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Security Sergeant (GS-5)

Principal Functions

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


    1.   Supervise and manage the 24/7 Security Guard Force:

      1. Supervises security officers and security guards and carries out inspections to ensure that officers and guards on duty are discharging their functions appropriately and in accordance with established practices and procedures;
      2. Conducts daily briefings and assign officers and guards to various functions or posts as required;
      3. Examines routine reports prepared by subordinates, including routine entries to electronic logbooks and reporting systems, and certifies their content, quality, and accuracy. Ensures that necessary reporting regarding tasks is completed on time and as required;
      4. Assists in preparing security plans, including traveling in advance where so required, in relation to special events, missions or conferences;
      5. Makes recommendations to the supervising officer on operational matters;
      6. Briefs officers and guards under command of possible security threats and related operational plans and ensure readiness to respond;
      7. Assumes control of specific areas as assigned during periods of heightened security;
      8. Operates and monitors security posts and systems in OPCW premises as required;
      9. Ensure requests from staff, delegates and visitors received at security posts are responded to or escalated for response from other levels of OCS;
      10. Issue security defensive, restraint and communication equipment;
      11. Counsels, coaches and mentors officers under command;
      12. Carries out the performance evaluation of security personnel under command, takes action to remedy and address under performance;
      13. Prepares written reports of all unusual incidents;
      14. Makes recommendations on basic security operation.


    1. Guard the terrain, perimeter and secure zones of OPCW-premises:

      1. Checking the security management system for any alarms, security-violations and malfunctions, internally, on perimeter security and secure zones;
      2. Respond to and solve any alarm, violation and malfunction generated by the security management system;
      3. Conduct security-checks on perimeter for hazardous situations (fire, malicious acts. etc);
      4. Monitor the perimeter security and secure zones with CCTV system, and respond to any alarm or violation detected via the system or on receipt of information;
      5. Protect staff, delegates and VIP-visitors from any threat or hazar;
      6. Attend and successfully complete required training in control and restraint techniques.


    1. Promote a safe working environment and assist in the evacuation of personnel on the Technical Secretariat as required:

      1. Ensure that the place of work is well maintained, safe, orderly and operational;
      2. Supervise the first response to security and safety incidents on site to ensure personnel safety when required;

      Knowledge and Experience



      High school diploma or equivalent. Additional security or military training is required.


      Education in team leadership roles from a police or military academy.

      Desired Certification(s)

      Security supervisor or security management certifications.



      Minimum of four years’ experience working as a team leader in an operational security context involving security officers armed with defensive or other weapons. Experience in areas of security operations within a physical security service , including physical security, personal protection, strategic and operational planning, fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical and hazardous material response, video imaging badge systems and methods of instruction, or related areas.


      Experience in security operations within a UN physical security context.

      Skills and Abilities (key competencies):

      1. Professionalism:Knowledge of security policies, procedures and practices , preferably including those of the UN security management system. Demonstrated sound judgment in applying security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Ability to lead and motivate officers under command as well as manage and evaluate performance of officers under command. Demonstrated decision-making capacity. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. 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.
      5. 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 organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
      6. 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.
      7. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
      8. Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
      9. 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.

      Managerial Competencies:

      1. Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.
      2. Judgement/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 the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

      Language Requirements

      Language Requirements: For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.