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Senior Security Officer – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Senior Security Officer

Job categories: Security
Vacancy code: VA/2020/B5001/20748
Level: ICS-9
Department/office: NYSC, Peace and Security Cluster
Duty station: Mogadishu, Somalia
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-1
Duration: Ongoing contract (Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance)
Application period: 18-Nov-2020 to 02-Dec-2020
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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.  It is led by the Director, who has overall authority and accountability for the performance PSC on behalf of its clients.  The Director is responsible for administering and providing 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.


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. 

*Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Under the supervision of the UNMAS Somalia Head of Security, the Senior Security Officer will perform the following duties:

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of events relating to the security and political environment in Somalia;
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the operational environment, including the scope and scale of UNMAS operations;
  • Conduct field security visits and risk assessments in close coordination with United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), in support of mine action and explosive management related activities;
  • Maintain and update Security Standards of Operations (SOPs) and ensure UNMAS personnel and compounds are in compliance;
  • Maintain and monitor the UNMAS warden system list to ensure accountability for all staff in the event of a security emergency; prepare security situation reports, and maintain quality control and quality assurance of security files, presentations and reports;
  • Upon Head of Security request, conduct security briefings to all UNMAS Personnel upon initial arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
  • Attend Security Management Team (SMT) meetings and other working groups on behalf of UNMAS Security, including taking meeting minutes and circulating upon Head of Security clearance;
  • Maintaining continual liaison with UNDSS, Host Government and other actors through regular inter-agency consultations, networking, mutual support, and information sharing;
  • Prepare and conduct UNMAS road/field missions within Mogadishu and Somalia in support of UNMAS programme activities;
  • Support in coordinating security operations for specific events and visits;
  • Conduct mission related /tactical training for drivers and staff, including the use and maintenance of security equipment including secure communications equipment;
  • Provide security advice to staff in an emergency situation and ensure the appropriate level of security measures is followed, to support programme delivery, staff safety and security of organization property;
  • Provide support to the Head of Security with establishing policies, plans and procedures for crisis situations and emergencies;
  • Provide support in the recruitment, training and supervision of local security officers;
  • Provide support the Head of Security in managing the flow of communication between Security Office, sections and UNDSS;
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Head of Security.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


  • An Advanced University Degree (Masters’ or equivalent) with 2 years of relevant work experience; OR 
  • First Level University Degree (Bachelor or equivalent) with 4 years of relevant work experience is required.

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in security management, law enforcement, conducting Safety and Security Assessments, close protection or military experience.
  • Experience in a similar operating environment such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya or Somalia is desired.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English (speaking, writing and reading) is required.

Contract type:International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA1 (ICS9)

Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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