Security Operations Support Officer, NOA

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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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 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.


Job Description

Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Area Office, the Security Operations Support Officer will support the management of WFP’s security day-to-day operations to facilitate the effective delivery of programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities and facilities.


Key Accountabilities

  • Contribute to the security and safety contingency and continuity planning for the office supporting the standardization and implementation of plans and that emergency systems are regularly tested for WFP facilities in-country.
  • Liaise with United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and the in-country security management apparatus and attend security operations management meetings, to ensure WFP management and staff are fully briefed on security matters in RB/CO.
  • In conjunction with WFP Field Security Division, provide operational support to the Country, Area and Field Offices for achievement of Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and Minimum Operational Residential Security Standards (MORSS) compliance.
  • Responsible for all facilities access control measures and procedures to ensure safety and security of WFP staff and visitors in line with UNSMS best practices.
  • Provide support to the management of security budget including procurement planning to facilitate efficient and cost effective resources management.
  • Responsible for management of security equipment to ensure it is issued correctly, is in serviceable condition and is in compliance with the established security standards.
  • Maintain liaison with Human Resources Unit regarding a number of security staffing matters (e.g. recruitment, contract management, capacity building), to ensure compliance with the established WFP policies and procedures.
  • Collect information about local security developments, issues and potential impact upon WFP operations for supervisor’s attention in order to support security and operational activities.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports to contribute to the consistency of information presented to the senior managers.
  • Provide security orientation briefing to newly arrived staff to ensure staff are well-informed of local security conditions and procedures.
  • Support training activities as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
  • Support the supervisor during emergencies to meet changing needs.
  • Other as required.


Minimum 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 2 years relevant professional experience is required in the following:
  • Has supported projects and operational activities that maintain security operations functions and feed into overall strategic aims.
  • Has routinely provided coaching or training to new staff members within area of expertise.
  • Has collated data, assisted in analysis and drafting reports that inform security operations activities.


Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage. 



Fluency (level C) in English language.

Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri local languages is desirable.

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Administration & Office Support and NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years