Ended Security Officer
Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving Lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
In 2019, WFP is scaling up its Yemen operations aiming to provide 12 million people with monthly food assistance through direct food distributions, vouchers or cash and nutritional support to nearly 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5.
Based in Sa'ada Area Office, the job holder typically work under the general supervision of Head of Area Office and directly report to the Senior Security Officer in the Country Office. Job holders operate with a high degree of independence and are involved in a variety of security activities and analytical work, some of which may be of considerable complexity. At this level, job holders are expected to supervise other security staff to ensure that security objectives are achieved in full and contribute to their performance improvement.
To support the management of WFP’s security day-to-day operations to facilitate the effective delivery of programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities and facilities.
1. Participate in the security and safety contingency and continuity planning for the office supporting the standardization of plans for WFP facilities in Sa'ada Area Office and ensuring that all security plans are implemented and emergency systems are regularly tested.
2. Develop annual plans, contribute to longer-term strategies and improvements to security systems and procedures to ensure services provided support WFP strategic objectives in Sa'ada Area Office and are in compliance with corporate policies, standards, regulations and processes.
3. Responsible for liaison with United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and the in-country security management apparatus including participating in security operations management meetings and contributing to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience, to ensure WFP management and staff are fully briefed on security matters in Sa'ada Area Office.
4. In conjunction with WFP Field Security Division, provide recommendations and operational support to the Country, Area and Field Offices for the achievement of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Security Standards (MORSS) compliance.
5. Responsible for all facilities access control measures and procedures to ensure the safety and security of WFP staff and visitors in line with UNSMS best practices.
6. Contribute to the management of security budget including procurement planning to support efficient and cost-effective resources management.
7. Responsible for management of security equipment to ensure it is issued correctly, is in serviceable condition and is in compliance with the established security standards.
8. Collaborate with internal stakeholders including Human Resources Unit regarding a range of security staffing matters (e.g. recruitment, contract management, capacity building), to ensure compliance with the established WFP policies and procedures.
9. Collect information about local security developments, issues and provide technical analysis on the potential impact upon WFP operations to support security and operational activities.
10. Prepare comprehensive, accurate and timely security-related reports including recommendations to support informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to the senior managers and other stakeholders.
11. Provide security orientation briefing to newly arrived staff to ensure staff are well-informed of local security conditions and procedures.
12. Facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
13. Manage junior security staff, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and support high performance.
14. Support the supervisor during emergencies to meet changing needs.
Education: Advanced University degree in Security Management, International Relations or Law Enforcement or another 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: 3 (Three) years or more of progressively responsible professional experience in security management (relevant military, policy or corporate) and/or security risk management, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development. Experience in managing support staff, Administrative/Assistant/Secretariat work experience is not considered, except for years holding Associate positions or above (UN equivalent grade G-6 or above), in which case each year is counted at 50%.
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language AND Arabic.
Citizenship: Only Yemeni citizens are eligible for this position.
Knowledge & Skills:
• Good theoretical understanding of security management concepts and principals with a knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes.
• Good analytical skills with the ability to assimilate and analyse a range of data and issues to support the development of efficient solutions.
• Good communication skills and the ability to adapt communication style to different situations and individuals.
• Ability to supervise, coach and motivate national security staff.
• Ability to 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.
• Experience in the working of the UN system
• Demonstratable knowledge of networking with Security agencies in the past
• Ability to work with others (Interpersonal skills)
• Ability to engage in capacity development activities with staff and partners with a view of ensuring the safety and security of staff and Organizational assets
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
- Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
- Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
- Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
- Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
|Capability Name||Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level|
|Strategic approach to security risk management||Demonstrates understanding of strategic approaches to security to identify potential threats. Contributes to the creation and implementation of WFPs mitigation measures.|
|Operational knowledge of security risk management||Exhibits good understanding of day to day security operations. Works within own remit to proactively contribute to solutions to single or multiple elements of organisational security challenges.|
|Security resource management||Monitors trends in staffing and financial resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.|
|Analysis and solution development||Utilises good understanding of UN intergovernmental body partner agencies to interpret information and reports and provides tactical recommendations for the mitigation of threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations.|
|Planning compliance and emergency management||Demonstrates ability to plan and prioritise staff safety and security while ensuring strict compliance with established policies and procedures. Provides suggestions into how these practices may be improved.|
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