Sep 16, 2016

Field Security Officer , Yemen

Employer:International Organization for Migration
Location: Yemen
Closing date: 28 Sep 2016

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, One year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : 28 September 2016

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, the following candidates are considered as first-tier candidates:

1. Internal candidates

2. Qualified applicants from the following NMS countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Bahamas, Botswana, Belize, Cabo Verde, Czech

Republic, Djibouti, Micronesia (Federated States of), Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Iceland, Cambodia, Comoros, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Libya, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Maldives, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, El Salvador, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, United Republic of Tanzania, Holy See, Saint Vincent and

the Grenadines, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Vanuatu, Samoa


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and in close collaboration with the Staff Security Unit (SSU) at Headquarters (HQs) and in Manila, and the Programme Managers in Yemen, the successful candidate will be accountable and responsible for all security and safety matters related directly or indirectly to all IOM personnel and property in Yemen. S/he will rationally and successfully manage the IOM Yemen Security Unit, implement appropriate safety and security management procedures that will effectively address staff safety and the protection of IOM assets.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Collaborate, coordinate and establish networks with other international organizations, government security services and agencies working in the security management field, ensuring appropriate lines of communications relating to all aspects of staff security and safety are established and well maintained.

Provide advice, technical support and assistance to the CoM, Heads of Sub-Offices, Programme and Project Managers and when required and possible, collaborate with other offices in the region regarding safety/ security matters that will impact IOM's operations and programmes. Provide relevant technical and strategic analysis on potential threats/ risks to staff/

programmes and ensure that appropriate safety/ security information is disseminated to the sub-offices/ staff members.

Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) - in Yemen, and a comprehensive working knowledge of the present IOM/ UNDSS Memorandum of Understanding, related to the various security protocols stipulated in this agreement, including the teamwork of Accountability of the UN Security Management System Minimum Operation Security Standards (MOSS), Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS) and the UNDSS Security Policy Manual requirements. This will include complete working knowledge of various UNDSS security plans, evacuation/emergency in place in the mission, and ensuring that IOM staff are familiar with these plans.

Participate constructively in the DSS led security cell weekly meetings and brief IOM Yemen

Chief of Mission immediately after that.

Attend the weekly UN Senior Management Team meetings as an observer.

Manage the IOM Security Unit, ensuring a team approach and coach, train, and monitor the LAS. Ensuring reciprocal professional growth and organizational support. Conduct security assessments / evaluations, monitor regional security threats/trends, in collaboration with the SSU that will enable comprehensive threat/risk analyses, and further offer appropriate recommendations in conjunction with the design and implement of IOM specific, mission evacuation /emergency security plans.

Review and monitor the level of MOSS and MORSS compliance in the various IOM offices in

Yemen and effectively address all non-compliance findings.

Develop and provide safety/security briefings for IOM staff deployed to and travelling within the Mission, and as required briefings for non-IOM staff involved in IOM programme implementation. Ensure and coordinate timely UNDSS briefings for all staff deployed to the Mission. Ensure regular updating of staff riot their contacts. Coordinate travel security for the Mission relating to all IOM operations, including medical evacuations, and international staff travel within and from/to Yemen also in relation to current DSS international staff ceiling allocations.

Assess and facilitate the provision of an adequate duty of care and security support to the service provider network currently utilized by the IOM, Yemen programmes in the field. Provide suggestions and recommendations regarding the service provider network, related to operational security procedures.

Ensure all relevant safety/security information is disseminated in a timely manner to the IOM Programme's staff and to the extent possible the programme's service providers. Coordinate of staff transportation arrangements outside working hours. Ensure curfew observance and warden communication arrangements and updates for international and national staff.

Conduct as required security assessments/evaluations/threat/risk analysis (both tactical and strategic) for IOM programmes in Yemen, and offer appropriate mitigation recommendations. Specifically, the Field Security Officer will:

• Conduct these assessments in accordance with present programme and mission Security Risk Assessment (SRA) reports. The programme assessments should review the justification for programme activities, identify programme 'criticality', and what programmes may require enhanced security support.

• Conduct regular document reviews of extant security plans and policies and update and edit or improve as required.

• Conduct a joint threat/vulnerability/risk analysis with stakeholders and produce a draft document for SSU review; update regularly to respond to new or emerging threats.

• Conduct regular physical security surveys of facilities and staff residences.

• Conduct an initial security training needs assessment and regular needs assessments for new and emerging threats.

• Identify various levels of risk (risk matrix) and potential mitigation measures within the concept of IOM's country mission risk management strategies.

• Prepare a consolidated Security Risk Assessment document for the IOM YSI programme in


• Collaborate as required with SSU and the mission UNDSS regarding all aspects of threat/risk analysis.

• Develop staff training plan including an introductory security briefing for all new hires taking into account all of the foregoing. Monitor staff training needs and certificates.

Assist in the design and implementation of IOM security-related strategies, mission specific security Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) and establish a concrete course of action for their implementation.

Prepare mission-specific training activities, seminars, briefings; coordinating staff participation; managing administrative, logistic and budgetary issues (where applicable); ensuring security training is carried out professionally. Design training for offices training personnel, drivers, and monitor performance and adherence to security standards.

Liaise with SSU and UNDSS on all security-related training matters, in efforts to ensure that IOM’s training procedures and policies conform to the required training standards to the extent possible.

Investigate security breaches/incidents in Yemen, working closely with local authorities in efforts to ensure IOM staff, its assets and interests are protected and appropriate and corrective measure taken.

Report security matters directly to the COM and the SSU; liaise with various security services (police, military) and UN agencies security focal points regarding safety/security issues. Liaise with IOM's Head of Staff Safety/Security Unit, regarding relevant security matters.

Closely monitor and report on staff deployment number (slots) established for the mission by the UN Designated Official (DO) during emergencies, in coordination with the Security Management Team (SMT) and UNDSS, in efforts to ensure that security clearance procedures are applied fairly vis a vis all of the agencies working under the UNDSS Security Management System.

Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Security Management, Social Sciences, Law Enforcement, International Studies, Communications or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


• Extensive military experience, law enforcement, Disaster (Risk) Management, or alternatively a combination of relevant security training and field experience;

• Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions;

• Proven ability to discern and uphold the programmatic interest, status and safety of the mission at all times;

• Proven ability to collaborate with senior military and government counterparts;

• Demonstrated ability to manage a high degree of rational behaviour and decision making at all times irrespective of the gravity of the security environment;

• Familiarity with the Middle East context and previous working experience in the region an advantage;

• Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations highly desirable;

• Must have a valid driver’s license and previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;

• Planning and Organizing - plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism - displays mastery of subject matter;

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;

• Technological Awareness - displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization - works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 28 September 2016 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 15.09.2016 to 28.09.2016

Requisition: VN 2016/191 (P) - Field Security Officer (P3) - Sana'a, Yemen (54855401) Released

Posting: Posting NC54860268 (54860268) Released