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Security Guard


Grade: G3  

Vacancy no.: GENEVA/GS/2019/11

Publication date: 05 August 2019
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 04 September 2019



Job ID: 1558 
Department: INTSERV 
Organization Unit: SECURITY 
Location: Geneva   
Contract type: Fixed Term 


The recruitment process for General Service positions is subject to local recruitment regulations and Article 4.3 of the ILO Staff Regulations. The ILO may only offer a contract to persons who have a valid residency status in Switzerland or who currently reside in neighbouring France.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • Other staff members with at least five years of continuous service with the Office are also eligible. They are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration at the screening and evaluation stage. 
  • External candidates *


The ILO values diversity among its staff. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to


Applicants may be tested to assess skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and/or PowerPoint, or other skills. In addition to any interview or testing that may be requested of candidates, successful completion of the Assessment Centre is required for external candidates.


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. The entry level salary for this position is 62888 CHF yearly.


The position is located in the Security Unit of the Internal Services and Administration Department (INTSERV). INTSERV is part of the Management and Reform Portfolio and is responsible for the general management of facilities, property and inventory; safety and security; printing, publishing and distribution; diplomatic privileges; travel and transport; the use of public spaces; and general internal services. The purpose of the Security Unit is the delivery, on a rotational shift basis, of security services for safeguarding the human and physical assets of the ILO at headquarters.


The incumbent will be required to provide, on a rotational shift basis, security services for safeguarding the human and physical assets of the ILO. This is an entry-level grade requiring training and experience. The incumbent will work as a member of the security team and will receive instructions from his or her immediate supervisor. The incumbent will be expected to work according to established schedules, including night and weekend work and during public holidays.



The incumbent will report to the official responsible for security at headquarters and the Head of Security, who will be their second-level manager.



  1. Check documentation in exchange for entrance passes for admission of visitors in accordance with building and ground access control procedures.
  2. Greet and provide information on locations of meeting rooms etc. to ILO staff, delegates and visitors and reply to telephone inquiries.
  3. Operate closed circuit video/electronic equipment. Undertake regular surveillance ‘rounds’ to ensure the security of the premises of ILO headquarters.
  4. Alert the security team and follow first-level emergency health, safety and security procedures in response to incidents. Ensure fire suppression and first-aid intervention in case of incidents.
  5. Participate in regular training drills focusing on ongoing security procedures and practices, building systems monitoring and emergency responses.
  6. Provide security services during ILO conferences.
  7. Complete required forms and routine and standardized reports and records.
  8. Perform other duties as required.


Required qualifications

Completion of secondary school education or equivalent.


Two years of professional experience in a security capacity. Fire suppression and first-aid certificates required.


Good knowledge of one of the Organization’s official languages (English, French or Spanish) and basic knowledge of a second.


In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires: 

Familiarity with the security and equipment systems and procedures used within the ILO or other UN organization security environment would be considered an advantage. Ability to understand and follow instructions and work procedures. Observation skills. Cooperation, team spirit and orderliness. Good understanding of the work to take initiatives in getting routine tasks accomplished.  Ability to provide direction and guidance to co-workers. Courtesy and tact in dealing with others. Ability to reply in an appropriate manner to inquiries. Ability to use computer for data entry and producing simple reports. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


Evaluation (which may include one or several written tests and a pre-interview competency-based assessment centre) and the interviews will tentatively take place during the 1 to 3 months following the application deadline. Candidates are requested to ensure their availability should they be short listed for further consideration.


Fraud warning


The ILO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process whether at the application, interview, processing or training stage. Messages originating from a non ILO e-mail account - - should be disregarded. In addition, the ILO does not require or need to know any information relating to the bank account details of applicants.