Security Officer

United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th March, 2021

Job Description

These positions are located at the United Nations Security and Safety Service (SSS-Vienna), Division for Management (DM), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).
The Security and Safety Service (SSS) is comprised of the Office of the Chief and three Units: Operations, Special Operations and Operations Support.
The Operations Unit consists of the Perimeter Sub-Unit, the Fire Sub-Unit and the Tour Sub-Unit (composed of four Teams).
The Special Operations Unit consists of the Investigations Sub-Unit, the Pass and ID Sub-Unit, and the Special Services Sub-Unit, which is composed of five Teams: Close Protection, Surveillance Detection, Conference Security, Emergency Response and Canine Teams.
The Operations Support Unit consists of the Security Administration Sub-Unit, the Security Risk Management Sub-Unit, the Security Systems Sub-Unit, the Training and Development Sub-Unit and the Safety Sub-Unit.
Under the overall command of the Chief of Service, the Security Officer is required to perform armed security functions and reports directly to the respective Security Sergeant or supervising officer in the assigned working area.


Within limits of the assigned authority, the Security Officer may be responsible for the following duties in the assigned area of work:

  •  Screen all personnel, packages and vehicles entering the Vienna International Centre (VIC) to ensure authorized access.
  •  Operate SSS Vienna physical/electronic security systems and communications systems.
  •  Implement the proper application of SSS Vienna policies, Standard Operational Procedures, post-specific and daily orders.
  •  Provide information and directions to all persons associated with VIC-based organizations.
  •  Provide effective emergency response capability; be alert and respond to any potential or actual breaches of security, unsafe conditions, unusual activity and report these immediately.
  •  Control pedestrian and vehicular traffic; enforce VIC traffic and garage administration rules.
  •  Provide security coverage for UN conferences and special events.
  •  Prepare various routine periodic reports as well as initial incident reports.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.
  •  Maintain a high level of physical fitness.


Professionalism: Has knowledge of United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrates sound judgment in applying United Nations Security policies, procedures and practices and in applying technical expertise to resolve a range of protection issues/problems. Is able to make sound decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required. Resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. 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.

 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.

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.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Additional security or military training is required. Must pass the United Nations Security Officer Test (SOT).


  • At least three years of security experience in the Police, Military or equivalent is required.
  • Experience in all areas of the security operation within the UN Security Service or another International Organization Security Service including investigation, 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 area is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of German is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.


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