Security Assistant, Service Contract Level 5, Duty Station: Assosa (1) – WFP

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.


Job Title: Security Assistant

Contract Type & Grade: Service Contract Level 5

Duty Station: Assosa (1 position)

Dead line of application- 12.11.2021



Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.


This job is found in Assosa Field Office. Job holder report to technically to the Head of Security Unit in Country office and overall direct reporting will be to the Head of Field Office or the designate.
At this level job holder is expected to take responsibility for the completion of a range of security-related processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines and practices. Job holder is to recommend a course of action on a range of security issues, deal with staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other colleagues. This job may require to work different shifts and report for duty on short notice.


To perform a range of specialized and process-oriented responsibilities related to security operations including monitoring and maintaining security equipment in line with established procedures.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Assist in reviewing security threats and risks, compile timely and accurate reports on trends and situations that could adversely impact WFP operations to ensure information is accurately collated to support reporting and decision making.
  2. Regularly assess and update the security situation inside the camps and adjacent host communities, along the routes to the operational areas in general with special emphasis on the Tongo and Gure Shenbolla corridors. Closely follow up and analyse evolving security threats and risks in Metekel and Kamashi zones and provide regular briefs to the Head of Office.
  3. Review security-related information (security incidents and events, security support to daily activities, etc.) and use corporate or local information management tools to provide basic analyses and reports to ensure information is readily available for relevant stakeholders.
  4. Liaise and coordinate with local administrations, security and law enforcement authorities, communities, UN/NGO security staff and other actors to facilitate access for safe programme delivery and to mitigate potential risks against staff and other resources.
  5. Assist in planning, coordinating, preparing and conducting field missions including tracking of staff, conduct regular security assessments in the area of responsibility (alone or in collaboration with UNDSS) to support safe and effective programme delivery.

6. Prepare detailed security assessment reports after field missions with risk mitigation recommendations to support security situation analysis and facilitate informed decision-making.

7. Assist in the formulation of advice to the head of field office on security risk management matters and safety issues in compliance with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS).

8. Assist in the implementation of all security risk mitigation measures, including the Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) to ensure full compliance.

9. Assist in the management and maintenance of security equipment and identify new requirements to strengthen technology capacity in line with business requirements.

10. Assist in monitoring and ensuring that all access control procedures are effective and stringently followed by all staff and visitors to ensure accountability and maintenance of safe and secure environment.

11. Contribute to the development and update of emergency and contingency planning documentation, including physical preparations and procedures to support preparedness for a crisis.

12. Assist in the identification of security training needs to support training planning and implementation to address staff security awareness needs.

13. Liaise with local Government Authorities to foster good relations to ensure that issues quickly are resolved, and operational performance standards are maintained.

14. Immediately notify the Head of Field Office about all issues ranging from incidents of public strikes, warehouse theft, breakages, challenges with porters, with transporters, with outsourced service providers, local and regional authorities, etc.), and Kebele authorities for his information and/or direct action/intervention.

15. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Has applied knowledge of security operations  technical processes which must be adhered to in day to day work
  • Has supported security operations efforts as directed
  • Prior experience with the UN system or international NGOs
  • Has supported in providing ad-hoc technical guidance to staff members


Education: Minimum requirement is the completion of secondary school education. A first-level University Degree is desirable.

Experience: Five years of progressive experience is required and among which 2 years in the functional area or related field.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English.


  •  Compliance
  •  Investigation
  •  Accountability
  •  Record Maintenance
  •  Organizing and Coordinating Skills

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficient in the use of office equipment and computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word.
  • Knowledge of work routines and methods in order to complete processes under minimal supervision.
  • Uses tact and courtesy to give and receive information to a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to offer guidance or basic on-the-job training to more junior staff.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic approach to security risk management Demonstrates understanding of the strategic context in which the security function operates and the broader implications of day-to-day work.
Operational knowledge of security risk management Demonstrates some understanding of day to day security operations. Contributes knowledge to development of resolutions to aspects of challenges faced, as directed.
Security resource management Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing and financial resource usage on a project-level basis.
Analysis and solution development Demonstrates understanding of key UN inter-governmental body partner agencies. Understands implications of security information and reports and supports in the identification of mitigating actions against threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations.
Planning compliance and emergency management Supports in planning and prioritisation practices in-line with established security policies and procedures.

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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