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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-27

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Field Security Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)


The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments



  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality
  • People with disabilities are protected from any type of discrimination during any stage of employment, including the recruitment phase
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization



Organizational Setting


The FAO CSDS Security Service aims to assure a safe and secure operating environment and ensure continuity of operations in FAO headquarters and decentralized offices, by protecting the integrity of premises and assets and the security of personnel and other subjects present in the FAO headquarters and decentralized offices from harmful acts and accidents or natural and technological hazards.


The post is located at the FAO Representation in Afghanistan and provides support and advice at country  level for FAO programs and activities  within the  designated  area of responsibility (AoR).

Reporting Lines


The Field Security Officer reports to the FAO Representative and is under the general supervision and technical guidance of the Chief of FAO Security Service, CSDS and the Field Security Coordinator, CSDS at headquarters.

Technical Focus


The Field Security Officer provides support and advice to the FAO Country Representative and other senior personnel, as required.

Key Results


Protection of the integrity of FAO premises, assets and operations, as well as safety and security of FAO personnel.

Key Functions


•         Applies and monitors the implementation of established Organization and applicable United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures on Safety and Security in the AoR;

•         Makes recommendations with a view to ensuring continuing compliance with the UN System-wide Security Risk Management Measures (SRM/SRMM)  and the Residential Security Measures (RSM) and follows up on these recommendations to ensure their implementation in the AoR;

•         Contributes to the permanent coordination with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) country team,  with government counterparts and other local authorities in the AoR (political and humanitarian, police, military, etc.) as required;

•         Undertakes missions to the program sites in the AoR as required   and assesses prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advising staff, project personnel and dependents on potential security issues, advises on shortfalls and forwards recommendations, submits back to office reports and follows the implementation of the BTORs' conclusions and recommendations;

•         Contributes to increasing awareness on Safety and Security, elaborates advisories and implements security training for all staff, dependents and provides quality briefings for staff/dependents  and visitors;

•         Contributes to the  planning, coordination and execution of evacuations and relocations  of the staff and, where applicable, their dependents;

•         Plans and coordinates the mandatory safety drills at  FAO Afghanistan premises;

•         Supports the deployment and utilization of operational emergency communications systems, including its  installation, operation and maintenance;

•         Provides advice on selection and procurement of other appropriate security and safety equipment;

•         Supervises assigned staff, as required;

•         Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•         Advanced university degree in risk or emergency management, social/political science, military science, public administration, law enforcement, law or a related area;
•         Five years of relevant experience in risk management or safety and security service in a national security and/or military setting including two years in a leadership role;
• Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Russian, Arabic or Chinese

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

•         Extent and relevance of  experience in risk management, safety and security  services;
•         Extent and relevance of  international experience, preferably in  UN peacekeeping and/or in the UN security management system, would be an asset;
•         Extent and relevance  experience in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of safety and security policies;
•         Demonstrated experience in writing concise reports in English;
•         Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
•         Extent and relevance of experience in risk areas is desirable.


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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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