Senior Staff Security Operations Officer At International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Senior Staff Security Operations Officer

Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P5

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 15 December 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates
  2. External female candidates:
  3. Candidate from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Fiji; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Madagascar; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states of IOM and female candidates.


The Office of Staff Security (OSS) is responsible for providing leadership on security policy management and Mission operational support to enable effective implementation and delivery of IOM programmes and activities, while managing security risks at acceptable levels.

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Office of Staff Security (OSS) in Headquarters, the Senior Staff Security Operations Officer will be responsible for providing expert support in terms of staff safety and security management throughout the Organization in the areas of operations.

The successful candidate will coordinate the ongoing development of the Security Communications and Analyst Network (SCAAN) technology and information products within IOM and ensure SCAAN’s interoperability with other UN information platforms and security communications systems within the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS).

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Under the guidance of the Director of OSS, manage the daily operations of the Office of Staff Security (OSS) to ensure that appropriate prevention and mitigation measures are identified, developed, and applied in accordance with IOM and UNSMS policies, procedures and guidelines.
  2. Provide oversight to the security risk management component of the Organization’s operations, particularly programme enablement, delivery, and sustainability, ensuring that security is mainstreamed into IOM’s programmes and activities.
  3. Provide oversight security related issues relating to IOM personnel, eligible family members, premises, assets, and operational activities.
  4. Serves as the focal point in OSS Headquarters to the Regional Security Officers in the event of emerging or actual security incidents and ensures to provide timely information to the Director of OSS.
  5. Ensure that relevant security-related data and information is networked through relevant internal and external communications channels.
  6. Support the Director of OSS with accurate updates and briefings as required, as well as coordinating and liaising with Headquarters departmental interlocutors at operational level on these matters.
  7. Supervise and provide guidance to the Security Operations Officer in ensuring that the service quality and operational performance of the OSS Global Operations Centre (OPCEN) in Manila Administrative Centre (MAC) including the Alternate Operations Centre (AOC) in Panama are fit for purpose.
  8. Oversee the regular review and monitor of existing processes and procedures, identify, and promote best practices of the OSS Global OPCEN’s Security Information Operations Cell (SIOC), Alternate Operations Centre (AOC) and 24/7 Communications Centre (COMCEN) to address any process gaps including product outputs of the operational and analytical services to respond efficiently to all emergency situations. This also includes development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines in coordination with the Security Policy Advisor and ensure that these are reviewed and updated accordingly.
  9. Supervise and provide guidance to the Programme Manager (Security Communications) in ensuring agency wide implementation of SCAAN and that SCAAN is utilized effectively and efficiently as the Organization’s core security risk management tool.
  10. Coordinate the ongoing development of the SCAAN technology and information products within IOM, the SCAAN User Group and SCAAN’s interoperability with other relevant UN security communications systems (SCS) and similar platforms within the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) Working Group.
  11. Support with the development and implementation of the OSS Training Strategy with the aim to raise security awareness, promote security culture within the Organization, develop the knowledge and skills of IOM personnel in terms of security preparedness, and when necessary, assist with the delivery of the security learning/training activities and ensure that these are carried out professionally within IOM and UNSMS learning/training standards.
  12. Support the coordination of Hostage Incident Management (HIM) response involving IOMpersonnel.
  13. Constantly monitor and follow-up IOM operations in high-risk environments to ensure that security procedures, policies and guidelines are in place and that security trends are identified, monitored, and responded to.
  14. Manage the responsibilities of the Organization within UN Commercial Air Travel SafetyPolicy, acting as the IOM Alternate Air Travel Focal Point (AATFP), addressing and responding to aviation safety and commercial air travel concerns.
  15. As instructed by the Director of OSS, represent IOM at meetings/ forums with senior managers, partner agencies, government security services, United Nations agencies/ programs, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), and the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN), the policy decision-making body of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS).
  16. Establish a working knowledge of the OSS annual operational budget and UNDSS Jointly Financed Activities (JFA) security budget in relation to funding for safety and security costs.
  17. Directly report to the Director of OSS all relevant operational security risk management issues, providing reports, assessments, advice and frequent briefings on OSS activities and the impact they have on all significant security threats/risks/trends/incidents.
  18. In the absence of the Director of OSS, attend as a proactive member of the IOM Headquarters Senior Management Team (SMT) and Expanded Senior Management Team (ESMT) and provide regular weekly security briefings to both bodies.
  19. Conduct and/or oversee Regional and Country Office Security Risk Assessments in areas where IOM works or is planning to deploy its teams and to ensure compliance with relevant security policies, procedures, and guidelines. Make appropriate recommendations to strengthen these systems and address non-compliance issues.
  20. Conduct and report to the Director of OSS on various investigations in respect to security breaches/incidents involving IOM personnel, premises, assets, and operational activities.
  21. Be available 24/7 to deal with any emergencies or security situations involving IOMpersonnel, premises, assets, and operational activities.
  22. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Security Management, Political/Social Science, Business Administration, International Relations, Communications or a related social or political science discipline with security management or analysis component from an accredited academic institution with ten years of relevant professional experience; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with twelve years of relevant professional experience.
  • Successful completion of the UN Security Certification Programme (SCP) is required.
  • Previous Hostage Incident Management (HIM)Training, and SSAFE Training of Trainers(TOT), and other UN-certified training is highly desirable.


  • Relevant professional experience on security management, security risk management, or arelated area, with a minimum of three years international field experience in security operations is required;
  • Previous experience working for a UNSMS Organization, in a crisis context, is highly desirable;
  • Previous experience in advisory and operations management roles is highly desirable;
  • Experience in planning and execution of security agencies or organizations highly desirable;and,
  • Previous experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies an advantage.


  • In depth knowledge of UNSMS security policies and procedures; and,
  • Proven ability to collaborate and maintain effective partnerships with UN security counterparts, stakeholders and partners.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French or Spanish is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members.

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 for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants are invited to submit their applications HERE via the IOM e-Recruitment system by 15 December 2022.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

Posting period:

From 17.11.2022 to 15.12.2022

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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