United Nations UN Security Assistant Career Opportunities - World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:      Security Assistant
Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: Security Associate 
Position Grade: SC5

About US:
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. . Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Emergencies; Building Resilience through Predictable Safety Nets; Improving Nutrition & Mother-and Child Health; and Supporting Small Holder Farmers to Access Markets. WFP has operations in various parts of the Country.

Job Summary: The Security Assistant will take overall responsibility for the completion of a range of security-related processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines and practices. The incumbent should be able to recommend a course of action on a range of security issues, deal with staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other colleagues. This job may require to work different shifts and report for duty on short notice.
The incumbent performs duties of a sensitive and confidential nature, assisting WFP management and staff in problem solving, humanitarian operations project planning, and administration and execution of stated goals and objectives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Supports the WFP Head of Area office and the Senior Security Associate in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the West Nile region.
  • The jobholder also assists the WFP Head of Area office and the Senior Security Associate in providing security support regarding the conferences and meetings in the West Nile region
  • Renders support in maintaining the Area Security Plan for the West Nile region, including updating staff lists.
  • Supports the WFP Head of Area office and the Senior Security Associate with the assessment of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
  • Supports the Senior Security Associate in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets;
  • Organizes and delivers training courses, security briefings on security awareness and preparedness;
  • Assists in ensuring Residential Security Measures (RSM) and office safety, and security preparedness in West Nile.
  • Performs other security-related tasks assigned by the Senior Security Associate.
  • Assists the Senior Security Associate in collecting, updating and communicating information regarding the security situation in the region
  • Works closely with and coordinates, as appropriate, with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers;
  • Helps to assess the security situation at the duty station and ensures adequate gathering and verification of security information that may be required for a proper analysis of the situation by WFP management and Security Unit.
  • Maintains regular contacts with Security Focal Points of UN agencies, UNDSS & INGOs in West Nile.
  • Provides assistance to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT) meetings.
  • Maintains a statistical database of all security incidents in the area in analytical charts.
  • Assists in maintaining the Area Security Plan, including supporting actions during the implementation of the Area Security Plan, as required.
  • Maintains the warden system and keeps up-to-date information related to staff residences in the West Nile Region.
  • Assists in reporting security incidents affecting UN staff, offices and assets, and preparation of security reports, such as the Security Incident Reports
  • Provides support in organising and conducting security briefings, and orientation to newly assigned staff members, as required.
  • Performs routine investigations or security assessments to ensure the safety of field staff to access or return to a location where actual or suspected security concerns exist.
  • Enforces procedures for WFP vehicle movement and advise on necessary actions, equipment and accessories required to enhance the safety and well being of  staff in the field;
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UN World Food Programme (WFP) Security Assistant job opportunity should hold a University degree in Community Psychology, Social Work and Social Administration, Social Sciences or any other related.
  • A minimum of five years of related work experience in safety and security related employment
  • Previous experience from Military War College or Police Officer training school
  • Prior international, UN, I/NGO, diplomatic or commercial security experience is desirable.
  • Computer literate in MS Word, Excel, Access and Power Point, digital mapping and GIS system.
  • Knowledge of the UN system in general and WFP is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the country safety codes.
  • Physically fit.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel on short notice
  • Fluency in English including excellent writing skills.

Functional Capabilities:
  • 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.

4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities (Purpose, People, Performance and Partnership):
  • 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.

How to Apply:
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.

Deadline: 16th July 2017

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