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Security Officer P4 - FIT Pool- All Locations

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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Multiple locations (Multiple locations)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-22

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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.


Are you passionate about leading security operations to enable WFP change and save the lives of millions of beneficiaries?


Are you willing to make a difference by applying risk management thinking in different contexts?


Are you ready to go wherever you are needed to ensure WFP can accomplish its mandate to save lives?


If yes, this FIT Pool opportunity is for you.


We are looking for experienced Security Officers at a P4 level to join the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talent interested in working in any country where we operate – in particular difficult duty stations (i.e. Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, Mozambique, DRC).


Security is an essential function in WFP. The objective of this position is to support the management of WFP’s security operations to enable the effective delivery of programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities and facilities.



The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for any professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talent interested in working in any of our 80 countries (of operation, including difficult duty stations when the need arises.


For more information:


What does it mean to be in the FIT Pool?


  • You are given priority when we have positions to fill externally. This happens  4 times a year during the reassignment meetings.

  • All fixed-term positions can be occupied for a period of 2 to 4 years. At the end of the assignment you will be asked to apply to another position only open to WFP staff.
  • You are motivated to take on the first appointment proposed including hardship duty stations, such as Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, Mozambique, and DRC. Refusing a fixed-term position will lead to exclusion from the pool.
  • You are a member for a 2-year period. During this time, we can reach out to you to offer a fixed-term position.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Under the general supervision and guidance of your manager, you will be responsible for the following key duties:


  • Lead your security team, ensuring the effective management of all security activity and resources to support country office programmes and operations.
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of an effective security management communications system to enable rapid and coordinated security activities.
  • Identify and build productive relationships with government agencies and national partners to align activities and optimise the best protection for staff, activities and facilities.
  • Keep up to date with and advise on regional and local security developments and issues and the potential impact on WFP security and operational activities.
  • Provide technical advice, guidance and support e.g. operational security requirements, security assessments and plans, to country offices to strengthen the capacity within security management and crisis readiness and preparedness, contributing to the development of country strategy, policies and planning.
  • Represent WFP at national and inter-agency meetings e.g. Security Coordination cells, to contribute to technical discussions and exchange of knowledge and experience and advocate for the WFP position.
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to align security activities with wider programmes.
  • Support the maintenance of a regional security network among WFP security personnel.
  • Identify potential security training and development opportunities and needs and facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
  • Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting e.g. mandatory ODF reports, that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact. 
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required, to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other as required.


Working Experience:

  • A minimum of eight (8) years working experience in Safety and Security Risk management, International Law, management of humanitarian operations in high risk security context or similar experience.


  • Advanced University degree in security risk management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations, humanitarian operations or a related field is required; OR first University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or relevant training/courses (SCP-SAPP or equivalent). The University needs to be recognized by UNESCO, you can check at:


  • Officer level diploma/certification obtained from a recognized Police/Military College/Senior Staff College with qualifying international experience in relevant field may be accepted in lieu of the first University degree.


  • Fluency (level C) in both spoken and written English.
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.


  • Experience providing support in the provision of technical security operations advice to strengthen the security management function of WFP and contributes to the development of country strategy, policies and planning.
  • Experience managing large teams of staff.
  • Analyzed complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate the potential strategic impact to create effective organizational policy and planning recommendations.
  • Experience coordinating action/reports with external security entities.
  • Strong commercial knowledge with the ability to develop and manage budgets, with frequently limited funding.




Building the pool is a comprehensive process and it will take approximately 8 months. The recruitment steps are an Online Test > Video Interview > Language Test > Panel Interview > Background Verification.

If you are selected, you will be placed in the Future International Talent Pool for a period up to 2 years. You may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations. You can learn more about the process and this initiative at:


Mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. These positions are rotational which means that you shall be subject to the regular reassignment process to any other location on a period of 2 to 4 years, unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational.


WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information, visit



WFP seeks people of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. We select staff on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Every single 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. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done.


While more than 17,000 people working for reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.


WFP offers life-changing job opportunities you are unlikely to find in other organizations. Working at WFP will give you the opportunity to work beyond your expectations, to be enriched by truly meaningful work and deepen your professional expertise. For additional information, visit:


Deadline for applications 22/12/2019


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.

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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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