UN Security Assistant Job Opportunities – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
Organisation: United Nations
World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Moroto, Uganda
Reports to: Security
Position Grade: SC5
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
- Supports the WFP Head of Area office and
the Senior Security Associate in collecting, updating and communicating
information regarding the security situation, providing security support
regarding the conferences and meetings in the Karamoja.
- Assists in maintaining the Area Security
Plan for the Karamoja region, including updating staff lists.
- Assists the WFP Head of Area office and
the Senior Security Associate with the assessment of Minimum Operational
Security Standards (MOSS) for the duty station;
- Assists 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 the
- Liaises and coordinates, as appropriate,
with the host government security organizations and/or personnel, including
national and local provincial authorities, military, and police officers;
- Maintains regular contacts with Security
Focal Points of UN agencies, UNDSS & INGOs in the Karamoja region.
- 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 Karamoja 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 ofstaff in the field;
- Conducts field trips to support Karamoja
Field -offices or staff in the field at short notice whenever requested by
Supervisor /CO security unit;
- Assists in ensuring that fire safety
arrangements, plans for fire/building evacuation, relocation/evacuation of
staff to a safe haven are updated and efficiently implemented;
- Coordinates 24 hours response to all
security related incidents involving WFP staff and eligible dependents;
- Reports all cases where staff members
and/or their eligible family members have been victims of conventional
- Act as the direct focal point for security
guards and supervisors in area assigned and authorize/monitor change of
shifts, verify attendances/absences of security personnel and record;
- Manages the Access Pass System to WFP
- Organizes security services for the
various meetings including parking facilities;
- Perform any other duties as may be
- 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
- Strategic approach to security risk
management: Demonstrates understanding of the strategic context in
which the security function operates and the broader implications of
- 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
- 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.
(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
- Create an inclusive culture:
Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion
of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country
- 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
- Be Decisive: Makes
rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain
circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or
- 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
All candidates who desire to join the United Nations World Food
Programme are encouraged to submit their applications online at the link below.
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