Security Officers Job Vacancy at United Nations World Food Programme – Damaturu

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure thJob Vacancy atno child goes to bed hungry and thJob Vacancy atthe poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

WFP is seeking individuals with experience working in culturally sensitive, remote, and complex environments, to fill the position below Job Vacancy atthe P3 level, based in Damaturu, Nigeria:

Job Title: Security Officer

Ref.: 16-0022423
Location: Damaturu

Level: P3

Job Descriptions

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Security, the Security Officer will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • Assist in the provision of technical advice, guidance and support e.g. security assessments and plans to COs to strengthen the capacity within security management and crisis readiness and preparedness, contributing to the development of country strategy, policies and planning.
  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situation needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practices.
  • Conduct context analysis in conflict affected areas of operations, determining the key characteristics and locations of non-state armed groups (NSAG).
  • Assist with communications and negotiations to garner security guarantees or “acceptance” for WFP to operate in NSAG’s areas of control.
  • Keep up to date with and advise upon local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activity to inform security and operational activities.
  • Monitor and maintain an effective security management communications system thJob Vacancy atenables rapid and co-ordinated security activities.
  • Maintain productive relationships with local partners to align activities and optimise the best protection for staff, activities and facilities.
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts to align activities with wider programmes and ensure compliance with security policies and guidance.
  • Manage junior security staff, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Represent WFP Job Vacancy atlocal and inter-agency meetings e.g. Security Co-ordination Cells to present relevant security issues and contribute to technical discussions, exchange of knowledge and experience.
  • Facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
  • Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting, e.g. mandatory Field Security reports thJob Vacancy atenable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • 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.

A minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience is required in the following:

  • Contributed to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situations in line with innovative methodologies and best practice
  • Provided support in the provision of technical security operations advice to strengthen the security management function
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  • Managed small teams of staff with somewhJob Vacancy atvaried areas of expertise
  • Gained considerable experience in one or two operational areas

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Sound understanding of security risk concepts and management principles with a board knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialized knowledge in a specific area.
  • Ability to deliver effective training, assessing participant needs and responding flexibly.
  • Ability to coordinate action/reports with security entities of other UN agencies, funds and programmes.
  • Commercial knowledge with the ability to develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding.
  • Knowledge of common business principals and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.


  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

Terms and Conditions

  • Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year and eligible for the Rest and Recuperation (R&R) scheme.
  • He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan, and medical insurance. For more details please visit:

Application Closing Date
30th September, 2016.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Procedures

  • Candidate should click on the link above
  • Step 1: Register and create your online CV.
  • Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.


  • You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.
  • Qualified African national and female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.
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