Security Officer, FS5 – Jowhar

  • Full Time
  • Jowhar

Security Officer, FS5 – Jowhar

  • Posting Title: SECURITY OFFICER, FS5
  • Job Code Title: SECURITY OFFICER
  • Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
  • Duty Station: Jowhar
  • Posting Period: 16 September 2022 – 30 September 2022
  • Job Opening Number: 22-Security-UNSOM-185640-F-Jowhar (M)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and based Jowhar.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. Under the overall management of the Principal Security Adviser of UNDSS Integrated Security Workforce, Somalia, the incumbent will report to the Chief Security Officer.


Within delegated authority, the Security Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the Chief Security Officer/Area Security Coordinator/ in the supervision of a Security Unit, as assigned;
  • Develops and monitors the implementation of security contingency plans for a security unit;
  • Assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising UN personnel, project personnel and eligible dependents on security issues;
  • Serves as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
  • Evaluates air, land and sea emergency evacuation capability; conducts evacuation exercises and recommends appropriate action;
  • Determines accessible areas, maintains tracking systems and coordinates a 24-hour Emergency Response System;
  • Assesses the level of security risk for the area of operations;
  • Monitors, conducts or coordinates security operations;
  • Maintains continuing lines of communication with security focal points and other UN or non-UN stake holders;
  • Briefs the CSA/SA/Security Coordination Officer or Deputy CSA/CSO 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 plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary;
  • Maintains office security by conducting physical security inspections of facilities;
  • Assumes responsibility for guard force management; Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, and conducts security surveys of installations and facilities; implements security arrangements;
  • Provides advice and training to UN personnel and eligible dependents on security matters, as assigned;
  • Identifies the training needs of security and mission’s staff;
  • Investigates security-related incidents involving UN personnel, project personnel or eligible dependents;
  • Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation for amendment where necessary;
  • Contributes to the planning process of protective services for Senior UN Officials, as necessary;
  • Drafts Statements of Requirement and provides technical specifications for the procurement of section security equipment;
  • Inspects Security equipment and ensures minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
  • Coordinates issuance of identity cards, background checks and entry controls, as appropriate;
  • Sets up and manages a warden system according to policy;
  • Acts as Duty Officer within the Security Section;
  • Performs other duties as required.

CompetenciesProfessionalism: 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 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.

EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work ExperienceA minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in the military, police, security management or analysis with a military, police or international security management organization is required, including at least two years experience and exposure at the international level and at least one year of experience in a conflict and post conflict environment.

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

AssessmentPreviously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special NoticeThis “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.


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Closing date: 30 September 2022