Field Security Officer

Employer: World Health Organization
Location: Nairobi Kenya
Closing Date: 2 October 2016
Grade: P3

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
USD 57379 at single rate
USD 61470 with primary dependants Post Adjustment: 31.9 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

Duration of contract:  Two years - Renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and continuing need for the post

Organizational context:
SEC is a unit within the Department of Operational Support and Services (OSS). SEC is responsible for coordinating WHO's daily response to safety and security, for providing information, advice, guidance and technical assistance on both headquarters and field security matters.

Purpose of the position:
By consistently delivering the highest quality of service, incumbent aims to ensure the security and the safety of all Headquarters, Regional and Country office staff and premises to enable the efficient implementation of all WHO programmes and activities.

Description of duties:
Under the supervision of Coordinator SEC, the incumbent will perform the following duties;

I. Conduct security assistance missions to the field with a view to enable WHO operations and ensure the safety and security of staff.

II. Conduct safety and security briefings and training to WHO staff members and associated personnel.

III. Monitor the security situation in countries where WHO is present and has operations.

IV. In liaison with the regional FSOs, when applicable, provide advice to WHO country offices upon request or on his/her initiative.

V. Review Security Risk assessments, MOSS, MORSS, country Cost-Shared Security Budgets and any other relevant documents sent by DSS.

VI. While in Nairobi constantly review the security situation in Kenya and participate in security cell meetings. Assist both the Kenya and the Somalia office.

VII. Perform any other security-related task as instructed by Coordinator SEC.
A first university degree in public or business administration, social or political sciences, police science, international relations, government, law or related field.

Advanced level degree in any of the above mentioned fields

In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually.
Analytical and team-working skills, knowledge of UN field security operations.
Good knowledge of MS Office tools.

Other skills:
Very good knowledge of all communication means used in the field such as HF, VHF, satellite phones, RB-GAN, GPS.
Sound knowledge of the security situation worldwide, particularly in the WHO Africa and the East-Mediterranean regions.

WHO competencies:
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Fostering integration and teamwork
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Setting an example
At least five years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels with experience in field security operations.

Experience in field mission of UN or other international organizations would be an advantage.
Relevant security training with military or police.
Expert knowledge of French and intermediate knowledge of English.
Additional Information:
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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