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Security Associate SC-6 | Mykolaiv, Ukraine


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Mykolaiv
  • Grade: Consultancy - SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2024-04-21


Всесвітня продовольча програма (ВПП ООН) - це гуманітарна організація ООН, яка надає продовольчу допомогу у вигляді грошової допомоги, сертифікатів або продуктів харчування громадам, що постраждали від війни. У своїй діяльності ВПП керується гуманітарними принципами нейтралітету, неупередженості, гуманності та незалежності. Спираючись на відданість та професіоналізм наших 24 000 співробітників по всьому світу, Всесвітня продовольча програма (ВПП) працює в понад 123 країнах і територіях, щоб доставляти життєво необхідну їжу людям, які залишилися переміщеними внаслідок конфлікту та знедоленими внаслідок катастроф. Крім того, ВПП допомагає окремим особам і громадам знайти кардинальні рішення для багатьох проблем, з якими вони стикаються, будуючи краще майбутнє. 


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability. 


🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°:  832322 

📢 Job Title: Security Associate

📌Type of Contract: Service Contract, SC-6

➡️ Unit / Division: Security / WFP Ukraine  

📍   Duty Station: Mykolaiv

➡️ Duration: 12 months (renewable) 

⏰ Closing date: 21 April, midnight (Central European Time) 

🇺🇦 The position is only open to Ukrainian nationals or residents of Ukraine, with a legal work permit.  


The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity, for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. 


At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.   

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

What will you do in this position? 

You will perform tasks related to implementing and assessing security measures and equipment maintenance to provide updates and recommendations to facilitate informed decision-making and secure WFP staff, facilities and operations.

Why work with us?

The war in Ukraine has had drastic consequences, both for people inside the country and for those around the world dependent on its huge grain supplies. It is inflicting untold suffering on civilians, displace families, and disrupt supply chains and food production. It has caused one of the fastest forced population movements since the Second World War. Close to 6 million Ukrainians are still living as refugees across Europe, and almost 5.1 million are internally displaced. Many have lost their homes and livelihoods. As food production and supply lines are disrupted by fighting, many families in the east and south do not have reliable access to nutritious food. 


WFP uses a flexible mix of food and cash assistance to support communities affected by the war wherever they are. This includes working with local partners to distribute food rations in areas near the frontline and providing cash transfers wherever people have access to banks and markets to buy food. Since March 2022, WFP has distributed food and cash assistance equivalent to 2.4 billion meals to families displaced and affected by the war, partnering directly with local responders. 


➡️ WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  

➡️ WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment.  

➡️ WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities.  

➡️ A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various countries, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe. 

➡️ WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus medical insurance. 

How can you make a difference?

In this position, you will have to:   


1. Review security threats and risks in detail and compile accurate reports on trends and situations that could adversely impact WFP operations, in order to ensure information is accurately collated and sent to senior security staff to support reporting and decision-making.

2. Review security-related information (e.g. security incidents and events, security support to daily activities, etc.) and use corporate or local information management tools to produce a range of analyses and in-depth reports, to ensure that information is readily available for relevant stakeholders.

3. Liaise and coordinate with local administration, security and law enforcement authorities, communities, UN/NGO security staff and other actors, to facilitate access for safe programme delivery and to mitigate potential risks against staff and other resources.

4. Plan and coordinate staff activities during field missions and perform security assessments within the area of responsibility to support safe and effective programme delivery.

5. Analyse security assessment reports following field missions and present detailed recommendations for risk mitigation to support security situation analysis and facilitate decision-making.

6. Assist in advising the senior security staff on security risk management matters and safety issues in compliance with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS).

7. Support the implementation of risk management mitigation measures, including Security Risk Management SRM to ensure compliance.

8. Support the maintenance and management of security equipment and make recommendations to strengthen technology capacity in line with business requirements.

9. Monitor and ensure that all access control procedures are effective and stringently followed by all staff and visitors, in order to maintain a safe and secure environment.

10. Maintain and develop recommendations for improving emergency and contingency planning documentation including physical preparations and procedures, to support preparedness for a crisis.

11. Deliver security training to staff and review security training needs in order to develop measures to meet business requirements.

12. Assist in Providing analysis of programme sites for the mine action portfolio of WFP in Kharkiv and in other locations as needed.

13. Mainstream security considerations in mine action Programme plans and implementation.

14. Report security matters with direct impacts on WFP operations immediately to the Project manager, Odessa Security Officer and Head of the Security Unit.

15. In coordination with the Odessa Security Officer and Head of the Security Unit, conduct preliminary inquiries into security breaches/incidents, working closely with local authorities to protect WFP staff, assets, and interests.

To join us in saving lives, changing lives, you will have:


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in Safety and Security. 


Experience: Six (06) years of experience in security operations. Having previous experience working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations (UN) system would be advantageous. 
Post-secondary education can compensate for some years of experience. For example, you will be considered as eligible if you have: 

  • Three (03) years of work experience in combination with a Master’s Degree; 

  • Four (04) years of work experience in combination with a Bachelor’s Degree. 


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Specialized knowledge of practical methods, techniques, procedures and systems used in security, typically gained through technical training and work experience.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of security logistics, security administration, risk assessment and coordination with local authorities and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Attention to detail and constant vigilance to promptly detect any breach in security measures.
  • Ability to interpret information, use judgment and inform supervisors of any incidents that might impact the UNWFP staff and operations.


Language: Fluency (level B2/C) in both in English and Ukrainian languages. 

Before you apply...

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.  


We aim to achieve parity and inclusion in our teams in Ukraine.  


WFP is committed to an accessible, inclusive recruitment process and employment. Please contact us at to advise us if you have disability related accessibility requests. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs. 


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. 

How do you apply...

To be considered, you are invited to apply via WFP’s recruitment portal. CV and cover letter must be submitted in English language. 


Only those who are short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next steps of our recruitment process.  


We also encourage you to create your candidate profile and set up WFP job alerts to learn more about all the opportunities available to join us and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.    


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