Jul 19, 2016

Security Officer , Yemen

Employer: United Nations
Location: Yemen Sana'a
This position is located in United Nations Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. The Security Officer at FS-4 level reports to the Close Protection Coordinator or delegated authority, on all security/close protection issues.Responsibilities

Within limits of delegated authority, the Security Officer, FS-4, may be responsible for the following duties:
• Maintain an Updated list of all staff in the team site, including all the details of visiting mission and consultants.
•Ensure that OSESG staff members are kept informed of matters affecting their safety and security and making appropriate arrangement for briefing newly arrived OSESG Yemen staff.
•Establish security coordination/liaison with the local security authorities, as well as the different factions operating in the AOR. Develop good contacts with national law enforcement agencies, with a view to obtain the best possible protection for staff members deployed in the team site as well as UN staff on mission.
•Assists in the evaluation accessible areas and assist in the coordination of a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
•Assist, prepare and maintain an updated security plan including contingency plans for the team site in accordance with UN security guidelines.
•Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
•Assists senior Officers in briefing to the Chief Security Officer or Close Protection Coordination Officer on the status, activity and requirements of the unit;
•Ensures that fire prevention devices and fire-fighting equipment are available on the premises; Maintains fire evacuation and security response plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary;
•Conducts routine physical security inspections of facilities;
•When delegated, Investigates security-related incidents involving OSESG personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents;
•Assists in planning of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
•Conducts close protection operations for Senior UN Officials;
•Remains with the proximity of the Senior UN Official at all times and implements mitigating measures to preserve his/her security, safety and wellbeing;
•Conducts advance work and implement pre-established security arrangements;
•Whenever necessary, supervises the security drivers in the performance of their assigned duties;
•Assists in Preparing Statements of Requirement related to technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment;
•Monitors Security equipment, ensures maintenance and deployment in accordance with relevant policy;
•Coordinates issuance of identity cards, background checks and access control, as appropriate;
•Sets up and manages a warden system according to policy;
•Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section, if needed;
•Performs other duties as required.
Results Expected:
•Professionally competent close protection operations within the mission, which meets the needs of Senior UN Official and the Close Protection Officer (Team Leader).
•To provide the proper implementation of the SOPs in accordance with the UN standards in close protection.


•Professionalism: knowledge of security management combined with close protection background/knowledge of tactics and techniques and background of military, police or security specialization; knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; able to recognize and appropriately react to threats; ability to effectively deal with stress factor when encountered in close protection operations; 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.
•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
•A valid driver’s license is required
•UNDSS Close Protection Officer Certification (CPOC) is highly desirable (and will be expected for future advancement in this field)
•Recent (within two years) successful completion of an emergency trauma bag certification or equivalent of an first aid certification is desirable
•High standard of physical fitness is desirable
•Training in martial arts and/or specialized security practices is an asset.

Work Experience

•A minimum of six years with high school diploma or equivalent of experience in the military, police or security management is required.
•A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in close protection with a national, private or international security organization is required.
•At least one year experience and exposure at the international level and in a conflict or a post conflict environment is required.
•Experience and proficiency in the use of close protection weapons, communications, surveillance equipment, and vehicles is required;
•Desirable experience: close protection of one or more principals; static and mobile protection; close protection command post operations; close protection response techniques; conduct of close protection training.


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

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