Friday, 12 February 2016

Field Security Officers at the World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

We are recruiting to fill the position below: 

Job Title: Field Security Officer

Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/FT64
Location: Abuja, Nigeria 
Grade: P3
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
Duration of contract: One (1) year
Organization unit: AF_WSR AF West Sub-Region (AF_WSR) /
AF_NGA Nigeria (AF_NGA)

Objectives of the Programme
  • Design and Implement appropriate policies and procedures to safeguard the security and safety of staff members, their eligible dependants, and enable secured environment for WHO Programmes implementation in the field across the country.
Description of Duties
  • Advise the WHO Representative with regard to maintaining the safety and security of WHO personnel and implementing partners, premises and assets in accordance with UN and WHO Security Management System Policies Procedures
  • Participate, coordinate and/or undertake security risk assessment for all Sub-offices within his zone of responsibility and facilitate the implementation of recommended mitigating measures.
  • Monitor the security situation across the country and provide the WHO Representative with independent analysis of emerging security threats to WHO personnel and, premises and assets.
  • In coordination with WHO Field Security Officers that are based in Bauchi and Kano, prepare Contingency Plans and SOPs for each Sub-office, and be instrumental in implementing the enhanced security measures; and ensure staff members are familiar and adhere with the related guidelines;
  • Conduct training/briefing on radio communication procedures, convoy procedures, security and evacuation procedures and other security issues and precautions to be taken;
  • Conduct specific security briefings in relation to the Polio implementation Programmes to all staff appointed to the field or on mission;
  • Maintain updated security information, prepare periodical situation reports ensuring that the WHO Representative and the UNDSS are kept regularly informed of security situation;
  • Provide advice on technical security requirements contained in the Security Plan, MOSS, and SOPs, and monitor their implementation; and ensure that the sub-offices have an acceptable level of MOSS compliance.
  • Provide systematic reporting on security incidents to the WHO Representative.
  • Establish contact with all relevant national authorities including national security agencies as appropriate.
  • Perform any other relevant duties.
Required Qualification
  • Essential: University Degree in Public or Business Administration, Social or Political Sciences, International Relations, Government or Law.
  • Essential: 5 years of relevant professional experience at both national and international level within governmental and corporate agencies and/or relevant military or police service.
  • Relevant military or police training, direct field experience in an international context such as UN system organization field operations, UN peacekeeping operations;
  • Knowledge of UN security management system;
  • Proven analytical skills;
  • Investigation background would be an asset.
WHO Competencies:
  • Moving forward in a changing environment;
  • Producing results;
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way;
  • Fostering integration and teamwork;
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Power Point, and database processing).
  • Excellent knowledge of English or French with a very good knowledge of the other. Knowledge of other official languages or local languages an asset.
Mobility (for international positions only):
  • Candidates appointed to an international post with WHO are subject to mobility and may be assigned to any activity or duty station of the Organization throughout the world.
Remuneration and Benefits
  • WHO's salaries are calculated in US dollars. They consist of a base salary and a post adjustment (for international positions only) which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station and exchange rates.
  • Other benefits include: 30 days annual leave, family allowance, home travel (for international positions only), education grant for dependent children (for international positions only), pension plan and medical insurance.
Annual Salary: (Net of tax)
  • USD 56766 at single rate
  • USD 60813 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment:
  • 48.9 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.
Application Closing Date
16th February, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position.
  • WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link:
  • Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and these will be reviewed individually".