Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station: BAMAKO; GAO;
Posting Period: 11 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Security-MINUSMA-97527-F- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) duty station Bamako and Gao.The Chief Security Officer (CSO) reports through the Principal Security Adviser (PSA) to the Designated Official. The incumbent shall be accountable and responsible for all operations related to the security and safety of MINUSMA personnel, eligible dependents and properties at the duty station in accordance with the terms outlined in the Reference. The CSO is responsible to the PSA to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the MINUSMA Security Section. As the Deputy PSA, the incumbent is also responsible to support the PSA in ensuring the safety, security and well-being of the United Nations in Mali. He / She will undertake the PSA's responsibilities when the PSA is not in-country.


Summary of Main Functions:

The CSO is to undertake all security management functions for MINUSMA, in relation to the United Nations Security Management System, and will execute his/her security responsibilities to enable/facilitate the delivery of MINUSMA programs and activities, whilst ensuring the safety and security of MINUSMA personnel. Under the general direction of the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security (USG UNDSS) and the Designated Official (DO) for Mali, the incumbent, through the PSA, will also serve as Deputy Principal Security Advisor (DPSA).

This includes responsibilities in regard to the safety, security and well-being of all United Nations personnel and their dependents, while enabling effective operations in the field. The CSO shall perform his/her specific duties relating to the MINUSMA Mission and will formally assist and support the PSA in the efficient discharge of his/her duties and detailed responsibilities.

These duties include:

•Budget Preparation by the Mission in relation to the security component of the Mission’s budget estimates,

•Recruitment, deployment and performance management of Mission security personnel;

•Application of career management framework to the Mission’s safety and security workforce;

•Training and associated budget requirements for the Missions safety and security workforce;

•Serve as primary advisor to the Mission on all aspects of safety and security management, cross utilization of security assets, crisis readiness and preparedness that affect civilian staff members, dependents, their facilities, assets and operations of the Mission, and

•Application of the United Nations Security Management System policy to the Mission.

The CSO’s duties and responsibilities also include the direct support of the PSA in that:

•Supervising all Units within the Security Section in the efficient discharge of their duties;

•Participates in the Security Coordination Cell so that all security officers working for different UN and affiliated organizations at the duty station, including mission appointed security officers, are working together to further inter-agency security coordination;

•Assist the PSA in the country-specific threat and risk assessment process with particular emphasis on the introduction of a risk management methodology that is fully integrated with programming and operations, including the implementation of risk mitigation measures;

•Oversees the collection, interpretation and analysis of security information, as it pertains to the security of UN system staff and operations, including identification of problems and emerging trends and the establishment of country-specific early-warning systems;

•Ensures that security considerations are integrated into the mission country level programs and operational planning, program/project designs and delivery modalities, including required security management and response capabilities and resources;

• Maintains continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions;

•Responsible for premises and residence related assessments and measures, including developing and implementing the Residential Security Measures (RSM) and promoting understanding and support for security requirements, standards and procedures;

•Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, conducts security surveys of installations and facilities;

•Oversees adherence to security policies and procedures including preparation, maintenance and updating of country-specific security and contingency plans; supervises compliance and implementation of security standards;

•Oversees establishment of 24-hour response mechanisms to security-related incidents involving UN staff and oversees establishment/maintenance of fully functional emergency communications system.

•Maintains liaison with various mission components and specialized Agencies, Programs and Funds, international organizations, relevant government agencies as well as embassies and NGOs;

•Establishes and maintains liaison with national law enforcement agencies;

•Ensures that PSA is kept regularly updated in a timely manner on security developments and that required reporting is competed in a timely and efficient manner;

• Establishes procedures for and conducts investigations on all deaths and all accidents / incidents in which mission staff have been victim of a crime;

•Directs an in-country security training program ensuring that all staff members employed by the Mission and their dependents receive local security training as required;

•Arrange protection details for senior personnel or visiting VIP as necessary;

•Assumes responsibility for guard force management and issuance of Identification cards;

• Compiles and maintains updated staff lists that include all personnel, including visiting missions and consultants;

• Follow up on arrests of staff members;

• Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment and evacuation plans;

•Undertakes any other duties assigned by PSA.


Excellent knowledge of security management, combined with solid background of military, police or 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.

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.


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

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment or related field is required, of which, at least five (5) years should be at the leadership level. At least two (2) years of experience managing security operations and implementing organizational mandated security protocols, in a conflict, post conflict or a volatile environment, is required. Experience with security related contingency planning and crisis management is desirable. A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in a peacekeeping environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English and French is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an informal discussion.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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