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Security Liaison Officer GS-4, Gaza (JO237455)

Closing date20 Jul 2024
LocationGaza, occupied Palestinian territory
External URL https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/237455?language=en

Org. Setting and Reporting

UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change. If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you. Under the overall supervision of the Senior Field Security Officer, the Security Liaison Officer will be directly reporting and responsible to the Field Security Officer


Protective Services Operations: – Conducts close protection (CP) operations for a Senior UN Official; – Remains within the proximity of the Senior UN Official at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing; – Remains vigilant and alert in case of threat to the Senior UN Official; – Maintains effective and efficient security coverage for the working office and personal residence of the Senior UN Official; – Conducts protective services operations as outlined in the UN and UNRWA close protection policies and guidelines; – Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements; – Contributes to pre-deployment briefings; – Performs tasks as security driver, as and when appropriate. Administrative and training requirements: – Operates all close protection equipment to ensure equipment readiness; – Assists in training sessions on close protection subjects to keep abreast with current tactics and techniques; – Whenever necessary, supervises the designated UNRWA drivers in the performance of their assigned duties; – Contributes to making determination of equipment, facility and supply needs based on operational requirements. Coordination of CP activities: – Coordinates activities with relevant parties to include the Security Operations Room and other appropriate security actors as required; – Coordinates with local authorities during close protection operations.


UN Core Values oflntegrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default. Default managerial competencies may apply. Adapting and Responding to Change Coping with Pressure and Setbacks Relating and Networking Leading and Supervising Applying Technical Expertise Excellent knowledge of close protection tactics and techniques combined with a solid background of military, police or other security specialization; Ability to recognize and appropriately react to threats; Ability to effectively deal with stress factors when encountered in close protection operations; Strong writing and verbal skills; Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve the set goals; Identifies the key issues in complex situation of close protection operations and demonstrated capability of rapid decision-making in emergencies (with little margin of error); Excellent standard of punctuality and dependability; Ability to develop clear goals and prioritize activities; monitors and adjusts plans and uses time efficiently; Strong presentation skills and an ability to deliver information as required; Good technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, weapons and other sophisticated devices encountered in personal protection operations; Behaves in a professional manner at all times. For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI


Successful completion of secondary/ high school certificate/ diploma.

Job – Specific Qualification

UNDSS Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC) is desirable. Current UN Certification in firearms is desirable.

Work Experience

At least three years of professional work experience in close protection is required. Two years of relevant work experience and exposure at the international level in a conflict or post conflict environment is required. Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA and outside the country(s) of citizenship is required. UNDSS Revised Close Protection Officer Certification (RCPOC) (and will be expected for future advancement in this field). is desirable Comparable international, national, or commercial close protection accreditation is desirable. Recent (within the last two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of first-aid certification is desirable. High standard of physical fitness is desirable. Close protection of one or more principals, static and mobile protection, close protection command post operations, close protection response techniques, conduct of close protection training is desirable. Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is an asset and is desirable. Knowledge and understanding of Middle Eastern culture is desirable.


Excellent command of written and spoken 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

Type of Contract and duration: 2 years, with the possibility of further extension. This is an internationally recruited opportunity. the incumbent may be entitled to a range of international benefits and allowances, such as dependency allowances, education grant and home leave. May be required to carry firearms and use force according to UN Use of Force Policy. The incumbent is required to be clean, neat and appropriately attired when on duty. Possession of a valid driving license. Gaza is a non-family duty station. Applicants have to complete the Personal History Profile (PHP) in Inspira in order to be considered. The PHP should be completed with full relevant work experience as per the requirements in the Job Opening, in order to be considered. NB: work experience alone or formal qualifications with no relevant work experience are not considered an acceptable combination. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for a temporary appointment to the same post or a similar post. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities. Join our eco-friendly organization dedicated to environment sustainability and targeting to be plastic free by 2025. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit: https://www.unrwa.org.

United Nations Considerations

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA and to assignment by him or her. UNRWA is committed to achieving gender parity at all levels of staffing under the current UN-wide gender agenda and strongly encourages applications from qualified applicants from under-represented groups. At UNRWA, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. UNRWA is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. UNRWA Considerations UNRWA staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence, neutrality, impartiality and integrity. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNRWA jobs. Candidates will not be considered for employment with UNRWA 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. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. The Agency may disqualify applicants who have separated for reason of misconduct, who left a UN Agency while misconduct processes were pending, or who appear on the UN Sanctions List. UNRWA is a non-smoking work environment. 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


How to apply

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

The link to browse the JO is: https://careers.un.org/jobSearchDescription/237455?language=en


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