Jun 6, 2016

Field Security Officer , Kabul

Employer: World Health Organization
Location: Afghanistan
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 57379 at single rate
USD 61470 with primary dependants

Purpose of the position:

The FSO is responsible for providing advice and technical expertise to the Head of WHO Country Office (HWCO) in Afghanistan, in accordance with the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) and the WHO security policies and procedures. He/she manages, on behalf of the HWCO, all security activities to ensure the security and safety of all WHO country office staff and enable the efficient implementation of WCO Programmes and activities.

Organizational Context:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of WHO Country Office, Afghanistan, with technical oversight from the EMRO Regional FSO, and in full coordination with the UNDSS Afghanistan, the incumbent will advise and support the HWCO, Heads of Programs and field staff in managing staff safety and security of WHO premises and property.

The incumbent will serve as Focal Point for field security and safety matters for all WHO personnel and partners in Afghanistan.

The incumbent has direct recourse to the EMRO Regional FSO, Coordinator HQ/SEC and WHO Headquarters, whenever necessary.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1) Assess and analyze prevailing local security conditions and identify security trends, security factors and levels of risk related to WHO/AFG staff and activities and advise WHO personnel and program accordingly;
2) Develop and monitor the implementation of security contingency plans for WHO/AFG, undertake security assessment and evaluate existing security measures to the safeguarding of staff, property and premises of WHO/AFG; identify gaps in existing capability and make recommendation for amendment to the Head of WCO/AFG and take lead in arrangements for their improvement where necessary;
3) Serve as a member of the Security Cell, contributing to implementation and evaluation of the security plan;
4) Provide advice and training to WHO/AFG personnel and identify the training needs of security and program staff;
5) Investigate all security-related incidents involving WHO personnel or their eligible dependents including, but not limited to, road traffic accidents, loss and damage to WHO property;
6) Inspect Security equipment and ensure minimum equipment requirements are purchased, maintained and deployed in accordance with relevant policy;
7) Conduct security briefings to WHO staff on mission or appointed to Afghanistan;
8) Ensure WHO's participation in the UN Security Management System, including maintaining close co-operation with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and FSOs, monitoring WHO's compliance with Minimum Operation Security Standards (MOSS) requirements, cooperating with management to develop security planning, and supporting WHO staff serving as members of the country and area Security Management Teams and Wardens;
9) Maintain updated security information, prepare periodical situation reports in accordance with UN and WHO standard operating procedures and as agreed upon with the HWCO and WHO security management and ensure that the HWCO, EMRO Regional FSO and SEC/HQ and the UNDSS Country office are kept informed;
10) Prepare guidelines for implementing security measures/standards for WHO/AFG, both at the country office and in the field; review country/duty station-specific security/evacuation plans and propose improvements/necessary changes; ensure that WHO personnel are familiar with these plans;
11) Enhance communication capability for all WHO personnel in Afghanistan, brief WHO personnel on radio communication procedures, convoy procedures, identification of explosive devices and support WR/AFG in ensuring full integration in the common UN Afghanistan communication network;
12) Provide systematic reports and regular updates on security issues to WHO Representative/AFG, consulting and collaborating with the UNDSS as and when necessary;
13) Maintain close liaison with UNDSS/FSCOs, NGOs and other partners both in the country level and in the field locations where WHO operates, and assist when required;
14) Provide security coverage and advice to other sister UN Agencies, Funds and Program (UN AFPs) system staff when required.
15) Ensure that WHO/AFG implements and adheres to the UN Security Policies, Country MOSS and relevant SOPs at all times;
16) Perform any other relevant duties as instructed by his/her immediate supervisor.


A university degree (BA or equivalent), with a focus on security management and/or related discipline (business administration; political/social science; psychology; international relations). Alternatively, a military or police academy degree (at officer level) equivalent to advanced university degree.

Desirable: Successfully completed and certified in one or more UNDSS core courses i.e. SCP, SAPP, HIM, etc.

WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.


WHO global Competencies model at
1) Communicating in a credible and effective way
2) Producing Results.
3) Moving forward in a changing Environment.
4) Setting an example.
5)Fostering integration and teamwork.

Functional Skills and Knowledge:
- Relevant security training with military or police is an asset.
- Knowledge of UN field security operations; UN peacekeeping operations.
- Knowledge of UN security management system (UNSMS).
- Proven analytical skills.

Other Skills (e.g. IT):
Competency in Word, Excel, Power point and familiarity with EPI INFO or other statistical software.

Essential: At least 5 years of relevant professional experience at both national and international levels within the UN system or governmental and corporate agencies and /or relevant military and police service.

Desirable: UN professional experience as field security Officer/Advisor within Afghanistan or similar context.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of another working language of WHO an asset.
Additional Information:
Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening.
The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice (this could be the base for rosters).
Interviews will include competency-based questions.

In view of the current security situation, Afghanistan has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed
to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment.

WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates. Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel, education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

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