Security Officer P3 - FIT Pool

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Dec 30

Position description

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.

Are you passionate about leading the security of our operations to enable WFP to change and save the lives of millions of beneficiaries?

Are you ready to go wherever you are needed to ensure WFP can accomplish its mandate to save lives?

Are you fluent in Arabic or French?

If yes, this FIT Pool opportunity is for you.



We are looking for experienced Security Officers at a P3 level to join the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talent interested in working in any country where we operate

– in particular difficult duty stations (i.e. Yemen, South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, Mozambique, DRC).

Security is an essential function in WFP. The objective of this position is to 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 Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an entry point for any professional international career with WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talent interested in working in any of our 80 countries of operation (, including difficult duty stations when the need arises.


Under the general supervision and guidance of your manager, you will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • 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 that enables rapid and coordinated security activities.
  • Supports emergency security preparedness practices to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Supports the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis and information as required, to support the assessment of activity impact.
  • 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.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reporting, e.g. mandatory Field Security reports that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
  • Provides technical advice, guidance and support e.g. security assessments and plans to Country Offices to strengthen the capacity within security and crisis management, contributing to the development of country strategy, policies and planning.
  • Act with autonomy in an assigned emergency response capacity as required, to meet emergency food assistance needs.
  • Maintain productive relationships with local partners to align activities with wider programmes and ensure compliance with security policies and guidance.
  • Assist with communications and negotiations to garner security guarantees or “acceptance” within communities for WFP to operate, including in some cases within NSAG’s areas of control.
  • 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.
  • Manage junior security staff, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspective in areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
  • Other duties as required.



Working Experience:


  • A minimum of five (5) years working experience in Safety and Security Risk management, international law or management of humanitarian operations in high or medium security context.



  • Advanced University degree in security risk management, business administration, political/social science, psychology, criminal justice, law, international relations or a related field is required; OR first University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or relevant training/courses (LSA-SCP-SAPP or equivalent). The University needs to be recognized by UNESCO. You can check at:


  • Officer level diploma/certification obtained from a recognized Police/Military College/Senior Staff College with qualifying humanitarian international experience in relevant field may be accepted in lieu of the first University degree.

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