UN Job Opening
Geneva, Switzerland

Job Code Title:SERGEANT
Department/Office:United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:28 November 2018 – 27 December 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Security-UNOG-106667-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Security and Safety Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva.


Under the supervision of the Chief of Service and Unit Chiefs, the incumbent:
– Coordinates, supervises and manages a team of officers in the exercise of their duties;
– Plans and executes team missions;
– Manages, supervises and is responsible for the security of entrance points, monitoring of persons, guidance and information for delegates and visitors and emergency responses to any situation;
– Manages officers responsible for traffic safety and vehicle screening;
– Manages operations while waiting for the emergency services to arrive;
– Advises staff members and all other persons at UNOG and, if necessary, intervenes proactively to prevent loss, damage or theft;
– Receives complaints, makes initial assessments, takes statements and conducts preliminary investigations in cases of assault, theft, loss or damage and draws up the related reports;
– May be assigned to supervise the monitoring of the movement of people and goods from the Control Operations Centre; advises and informs delegates, visitors and staff members using the available documents and files;
– May be required to answer telephones;
– May be given responsibility for organizing all or part of basic training, refresher training and training of new staff;
– May be given responsibility for issuing identification badges;
– May be given responsibility for the equipment located in the various posts under his or her supervision and for some or all of the Service’s equipment;
– May be required to lead or work as part of a team responsible for monitoring certain events;
– Monitors officers’ attendance, draws up leave schedules and contributes to performance evaluations.


PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrates knowledge of and expertise in applying United Nations security regulations, procedures and practices; demonstrates expertise in the handling of firearms and in first-aid and self-defence techniques; shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of security issues; 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; is committed 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.

JUDGMENT/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. Must hold a valid driving licence.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the police, military or security services of the United Nations or other similar international organization, with preferably three (3) of those years having been spent in a United Nations Security and Safety Service.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English or French and knowledge of the other language is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include a technical assessment exercise, to be taken prior or after the security and safety officers test. This assessment would be composed of two parts – one on security expertise and another one on physical conditions – to be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

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.

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.

The incumbent is required to work irregular shift hours on 24/7 basis. May be required to work extended duty shifts on short notice based on the exigencies of the service.

Internal and external candidates with the required qualifications must pass the written entrance test for United Nations Security and Safety staff. An invitation to sit the test will be sent by e-mail to candidates with the required qualifications.

Weapons handling: The selected candidate must pass a written and practical test in handling the firearms used by United nations security officers within six months of being hired. If the candidate fails this test, his/her contract will not be renewed.

Physical condition: Must be in excellent physical and mental shape. The selected candidate is subject to satisfactory medical clearance that includes a psychological test.

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


Above texts are copied from United Nations Official Web Page (careers.un.org) 
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