Apr 26, 2016

Security Operation Support Officer

Employer:World Food Programme
Location: Damascus Syria
Duration: One Year
Closing date: 08 May 2016
VA No. 028/2016

The Office of the United Nations World Food Programme in Syria is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the following post:

Duties and Responsibilities:
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

· Participate in the security and safety contingency and continuity planning for the office supporting the standardization of plans for WFP facilities in-country and ensuring that all security plans are implemented and emergency systems are regularly tested.

· Develop annual plans, contribute to longer term strategies and improvements to security systems and procedures to ensure services provided support WFP strategic objectives and are in compliance with corporate policies, standards, regulations and processes.

· 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 RB/CO.

· In conjunction with WFP Field Security Division, provide recommendations and operational support to the Country, Area and Field Offices for achievement of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Security Standards (MORSS) compliance.

· Responsible for all facilities access control measures and procedures to ensure safety and security of WFP staff and visitors in line with UNSMS best practices.

· Contribute to the management of security budget including procurement planning to support efficient and cost effective resources management.

· 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.

· 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.

· Collect information about local security developments, issues and provide technical analysis on the potential impact upon WFP operations to support security and operational activities.

· Prepare comprehensive, accurate and timely security-related reports including recommendations to support informed decision-making and consistency of information presened to the senior managers and other stakeholders.

· Provide security orientation briefing to newly arrived staff to ensure staff are well-informed of local security conditions and procedures.

· Facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.

· Manage junior security staff, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and support high performance.

· Support the supervisor during emergencies to meet changing needs.


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.

Experience: Typically 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.

Desired Experiences for Entry into the Role:
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.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic; Solid command of the English language and ability to translate Arabic to English (vice versa).

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 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.

Applications must be submitted online
Application procedures:
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Step 2: Click on “Apply” to submit your application (please note that you must complete step two in order for your application to be properly submitted).

Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted.

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Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.