Directorate: Office of the Chief of Staff (COS)

Director: Dr. Ahmed A. Sannoh

Qualification:
BA, MA, PhD, Cert/Diplomas in Security, Defence, Governance, Strategic Planning and Policy Development

Work Experience

Has served in the Office of National Security (ONS) for 20 years now in many senior management positions and is currently the Chief of Staff and head of the Strategic Situation Group, Sierra Leone’s security sector think-tank.  Has acted as National Security Coordinator on a number of occasions between 2015 and 2019, and also over 15 years of university teaching and research experience at Fourah Bay College (USL), University of Liberia and currently Njala University as Associate Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies. He is member of various reputable international security sector networks and alumni, including the prestigious African Security Sector Network (ASSN); Stratford Global Intelligence Network, Texas; International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on International Security Issues of the United States of America.

Responsibilities

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Sannoh is responsible for implementing the policy directives of the National Security Coordinator through their popularization with all existing departments, directorates and units in the ONS. He exercises coordination and supervisory role of all Directors and Heads of Units in the ONS and ensures that job objectives are met.

Directorate: Vetting

Director: Samuel Kamara

Qualification:
BA Honours, Diploma in Education, M. Phil (Political Science), M.A. Security Studies (Combating Terrorism Policy and Strategy (Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, USA).

Work Experience

I have served the Office of National Security (ONS) in different capacities, departments, and units. I have served as Desk Officer, Ag. Director, Manager and Director. I have also served as District Security Coordinator, Kambia and Provincial Security Coordinator, Eastern Province. Given the above, I have interfaced with local authorities at the strategic level and in the process acquired a wealth of experience in crisis management, threat mitigation, cyber warfare, protective security, early warning, biosecurity and safety, security and governance, among others. I have participated in international programmes and conferences in Ghana, Ethiopia, Israel, Switzerland, and Serbia among others. Hence, have obtained knowledge that is currently being used to address national security matters.

Responsibilities

I currently supervise security vetting. Consequently, I issue security clearance to public officials who hold or may hold vettable posts.

I am the Secretary of Sierra Leone’s Counter Terrorism Coordination Committee that mitigates threat of terrorism in Sierra Leone

Directorate: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Director: Alhaji Morlai Kargbo

Qualification:
M.A., B.Sc, HTC, Diplom/Cert in Executive Policy and Development on Transnational Organised Crime and Anticorruption, Strategic Planning and Policy Development, Early Warning and Early Response Systems, National Security, Education, Human Rights and Rule of Law & Due Process in Law, and Intelligence/Threat Assessment. He is an alumnus of several training agencies including the International Law Enforcement Academy, Roswell, New Mexico, USA; the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Germany; the Galilee College, Israel; the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Ghana etc

Work Experience

Has served in the Office of National Security (ONS) for 19 years now in many senior management positions and he is currently the Director of the M&E Directorate. Between 2006 and 2018, he was the Director of the Joint Assessment Team (JAT)/Research and Assessment Directorate (RAD) during which he served as the Secretary of the National Security Council Coordinating Group (NSCCG) and the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and the Director in charge of the National Situation Room (NSR). He also served as the Government of Sierra Leone Focal Point for ECOWAS Early Warning & Response Network between 2006 and 2015. Between 2009 and 2019, he was Chairman Board of Governors for several secondary schools.

Responsibilities

He is currently responsible for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of all ONS programmes/projects including the implementation of all directorate activities, the security sector coordination functions of the ONS, the commitment of all staff to the performance of their tasks and the implantation of an effective staff appraisal system and staff daily attendance.

Directorate: Protective and Private Security

Director: Mohamed Sahid Kamara

Qualification:
Bachelor of Arts (General), Certificates in Dispute Resolution Systems: Policies, Structures and Strategies, Basic Intelligence Development and Analysis, Competence in Basic Operations Techniques, Tradecraft Course (USA Overseas Training Programme)

Work Experience

Has served in the Office of National Security for fifteen (15) years now in different capacities and is presently the Director, Protective and Private Security. Has served as Director Monitoring and Oversight (2013-2015); Director, Provincial and Border Security (2015 – 2018); Chairman Joint Maritime Committee Steering Group (2015-2018); Head of Secretariat of Security Sector Review (SSR) Technical Working Group (2012); Chairman, Ethics and Integrity Committee (2015-2018); Chairman, ONS-CISU National Security and Central Intelligence Act, 2002 Review Committee (2018-2021); Member, African Peer Review Mechanism National Governing Council (APRM-NGC) ( 2019 to Present); District Security Coordinator (Dec. 2007 – Dec. 2009); Provincial Security Coordinator (Jan. 2009 – Dec. 2009).

He has attended and participated in many international and regional security workshops including but not limited to Regional Expert Workshop on Protection of Critical Infrastructure Against Terrorism – 30th April to 2 May 2019, Tunisia , 2nd Africa Security Symposium, West, North and Central, – 6th to 8th November, 2018, Dakar, Senegal, Streamlining Inter-Agency Workshop (Africa Centre for Security Studies), Abuja, Nigeria – 15th – 20th May 2016, National Maritime Strategy Development Workshop (Africa Centre for Security Studies), Accra, Ghana – 2nd – 4th March 2016, Seminar on Maritime Legal Issues in the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa Regional Training Centre), Accra, Ghana – 15th -16th June 2015 and CEN-SAD High-Level Experts Meeting for the Enhancement of the Security and Development Strategy (SDS-CEN-SAD). Rabat, Morocco – 8th – 9th May, 2014.

He is an alumnus of the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS) and the West Africa Regional Training Centre (WARTC).

Responsibilities

Ensure that all Private Security Companies operating in Sierra Leone are properly licensed; provide advice and direction to MDAs on their protective security responsibilities, conduct periodic protective security assessments of MDAs in accordance with the provisions of the protective security manual; work with the relevant partners to develop a register of critical national infrastructure and an assessment of threats /risks against them and ensure that the people responsible for CNI fully understand and effectively carry out their responsibilities; Work with the PBS Directorate to identify and ensure the security of CNI in the regions and support their protective security accordingly; Coordinate the provision of security for major national events; Work with the Planning and Inter-Agency Directorate to ensure that all MDAs are aware of the latest advice and direction on protective security.

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