Security Specialist

UNOPS, Mogadishu, Somalia

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th February, 2019

Job Description

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Cluster

The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Head of Cluster is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations. It is headed by the Head of Cluster who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.


United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.

UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.

Background Information - Job-specific

Somalia Mine Action supports mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) clearance activities, awareness programming, contamination survey and coordination for mine action activities throughout Somalia. Somalia Mine Action works closely with other UN Agencies, local communities and humanitarian and development actors to ensure a sustainable and effective response to explosive contamination in Somalia, with priority on improving the lives of people living in affected communities, and ensuring national capacity development for a long-term solution to the problem.

Functional Responsibilities

The Security Specialist will work under the guidance and supervision of the UNMAS Somalia Head of Security and will function as his/her deputy. As such, the position is responsible for providing effective and efficient security services to enable the safe conduct of local programmes and operations. The incumbent promotes compliance and client-oriented approach consistent with UNOPS rules and regulations and UN Security Management System regulations. In the absence of the Head of Security, he/she works closely with and advises Programme Management and personnel to plan for and resolve security related issues.

Summary of Key Functions

  • Advisory and technical
  • Operations
  • Staff Development
  • Team management
  • Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

Advisory and Technical

  • Advise the Head of Office, Operations Manager and all Project Managers on all safety and security related matters including the planning and implementation of projects.
  • In line with the UN Security Management System methodology, policies, and procedures develop, as required, security risk assessments outlining potential threats, risks levels and recommended mitigation strategies for office and project operations, taking into consideration relevant and existing assessments;
  • Provide technical advisory and oversight services to ensure that safety and security is a core component of all programmes at the duty station and that appropriate funding is provided based on actual needs.


  • Maintain close relations with UNDSS and assist UNDSS in performing their overall coordination role providing information and support on issues related to UNMAS.
  • Together with the Head of Security, develop, adapt, and implement security policies, protocols and procedures for local conditions, consistent with UN security frameworks.
  • Support the Head of Security in the prepare an annual security work plan including the budget for all aspects of office security including full compliance with UN security management policies, procedures and guidelines; including:
  • Security plan
  • Implementation of mandatory security mitigation measures
  • RSM
  • Security Safety
  • Revise and update the office Business Continuity Plan from a Security and Safety perspective.
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of personnel and their dependents, information and related to UNMAS offices, residences, project sites, focal points, and the warden system for the implementation of the office/operation’s security plan.
  • Review security arrangements for all operations, maintaining relevant instructions, such as security and evacuation plans for ready access by all parties.
  • Ensure the smooth and efficient evacuation of UNMAS staff members, designated personnel, and dependants, managing the implementation of UNDSS and UNMAS evacuation and extrication policies, and assuming leadership in the case of declaration of evacuation.
  • Coordinate personnel when responding to emergencies and alarms.
  • Develop a mechanism for reporting all security-related incidents that may have an impact on UNMAS projects or programmes.
  • Liaise with and update regularly the UNMAS Chief of Security on the security situation, submitting periodic reports on security issues and performance.
  • Brief all-new project managers on security concern specific to their projects.
  • Perform security assessments, both routine and exceptional, as required, to ensure optimal safety standards are in place for staff travelling across the area of operation.
  • Maintain accurate multi-sourced country records on current and projected security issues (assessments, security plans, etc.) and brief necessary staff across the region when required.
  • Monitor and facilitate staff adherence to, and compliance with, the various UNDSS advisories, in particular: directions related to warden systems; mandatory mitigation measures); residential security management (RSM), etc.
  • Determine, manage and account for the use of security equipment including secure communications equipment.
  • Analyze data to form proposals for improvements (e.g. the implementation of new technology);
  • Plan and coordinate security operations for specific events and visits.
  • Manage and perform daily monitoring, taking necessary action when required, and generate reports as needed.
  • Manage the inspection of the main office, facilities, residential compounds, as well as field offices and compounds, providing guidance and procedures for achieving full compliance with the mandatory mitigation measures and RSM compliance.
  • Ensure that appropriate and effective coordination is maintained with other UN security personnel and other regional security services to facilitate the seamless implementation of the security arrangements across the respective business unit/office.
  • Liaise with the local government security organizations to gather and assess information on security and safety matters that might affect UNMAS personnel and programmes located in various areas in the country and provide analysis of security-related information obtained.
  • Escort UNMAS staff during field mission as and when required.

Staff Development

  • Support in the delivery staff development and training programs for UNMAS and other agency personnel, including presentations as part of the UNDSS Somalia SSAFE training.
  • Ensure that all UNMAS personnel receive briefings upon initial arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
  • Maintain up-to-date instructions and training for personnel on implementation of the security plan, including required precautions, a comprehensive listing of emergency supplies, and guidance on action taken during emergencies, including natural disasters and political crises;
  • Provide heightened security awareness training to staff, beyond the required security and emergency procedures, if necessary.

Team Management

  • Support in the provision of high-quality results and services of the team supervised through effective recruitment, work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Provide oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.

Knowledge building and Knowledge sharing

  • Together with the Head of Security, oversee team’s contributions to Security knowledge networks and communities of practice including collaborative synthesis of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in Security.
  • Guide team’s collection of feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively.

Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in social or political science, law, public administration, business management, security management or related field with 5 (five) years of relevant experience is required; OR
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent) in social or political science, law, public administration, business management, security management or related field with 7 (seven) years of relevant experience is required; OR
  • Secondary School Diploma (High school or equivalent) with a minimum of eleven (11) years of relevant experience is required; OR
  • Military experience with a minimum of eleven (11) years of relevant experience in civilian police/military or private security may be accepted in lieu of formal education.


  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in security management at the international level;
  • Experience working in hardship locations is desired;
  • Computer literacy is required.

Language requirement:

  • Fluency in English (Reading, writing and Speaking) is required;
  • Fluency in another UN working language desired.


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