MINUSMA - Bamako, Mali

Department/Office:United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station:BAMAKO
Posting Period:12 March 2018 – 10 April 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Safety-MINUSMA-94194-R-Bamako (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission for Stabilization in Mali (MINUSMA), based in Bamako. Under the overall supervision of the Principal Security Advisor, the Fire Safety Officer at FS-6 level reports to the Deputy Principal Security Advisor (DPSA) for Operations for all issues related to the fire safety.


Within limits of delegated authority, the Fire Safety Officer at FS-6 level may be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Fire Safety Officers)

•Assist the PSA/CSO/Chief of Admin and Support in the establishment and planning process of and for a structural fire service including mobile elements as required for the field mission;
•Assist the PSA/CSO/Chief of Admin and Support in the management of all aspects or supervises a Fire Unit and/or performs Officer in charge functions for a medium scale fire service;
•Establishes and maintains productive liaison with authorities of host government fire, disaster relief and emergency service;
•Ensures the establishment and effective management of a 24/7 Fire Service, capable of controlling fire incidents, HAZMAT spills, car accidents and other emergency situations;
•Drafts the Fire Safety Plan and Emergency Evacuation plan; coordinates and Supervises drills and training sessions;
•Provides supervision, monitoring and coordination in accordance with the Fire Safety plan and Emergency Evacuation plan;
Ensures the coordination of fire safety issues with MINUSMA facilities mission’s personnel, host country authorities and MINUSMA management;.
•Conducts and/or coordinates professional fire safety risk assessment and fire safety inspections; reports all shortcomings and supervises the timely rectification of such;
•Conducts technical assessments/evaluations of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (FDAS)
•Drafts specifications for all equipment and devices, including FDAS and personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as: protective clothing, Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) incl. filling compressors and testing devices), Fire extinguishers,hoses and nozzles, portable, immobile and fixed pumps, rescue equipment, etc., as well as fire service vehicles and provides for the
maintenance of their continuous full state of readiness
•Plans static installations and systems such as: FDAS standpipes, water supply, hydrant systems, extinguishing systems, spill basins, construction components ( for fire partition), lightning protection, explosion proof installation, smoke extraction systems, public address, systems, etc. and drafts technical specifications thereof.
•Establish, maintains and supervises a functional Fire Warden System;
•Conducts fire safety awareness briefing and training for mission’s staff and other
UN personnel
•Conducts fire prevention, suppression and rescue training for unit’s personnel as part 
of Fire Safety plan;
•Plans and supervises facilities evacuation / fire drill rehearsals at least twice a year;
•Actively leads fire/emergency intervention activities;
•Coordinates and conducts specialized (advanced) training on fire safety;
•Supervises inspection and maintenance of all systems, installations and devices within 
the area of responsibility;
•Performs other fire safety and/or emergency response related duties as may be directed by the PSA/CSO/Chief of Admin and Support

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Head of Field Mission and other UN personnel in Headquarters and field missions 
• Directors/Chiefs of Mission Support
• Project Managers and other project personnel
• Fire Safety Officers in other UN bodies
• Local fire safety officials
• Fire safety officers of other national and international organizations


• Professionalism:
Excellent knowledge in the field of fire & rescue, fire and rescue command, fire safety enforcement combined with a solid background in either a Municipal Fire Brigade or Fire Safety Planning/Enforcement or directly related field; well-developed ability to identify fire safety hazards, evaluate the risks and subsequently determine effective and reasonable risk management measures; capability to develop, implement, manage and coordinate fire safety risk management programmes, concepts, systems and efforts;Candidates must be medically and physically fit for use of breathing apparatus; shows pride in his/ her 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. Strong research skills, including the ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources. 

• 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; Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decisions, even when such decisions ay not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

• Technological Awareness: 
Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


• High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required. Certificates for Technical Fire Protection, Fire Service Leadership, Fire Safety Inspection, Technical Rescue Operations, Hazardous Materials (advanced) and use and maintenance of Breathing Apparatus are highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field). Certificate for technical and tactical Instruction including self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) is an asset.

Work Experience

• A minimum of ten years of experience with high school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate (five years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in a public fire service is required; of which
• A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in a position of a Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Chief or Incident Commander is required; and
• At least one years experience and exposure at the international level in a fire safety position is required; 
• At least one year of experience in a conflict or a post conflict environment is desirable;
• Experience in training of Fire Officers, in fire prevention and suppression tactics and techniques, and the operation of fire vehicles is desirable;


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position (s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English and French is required.


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

Special Notice

Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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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