Chief Security Officer , Somalia

Employer: United Nations
Location: Somalia
Closing: 12 August 2016
Job Opening Number: 63679

This position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). The Chief Security Officer (CSO) at P-5 level reports to the Director, UNSOS. The technical line of communication for all security operations coordination is maintained with the UN Department of Safety and Security, Peacekeeping Operations and Support Section through the Principal Security Adviser (PSA).


Within limits of delegated authority, the Chief Security Officer at P-5 level may be responsible for, but not limited to the following duties:

• The Chief Security Officer reports to and advises the Director on all mission security-related matters and participates in discussions and development of security policies and procedures;
• Supervises the Security Section units focused on security operations to include: the Security Operations Centre (SOC), Protection Services, the Plans and Operations Unit, and the Area/State Security Offices;
• Participates in the Security Cell for the development of security policies and procedures;
• Coordinates effectiveness of security and contingency plans for the field mission, in all areas where United Nations personnel, AFPs and other individuals covered by the UN Security Management System are present;
• Contributes to security risk assessments for all locations in the mission area where personnel are present, and actively participate in the planning and evaluation of the effectiveness of the country security plans and other aspects of security operations;
• Reviews and monitors activities related to the mission security program and mission security plans. Identifies evacuation requirements to be used in emergencies;
• Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying potential threats and advising on the appropriate preventative steps;
• Compiles and maintains an updated staff list which includes all mission personnel, including visiting UN personnel and consultants. Provides training and advice to mission personnel on MORSS, as well as determine the need for such resources;
• Approves security risk assessments; Assigns responsibilities, coordinates and monitors implementation of recommended mitigating measures;
• Establishes lines of communication and meets regularly with Senior Civilian Staff, Force Commander, Police Commissioner, their delegated authorities, other UN personnel and Host Government authorities to plan and review security related matters;
• Establishes MOSS and MORSS requirements at the mission level; Coordinates with other mission’s departments in determining and recommending such resources;
• Reviews and submits reports and security analysis to UN senior or security managers on security threats and trends in the area of responsibility; Acts as a primary focal point for security information flow on issues of assignment;
• Establishes and maintains dialogue with UN focal points, local authorities and international organizations for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters and during mass casualty incidents; coordinates emergency and crisis situations response;
• Establishes air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, coordinates evacuation exercises recommending necessary infrastructure in coordination with the Mission Support departments; Assesses evacuation resources availability;
• Establishes and coordinates an efficient 24-hour Emergency Response System (ERS); Coordinates with Agencies, Funds and Programs operating in the area of responsibility of the field missions;
• Supervises, coordinates and assigns investigation tasks for violation of security matters, illegal activities, accidents/incidents, complaints and allegations of misconduct, in which UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents may be involved;
• Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; Coordinates implementation of security arrangements by the guard force management, as recommended by the security risk assessment;
• Coordinates development of Principal Security Risk Assessments and implementation of recommended mitigating measures; assigns protective services for United Nations personnel or visiting VIPs as necessary;
• Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility;
• Assesses and addresses the training needs of security and mission’s personnel; coordinates and contributes to the personal security awareness;
• Oversees all human resources related matters, ensures the Security Section is properly staffed and stays up to date with all relevant human resources rules and regulations;
• Annually, prepares the Budget for the Security Section including the outputs and performance reports for timely submission to the mission management;
• Approves Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment and undertakes direct supervision of the private security company providing unarmed security services to the mission;
• Monitors Security Section equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
• Coordinates issuance and renewal of identity cards, background checks;
• Develops and maintains a warden system in accordance with relevant policy;
• Obtains, studies and implements all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN);
• Performs other duties as needed.


Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in conflict and post-conflict environments; ability to appropriately manage multiple and divers security units; 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; always acts ethically and with integrity; provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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 the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills in managing a security operation. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing

Judgment and Decision-making:
Ability to make quick decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required; identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; takes tough decisions when necessary.Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent such as a Senior Command and Staff qualification) in Security Management or Business Administration, Political/Social Science or International Relations, with focus on Security Management;
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience in military, police or security management may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
• A first-level university degree may be substituted with a diploma and/or certification resulting in an appointment as commissioned officer from a national police or military academy, in combination with two years of qualifying experience in military or police at the rank of a commissioned officer (i.e. Lieutenant / Inspector or equivalent);
• UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management.

Work Experience

• A minimum of ten years with advanced university degree (twelve years with a first-level university degree) of progressively responsible experience in the military, police or security management is required; of which
• At least five years of progressive experience in coordinating security operations, or in security administration, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
• At least two years of experience in managing multiple and divers military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment is required; and
• At least one year experience and exposure at the international level is required;
• Desirable experience: management of security units in a multi-cultural environment, security planning, security operations, security risk assessment, standard operating procedures, physical security, coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies, emergency communication system, crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment, security staffing in a conflict or post-conflict and multicultural environment.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this particular position, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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