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International Consultant -Security Officer CST II – Jijiga, Somali Regional State of Ethiopia

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International Consultant -Security Officer CST II (P3 equivalent) 

Short Term Monthly – Africa, Central & Eastern – Ethiopia – Jijiga – 
Working Job Language (1) – SECURITY

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These roles are likely to be found in Jijiga Area Office. Job holders report to the Head of Security in the Country Office.


The security officer will be under the day to day supervision of the Head of the Security Unit. He will advise the Heads of Area Office (AO) and Sub Offices in Jijiga, Dire Dawa, Adama, Dessie and Semera and will be overall responsible to the Head of Security for WFP in Ethiopia for the safety and security of WFP staff members and assets and with the primary task to ensure that the WFP operation and programes in the Oromo, Somali, Amhara and Afar Regions can continue in the safest possible manner in compliance to the security and safety policies of WFP and the UN.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Be conversant and have good understanding of the WFP and UNDSS security management procedures and ensure that they are applied, implemented and enforced.
  • In consultation with the WFP Head of Security for Ethiopia, the head of Area Office in Jijiga, and the Heads of Offices in the Oromo Region, establish local security procedures and SOPs to ensure the safety of WFP staff and assets.
  • Periodically review the implementation of SRM/RSM compliance in the WFP compounds and by the staff members and report any deficiencies or shortfalls for immediate action.
  • Conduct area security assessments following insecurity, incidents/accidents to ensure the continued smooth operation of WFP in both Oromo and Somali Regions and forward detailed report to the Head of Security in Addis Abeba for further comments/advise to the CD.
  • Oversee the performance of the Security guards at relevant AO/SOs to ensure that they adhere to the task in providing the security services to WFP as stipulated in their contract.
  • Ensure timely reporting of any security incidents and/or information that may lead to an incident which can negatively affect WFP operation in the area of responsibility.
  • Prepare and submit weekly reports in a timely manner covering the security situation and incidents in his/her area of responsibility.
  • Provide timely advise to staff on the changing security situation and incidents in the regions which he is covering.
  • Conduct security briefing to new arrivals and official WFP visitors.
  • Respond to any security incident or accident involving any WFP staff, partner, vehicle or asset and prepare and send out Security Significant Report (SIR) immediately.
  • Keep the WFP staff abreast and updated with the daily security situation and incidents.
  • Ensure that WFP tracking procedures for field missions are implemented and strictly followed.
  • Liaise closely with the UNDSS FSCO/LSA for Oromo, Somali, Afar and Amhara Regions and with the Local Security Authorities for advise, guidance and information sharing
  • In consultation with the Head of Security, conduct necessary staff training for Security and Safety Awareness.
  • Perform any other security duty as approved by the Head of Security/Country Director for Ethiopia.


Education: Advanced University degree in Security Management, International Relations or Law Enforcement or other relevant fields, 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: Six years or more experience with solid, responsible and relevant work experience in security management. 

Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.


• Has contributed to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situations in line with innovative methodologies and best practice
• Has provided support in the provision of  technical  security operations  advice to strengthen the security management  function of WFP
• Has managed small teams of national staff with related areas of expertise
• Has developed some experience managing resources in the STLDU or Operations
• Has gained considerable experience in at least one operational area



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios).


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  •  Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic approach to security risk management  Supports in the development of security risk management strategy and leads in its implementation to ensure safety and security of staff.  
Operational knowledge of security risk management  Leverages deep understanding of security operations in order to develop multi-faceted solutions to highly complex organisational security challenges.
Security resource management  Monitors trends in staffing and financial resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders.
Analysis and solution development Utilises good understanding of UN inter-governmental body partner agencies to interpret information and reports and provides tactical recommendations for the mitigation of threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations
Planning compliance and emergency management Demonstrates ability to plan and prioritise staff safety and security while ensuring strict compliance with established policies and procedures. Provides suggestions into how these practices may be improved.


10 June 2021 (Open for Non Ethiopian National only )

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.



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