Chief Security Officer, P4

UN Mission Integrated Office in Haiti
  • Location
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 04

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Security Section, United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH). The Chief Security Officer will be based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and will report to the Chief Security Adviser (CSA) on all security operational support.


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

  • Assists in leading, supervising and managing the Mission Security Section.
  • Monitors and evaluates office physical security measures, such as barriers, issuance of identity cards, background checks, and entry controls, as appropriate, for normal or emergency conditions.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans.
  • Determines need for, and provides training and advice to UN staff and dependents on residential security measures such as window guards, alarm systems and locks to prevent burglar intrusions.
  • Oversees establishment of 24-hour response mechanisms to security-related incidents involving UN staff and oversees establishment/maintenance of fully functional emergency communications system.
  • Establishes procedures for and supervises investigations and reporting of accidents involving UN vehicles and investigation of security related incidents involving UN staff members, project personnel or eligible dependents.
  • Assumes responsibility for guard force management, as assigned.
  • Participates 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, are working together to further inter-agency security coordination;
  • Arranges protection detail for senior personnel or visiting VIP's as necessary.
  • Directs an in-country security training program ensuring that all staff members employed by the Mission and their dependents receive local security training as required; including personal security awareness.
  • Assists in budget preparation by the Mission in relation to the security component of the Mission's budget estimates,
  • Assists in recruitment, deployment and performance management of Mission security personnel;
  • Assists in training and associated budget requirements for the Missions safety and security workforce; Advice and Coordination:
  • Oversees adherence to security policies and procedures including preparation, maintenance and updating of country-specific security and contingency plans; supervises compliance and implementation of security standards;
  • Establishes lines of communication with security focal points and all other agencies involved in peacekeeping and other missions to ensure maximum security coordination.
  • Establishes and maintains dialogue with local security authorities and international institutions for coordination of efforts in the event of natural disasters. Planning:
  • Assists in reviewing and monitoring activities related to security risk management including the preparation of security risk assessments and the development of risk mitigation measures.
  • Contributes to planning, implementation and evaluation of effectiveness of security plans and other aspects of security operations.
  • Plans for air, land and sea evacuation capability to be used in emergencies, ensuring availability of aircraft, vessels, railways, vehicles, fuel supply, assessable roads, ports and airfields.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Excellent 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 diverse security units; Shows pride in work and 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.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments and adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Relevant would be military or police academy/staff college education equivalent to a first level or advanced university degree.

UNDSS certification in any of the following is desirable: Security Certification Programme (SCP), Security Analysis Practice and Process (SAPP), Hostage Incident Management (HIM)

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in security, police or military service with extensive command or leadership experience; of these, at least two (2) years of international exposure in a management function in the United Nations or other international organizations is required.

Direct experience in United Nations Security Management System with proven crisis management capabilities are an asset. Management experience of security units in a conflict or post-conflict environment is desirable.


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

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