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Security Assistant SC5 to be based in Basrah, Iraq

Al Basrah

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Al Basrah
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-30

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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  In 2017, WFP assisted almost 2 million people in Iraq through monthly family food rations, cash-based transfers, and emergency food assistance. WFP’s assistance is aligned with the 2018 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan, the Recovery and Resilience Programme, and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for the Syria crisis. As the situation of the displaced population remains precarious, and needs rise following the return process that began in early 2018, WFP’s priority concerns in the country continue to focus on emergency response to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Iraq, with additional recovery and livelihoods activities to support Syrian refugees, returnees and vulnerable communities. For more information, see


This position will report to the Senior Field Security Officer in Baghdad or the designate. Job holders are expected to produce organised and accurate technical work and may be assigned to coordinate some specific tasks performed by other colleagues to ensure the required outputs are achieved. This position may require to work work different shifts and report for duty on short notice.


To perform a range of specialised and process-oriented responsibilities related to security operations including monitoring and maintaining security equipment in line with established procedures.


•Collecting and collating all security development for quick reference and further distribution.

•Providing inputs for the preparation of WFP Security SOPs, SRM, eSRA, WFP Emergency Plans for CO.

•Ensuring the implementation of security recommendations related to SOPs, SRM, Emergency Plan and MOSS requirements.

•Working to ensure that safety and security is a core component of all WFP programmes and operations

•Ensuring compliance with MOSS requirements

•Supporting field missions

•Conducting/coordinating road and security risk assessments based on actual needs in WFP areas of operations.

•Conducting periodic (or on an ad-hoc basis) office security surveys

•Assisting the Head of Security on follow up of the implementation of all security measures to be implemented

•Establishing and maintaining contacts with UNDSS, other UN Agencies, NGOs and national security agencies

•Following up the security situation in the country on daily basis and provide inputs to Head of Security Unit

•Feeding the Head of Security with analysis and identification of potential issues related to security operations.

•Conducting regular field visits to A/SOs and FDPs to ensure coordination between Security and WFP Operations is maintained.

•Briefing for new arrival when required

•Following up the new staff to attend SSAFE training within 30 days from their arrival

•Managing and maintaining updated WFP warden systems for both International and National staff

•Following up all field mission/movements comply with security advisories and MOSS

•Ensuring that fire safety equipment (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors etc.) is taken care of, installed and functioning in all WFP premises

•Monitoring, assisting and advising staff to be compliant with security clearance procedures


•Preparing MSCRs and LP MSCRs

•Following up and monitoring WFP staff compliance with security mandatory requirements

•Maintaining a training list of all staff and one specific for security staff

•Reporting incidents by fastest means of communication to the Head of Security

•Following up on International zone badge issuence and reasons of denied SM of ID

•Following up on getting BERF for entering BIAP



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic approach to security risk management Demonstrates understanding of the strategic context in which the security function operates and the broader implications of day-to-day work.
Operational knowledge of security risk management Demonstrates some understanding of day to day security operations. Contributes knowledge to development of resolutions to aspects of challenges faced, as directed.
Security resource management
Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing and financial resource usage on a project-level basis.
Analysis and solution development Demonstrates understanding of key UN inter-governmental body partner agencies. Understands implications of security information and reports and supports in the identification of mitigating actions against threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations.
Planning compliance and emergency management Supports in planning and prioritisation practices in-line with established security policies and procedures.



Education:  A first level University Degree is preferred. Minimum requirement is completion of secondary school education in addition to a  post-secondary qualification at certificate or diploma level and/or with relevant work/training experience. 

Language:  Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic Langauage.

Professional Experience: At least 5 years of work experience in Military, Police, Private Security and/or UN/Humanitarian/NGO security sector




  • Has applied knowledge of security operations technical processes which must be adhered to in day to day work
  • Has supported security operations efforts as directed
  • Has supported in providing ad-hoc technical guidance to staff members
Long Description

Position Title: Security Assistant

Grade:  Level 5

Contract: Service Contract

Duty Station/travel: Basrah with frequent travel inside Iraq.

Salary: Starting at USD 1898  per month.

Medical Plan: Internationally valid medical plan for the staff member, spouse and dependents children under 18 years

Annual leave: 30 working days per annum

Deadline for Applications

27 January 2020

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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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