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Security Officer (GS-3)



Under the direct supervision of a Security Sergeant and under the overall guidance of the Assistant to the Head of Operations Security, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Preserves order and protects persons and property on OPCW premises. This requires attendance at Control, Defence and de-escalation technique training; awareness and adherence to OPCW Use of Force Policy; the carrying, use, care and maintenance of ASP extendable batons;
  • Carries out 24-hour access control at the OPCW facilities; responsible for screening of visitors, contractors, OPCW staff members, delegates, and other personnel;
  • Maintains a safe and secure environment for OPCW staff members, delegates, contractors, visitors and other personnel;
  • Conducts interior and exterior patrols throughout OPCW premises for the purpose of intercepting unauthorized persons attempting to have gained entry to the premises, reporting all security, fire and safety violations to the Security Control Centre.
  • Provides information and directions to all persons associated with the organization.
  • Controls, identifies and clears pedestrian and vehicular traffic entering and exiting the premises; maintains logbooks and records as required. 
  • Maintains alertness for any potential or actual breaches of security and any disturbances or unusual activity; responds to and reports disturbances, unusual activities or breaches in accordance with procedures.
  • Performs surveillance and security checks on OPCW terrain, facilities and assets;
  • Assists in the safe evacuation of personnel when required to do so;
  • Responds to all other incidents as required. Acts in a proactive manner to ensure safety and security of personnel and assets;
  • Responsible for receipt, screening and recording of documents and packages delivered to OPCW;  
  • Conducts receptionist duties when required, issues and controls badges and keys, maintaining accurate records and logs;
  • Responsible for recording and reporting information in accordance with established procedures, using established tools and technology including database systems, hand-held devices and radio communications.
  • Required to operate security systems and functions at all security posts including security control room, guard houses and other established posts;
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.



Candidates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for consideration for a job as Security Officer:

  • Between the ages of 22 and 35 years at the time of applications. Exceptions may be considered in case of previous extensive security related experience at international organisations or national police service.
  • Excellent physical condition to allow completion of training programmes and performance of required functions.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent Diploma of Secondary education
  • Desirable: Completion of a formal military or civilian police programme.



  • 1 year of relevant security experience.
  • Desirable: At least 2 years’ experience with a civilian police force or three years in a military police force. 
  • First Aid diploma, or ability to obtain a First Aid qualification.
  • Desirable: Previous experience in the security field with an International Organisation


Other requirements:

  • Ability to operate security and communications systems (switchboards, radios, CCTV systems, etc.).
  • Computer literacy must be able to use computer-based application and tools.
  • Must be able to perform and endure rotating shift work and unsociable hours.
  • Wearing of uniform is required.


Core competencies:

  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • 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 & Organising - Develops clear objectives that are consistent with agreed strategies, demonstrates initiative and takes necessary actions, identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required, allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work, produces high quality results in time that meets client needs, foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning, monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary, identifies and tackles problems early, has a systematic, effective and efficient approach to time use
  • Accountability - Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments, delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality, standards, operates in compliance with organisational regulations and rules, supports supervised staff, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments, takes personal responsibility for one's own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable, embodies the OPCW's values and maintains own ethical principles even in the most challenging circumstances, presents oneself as a professional who exemplifies commitment and credibility, follows through and meets personal commitments to others on time
  • Creativity - Actively seeks to improve programmes or services, offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs, promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box", takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things, is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Language Requirements:  Fluency in English is essential and a good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.