Deputy Chief Security Officer, Africa

Employer: United Nations
Location: Mogadishu,Somalia
Closing:  5 October 2015

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) at the Mogadishu duty station. The Deputy Chief Security Officer reports directly to the Chief Security Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Deputy Chief of Security may be responsible for the following duties:
• In conjunction with the Chief of Security, reviews and monitors activities related to preparation of security plans for the geographic area, including all aspects related to elaboration, development and updating of the plan and, if necessary, its implementation.
• Performs as the Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Chief of the Security Section from the Duty Station area and serves as the senior supervisor;
• Establishes lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies to ensure maximum security coordination.
• Serves as a member of the area security management team, contributing to planning, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations.
• Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising UN staff, project personnel and dependants to follow appropriate preventative steps.
• Establishes air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of aircraft, vessels, railways, vehicles, fuel supply, assessable roads, ports and airfields.
• Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions.
• Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.
• Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependants on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.
• Establishes and maintains dialog with local authorities and international institutions such as Red Cross/Red Crescent for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters.
• Ensures availability of emergency communications by making periodic checks to determine if system is functioning properly. Arranges for necessary repairs or adjustments.
• Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security-related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependants.
• Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned.
• Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP’s as necessary.
• Conducts and supervises security training in such subjects as the security management system, responsibilities of Area Coordinators and Wardens and personal security awareness.
- Any other duties as necessary.


• Professionalism: Knowledge of security management combined with solid background of military or other security specialization and some political and social knowledge of country of assignment; Ability to deal effectively with stress factor when encountered in security management; Ability to apply technical skills to understand and consolidate the varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management; 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.
• Communication: 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; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: Empowers others to translate vision into results; Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.
• Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
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.


Advanced university degree, advanced police academy degree or equivalent (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in military, police, security management preferably in the police or military context or related area. International exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organizations desirable.


English and French are the official languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal interview.

How To Apply:
Apply Online, go to : Deputy Chief Security Officer