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Security guard


Grade: G3  

Vacancy no.: GENEVA/GS/2021/06

Publication date: 12 November 2021
Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 10 December 2021



Job ID: 7066 
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 63142 CHF yearly.


The position is located in the Security Unit within the Department of Internal Services and Administration (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; use of public spaces; and general internal services. The purpose of the Security Unit is to provide, on a rotational shift basis, security services for the protection of staff and material property at ILO headquarters. 


The security guard will aim to provide, on a rotational shift basis, security services for the protection of staff and material property at the ILO. This is an entry-level grade requiring appropriate training and experience. The incumbent will work as a member of the Security Team and will receive instructions from his or her immediate supervisor. He or she will be expected to work according to established schedules, including at night, on weekends and on public holidays.


The incumbent will report to the official responsible for security at headquarters and the Head of Security, who will act as a second-level supervisor.

Specific Duties

1.    Check identity documents presented in exchange for a visitor’s badge in accordance with building and ground access control procedures.

2.    Greet ILO staff, delegates and visitors and provide them with information on such matters as the location of meeting rooms, and reply to telephone enquiries.

3.    Operate surveillance/electronic equipment. Carry out regular patrols to ensure the security of ILO headquarters premises.

4.    In the event of an incident, alert the Security Team and follow first-level emergency health, safety and security procedures. Participate in the suppression of fires and the delivery of first aid if an incident occurs.

5.    Participate in regular training drills focusing on ongoing security procedures and practices, building systems monitoring, and emergency response.

6.    Provide security services during ILO conferences.

7.    Complete required forms and routine and standardized reports and records.

8.    Perform other relevant duties as required.


Required qualifications


The incumbent must have completed secondary school education or equivalent level of education.


Two years of work experience in the field of safety and security. Fire suppression and first-aid certificates are required.


Excellent command of French and a working knowledge of another official ILO language (English or Spanish).


Familiarity with the security and equipment systems and procedures used within the ILO or other United Nations organizations would be an advantage. Ability to understand and follow instructions and work procedures. Observation skills. Cooperation, team spirit and orderliness. Good understanding of the work so that initiative can be shown in the performance of routine tasks. Ability to direct and guide co-workers. Courtesy and tact in dealing with others. Ability to reply in an appropriate manner to work-related enquiries. Ability to use IT tools for data entry and the production of simple reports. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and non‑discriminatory behaviour.


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.