Security Assistant - G-4

from UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Closing date: 16 Oct 2019

Title: Security Assistant

Domain: Security

Position Number: BAG-19-DIR-0002

Organizational Unit: UNESCO Office for Iraq

Duty Station: Erbil

Type of contract: Service Contract (UN Ref. G-4)

Duration of contract: Contingent on the availability of funding

3 months initial contract as probationary period, extendable subject to satisfactory performance and fund availability

Annual salary: USD 22,939.00 (Social Security included)

Deadline (midnight, Baghdad time): 16 October 2019

Overview of the functions of the position

Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq and the direct supervision of the Security Officer, the SC holder with vocational experience in security provides support on matters of safety and security with the ultimate goal of keeping UNESCO personnel and offices in Iraq safe and secure.

The SC holder will be responsible for:

  1. Assess the security situation in the area of responsibility, and prepare security risk assessments and reports on a regular basis or as required;

  2. Build and maintain information/contact networks throughout the area of assignment in order to enhance UNESCO s field security capacity;

  3. Assist in safeguarding UNESCO operations, staff and assets;

  4. Liaise with local authorities, including law enforcement, civil authorities, NGOs, and UN security to obtain and exchange information on security issues;

  5. Maintain address and telephone lists for UNESCO staff based in the area of responsibility. This includes UNESCO staff on mission;

  6. Ensure maps showing the locations of staff residences are regularly updated, and available to all senior management;

  7. Support in providing basic security training on security awareness, preparedness and responses for all staff as part of the induction process to the office;

  8. Assist in the preparation, maintenance and distribution of security guidelines to all staff in relation to security measures, standards and policy.

  9. Maintains a database of all security incidents and completes REPORTS AS REQUIRED;

  10. Keep records of the issuance and return of UNESCO ID cards;

  11. Respond/assist to emergencies/crises that may involve UNESCO operations, staff and assets;

  12. Conduct regular field trips in order to enhance UNESCO s field security capacity;

  13. Assist in or conduct security & safety related investigations;

  14. Performs other security related duties as designated by the Field Security Advisor.


A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:





Results focus

Planning and organizing

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

For detailed information please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework

Required qualifications


· Completed secondary, technical or vocational education in relevant field.

Work Experience

· A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience.

Skills and competencies

· Good interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to draft correspondence and correct documents.

· Good organizational, coordination and filing skills.

· Ability to work as part of a team, to take initiative and to provide quality and timely support and services.

· Discretion and capacity to deal efficiently and tactfully with people of different cultural backgrounds.

· Flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities.

· Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, knowledge of databases, SharePoint, ERP/SAP systems etc.).


· Excellent knowledge of Arabic and English;

Desired qualifications


· Military, Police or National Intelligence background is an asset.


An assessment exercise may be used in the evaluation of candidates.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should complete the attached UNESCO CV with a covering letter in English explaining their interest in the position and forward it electronically to the following e-mail address:

Please indicate the position and vacancy number you are applying for. Incomplete UNESCO CV will not be processed.

Applications can also be received via fax only if internet access is not available to apply online. A completed official UNESCO CV form (available from the UNESCO home page) should be sent to fax number: +962-6-5928456.

Interested and suitable candidates should ensure that their application is submitted on or before 16 October 2019 (midnight, Baghdad time).

Due to the large number of applications received, only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Benefits and entitlements

The candidate shall be offered a Service Contract with a net salary of approximately USD 22,939.00 per annum (Social Security included).

The initial contract is for a probationary period of 3 months renewable subject to satisfactory service; and contingent on the availability of funding;

Other benefits include 2.5 days per month annual leave.

Please note that UNESCO is a no-smoking Organization.