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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-17

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Field Security Officer

Multiple locations (Various)


The objective of the WHO Security Services is to ensure the safety and security of WHO personnel and property. As part of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), the aim of the WHO Security Services is to enable programmes to deliver, at all levels of the Organization, based on a principle of security risk management rather than risk aversion, supporting the global humanitarian focus of 'how to stay and deliver' as opposed to ˜when to leave'. This approach focusses on appropriate analysis, risk mitigation and implementation of all reasonable safety and security measures. With a mind-set driven by a duty of care to our staff and partners at all levels, the WHO Security Services will provide the required security presence across all levels of WHO in a cost effective and efficient manner.


In accordance with plans established by Coordinator, Staff Security, the incumbent will\: -review the security and safety situations in all WHO areas of operations and recommend measures for improvements;- frequently liaise with UNDSS desk officers in New York for the purpose of exchanging information and discussing how greater staff security and safety may be assured;- undertake missions to assist WHO staff operating in unsafe areas;- undertake security assessment missions to the field for the purpose of advising WHO staff on how best to deal with the very serious security/ safety problems which confront them daily;- maintain country files of all security related reports for the purpose of continuous analysis of their content in an effort to determine trends which could impact the safety/ security of staff and issue necessary instructions;- upon initiative or request, provide HQ and the field with relevant analysis on the security situation pertaining to a country or a region;- maintain up-to-date records of hazardous duty stations and respond to queries as to the application of the Malicious Acts Insurance Policy to staff in those locations;- maintain a data base of residential security measures applicable in the duty stations and respond to queries pertaining to that matter;- maintain up-to-date records of MOSS in force in countries where WHO has operations;- as requested, participate in meetings in Regional Offices and at the policy level, advise on security issues;- provide security training for staff at both HQ and field level.



Essential\: An advanced level university degree (MA or equivalent), with a focus on security management and/or related discipline (business administration; political/social science; psychology; international relations). Alternatively, a military or police academy degree (at officer level) equivalent to advanced university degree.


Essential\: At least 7 years of experience in disaster management, risk management or security experience in the public or private service areas such as national security, military or police service or in a corporate environment, 3 of them in the United Nations Security Management System. Direct field experience in an international context such as UN system organization field operations, UN peacekeeping operations.


Relevant military or police training, Knowledge of UN security management system. Proven analytical skills. Investigation background would be an asset. Knowledge of WHO field operations would be an asset.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Expert knowledge of English. Intermediate knowledge of French.
The above language requirements are interchangeable.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 72,637 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 4056 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link\: http\:// Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • WHO has a mobility policy which can be found at the following link\: http\:// Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
  • Applications from women and from nationals of non and underrepresented Member States are particularly encouraged.
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