Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen
Duty Station: SANA'A
Posting Period: 05 September 2018 - 14 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-SESG-YEMEN-103290-J-Sana'a (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Safety and Security Section of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen (OSESG-Yemen) based in Sana’a. The Chief Security Officer reports to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. 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 Chief Security Advisor for Yemen with whom the Chief Security Officer coordinates on all security operations and operational support.


Within the limits delegated authority, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at P-4 level may be responsible for the following duties:

-The CSO advises and assists the Special Envoy on all aspects related to safety and security management, crisis readiness and preparedness for all OSESG personnel, eligible dependents, eligible partners and contractors, resources, assets, facilities, and missions.
-The CSO shall participate in OSESG’s operational planning, providing security advice and information regarding compliance with United Nations security policies, practices and procedures.
-The CSO shall coordinate with the Designated Official (DO), DSS Chief Security Advisor (CSA) in Yemen, Host Government authorities and de facto authorities, other counterparts in and out Yemen for enabling the implementation of SESG’s mandate. The CSO shall maintain a security network of international and national security personnel, through participation in the Security Cell, as established by the CSA, advising the Security Cell on particular concerns of the OSESG and supporting the CSA in managing the UNSMS security arrangements in country as a whole.

-Provide security policy guidance and security management support to the SESG and his/her management team, enabling effective programme planning, implementation and delivery within the framework of all UN security policies and procedures.
-Ensure security mainstreaming into all levels of programme design, implementation and delivery through the substantive monitoring of ongoing and future programmes and missions, providing innovative and proactive support, direction and solutions where required.
-Review the impact of current as well as future potential security factors and trends on OSESG planning, programme design and delivery, as well as the possible impact that programme/mission design might have on the stability and security, ensuring that possible support needs are identified and improvements are implemented.
-Liaise and coordinate activities of partner organizations and counterparts in the planning, preparation and execution of missions, ensuring the safety and security of OSESG’s staff as the highest priority.

2.Security Risk Management
-Conduct threat and risk assessments for OSESG missions, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures, including close protection services for the Special Envoy.
-Assist/provide inputs to UNDSS in preparing a comprehensive threat and risk assessment of the country to include all locations where OSESG staff, dependents and equipment are present or will operate.
-Assist/provide inputs to the Security Management Team through the SESG or delegated authority.
-In coordination with relevant actors, implement security risk management measures as approved by the Designated Official in consultation with the SMT, other specific measures as dictated by OSESG’s own circumstances.

3.Business Continuity
-Work closely with UNDSS to ensure that OSESG procedures conform to the UN security framework.
-Provide inputs and assist UNDSS in establishing, maintaining and updating the country specific security plan and contingency plans in accordance with the UN Security Operations manual and other relevant policy and operational documents.
-See that all OSESG personnel are included in the Security Plan prepared by DSS for the respective duty stations as appropriate.
-Update the OSESG component within the country-specific security plan and contingency plans in accordance with UNDSS directives.
-Train OSESG wardens and follow up on their specific needs accordingly for both international and national staff.
-Provide security related input to the OSESG Business Continuity Plan, in coordination with the DSS CSA.
-Facilitate security clearances for all OSESG staff travelling in areas where required.

4.Minimum Operating Security Standards
-Oversight of OSESG personnel and equipment for MOSS compliance.
-Ensure that OSESG management is briefed on security requirements in order to enable security decisions and ensure that adequate resources are provided to staff members, including but not limited to communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field.
-Establish internal communication systems so that OSESG communications are integrated into the appropriate UN Security Emergency Communications System.
-Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate equipment for security (vehicles, telecommunications equipment, etc.).
-Provide advice on the security of transportation and logistics.
-Provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement, such as curfews, restricted and dangerous areas.
-Coordinate with UNDSS 24-hour response to all security related incidents involving OSESG staff and eligible dependents.
-In coordination with UNDSS and on behalf of the Special Envoy or delegated authority, ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders.

5.Information Management
-Provide timely and accurate security advice to the OSESG management, programme managers, project managers and visiting consultants.
-Immediately report all security -related incidents involving OSESG staff and eligible dependents to the Special Envoy and the Designated Official through the DSS CSA.
-Ensure that OSESG staff members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security-related information generated by UNDSS in a timely and efficient manner.
-In cooperation with the HR unit, maintain updated OSESG staff lists, including details of visiting missions and consultants.
-In coordination with UNDSS, establish cordial relationships with national law enforcement, military and civil intelligence authorities, counterparts in the Diplomatic Missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders.
-Encourage an exchange of information relative to risk management for OSESG programme implementation.
-In coordination with UNDSS, conduct investigations of death of a staff/family member under suspicious and unclear circumstances.
-Participate in inter-agency security coordination efforts.
-As assigned by the Special Envoy, conduct preliminary investigations in cases of breach of UN code of conduct by OSESG staff.

6.Budget Management
-Support mainstreaming of security costs.
-Formulate and manage the annual work plan and related budget.
-Monitor that allotted security funds are budgeted in a timely fashion.
-Ensure that costs and expenditures remain within budgeted and approved limits.

7.Office and Residential Security
-Conduct periodic security assessments of OSESG premises and equipment and advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions.
-Develop and implement office security requirements for regional (regional or sub-) OSESG offices, as required.
-Establish and implement access control mechanisms (visitor/vehicle screening) as necessary for the OSESG offices.
-Represent OSESG security interests in any common premises that OSESG occupies ensuring that staff safety and security are primary considerations.
-Ensure that OSESG premises and international staff residences are MOSS and RSM compliant.

-The CSO will, in consultation with the delegated authority by the Special Envoy, respond to requests from the DO/CSA DSS, to perform UN system related security tasks.
-Any other security related tasks assigned by the Special Envoy or delegated authority.


Core Competencies:

Professionalism: Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police of security specialization; Knowledge, understanding and ability to manage security challenges in post-conflict environment; Capability to appropriately manage multiple and diverse 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.

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

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and 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.

Managerial Competencies:

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 improvement; Does not accept the status quo; Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

Judgement/ Decision-making: 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 impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the 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; Makes tough decisions when necessary.


An advanced university degree (Masters 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 is required. 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. UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, Security Investigation.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years with advanced university degree (nine 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 (5) years of progressively experience in security operations, or in security administration, or similar entities, within a military, police or security organization is required; and
•At least two years of experience in managing multiple and diverse 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 and post-conflict and multicultural environment;
•At least three (3) years of experience in the area of Close-Protection is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic (both oral and written) is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available through 31 December 2018 with possible further extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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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