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Regional Security Analyst (Consultant level II) Regional Bureau in Cairo, Egypt


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Cairo
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2024-05-29


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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 WFP’s Regional Bureau based in Cairo, Egypt, provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilisation and management support to WFP in 15 operations across the Middle East, North Africa, and Easter Europe region (MENAEE): Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, State of Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen. These country offices aim to assist roughly one-third of all of WFP’s beneficiaries (approx. 30 million) in some of the most critical humanitarian emergencies of our time. RBC is also active in the ‘Changing Lives’ side of WFP’s mandate, helping national governments and local communities improve nutrition, livelihoods, school feeding, social protection, climate and disaster risk reduction, and other programs that build resilience and support development”.


The Regional Security Analyst (RSA) serves as the principal regional subject matter expert, championing the formulation of high-level analytical products on geopolitical and security developments, evolving scenarios, and other factors impacting WFP personnel, assets, and operations, including humanitarian access. The incumbent will assume a leading role in supporting the regional security unit (RSU) to establish itself as the definitive go-to resource, empowering decision-makers with the knowledge they need and cultivating a profound sense of relevance, credibility and reliability. The goal is to drive the efforts of the RSU towards making analysis a key strategic decision-making tool.



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  • JOB TITLE: Regional Security Analyst
  • GRADE: Consultant Level II 
  • DURATION: 11 Months
  • DUTY STATION: Cairo, Egypt

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Senior Regional Security Officer (SRSO), and with a functional reporting line to the Chief Security Information Management (HQ), the RSA will be responsible for the following key duties:


  • Lead on the development of comprehensive regional, and country-specific analyses, including geopolitical considerations, to provide insights and recommendations informing RBC’s operational and strategic decisions.
  • Conduct research on specific threat factors, providing solid recommendations to support security risk management and ensure an effective response to specific security incidents.
  • Develop, implement, and foster comprehensive security information management strategies, policies, guidelines, and mechanisms specific to RBC. This role will spearhead the integration of advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and data analytics, to enhance threat assessment, trend analysis, and early warning systems. The RSA will ensure these innovations align with WFP and UN ethical standards and contribute to rapid, coordinated information management and exchange among relevant stakeholders.
  • Exercise leadership by guiding, mentoring, and supervising other security analysts within the region to ensure the quality and consistency of security processes and reports. Enhance team capabilities through professional development and foster a collaborative environment that supports high-performance in security information analysis. Additionally, provide technical advice, guidance, and training to broader WFP personnel to build their capabilities in security information analysis and enhance their overall performance in security operations.
  • Exercise delegated authority from the SRSO to provide specialized expertise and improve the information management, reporting, and analysis capabilities of the field teams supervised by the SRSO, thereby optimizing their effectiveness in security operations throughout the region.
  • Support the development of security analysis practices by contributing technical insights and expertise. Assist in shaping the security analysis framework under the guidance of the Chief Security Information Management, helping to enhance the global security information management strategy.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other regions and HQ to share best practices, lessons learned, and innovative approaches, fostering an environment of knowledge exchange to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of security information analysis.
  • Coordinate cross-functionally at different levels, contributing to the development of a common operating picture and the determination of risks to regional operations.
  • Lead strategic influence initiatives by representing WFP at various forums, contributing to technical discussions, and effectively advocating for the organization's security positions. Proactively influence access strategies and embed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of security analysis to ensure comprehensive stakeholder engagement and policy development.
  • Proactively build and maintain important partnership networks within and outside WFP for effective information sharing on security analytical papers, security situation updates, threats, risk analysis, and trends. Enhance information sharing cohesion to improve regional security understanding.
  • Prepare and/or provide presentations and briefings on security developments in specific countries to WFP personnel, donors, and partners, as appropriate.



  • Advanced University degree in International Relations, Political Science, Social Science, Conflict Analysis, Humanitarian Affairs, Security Management, or other relevant fields.
  • Certification in Security Analysis Process and Practice (SAPP) or similar is an essential requirement. 


  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in security information analysis, conflict monitoring, conflict risk assessment or similar fields.
  • Previous experience as a country or regional security analyst within the UN or international humanitarian organizations.
  • At least two years field experience deployed in an active conflict environment.
  • Experience in liaising with diplomatic and multi-national organizations as well as international NGOs, other non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.


  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language (French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is highly desirable.


  • The ideal candidate has a rigorous analytical approach, is a skilled communicator, and demonstrates strong leadership and diplomacy skills.
  • The successful candidate will have high-level written and analytical skills and will be able to work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a fluid work environment.
  • Has previously advised on regional developments that impact upon organizational security and operational activities in the humanitarian sector.
  • Has contributed to the development of country strategy, policies, and planning.
  • Experience leading, training, and coaching a team.
  • Competency in Internet and Microsoft Office systems including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and other database/mapping systems.
  • Professional knowledge and experience in the MENAEE region is an asset.


29 May 2024 11:59 Cairo Time



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