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Senior Security Officer P5

AFG - Other cit

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: AFG - Other cit
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-09

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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.


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.


We are looking for a talented Senior Security Officer based in Kabul, Afghanistan at a P5 level that will provide technical advice, guidance, and management of WFP’s response to safety and security to enable the effective delivery of Programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities, and facilities.


Job holders are likely to report to the Regional/Division/Country Director. Job holders are likely to be operating in an environment where the complexity of security in meeting food assistance needs is high. They lead large teams with a wide variety of security requirements. As such, job holders will be expected to have a breadth of security-related knowledge/experience and team management skills. They will also need a higher level of experience and knowledge to influence at senior levels in complex situations credibly.



As Senior Security Officer, you will:


  1. Contribute to the development of global and regional security strategy, policies, and guidance to ensure optimal security presence and activity that ensures the safety and security of all WFP operations.
  2. Keep up to date with and advise upon global, regional, and local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activity to inform security and operational activities.
  3. Provide support and guidance to relevant Directors and their representatives upon security responsibilities and accountabilities in line with WFP security strategies and policies and contribute to the development of regional and country strategy, policies, and planning.
  4. Coordinate and oversee WFP’s response to safety and security within a particular area/location, e.g., Security Assessment Missions, providing technical expertise and guidance to strengthen capacity within security management and enabling considered decisions re: risk management.
  5. Lead, motivate, and develop a large and complex team(s) of professionals to enable high performance.
  6. Build relationships and collaborate cross-functionally to align security activities with broader programmes and activities and ensure a coherent approach that complies with security and risk management best practices.
  7. Identify and build productive relationships with government agencies and regional/national partners to align activities and exchange information to enhance co-ordination and optimize the best protection for staff, activities, and facilities, e.g., strengthening relationships between UNDSS security advisors and WFP country offices.
  8. Establish and maintain a regional security network among WFP security personnel.
  9. Represent WFP at regional, national and inter-agency meetings e.g., security coordination cells to contribute to technical discussions and exchange of knowledge and experience, provide advice to the international community on security practices and advocate for the WFP position.
  10. Provide advice and guidance upon training needs and priorities, overseeing training programmes to ensure fit for purpose e.g., in conjunction with the Field Security Training Unit.
  11. Monitor and oversee accurate and timely reporting that meets WFP standards and requirements, e.g. Guidelines for Security Reporting, and enables informed decision making.
  12. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation, and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.




  • Advanced University degree in Security Management, International Relations or Law Enforcement or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • A diploma obtained from Military/Police Academy with qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the First University degree.




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


  • Has contributed to the development of global and regional security operations strategy,  and supporting policies and guidance.
  • Has supported in the monitoring and evaluation of security operations activities to assess and inform the improvement of activity impact.
  • Has led multi-functional and cross-geography teams.
  • Has gained considerable experience in two or three operational areas.


The selected candidate will eligible for the Rest and Recuperation (R&R) scheme. He/she may be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. 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 details please visit



9 February 2020


Ref.: VA # 110769 


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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