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Security Officer

Sana'a and Hodaidah

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Sana'a and Hodaidah
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-30

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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.

Background Information - Job-specific

The incumbent functions within the framework of the UN Security Management System, under the supervision of the FSA Advisor, coordinating directly with the local UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) office, if available.  The Local Security Officer leads in the implementation of security operations and all matters relating to the management of safety and security for staff members and OQ facilities in the country or in the region of assignment.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Assist FSA in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the country;
  • Assist in maintaining the Security Plan, including updating staff lists;
  • Assist in reporting online security incidentsaffecting UN staff, offices and assets;
  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences of UN staff (RSM), as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security
  • Provides support in conducting security evaluations and provides advice on security measures for the residences of UN staff (RSM), as well as on latest trends and threats to staff safety and security;
  • Assists the FSA in reporting security incidents affecting UNOPS staff, premises and assets, and assists in the preparation of security reports, such as the Security Incident Report (SSIR), survey reports and the Security Assessments.
  • Assists the FSA in monitoring compliance with the Security Risk Management measures and Standard Operating Procedures established for the duty station.  In addition, assists with the compilation of data required for the programmes self-assessments.
  • Provide general administrative assistance to the FSA.
  • Maintain a statistical database of all security incidents in the country and analytical charts;
  • Maintain a database on contact details in relation to host country security authorities;
  • Help to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation by the FSA;
  • Maintain regular contacts with UNDSS and Security Focal Pointsof UN agencies;
  • Provide support in organizing and conducting training courses on security awareness and preparedness, and providing security orientation to newly assigned staff members. Conducts security briefings, as required;
  • Assist the FSA in leading daily missions inside and outside Sana’a to various venues and to the UNOPS operations in other areas as required;
  • Assist the FSA in managing the drivers and operational vehicle in their daily tasks;
  • Assist the FSA in managing the UNOPS Operations room and monitoring of mission in the field and UNOPS facilities;
  • Maintain routine and confidential correspondence files/documents;

Duties and Responsibilities within delegated authority, the Local Security Officer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Ensure the security and safety of delegates, staff, visiting dignitaries and other visitors.
  • Provide technical advice to FSA on security related issues
  • Coordinates and Liaise with UN DSS on all security related matters, insure information and security incident report sharing;
  • Interacts with relevant parties involved in the preparation of security engagements, including external and internal meetings & conferences, provision of support to visiting close protection missions and VIP’s;
  • Serves as a representative on the works related to the Security Management Team for yemen, contributing to preparation, implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the security plan (including attendance of working groups aimed at the preparation of the relevant Crisis Management Plans and the Business Continuity Plans);
  • Participate in Security Cell meetings, and participate as an observer in the SMT meetings
  • Prepares, monitors and maintains safety and security standard operating procedures and systems, emergency preparedness and crisis management, as well as conducts security risk assessments;
  • Provides standardized and specialized training for staff and security personnel;
  • Liaise and coordinate with the local government security organizations’;
  • Identifies the needs and facilitate the procurement for necessary security equipment in line with the recommended preventive and mitigation measures based on the security risk management process;
  • Identify Emergency Communications equipment needs (MISTS);
  • Conduct security evaluations and providing advice on security measures for the staff and offices in coordination with UNDSS;

Assist in all security related requirements when requested

  • Be prepared to work in shifts and double shifts if required.
  • Assist with administrative related tasks if requested.
  • Perform back-up transport and driving duties, as needed.
  • Perform all other duties as requested by the FSA.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced university degree in social or political science, law, public administration, business management or security management is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with an additional 2 years relevant experience at the international level OR
  • a Technical/Professional Diploma in combination with an additional 4 years  relevant, international and national experience OR                                                      
  •  Secondary Diploma in combination with an additional 6 years’ relevant, international and national experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.                                                           
  • Substantial experience in civilian police/military with 11 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of formal education.
  • A minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in international security management.
  • Ability to produce Standing Operating Procedures/Security Risk Assessments/Security Plans in accordance with UNDSS methodology is an asset;
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including MS office, is required.
  • Full knowledge of English and arabic languages is essential.
  • Knowledge of another official UNOPS official language is an asset
  • Demonstrated experience and exposure in cross-border and/or international security-related issues is an asset;
  • Direct experience with the United Nations Security Management System is a strong advantage;

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: ICA
  2. Contract level: Local ICA Specialist level 8
  3. Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • 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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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