Field Security Officer (P-3)

ICC - International Criminal Court

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Organisational Context

Field Offices are time-bound and scalable staging posts for the Court’s operations in the situation countries, offering office space, vehicular support for missions and communications material and tools. They are also a source of information for Headquarters in terms of socio-political and security developments in the situation countries. Field Offices develop and maintain relationships with key partners on the ground in order to assist various Court actors in the execution of their roles in the field.

Field Offices are organisationally located in the Division of External Operations (the “DEO”) of the Registry and the Field Security Officer reports directly to the Chief of Field Office.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within this framework, and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Provide advice to the Chief of Field Office on the security and safety risks faced by the Court, its personnel, assets, premises and activities in the area of operation;
  • Prepare, and implement when applicable, security Standard Operating Procedures and Emergency Plans and provide input for the planning and conduct of field missions;
  • Provide weekly reports related to the security situation within the country to the Chief of Field Office, or ad hoc reports in case of particular event.
  • Manage the security activities in support of ICC operations; Monitor the security situation across the country and provide independent analysis of emerging security threats to the field office personnel, premises and assets;
  • Provide advice, security training and briefings to all personnel in the Field Office and on mission in the area of operation;
  • Monitor travel authorisations and security clearance procedures,
  • Participate, coordinate and/or undertake security risk assessments within their area of responsibility as required in support of ICC operations;Liaise with Field Security Coordinator at Headquarters for substantive assistance and guidance;
  • Liaise with security partners on the ground and collect and maintain updated security information;
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Essential Qualifications


An advanced university degree in security management, public or business administration, social sciences or international relations, with focus on security management, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of five years (seven years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience, including experience working in a police, military or other government related security service, preferably in a leadership position. Practical experience in planning and security operation, preferably in national or international setting, is highly desirable. Relevant training and professional accreditation in areas such as field security and information security is considered an asset.

Knowledge, technical skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of security and safety policies and risk management strategies relevant for the operations of the Court;
  • Demonstrated managerial skills, including personnel and budget management;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to deliver prompt and efficient services to clients, while ensuring that high quality standards are met; and
  • Professional and personal integrity

Knowledge of languages

Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other would be considered an asset. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese and Spanish) would be considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies

Dedication to the mission and values

  • Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation;
  • Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity;
  • Shows commitment to the organisation;
  • Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.


  • Applies professional and technical expertise;
  • Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
  • Produces workable solutions to a range of problems;


  • Listens, consults and communicates proactively;
  • Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy;
  • Recognises and rewards the contribution of others;

Learning and developing

  • Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
  • Learns from successes and failures;
  • Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness;
  • Seeks opportunities for improvement of work;
  • Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.

Handling uncertain situations

  • Adapts to changing circumstances;
  • Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;
  • Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances;
  • Manages time effectively.


  • Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
  • Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact;
  • Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.

Realising objectives

  • Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm;
  • Keeps to agreements with others;
  • Focuses on client needs;
  • Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people;
  • Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

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