United Nations Support Office in Somalia Chief Security Officer Jobs in Kenya

United Nations Support Office in Somalia Chief Security Officer Jobs in Kenya

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). 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 UNSOS personnel, eligible dependents and properties at the duty station in accordance with the terms outlined in the Reference.


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

  • 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, ensuring the Security Section is properly staffed and compliant with all relevant human resources rules and regulations;

  • Application of performance management and career management of the Mission's safety and security workforce;

  • Identification of training and associated budget requirements for the Mission's 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 policies to the Mission.

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

  • Participating 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, work together to further inter-agency security coordination;

  • Assisting with country-specific threat and risk assessment processes 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;

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

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

  • Establishing and coordinating an efficient 24-hour Emergency Response System; and coordinating with UN agencies operating in the area of responsibility of the field mission;

  • Monitoring and evaluating office physical security measures, and conducting security surveys of installations and facilities; and coordinating the implementation of security arrangements by the guard force management, as recommended by the security risk assessment;

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

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

  • Establishing and maintaining dialogue with UN focal points, local authorities and international organizations to coordinate efforts in the event of natural disasters and during mass casualty incidents; and coordinating the response to emergency and crisis situations;

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

  • Maintaining liaison with various mission components and specialized UN agencies, international organizations, relevant government agencies, as
    well as embassies and NGOs;

  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with national security agencies with a view to obtaining the best possible protection for staff members;

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

  • Undertaking direct investigations involving the death of a staff member/family member under suspicious or unclear circumstances, including the investigation of abductions and other staff consequences.

  • Directing an in-country security training programme to ensure that all staff members employed by the Mission and their dependents receive local security training, as required;

  • Supporting VIP visits and delegations in coordinating logistical and administrative support to the delegation; and

  • Obtaining, studying and implementing all security policy promulgated by the Inter-Agency Security Management Network;

  • Undertaking any other duties assigned by the PSA.


  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in political/social science, international relations, law enforcement and/or business management (with a focus on security management).

  • A first level University degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Graduates of Police/Military War Colleges and Senior Staff Colleges may also be considered.

    Job - Specific Qualification

  • Certification in any of the following is desirable: Security Certification Programme, Security Analysis Practice and Process, Hostage Incident Management.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience, at least 5 years of which should be in command or leadership position, with proven experience in managing crisis situations and comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations relating to security is required.

  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in the United Nations security management system is required.

  • At least two (2) years of experience serving in a peacekeeping mission / UN common system or similar international organizations is desirable.

  • Experience in planning, designing, implementation, or review of risk mitigation measures related to operations impacted by insecurity is desirable.

  • Experience in management of security units and staffing in a multi-cultural and conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.

  • Experience in security planning, security risk assessments; crisis management, hostage incident management, security administration, conduct of physical security assessments; coordination with local authorities and law enforcement agencies and logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.

  • Experience in development of standard operating procedures; development/management of emergency communication systems; security administration, and logistics for security in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.

  • Experience in using applied analytics, business intelligence and information management to advance, strategies, decisions, and execution is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Support Office in Somalia Chief Security Officer Jobs in Kenya

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