World Food Programme – Security Officer NOB.

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WFP is currently seeking to build talent pool in the position of Security Officer NOB


The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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 WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization and management support to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda.


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.


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

  • Working Experience:  A minimum of 3 or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in political or security analysis with an academic, military, police, intelligence, humanitarian, peacekeeping, diplomatic or corporate security management organization is required. 
  • At least one-year experience and exposure at the international level is required.
  • Experience in UN organizations is an asset.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

What you will do:

1.Provide technical advice and support e.g. security assessments and plans to COs to strengthen the capacity within security management and crisis readiness and preparedness. 

2. Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situation needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practices.

 3. Contribute in conducting context analysis in conflict affected areas of operations, determining the key characteristics and locations of non-state armed groups (NSAG).

 4. Assist with communications and negotiations to garner security guarantees or “acceptance” for WFP to operate in NSAG’s areas of control.

  5. Keep up to date with and advise upon local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP operations to inform security and operational activities.

 6. Contribute to monitoring and maintaining an effective security management communications system that enables rapid and co-ordinated security activities.

 7. Contribute to productive relationships building with local partners to align activities and optimise the best protection for staff, activities and facilities. 


8. Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts to align activities with wider programmes and ensure compliance with security policies and procedures. 

9. Where supervisory responsibilities apply, manage security staff, providing coaching and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance. 

10. Participate 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.

 11. Support in organizing and delivering training sessions to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.

 12. Prepare accurate and timely reports, e.g. mandatory Field Security reports that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

 13. Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.

  14. Follow emergency security preparedness practices to meet emergency food assistance needs.

 15. Other as required. 

  • Has supported complex projects and operational activities that maintain security operations functions and feed into overall strategic aims
  • Has gained experience in an emergency response and high-risk operational capacity
  • Has provided direction and instruction to more junior staff members within area of expertise




         Type of Contract:

Fixed term NOB

         Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

         Contract Duration: 

12 months- Renewable .

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4th November 2020

Only short listed 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.




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