Ended Security Officer

The Job

National Professional Officer (Security) 

Organizational Unit: FAO Representation in Yemen, FNYAR

Type of Requisition: NPO (National Professional Officer)

Grade Level: N-1.

Primary Location: Yemen - Sana’a

Duration: Fixed term: 1 year with possibility of extension

CCOG Code: 1A03d

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

FAO is increasing its field presence in Yemen, a “Level 3” Country, to ensure adequate programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions. Security is an important asset to enable all the requested tasks.

The position is located in Sana’a, capital city of Yemen.

Reporting Lines

The National Security Officer (NSO) reports to the FAO Representative, based in Sana’a. The NSO work under the technical supervision of the Regional Security Adviser at RNE and the Security Services (CSDS) at Headquarters.

Technical Focus

Day-to-day advisory on security management. Ensure well-coordinated security support to the mission's effective and efficient planning, implementation progress monitoring and outcome evaluation.

Key Results

The National Professional Officer (Security) provides technical, operational and administrative assistance in security management and services through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analysing and presenting technical security related information/data in adherence to FAO/UN system rules, regulations and procedures in the area of security management and emergency/crisis preparedness.

Key Functions

•         Monitors the security environment in the area of responsibility (AoR) of FAO Yemen and provides timely and accurate security information/advice to the FAO Yemen Office management and, on request, to the Regional Security Officer at RNE and CSDS at Headquarters;

•         Makes proposals with a view to ensuring continuing compliance with the United Nations security policies, practices and procedures and ensures their implementation in the AoR;

•         Coordinates all security related issues at the FAO Yemen offices with the aim to protect personnel, premises, assets and operations;

•         Maintains close security coordination with UNDSS, UN Organization security focal points, government counterparts and other local authorities in the AoR (political, humanitarian, police, military, etc.);

•         Provides close security support to FAO programme operations in the field, in coordination with UNDSS. Assist FAO field missions on ground security arrangements, convoy planning and emergency procedures;

•         Elaborates reports in a timely manner according to the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) guidelines;

•         Implements security training/briefings for all staff, dependents and visitors;

•         Contributes to the planning, coordination and execution of evacuations and relocations of the staff;

•         Provides advice on selection and procurement of other appropriate security and safety equipment;

•         Ensures vehicle and staff movements are monitored according to procedures and that necessary safety and security equipment are available and in good condition;

•         Responds to staff security emergencies and provides and/or organizes immediate assistance; collaborates as required with the RNE/CSDS Security, UNDSS and other UN agencies regarding all aspects of risk/threat analysis in the area;

•         Attends all UNDSS Area Security Cell Meetings. Liaises with the Regional/Field Security Coordinator in CSDS, regarding relevant security matters;

•         Monitors the level of SRM/MOSS compliance, Security Risk Management (SRM) and Residential Security Measures (RSM) in the FAO offices in the country. Addresses issues of non-compliance in a timely, proactive and cost effective manner;

•         In close collaboration with RNE/CSDS Field Security contributes to the development and implementation of programme specific safety/security-related strategies and relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Assesses and provides recommendations concerning physical/structural security measures for all FAO facilities in the mission area;

•         Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • National of the country of assignment
  • Advanced university degree in security and risk management, social sciences or art
  • One year of relevant experience in security management within military, police or state services
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Working knowledge of the local language


•         Results Focus
•         Teamwork
•         Communication
•         Building Effective Relationships
•         Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
  • Work experience in high-risk security area, particularly in security operations is desirable
  • Extent and relevance of experience in in security management
  • Extent and relevance of experience in UN humanitarian emergency operations is considered a strong asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of the area of deployment in terms of cultural sensitivity and local environment
  • Certification through the UNDSS Security Certification Programme (SCP) is desirable
  • Certification in Safe and Secure Approach to Field Environment (SSAFE) is desirable
How to Apply

Interested candidates must fill a Personal History form (attached) and must create below table and put it as a covering page to the email application.



Relevant experience (in 10 bullet points max, 100 words max)


Motivation for the position (in 30 words max)


-        Project-based post

Completed Personal History form should be submitted along with a motivation letter by e-mail to the below email address.

The email subject line should clearly indicate Name, Title and location of the position of this vacancy announcement.

Applications missing any of the above elements, and not duly completed, will unfortunately not be considered.

E-mail: HR-Yemen@fao.org

  • Only candidates that comply with the above will be taken into account.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.       
  • Employer: FAO
  • Category: Security
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 15 July 2019
  • Deadline: 28 July 2019