of emergency nature.
• Assist in managing Radio Room, including acting as duty officer, conducting Radio Check and responding to emergency calls.
• Assist in the coordination of Warden duties and activation of the system.
• Monitor security situation and trend of events and assist in updating Security Risk Management and Area Security Plan.
• Assist in preparation and conducting of security briefings, arranging venue for Security Cell, Area Security Management Team and related meetings.
• Assist in preparation of daily reports.
• 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.
• Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.
• Perform any other duties as will be assigned by Security Officer and Area Security Coordinator from time to time.


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. 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.

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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational certificate is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of three (03) years of relevant experience in the security field (military, police, prisons, reputable private security company or position with similar responsibilities in an organization) is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to two (2) for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher.

Experience with the United Nations or an international security management organization is desirable.

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 position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

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 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.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

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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