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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Baidoa
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-26

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Re-advertisement: Security Associate, G6 Baidoa

Baidoa (Somalia)


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Posting Dates

Opening Date: 13 June 2019                                             Closing Date: 26 June 2019

Organizational Background

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 World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Somali candidates only. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Field Security Officer (FSO) and the overall supervision of the Senior Field Security Officer (SFSO), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Perform tasks related to the implementation and assessment of security measures and maintenance of equipment with a view towards providing updates and recommendations to facilitate informed decision-making and secure WFP staff, facilities and operations;
  • Review security threats and risks in detail and compile accurate reports on trends and situations that could adversely impact WFP operations, to ensure information is accurately collated and forwarded to senior security staff;
  • 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;
  • Liaise and co-ordinate with local administration, security and law enforcement authorities, local 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;
  • Plan and co-ordinate staff activities during field missions and perform security assessments within the area of responsibility to support safe and effective programme delivery;
  • Analyze security assessment reports following field missions and present detailed recommendations for risk mitigation;
  • Assist in advising the FSO on security risk management matters and safety issues;
  • Support the implementation of risk management mitigation measures, including Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS);
  • Support the maintenance and management of security equipment and make recommendations to strengthen technology capacity in line with business requirements;
  • Monitor and ensure that all access control procedures are effective and stringently followed by all staff and visitors;
  • Coordinate 24-hours response to all security related incidents involving WFP staff and eligible dependents;
  • Maintain and develop recommendations for improving emergency and contingency planning documentation including physical preparations and procedures, to support preparedness for a crisis. 
  • Deliver security training to staff, review security training needs and develop measures to meet business requirements;
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications


Secondary school education supplemented by courses in political science or formal military/police training.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of security management. Experience in providing technical guidance and training to staff members is ideal. Candidates should have experience in conducting research and collation of data that inform security operations activities.


Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Somali is a requirement.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Specialized knowledge of the application of practical methods, techniques, procedures and systems used in security;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of security logistics, security administration, risk assessment and co-ordination with local authorities and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Training and experience in fire and related intervention/evacuation procedures.
  • Ability to manage emergency situations, attentive to detail and constant vigilance to promptly detect any breach in security measures;
  • Ability to interpret information, use judgement and inform supervisors of any incidents which might impact the UNWFP staff and operations;
  • Excellent communication skills to maintain frequent correspondence with both, internal staff and external authorities with regards to security advisories and security incidents;
  • Hands on experience in UN or NGO financial environments is desirable.
Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment.

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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