Chief Security Adviser, P5

UN Department of Safety and Security
  • Location
    Sana'a, Yemen
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 15

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. The Chief Security Adviser (CSA) will report directly to the Division of Regional Operations of Department of Safety and Security at UN Headquarters in New York. The post is presently located in Sana'a, Yemen and this duty station has been designated by the International Civil Service Commission as an "E" hardship and a non-family duty station.


Under the direct supervision of the Division of Regional Operations, the incumbent of the post will serve as the Chief Security Adviser to the Designated Official (DO) and to the Security Management Team (SMT) and perform the following duties:

  • Prepares, reviews, approves or endorses security management documents including Security Plans and their integral components, contingency and crisis response plans, standard operating procedures, emergency communications, warden systems and staff lists, as per requirements of United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) security policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and chairs a security coordination cell, ensures its good functioning and practices, fosters inter agency security coordination.
  • Advises to and supports the Designated Official and/or Head of Mission and/or security focal points and/or agencies of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with regard to all security-related matters, security policies and procedures.
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNSMS entities, including agencies funds and programmes and security focal points by providing reports, security updates, alerts and warnings.
  • Serves as member of Security Management Team (SMT) or Area Security Management Team (ASMT), oversees the planning, adherence, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness of security planning, security policy, security operations and implementations of measures aimed at improving staff security and conduct of UN programme activities.
  • Maintains cooperation and collaborations with host country authorities and international institutions, including NGOs, on issues related to the safety and security of UNSMS personnel, assets and operations, provides security briefing, advice and security training to UNSMS personnel and operational partners of the United Nations, such as entities under Saving Life Together framework.
  • Ensures implementation of safety and security policies of the UNSMS, ensuring that all UNSMS personnel and their eligible family members receive the required security trainings and briefings.
  • Conducts facts finding related to security-related incidents involving UNSMS personnel or eligible dependents.
  • Assists the Designated Official, country representatives of UNSMS and UNDSS in the response to crisis events and security incidents.
  • Develops strategic goals, objectives, plans for the delivery of the substantive activities of the unit or section and implements corresponding outputs.
  • Guides the definition of policies, methods and standards for the implementation of the substantive activities of the division, unit or section.
  • Participates in security missions such as interagency missions, Integrated Task Forces (ITF) missions, Technical Assessment Missions (TAM), Non-Aligned Members (NAM) missions, security assessment visits, evaluation missions, fact-finding missions/inquiries.
  • Manages and reports in assets managements for the allocated resources of the assigned office(s), including all security personnel, budget and assets, and oversees the performance of security contractors.
  • Develops and manages extra-budgetary funded security projects and the allocated resources assigned to the office.
  • Develops, reviews data, provides inputs for division reporting.
  • Identifies and monitors trends of security incidents affecting UNSMS personnel and organizations.
  • Leads and directs security operations.
  • Initiates, conducts and monitors the Security Risk Managements (SRM) process and other relevant requirements of UNSMS security policies and guidelines, to enable the continued delivery of UN programmes particularly in crisis situations while ensuring the safety, security and well-being of personnel, and security of UN premises and assets.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.



In depth knowledge in the field of security risk management, especially of the UNSMS. Knowledge and ability to process security operation in the field. Ability to produce assessments, reports and other papers on security issues. Ability to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in 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.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing:

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; 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.


Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance:

Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in security management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in security, risk, disaster or emergency management in the public or private service areas, such as national security, military or police, or in a corporate environment is required.
  • At least five (5) years of command and leadership is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in UN Security Management System or similar International Organizations within security or related area is required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in security operation is required.
  • Experience with security related contingency planning and crisis management is desirable.
  • A minimum of two (2) years international field experience in peacekeeping environment is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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