World Food Programme (WFP) – Junior Security Analyst.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals 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

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply


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 ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan , Sudan and Uganda.


 To analyze and contextualize security information that identifies potential impact on WFPpersonnel, assets and operations, contributing to WFP’s security ability to acquire, process and effectively communicate security threat information supporting decision-making and ensuring operational success.

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.


Education:Advanced university degree  preferably in Political or Social sciences, Security Management, International Relations , Business Analysis or related Fields

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in political or security analysis with an academic, military, police, intelligence, humanitarian, peacekeeping, diplomatic or corporate security, management organization is required.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.


  • Knowledge and understanding of methodologies for information, collection, collation and analysis.
  • Excellent analytical and English drafting skills.
  • Proven ability to conduct research projects and perform studies of security and political matters.
  • Uses understanding of operations within an emergency context and knowledge of the risks within the geographical setting in which they operate to apply analytical skill to various sources of data to enable the identification of threats to WFP’s operations.
  • Ability to identify priority activities and assignments, effectively manage workload.
  • Ability to work under strict deadlines.
  • Proven ability to produce analytical reports on security and political issues, preferably in the international perspective.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex concept orally and in writing.
  • Ability to appreciate sources, resources and information in terms of relevance and credibility.
  • Knowledge of the UN context, preferably in the field of security management, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, is an asset.
  • 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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES 1/2 (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Security Analyst, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Conducts research on identified topics related to the security situation in countries of WFP operations in Central and Eastern Africa.
  • Collects, collates, validates and analyzes information from a variety of sources and prepares background notes, updates and reports on prioritized security-related issues.
  •  Prepares and updates Country Security Profiles (CSPs) of countries in the region based on information from open and internal sources and ensures the posture of updated CSP versions on the RBN Teamwork space.
  • Assists the Regional Security Analyst in preparation of security-related inputs to the daily morning update, Daily Executive Director Operational Brief (DEDOB), Weekly Emergency Overview (WEO) and RBN RSO Monthly Security
  • Overview, with a focus on developments that affect or may affect the safety and security of WFP staff/assets/operations.
  • Prepare weekly Analytical digest reports on security related issues in the region and share with the Senior management team.
  • Provides inputs for topical analysis and other analytical reports/updates pertaining to the security situation in the region, as well as conflicts/crises that have cross-cutting implications in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Prepares ad hoc security updates, analytical reviews and background notes as required and conduct briefings on security developments, threats and risks in specific areas of relevance to WFP operations.


  • Monitors Security Incident Reports (SIRs) entered in to SIMSAS on incidents involving WFP staff/assets/operations, as well as contractor and partner staff engaged in support of WFP operations in the region; ensures necessary follow-up and integrity of SIR data; prepares SIR analysis.
  • Identifies appropriate sources/resources to obtain security-related informationpertaining to countries of the region; prepares a list of such sources/resources and makes suggestions on its update and development.
  • Assists the Regional Security Analyst in dissemination of security-related information to FSOs/Security Teams, CSFPs, LSAs and other users.
  • Monitors upcoming events in the short-term, medium-term and long-term perspectives, highlighting events which may have impact on the security situation in countries of the region.
  •  Maintains liaison with the RBN Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Unit and other pillars of RBN in monitoring and analyzing the security situation in the region, ensuring collaborative approach in preparation of regional reports and  analytical papers. Special focus is made on early warning indicators and early action benchmarks.
  • Produce and regularly update the Regional Risk Outlook.
  • Prepare country-specific Conflict Risk Outlooks.
  • Prepare Monthly Conflict Risk Watch List for the region.
  • Provide proposals on conflict risks for the Corporate Alert System (CAS).
  • Performs other duties as required.


Type of Contract: Service Contract

Duty Station: Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa, Nairobi

Contract Duration: 12 Months


 May 3, 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

.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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