Security Operations Support Officer NOA, Regional Bureau Cairo

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JOB TITLE: Security Operations Support Officer TYPE AND LEVEL OF CONTRACT: Fixed Term NOA UNIT/DIVISON: Security DUTY STATION: Cairo, Egypt REPORT TO: Regional Security Operations Officer DURATION:1 year (renewable)



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The WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo provides strategic and technical guidance to WFP operations in 15 countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Palestine, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen. We are looking for a competent Security Operations Support Officer to organize and oversee all security operations for our Regional Bureau in Cairo.

As Security Operations Support Officer you will have to demonstrate excellent risk management and emergency response skills. You 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 (not all-inclusive)

  1. 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.
  2. 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 RBC Area.
  3. In conjunction with WFP Field Security Division, provide operational support to the Regional Office for achievement of SRM demands and RSM compliance.
  4. 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.
  5. Provide support to the management of security budget including procurement planning to facilitate efficient and cost-effective resources management.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Prepare accurate and timely reports to contribute to the consistency of information presented to the senior managers.
  10. Provide security orientation briefing to newly arrived staff to ensure staff are well-informed of local security conditions and procedures.
  11. Support training activities as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners.
  12. Support the supervisor during emergencies to meet changing needs.
  13. Provide Temporary Duty Assignment support when required within the Region.
  14. Maintain and develop partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders to facilitate WFP operations in the area of responsibility.



  • 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.


  • Ten years or more of progressively responsible professional experience in security management (relevant military, police or corporate) and/or security risk management with a background and interest in international humanitarian development.
  • Experience in managing junior support staff.

Knowledge & skills:

  • Good theoretical understanding of security management concepts and principles with a knowledge of best practices, techniques, and processes.
  • Good theoretical and practical physical security skills and safety in the workplace techniques and mitigation.
  • Ability to assimilate a range of information and make basic analyses to support the development of efficient solutions.
  • Good communication skills and ability to adapt communication style to different situations and individuals. Ability to contribute to and/or deliver effective briefing and training, assessing participant needs.
  • Knowledge of common business principles and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.

Language: Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic.


.WFP offers a competitive compensation package including:

  • Attractive salary in accordance with industry standards.
  • Attractive pension plan.
  • Child allowance.
  • Medical coverage for staff and dependents.
  • Variety of leave entitlements, incl. 30 days annual leave/year, maternity/paternity leave, and special leave arrangements.


Deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday 26 of June 2024.


WFP is committed to an accessible, inclusive recruitment process. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of any disability-related reasonable accommodation or accessibility requests you may have. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to discuss your needs. This email is only to be used for any disability-related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to the volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation, abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any payment requests should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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