NATIONAL SECURITY COORDINATOR

BRIG. GEN. (RTD) JOHN A.O. JAH-TUCKER

Profile

Brig. Gen. (Rtd) John A.O. Jah-Tucker is a veteran security sector actor who had served in the Republic of Sierra Armed Forces (RSLAF) for 36 years, distinguishing himself as a disciplinarian, trainer and administrator.

Key amongst the appointments Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Jah-Tucker held in the RSLAF include:

  • Director of Finance and Accounts: 1996 – 1997
  • Staff Officer Grade One J4 – Combat Supplies
  • Commanding Officer – Lungi Garrison: October 2000 – February 2001
  • Commander Freetown Garrison: February 2001 – November 2003
  • Director of Defence Logistics and Support – November 2003 – September 2005
  • Chief of Staff – Joint Force Command Headquarters: September 2005 – July 2009
  • Commandant, Aemed Forces Traimning Centre: July 2009 – October 2010
  • Assistand Chief of Defence Staff for Personnel and Training: October 2010 – May 2013

 In 2018, he was appointed as National Security Coordinator and head of the Office of National Security by His Excellency, the President, Brig. Gen. (Rtd) Dr. Julius Maada Bio.

Brig. Gen. (Rtd) John A.O. Jah-Tucker has ably provided coordination within the security sector, anchored on perceptible leadership to keep the sector together at all times.

ACTING NATIONAL SECURITY COORDINATOR

MR. ABDULAI CAULKER

Profile

Mr. Abdulai Caulker is a seasoned Administrator and Security Sector Professional with over twenty one (21) years wealth of experience. He is one of the few founding members of the Office of National Security (ONS) and also played a pivotal role in the talent-spotting and recruitment of the current crop of Directors at the ONS.

 Mr. Caulker holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration (M.Ed), a Bachelor’s in Education (B.Ed) and a Higher Teacher’s Certificate (HTC). In addition, he has pursued courses in numerous security and development subjects, which amongst others include Security Sector Reform, Human Resource Development, Conflict Analysis and Mediation, Early Warning and Early Response Techniques, Change Management.

He has worked with several development and/or donor partners including UNDP, DfID, ADB, IMATT, ISAT, etc. and has represented Sierra Leone in a number of high-level security conferences around Africa.

 

During the interregnum in 1997, Mr. Caulker served as National Chairman of the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, and during that period whilst in Conakry, he was appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone as Programme Officer to monitor sanction busters. He served for a period of six (6) months until the Tejan Kabbah administration was restored to state power.

 

At the ONS, Mr. Caulker has served in various capacities, amongst which are: Deputy Director National Intelligence Unit (NIU) in charge of South and Eastern provinces from 1999 to 2000. From 2002 to 2008, he was Assistant Director Administration and Finance, and was later appointed Director of Administration and Finance. In 2015, he was appointed Director of Finance and Cooperate Service, a position he served until July 2018 when he was appointed as Deputy National Security Coordinator (DNS Coord) by His Excellency, the President Brig (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio.

 

In the post-conflict security stabilization efforts up to recent times, Mr. Caulker in his capacity as Director of Finance and Cooperate Service at the ONS has managed security sector portfolios for a number of years on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone. These amongst others include the 14th August 2017 Flood and Mudslide Twin Disaster Account at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB); the 2018 National Elections and Early Warning and Early Response Project; the Security Sector Reform Implementation Project (SSR-IP) in Sierra Leone and the Construction of the Office of National Security Building project between 2006 and 2011.

CHIEF OF STAFF

DR. AHMED A. SANNOH

Profile

Dr. Ahmed A. Sannoh has now served for twenty (20) years in the Office of National Security. He was amongst the first batch that successfully underwent a very rigorous recruitment process into the Office of National Security in 2001, after having briefly served as Administrative Officer (cadet) in the Civil Service of Sierra Leone.
Dr. Sannoh is currently the Chief of Staff and head of the Strategic Situation Group, the country’s security sector think-tank. He has acted as National Security Coordinator on a number of occasions between 2015 and 2019. He has over 15 years of university teaching and research experience at Fourah Bay College (USL), University of Liberia and currently Njala University as Associate Lecturer.

Academically, Dr. Sannoh holds BA and MA degrees in English and Linguistics, and a PhD in Peace and Development Studies.

Professionally, pursued advanced courses in national and international security issues; governance and human security in Africa; managing defence in the wider security context; strategic planning and policy development; defence resource management etc. at reputable international academic and professional institutions including International Centre for National Security Studies (ICNSS) at Galilee College, Israel; College of Management and Technology at Cranfield University, United Kingdom; Resource Management Institute, Naval Postgraduate School, California, United States of America; Institute for Security Studies’ African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the Kofi Anan Peace Keeping and Training Centre, Ghana. He has also benefited from expert and think-tank reflections on key international security issues under the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States of America.

Dr. Sannoh has  a special interest in security threat analyses, conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding and stabilization; excellent writing and editing skills; experience in managing and leading inter-agency coordination; experience in providing expert advice and guidance to a senior official; has an experience in providing strategic leadership for institutional reform processes, good governance and efficient service delivery.
Dr. Sannoh has worked at the highest levels of government closely collaborating with heads of various intelligence, police and military organizations including officials from the UK, USA and other security and development partners, in some cases providing leadership for various aspects of governance and security-related reforms.
He has played a key role in the development of a number of security sector policy documents, and has, in particular, led the process of reviewing the Military Aid to the Civil Authority, which is a high level policy direction for military assistance to the civil power.

As Chairman of the National Security Exercise Writing and Planning Team (NSX-WPT), Dr. Sannoh has coordinated the successful conduct of eight (8) national security exercises, mainly targeting platinum and gold levels between 2005 and 2019.

In the early phase of the post-conflict peacebuilding efforts in 2003 when relations between the police and the military in Sierra Leone were strained, Dr. Sannoh led the multi-stakeholder Joint Survey Team (JST) commissioned by the National Security Council (NSC) to look into the status of relationship between the two forces. The JST recommendations produced resulted in a harmonious working relationship between these two national security forces, which status quo is largely maintained up to date.

Dr. Sannoh has participated and represented Sierra Leone in a number of high profiled international conferences key amongst which include:

            (i) Participation in a Case Studies Workshop in 2009 at King’s College, London on Power after Peace – The Political Economy of Post-conflict State Building in Iraq, Sudan, Kosovo, Burundi and Sierra Leone

            (ii)  Appointed (with the power of attorney) as Leader of the Government of Sierra Leone Delegation to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in 2015, and presented the Country Report.

            (iii)      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.

Dr. Sannoh was appointed by His Excellency Brig. Gen. (Rtd.) Dr. Julius Maada Bio (President of Sierra Leone) in 2019 as Member of the Advisory Committee, Sierra Leone National Commission for Small Arms (SLeNCSA).

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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