Field Security Specialist, Sana’a, Yemen At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Closing date: Tuesday, 18 April 2023


Field Security Specialist

Job Posting: 05/Apr/2023

Closure Date: 19/Apr/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : FNYAR

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Yemen-Sana’A

Duration : 11 Months

Post Number : N/A

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  •  FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture.
  •  Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply;
  •  Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  •  FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  •  All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  •  All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

The FAO CSDS Security Service aims to assure a safe and secure operating environment and ensure continuity of operations in FAO headquarters and decentralized offices, by protecting the integrity of premises and assets and the security of personnel and other subjects present in the FAO headquarters and decentralized offices from harmful acts and accidents or natural and technological hazards. The post is located at FAO Representation in Yemen and provides support and advice at country level for FAO programs and activities within the designated area of responsibility (AoR).

Reporting Lines

The Field Security Specialist reports to the FAO Representative and is under the technical supervision of the Chief of FAO Security Service (CSDS) and the Field Security Coordinator, CSDS at headquarters.

Technical Focus

The Field Security Specialist will contribute to the safety and security of all FAO staff, eligible dependents, assets, programs and projects in Yemen.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Apply and monitor the implementation of established Organization and applicable United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures on Safety and Security in the AoR;
  •  Ensure FAO compliance with the UN System-wide Security Risk Management Measures (SRM/SRMM) and the Residential Security Measures (RSM) in the AoR;
  •  Maintain close security coordination with UNDSS at the duty station, security focal points of other agencies and humanitarian partners, and ensure appropriate professional liaison of security matters with local authorities responsible for security;
  •  Participate at the Security cell Meeting and the Security Management Team meetings, as required;
  •  Ensure protection of FAO personnel, assets and facilities in accordance with provisions of the UN Security Management System by: strengthening the security arrangements at FAO facilities through appropriate security and contingency planning and, in close cooperation with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), coordinating 24/7 response to all security-related incidents involving FAO personnel and assets in the AoR;
  •  Provide all FAO personnel, particularly external missions, with security briefings, situation reports and other appropriate security-related information and training;
  •  Undertake missions to the program sites in the AoR as required and assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising staff, project personnel and dependents on potential security issues;
  •  Directly supervise security equipment and personnel, including inventory, extended training and performance of security contractors, guards and security escorts personnel, if applicable;
  •  Supervise the National Security Assistant, if required;
  •  Plan and coordinate the mandatory safety drills in FAO premises at the duty station;
  •  Support the deployment and utilization of operational emergency communications systems, including its installation, operation and maintenance
  •  Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree in security and risk management, social/political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law or related area;
  •  Five years of relevant experience in security risk management or safety and security service in a national security and/or military setting;
  •  Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian). For PSA, working knowledge (level C) of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Extent and relevance of experience in risk management, safety and security services;
  •  Extent and relevance of international experience, preferably in UN peacekeeping and/or in the UN security management system, would be an asset;
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of safety and security policies;
  •  Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
  •  Extent and relevance of experience in risk areas is desirable.

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
  •  For more information, visit the FAO employment website
  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  •  Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  •  Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  •  Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  •  Incomplete applications will not be considered
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  •  Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  •  Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.


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