Security Officer (P3)

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Western Africa, Niger
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 21

Position description

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, striving to attain zero hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill the position of Security Officer P3, which will be based in our Country Office in Niamey, Niger; with frequent travel to WFP Sub-Offices and or project sites.

Please consult the WFP Niger external site ( for specific details on WFP’s work in Niger.

The ideal candidate for this position must demonstrate an understanding of the Niger social, political, economic and security context as well as the dynamics in neighboring countries with a bearing on Niger; show adaptive capacities in effective security management and make significant independent contributions to the planning and development of country security policies and procedures. S/he will be expected to manage a variety of security activities and conduct analytical work of considerable complexity, often manage and complete projects or assignments of a major nature achieving effective outputs. The incumbent typically anchors a team ensuring high performance and development.

Selected candidates may be asked to serve in a difficult duty station upon appointment. Please visit our corporate recruitment website to get more information about being an International Professional in WFP:


This position will support the management of WFP’s security operations to enable the effective delivery of Programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities and facilities.

The Security Officer will report to the Country Director (or designate) with the functional supervision of the Director, Field Security Division, through the Regional Security Officer, and be responsible for the following key duties:

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

* Provide 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.

* Develop systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of security situations needs in line with innovative methodologies and best practice.

* Conduct context analysis in conflict affected areas of operations, determining the key characteristics and locations of non-state armed groups (NSAG).

* Communicate and negotiate security guarantees or “acceptance” for WFP to operate in throughout Niger.

* Keep up to date with and advise upon local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP operations to inform security and operational activities.

* Monitor and maintain an effective security management communications system that enables rapid and coordinated security activities.

* Build and maintain productive relationships with local partners to align activities and optimize the best protection for staff, activities and facilities.

* Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts to align activities with wider Programmes and activities and ensure compliance with security policies and procedures.

* Manage junior security staff, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.

* Represent WFP at local 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 that enable 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.

* Liaise with embassy and diplomatic security entities and support the organization of donor missions to WFP project sites.

* Other as 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.

Technical Skills & Knowledge

* Sound understanding of security risk concepts and management principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialized knowledge in a specific area. 

* Ability to assimilate and analyse complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential strategic impact to create effective policy and planning recommendations. 

* 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. 

* Strong commercial knowledge with the ability to develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding. 

* Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.

* Understanding of weapons systems, maps, information collection and logistics concepts;

* A complete, in-depth grasp of security operations and practices;

* Ability to coordinate action/reports with DSS

* Training and/or experience utilising computers, including word processing, spread sheet and other standard WFP software packages and systems;

* General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing human resources administration is an asset.


* Good organisation and coordination skills;

* Good analytical skills to reach conclusions in support of work conducted by another officer and, in particular, logistics staff;

* Willingness to travel to remote areas of the world;

* Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with security counterparts and staff within the regional/country office.


* Fluency (level C) in written and spoken English;

* Working knowledge (minimum intermediate level) written and spoken of the duty station language: French.


Selected candidate(s) will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, 30 days' annual vacation, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

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

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

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.


Last day for submitting applications is: 17 September 2017

Application instructions

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