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These positions are located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) with duty station in Kabul. The Fire Safety Assistants, at the GL-3 level will report to the Fire Safety Officer through the Fire Safety Assistant, on all issues related to fire safety services and operations within the UNAMA compound in Kabul.


Within delegated authority, the Fire Safety Assistants at the GL3 level, will carry out the following duties:

  •  Routinely patrols the field mission compounds and offices to identify fire and safety hazards and ensure that alarm systems are in working condition.
  •  Assists in inspecting and testing fire-fighting equipment, hydrant systems, hose reels and foam inlets and portable fire extinguishers.
  •  Ensures that all fire-fighting equipment are in their locations and precautionary signs and notices are in place and not removed.
  •  Ensures that used fire extinguishers are recharged, all fire/exit doors are not locked or obstructed, making regular inspection of all emergency exit doors, routes, walkways, and other passageways safe and free of obstruction at all times.
  •  Assists in the scheduling, preparation, and implementation of training drills.
  •  Participates in responding immediately to fires, rescue operations, or other emergencies including undertaking evacuation of persons and property.
  •  Assists in investigating fire hazards as required for further reporting as necessary.
  •  Responds to fire incidents / accidents, fight fire and bring the fire incident/accident to successful conclusion.
  •  Ensures the operational functionality of all electronic and manual fire-fighting apparatus mounted in the fire tender.
  •  Conducts basic fire prevention and suppression training for unit’s personnel as part of the Fire Safety Plan; Coordinates training in the field of fire safety; Advises colleagues.
  •  Maintains accurate records on all above and monitors compliance with the Fire Safety Plan as well as with HC regulations.
  •  Performs any other fire-safety related functions as may be directed by the Fire Safety Officer and or the Fire Safety Assistant.


Professionalism: 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. 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. Communication Skills: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 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.


High school diploma or equivalent technical or vocational certificate is required.

Job – Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

As per the approved special measure for UNAMA, a minimum of two (2) years relevant experience in security related work including military, police, security, or fire-fighting duties combined with experience in UN security operation or on-the-job training or experience in (i) Personal Protection, (ii) Firefighting; (iii) and Defensive Driving is required. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to zero (0) for candidates who possess a first-level university degree or higher in military, police or fire services. A minimum of two (02) years progressively responsible experience of working in the fire safety unit or similar units within an international organization is required. Prior experience of working in the any unit with functions related to fire services within any Afghan local entity is desirable. Knowledge of security rules, regulations, and procedures of UN including fire safety and first aid procedures, as well as standard security and safety procedures is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Pashto or Dari languages is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include Competency Based Interview and other assessment methods.

Special Notice

These positions are subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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