Senior Field Security Specialist – Mogadishu, Somalia

FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization

Organizational Setting

The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by the FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government in developing policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO’s global mandate and strategic objectives.

Reporting Lines

Under the supervision of FAO Representative in Somalia, with the technical guidance of FAO Chief, Security Services, (CSLS) and the Field Security Coordinator (Deputy Chief Security Services (CSLS).

Technical Focus

Undertake a significant annual strategic security assessment of the business needs to determine the shape of the operational security support footprint required for 2022 and 2023.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assists and advises the FAOR and Senior Management including head of sub-offices, to ensure the safety and security of FAO personnel, premises and assets;
  • Plans, coordinates, and leads safety and security-related activities carried out countrywide and provided technical leadership on United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures to empower the Security Unit Team personnel (FSO, NSO and LSAs);
  • Maintains and enhances lines of communication with UNDSS and other UNSMS entities.
  • Monitors activities related to the implementation of the approved security measures.
  • Contributes to implementation and evaluation of the preparedness by FAOSO of the security measures as decided by the United Nations Security Management Team
  • Ensures timely development and review of Security Plans and their integral components, including, but not limited to, contingency and crisis response plans, standard operating procedures, emergency communications, warden systems and updating staff lists and eligible dependents;
  • Monitors and analyses trends of security incidents affecting FAO personnel, premises, assets and operations, identifying problems and solutions on time
  • Keep abreast of the security environment in Somalia, and provide timely and accurate security advice to FAOR Somalia, including information regarding compliance with United Nations Security policies, practices and procedures;
  • Conduct security surveys and assessments of FAO facilities, missions and residences and provide advice on shortfalls with recommended improvements and solutions;
  • Reviews and supports security planning and security management documents for the assigned area as required;
  • Ensure maintenance of a functioning Emergency Communication System within FAOSO and provide written weekly security updates to FAOR Somalia and Senior management Meeting (SMM);
  • Undertake field security missions to FAO Somalia operations in the area of responsibility as required by FAOR Somalia and Senior Management and Project Managers to conduct security assessments and determine the level of risk to FAO operations and, based on those risks, identify and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures
  • Identifies and promotes best practices;
  • Performs any other duties as may be assigned;


Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree in Political Science, Military Studies, Security Management, Law Enforcement, Business Continuity Management, or related disciplines.
  • 15 years of relevant experience in security risk management within the United Nations System at the Senior Officer level, and preferably in a high-risk duty station.
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA.SBS, only one language at a working knowledge level might be required.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

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