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Security Operations Support Officer, NOA Garowe

Posted 19/01/2021 – Fixed Term – Africa, Central & Eastern – Somalia – Garoowe – Working Job Language (2)

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Posting Dates

Opening Date: 19 January 2021              Closing Date: 1 February 2021

Organizational Background

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, nutrition, food for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers and safety nets.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates; female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Field Security Officer and overall supervision of the Head of Area Office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•    Contribute to the security and safety contingency and continuity planning for the office;
•    Support the standardization and implementation of plan and ensure emergency systems are regularly tested;
•    Work with United Nations Department of Safety and Security and in-country security management systems to ensure achievement of security standards and compliance;
•    Collaborate closely and coordinate with local administration, security and law enforcement authorities, communities, NGO security staff and other actors to mitigate potential risks against staff and other resources;
•    Responsible for all facilities access control measures and procedures to ensure safety and security of WFP staff and visitors;
•    Provide support to the management of security budget including procurement planning to facilitate efficient and cost-effective resource management;
•    Responsible for management of security equipment to ensure it is issued accurately, in serviceable condition and in compliance with the established security standards;
•    Collect information about local security developments, issues and potential impact upon WFP operations for supervisor’s attention to support security and operational activities;
•    Prepare accurate and timely reports contributing to the consistency of information presented to managers;
•    Provide security orientation briefing to newly arrived staff to ensure staff are well-informed of local security conditions and procedures;
•    Support training activities as the need arises to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners;
•    Other duties as required

Minimum Qualification

Education: Advanced University degree in Security Management, International Relations or Law Enforcement or other relevant field, or First University degree with 2 additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. A diploma acquired from Military/Police Academy with qualifying meaningful experience may be accepted in lieu of the First degree.

Experience: At least one year of postgraduate professional experience in security management (military, policy or corporate) and/or security risk management, with a background and interest in International humanitarian work. Experience in managing support staff is essential.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali.

Knowledge & Skills:

•    Good theoretical understanding of security management concepts and principals, with a knowledge of standard methodologies, techniques and processes.
•    Good analytical skills, communication skills with the ability to assimilate and analyse a range of data and issues to support the development of efficient solutions.
•    Ability to deliver effective briefing and training.
•    Knowledge of common business principals and processes and ability to quickly assimilate UN processes and systems.
•    Indepth knowledge and understanding of the Somali social, economic and political contexts.

How to apply :

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP seeks applicants of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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