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Security Operations Support Officer SC-8, Yerevan, Armenia


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Yerevan
  • Grade: Consultancy - SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed


Career Opportunities: Security Operations Support Officer | SC-8 | Yerevan, Armenia | 6 months


🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°: 630204

📢 Job Title: Security Operations Support Officer

📌Type of Contract: Service Contract

➡️ Unit / Division: Security Unit / WFP Armenia

📍   Duty Station: Yerevan

➡️ Duration: 6 months (renewable)

⏰ Closing date: Wednesday, 29 March, 2023.


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.

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Why work with us?

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 Armenian food sector is characterized by the low productivity of nutritionally diversified commodities, high production costs, fragmented producers, and limited post-harvest, market infrastructures and opportunities. This in turn negatively impacts on the Armenian population’s access to nutritionally diversified food and is resulting in worrisome levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.

WFP Armenia is seeking a candidate to support the Country office's Management in the 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.

This is an opportunity for an exciting and challenging Security role in a multi-cultural, hardworking, fun and interdisciplinary team. In addition, we offer:

➡️ Meaningful and impactful careers:

Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

➡️ Continuous learning and training:

We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers

➡️ Multicultural and stimulating work environment:

We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger

Join us to make a difference in Armenia, watch this video to know more about us!!  

How can you make a difference?

In this position, you will have to:

• Provide technical advice, guidance and support e.g. security assessments and plans to COs to strengthen the capacity within security management and crisis readiness and preparedness, contributing to the development of country strategy, policies and planning.

• Develop systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situations needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.

• Facilitate WFP access to affected civilian populations within Armenia, working closely with other UN agencies, notably UNDSS.

• Provide WFP staff with safety and security training / briefings as required,. Record training, and ensure follow up, refresher training is delivered to staff remain current.

• Support review of staff office/accommodation safety and security assessments and enhancements.

• Support UNDSS in the overall WFP Security Plan update, including development of specific SOPs and recommendations/ guidelines on WFP staff safety in conflict prone/shelling prone areas, relocation and evacuation plans.

• Represent WFP at local and inter-agency meetings e.g. Security Co-ordination Cells to present relevant security issues and contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience.

• Refresh, update and develop WFP procedures for overall Security Management.

• Provide regular security analysis and recommendations related to the situation in Armenia and the region with specific focus on conflict related aspects. Where necessary, in coordination with relevant RBC stakeholders.

• Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting, e.g. mandatory Field Security reports that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

• Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing security analysis and information as required to support the assessment of community acceptance (activity impact).

• Review WFP operational presence in risk areas – support WFP business continuity in Yerevan and in zones that may potentially be affected by conflict.

• Assist in reviewing the impact of security factors on WFP programme designs and delivery, provide recommendations regarding possible support needs and improvements.

• Provide advice and assistance to programme and project managers on the mainstreaming of security risk management in all stages of project planning.

To join us in saving lives, changing lives, you will need to have...

Education:  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

Experience: At least 3 years of related postgraduate progressively professional experience in security operations and emergency response. Previous experience in working on security management; input in policy discussions activities for an NGO, government institution, UN Agency would be an asset.

Knowledge & Skills: Good theoretical understanding of security management concepts and principals with a knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes. Ability to assimilate a range of information and make basic analyses to support the development of efficient solutions. Good communication skills and ability to adapt communication style to different situations and individuals. Ability to contribute to and/or deliver effective briefing and training, assessing participant needs. Knowledge of common business principals and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.

Languages: Fluency (level C) in English and Armenian languages. Working knowledge (level B) of Russian language is desired.

Before you apply

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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in Armenia. Qualified female applicants and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. CV and cover letter must be submitted in the English language.

Applications must be submitted online through WFP e-Recruitment System. 

Internal WFP staff can access the VA through the internal WFP CAREER page via the link:

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The successful candidate will have to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 to be able to perform his/her duties. The UN strongly recommends UN personnel, and their dependents receive a COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved by WHO.

Note: the position is open to Armenian nationals and individuals eligible to live and work in Armenia.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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