Regional Field Security Officer
Position number : 403166
Background and Justification
By consistently delivering the highest quality of service, incumbent aims to ensure the security and safety of all Regional and country offices staff to enable the efficient implementation of all WHO/EMRO programmes and activities.
The Department of Business Operations Services is responsible for providing efficient and effective support services to all programmes and activities of the organization in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in respect of safety and security services, human resources and talent management, administration, budget and finance, supply, OSS and IT services.
The objective of the Safety and Security Services Unit is to design, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate appropriate policies and procedures to improve the security and safety of staff throughout the Organization.
Under the direct supervision of Director/BOS, with reporting responsibility to the Coordinator, Staff Security, WHO/HQ and the overall guidance of the Regional Director (RD), the Regional Field Security Officer provides technical advice, guidance, and management of WHO’s response to safety and security to enable the effective delivery of programmes that meet health needs and maintain the security and safety of WHO personnel, activities, and facilities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Overall, the technical direction regarding security policy and procedures will be provided by the WHO Security Focal Point and Director of Operational Support Services in WHO/HQ. The incumbent will be responsible for supporting and advising the Director BOS and Regional Director on her/his security responsibilities and accountability, for advising on strategic issues and to support Head of WHO Country Offices (HWCOs) in the Region establish the appropriate security structure and capacity required by the context and WHO’s portfolio in the Region.
*Summary of Assigned Duties
Within the framework of WHO’s Security Management Structure the incumbent will perform the following duties:
Advise the Director BOS, Regional Director and HWCOs within the Region on relevant strategic, contextual or operational issues that may have an impact on the safety and security of WHO staff, operations and assets.
Provide relevant technical and strategic analysis on potential threats/risks to staff/programs and ensure that appropriate safety/security information is disseminated to the relevant EMR’s local security professionals and all mission/program managers and their staff.
Be responsible for the initial briefing, on-going training and dissemination of security information to ensure all personnel are kept abreast of matters affecting their security.
Promote inclusion of security in all relevant processes and practices through engagement at the Regional and Country Office levels for informed decision making and implementation.
Establish regional and country-level security structures and capacities. Review the security and safety situations in all EMR areas of operations and decide on measures for improvements.
Continuously assess security compliance and alignment with corporate processes at all levels to implement, optimize and prioritize remedial actions/efforts in adherence with the UNSMS and the UN ‘Framework of Accountability’ document, regarding safety/security matters that will impact EMR’s operations and programs.
Maintain an overview and ensure adherence by all WHO EMRO staff members to the UNDSS Travel Request Information Process (TRIP), the Movement of Personnel (MOP) procedures and the UN security clearance policy.
Ensure all EMRO staff members have a working knowledge of the UN Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS), Mission Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) and the UNDSS Field Security Handbook – that includes an understanding of various UNDSS evacuation/emergency and security plans.
Actively support and equip personnel with security responsibilities with an appropriate and clear understanding of operational and support functions and resources to efficiently support their responsibilities.
Effectively contribute to the development of a global and Regional WHO security strategy, policies and guidance to ensure optimal security presence, capacity and activity to promote the safety and security of all WHO staff and operations.
Apply effective risk and crisis management principles and procedures for developing situations, including responding to security emergencies.
Participate as is practical in the development and review of the SRM in the Region, SRMM Residential Security Measures, and security planning, and providing oversight for implementation if required.
Represent WHO in Regional and National inter-agency meetings and promote information sharing with UNDSS, other UN security officers, and relevant security personnel from other organizations in the Region.
Establish and maintain effective working exchanges and relationships with security officials of other international organizations, regional government counterparts and partner security services, all the regions United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) offices and all appropriate security focal points, in order to ensure up to date security-related information that is beneficial to the regional overview and country specific missions and offices is obtained.
Establish, maintain and grow a Regional security network among WHO personnel with security responsibilities, providing leadership and mentorship where necessary
Support Country Offices to meet their security reporting requirements. Undertake missions to assist WHO/EMR staff and non-staff operating in unsafe areas to advise them on how best to deal with the very serious security/safety problems which confront them on daily basis.
Undertake security mission to countries within the Region to become familiar with national context and specific situations, and advise the Director BOS, the Regional Director and WRs on specific issues that have security implications, specifically inclusive of political aspects/analysis.
Decide on security training needs for the Region and oversee training programmes to ensure Country Offices’ ability to deliver on their safety and security objectives. Provide security training for staff and non-staff at both Regional Office level and field level.
Coordinate and oversee a Community of Practice involving all security personnel in the region incorporating capacity building and staff development, training, upskilling and career development. * In the absence of security professionals and the appointment of a Security Focal Point (SFP) in a country programme, ensure there is enough support from RSO Unit to ensure that effective security management policies are applied.
Be accountable for the development and maintenance of the regional office medevac/relocation/evacuation plans and their implementation during crisis situation.
Competencies: (See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.)
Respecting & promoting individual and cultural differences*
Ensuring the effective use of resources
Setting an example
Creating an empowering and motivating environment*
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Relevant security training with military or police is an asset.
- Analytical and team-working skills, knowledge of UN field security operations
- Very good knowledge of all communication means used in the field: HF, VHF, satellite phones, RB-GAN
Master’s degree in business administration; political/social science; psychology; international relations, or law enforcement with a focus on security management, risk management and/or related discipline . Alternatively, a military or police academy degree (at officer level) equivalent to advanced university degree, with qualifying relevant experience, will be accepted.
A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
Successful completion of a Command and/or General Staff course at a recognized military/police Staff College would be an asset.
At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in security management, crisis management and a strong background in political and security analysis in a regional context.
Experience in working in crisis and humanitarian response locations enabling programme delivery is required.
Previous UN professional experience as Field Security Officer/Adviser.
Relevant experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is as asset.
Experience in the development of global and regional security operations strategy and supporting policies and guidance.
Experience in the monitoring and evaluation of security operations activities to assess and inform the improvement of activity impact.
Experience in leading multi-functional and cross-geography teams.
Use of Language Skills : Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Arabic or French would be an asset.
Other Skills (e.g. IT) : Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 89,837 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 2568 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.
This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
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A written test may be used as a form of screening.
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