Security Associate, Service Contract Level 6, Gondar, Ethiopia

  • Contract
  • Gondar
  • Posted 2 weeks ago

WFP - World Food Programme


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JOB TITLE: Security Associate 
CONTRACT TYPE: Service Contract Level 6
DURATION: 6 months with possible extension


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  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.


WFP is working to support and implement humanitarian interactions and interventions in Amhara in light of the current security and humanitarian situations. Not only have safety and security issues intensified, but more importantly, access efforts have grown. WFP has an office in Gondar which is also a Logistics hub, currently hosting more than 90 WFP fleet trucks. The Gondar office is implementing 4 activities: Nutrition, School Meals, refugees, and relief in North Gondar, Central Gondar, Western Gondar and the Northwest contested woredas. Gondar Sub-office requires an individual with a required skillset and expertise in security who will be based in the duty station be able to keep track of any changes in the threat environment, and also comprehend the threat specificity on WFP personnel, assets, and operations so that the office can execute its mission towards its targeted beneficiaries. 


The purpose of this role is, on account of her/his grasp of training, experience, and education in the operational setting, the LSA (Local Security Associate) would be able to determine whether the security risk management measures recommended are appropriate. Moreover, the LSA would be a key player in access connections, whether or not it would constantly maintain a triangular nexus of programmes, logistics, and security. The LSA would function as an entry-and-security intermediary with regional government authorities, thus making access facilitation and security risk management simpler.

The job is based in the Amhara region, specifically at Gondar Sub office and the job holder at this level demonstrates responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate a team of security support staff. 

The LSA is expected to perform tasks related to the implementation and assessment of security measures and maintenance of equipment with a view towards providing updates and recommendations to facilitate informed decision-making and secure WFP staff, facilities and operations. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Review security threats and risks in detail and compile accurate reports on trends and situations that could adversely impact WFP operations, in order to ensure information is accurately collated and sent to senior security staff to support reporting and decision making.
2. Review security related information (e.g. security incidents and events, security support to daily activities, etc.) and use corporate or local information management tools to produce a range of analyses and in-depth reports, to ensure that information is readily available for relevant stakeholders.
3. Liaise and co-ordinate with local administration, 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.
4. Plan and co-ordinate staff activities during field missions and perform security assessments within the area of responsibility to support safe and effective programme delivery.
5. Analyse security assessment reports following field missions and present detailed recommendations for risk mitigation to support security situation analysis and facilitate decision-making.
6. Assist in advising the Country Director on security risk management matters and safety issues in compliance with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS).
7. Support the implementation of risk management mitigation measures, including Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) to ensure compliance.
8. Support the maintenance and management of security equipment and make recommendations to strengthen technology capacity in line with business requirements.
9. Monitor and ensure that all access control procedures are effective and stringently followed by all staff and visitors, in order to maintain a safe and secure environment.
10. Maintain and develop recommendations for improving emergency and contingency planning documentation including physical preparations and procedures, to support preparedness for a crisis.
11. Deliver security training to staff and review security training needs in order to develop measures to meet business requirements.
12. Supervise and provide on-the-job training to other staff supporting their development and high performance.


• Specialised knowledge of the application of practical methods, techniques, procedures and systems used in security, typically gained through technical training and work experience.
• Broad knowledge and understanding of security logistics, security administration, risk assessment and co-ordination with local authorities and local law enforcement agencies.
• Training and experience in fire and related intervention/evacuation procedures.
• Ability to manage emergency situations and remain calm.
• Attention to detail and constant vigilance in order to promptly detect any breach in security measures.
• Ability to interpret information, use judgement and inform supervisors of any incidents which might impact the UNWFP staff and operations.
• Excellent communication skills in order to maintain frequent correspondence with both, internal staff and external authorities with regards to security advisories and security incidents.
• Willingness to attend security trainings and comply with UNSMS standards.


EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.

EXPERIENCE: At least 6 years of relevant work experience in a humanitarian context

LANGUAGE: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the English and Amharic language


13 May 2024


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