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Field Security Advisor

Hodeidah (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Hodeidah (Yemen)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-11

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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

UNOPS Hub in Amman

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.  With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.

Project Background

The current conflict in Yemen has resulted in a wide-spread humanitarian crisis, and has left 80 per cent of the population (24.1 million people) in need of assistance[1] at the time of the design of the project at hand.  The impediments on commercial imports to Yemen led to a severe lack of basic items. It was determined should the situation continue to the point that basic commodities are not imported and therefore not available in the market, the current humanitarian crisis would deteriorate even further.

In order to address the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, the restoration of regular commercial cargo flows into the country is essential. UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) decided : “Member States shall take necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned”..

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) was requested to operationalize and manage a mechanism to oversee the monitoring and inspection services on behalf of the UN and the concerned Member States. The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) was established to facilitate the unimpeded free-flow of basic commercial items to areas of Yemen not under the control of the Government of Yemen and is an independent mechanism, executed by UNOPS and reporting to OCHA.

As of August 2019, UNVIM has granted clearances to over 1,000  vessels who have discharged over 20 million metric tonnes of commercial cargo in Yemen’s Red Sea ports of Hodeidah, Saleef and Ras Isa, thereby contributing to alleviate the suffering of the population of Yemen.

[1] Yemen: Humanitarian Update No.4 (UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 20 February-06 March 2019),

Functional Responsibilities

1.      Advisory and technical

2.      Operations

3.      Staff Development

4.      Team management

5.      Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing

1.      Advisory and Technical

  • Advise the Head of Office, Operations Manager and all Project Managers on all safety and security related matters including the planning and implementation of projects.
  • In line with the UN Security Management System methodology, policies, and procedures, develop, as required, security risk assessments outlining potential threats, risks levels and recommended mitigation strategies for office and project operations, taking into consideration relevant and existing assessments;
  • Provide technical advisory and oversight services to ensure that safety and security is a core component of all programmes at the duty station and that appropriate funding is provided based on actual needs.

2.      Operations

  • Review all new project proposals from a security perspective and provide comments and proposals to ensure security concerns are addressed.  Conduct field assessments if deemed necessary.
  • Maintain close relations with UNDSS and assist UNDSS in performing their overall coordination role providing information and support on issues related to UNOPS.
  • Develop, adapt, and implement security policies, protocols and procedures for local conditions, consistent with UN security frameworks.
  • Propose and control budgets for security operations and monitor expenses.
  • Analyze data to form proposals for improvements (e.g. implementation of new technology)
  • Prepare an annual security work plan including budget for all aspects of office security including full compliance with UN security management policies, procedures and guidelines; including:
    • Training
    • Fire Safety
    • Implementation of mandatory security mitigation measures
    • Conducting SRMfor office and accommodation
  • Revise and update the office Business Continuity Plan from a Security and Safety perspective
  • Maintain up-to-date database of personnel and their dependents, information and related to UNOPS offices, residences, project sites, focal points, and the warden system for the implementation of the office/operation’s security plan; ;
  • Review security arrangements for all operations, maintaining relevant instructions, such as security and evacuation plans for ready access by all parties;
  • Ensure the smooth and efficient evacuation of UNOPS staff members, designated personnel, and dependents, managing the implementation of UNDSS and UNOPS evacuation and extrication policies, and assuming leadership in the case of declaration of evacuation.
  • Coordinate personnel when responding to emergencies and alarms.
  • Develop mechanism for reporting all security related incidents that may have an impact on UNOPS projects or programmes.
  • Liaise with and update regularly the UNOPS Chief of Security on the security situation, submitting periodic reports on security issues and performance.
  • Plan and coordinate security operations for specific events and visits.
  • Brief all new project managers on security concerns specific to their projects;
  • Perform security assessments, both routine and exceptional, as required, to ensure optimal safety standards are in place for staff traveling across the area of operation.
  • Manage and perform daily monitoring, taking necessary action when required, and generate reports as needed.
  • Maintain accurate multi-sourced country records on current and projected security issues (assessments, security plans, etc.) and brief necessary staff across the region when required;
  • Manage the inspection of the main office, facilities, residential compounds, as well as field offices and compounds, providing guidance and procedures for achieving full compliance with the mandatory mitigation measures and RSM compliance.
  • Monitor and facilitate staff adherence to, and compliance with, the various UNDSS advisories, in particular: directions related to warden systems; mandatory mitigation measures); residential security management (SRM), etc.
  • Ensure that appropriate and effective coordination is maintained with other UN security officers and other regional security services to facilitate seamless implementation of the security arrangements across the respective business unit/office.
  • Liaise with the local government security organizations to gather and assess information on security and safety matters that might affect UNOPS personnel and programmes located in various areas in the country and provide analysis of security related information obtained.
  • Determine, manage and account for the use of security equipment including security communications equipment.

