Security Officer Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: CTG
Closing date: 4 Sep 2021

Overview of position

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships:

The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and

oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the

programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The position is located in the Security and Safety Service (SSS), Department of Safety and Security (DSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Security & Safety Section.

Role objectives


Within delegated authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties:

· Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security management documents related to the PACT III for the ECA compound including all aspects related to elaboration, development, implementation and updating of the documents.

· Establishes and chairs a PACT III security coordination cell, comprised of representatives of SSS and agency SFPs.

· Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies in Ethiopia to ensure maximum security coordination related to PACT III.

· Serves as a member of the United Nations Security Management Team, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the PACT III.

· Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants on potential security problems, such as mines, kidnapping, armed attacks, arrest and detention.

· Maintains an ongoing evaluation of air, land and sea evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, vessels, fuel supply and assessable roads.

· Ensures that PACT III equipment are available on the premises.

· Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities, and incorporate the findings in the PACT III project planning

· Provides advice and training related to PACT III to staff .

· Maintains dialog with all stakeholders (procurement unit, DOA, FMS, ITCS, vendors, etc)

· Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly; arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.

· Investigates accidents involving UN vehicles and prepares report of findings.

· Investigates PACT III project related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependant.

· Assumes responsibility for PACT III project team .

· Maintains protection detail for senior officials as necessary.

Project reporting

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

Chief Security Officer; Security Officers in other UN agencies ;DoA, FMS, ITCS;

Project Managers and other project personnel

Local officials and law enforcement personnel

Results Expected:

Effectively ensures the safety and security of UN staff, UN property, project personnel and eligible dependants in field duty stations; enhances the credibility of the United Nations as an instrument of peace and justice.

Key competencies


· Professionalism: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment. Ability to deal effectively with stress factor when encountered in security management. Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas 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.

· Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in military, police, security management preferably in the police or military context or related area. Of these, at least two (2) years of international experience in managing physical security projects covering multiple subsystems effectively, on time, and on budget, using leading edge software project management tools in a Security Management System in the UN or similar International Organizations is required. Experience in the development, preparation and coordination of projects through large consultative processes involving multiple stakeholders is desirable. Experience working with security and safety services within the United Nations System or other similar international organization is desirable.

Team management

This role has no team management responsibility

Further information


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

How to apply:

Candidates interested in applying for this role need to register on CTG website as a candidate & apply for this role using this link:


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