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  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-25

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Field Security Officer

Multiple locations (Various)


To design and implement appropriate policies and procedures, to improve the security and safety of staff.


Under the supervision of Coordinator SEC, the incumbent will perform the following duties;

I. Conduct security assistance missions to the field with a view to enable WHO operations and ensure the safety and security of staff.

II. Conduct safety and security briefings and training to WHO staff members and associated personnel.

III. Monitor the security situation in countries where WHO is present and has operations.

IV. In liaison with the regional FSOs, when applicable, provide advice to WHO country offices upon request or on his/her initiative.

V. Review Security Risk assessments, MOSS, RMS, country Cost-Shared Security Budgets and any other relevant documents sent by DSS.

VI. Perform any other security-related task as instructed by Coordinator SEC.



Essential\: A first level university degree in public or business administration, social or political sciences, police science,international relations, government, law or related field.
Desirable\: Advanced level degree in any of the above mentioned fields.


Essential\: At least five years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels with experience in field security operations.
Desirable\: Experience in field missions of UN or other international organizations.


Analytical and team working skills, very good knowledge of UN field security operations. Good knowledge of MS Office tools. Relevant security training with military or police is an asset.

WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Ensuring the effective use of resources

Use of Language Skills

Essential\: Intermediate knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of French.
Desirable\: 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 60,233 (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 3363 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.
  • For WHO General Service staff who do not meet the minimum educational qualifications, please see e-Manual III.4.1, para 220.
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