3.      Threat and Risk Assessment

  • In collaboration with, UNDSS, UNMHA and other agency security personnel, conduct threat and risk assessments for UNVIM operations in Yemen, identifying and implementing appropriate risk mitigation measures in line with area SRM and country security plan.
  • Providing UNOPS specific inputs to UNDSS, UNMAHA and other agency security personnel while reviewing and updating the area SRM, Security Plan.
  • Liaise with UNOPS FSA in Sanaa while updating BCP and UNOPS contingency plans in Yemen.
  • Perform all duties as an active member for the Area Security Cell.
  • Attend as observer in the ASMT,
  • Assist the PM in facilitating business continuity preparedness.
  • Ensure Warden system is in place and conduct drills as appropriate.
  • Managing the staff tracking system and that MSCR and ensure that the required security clearances are obtained prior to travel accordance with SOPs.
  • Ensuring that UNOPS staff members are provided with; and proficient in the use of, security equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and PPEs as required by SRM.
  • Establish internal communications systems ensuring proper integration into UN communication systems.
  • Provide advice on selection and procurement of appropriate security equipment.
  • Provide orientation and training to international and national staff members on security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and existing restrictions in movement, such as curfews and restricted areas.

4.      Staff Development

  • Develop and deliver staff development and training programs for UNOPS personnel and security focal points, including on Security Risk Assessments within the area of operation.
  • Ensure that all UNOPS personnel receive briefings upon initial arrival, local security training as necessitated by changes in the security environment, and are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
  • Maintain up-to-date instructions and training for personnel on implementation of the security plan, including required precautions, comprehensive listing of emergency supplies, and guidance on action taken during emergencies, including natural disasters and political crises
  • Provide heightened security awareness training to staff, beyond the required security and emergency procedures, if necessary.

5.      Team Management

  • Facilitate the engagement and provision of high quality results and services of the team supervised through effective recruitment, work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development.
  • Provide oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and best practices.

6.      Knowledge building and Knowledge sharing

  • Organize, facilitate and/or deliver training and learning initiatives for Business Unit personnel on Security related topics.
  • Lead and conduct initiatives on capacity development and knowledge building for Security personnel, including network development, plans, learning plans and activities, procurement practice information and best practice benchmarking.
  • Oversee team’s contributions to Security knowledge networks and communities of practice including collaborative synthesis of lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in Security.
  • Guide team’s collection of feedback, ideas, and internal knowledge about processes and best practices and utilize productively

7.      Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The effective and successful achievement of results by the Field Security Adviser directly impact on the security, safety and performance of UNOPS’ personnel, local programmes, projects and operations and therefore the organization’s credibility as an effective service provider in project services and management.   This promotes the image of the office and enhances UNOPS’ competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country/region served.


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


An advanced university degree in social or political science, law, public administration, business management or security management with 5 years of relevant work experience, a Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of experience, or High/secondary school degree/diploma with 11 years of relevant work.

Work Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in senior command or leadership role. Must have progressively responsible experience in security management, with at least 2 years in a senior command or leadership role
  • Previous experience in UN Missions, International Peacekeeping or Emergency Missions is required.
  • Previous international experience in very high/high risk environment is required.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including MS office, is required.
  • Direct experience with the United Nations Security Management System is a strong advantage;
  • Previous international experience in liaising with local authority/ de-facto Authority in complex in environment is an asset.
  • Ability to produce Standing Operating Procedures/Security Risk Assessments/Security Plans in accordance with UNDSS methodology is an asset;
  • Fluency in Arabic and English languages.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Staff contract
Contract level: Fixed term - P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability. 

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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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.   
  • t 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.
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