Head Of Security in Borno, Nigeria

Security and Investigations
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
7 - 10 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. 


WFP is seeking individuals with experience working in culturally sensitive, remote, and complex environments. 

We are seeking to fill Security Officer at the P4 level, based in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Security, the Security Officer will be responsible for the following key duties:

  • Keep up to date with and advise upon regional and local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activity to inform security and operational activities. 
  • Provide technical advice, guidance and support e.g. operational security requirements, security assessments and plans to country offices to strengthen the capacity within security management and crisis readiness and preparedness, contributing to the development of country strategy, policies and planning. 
  • Provide leadership of a security team, ensuring the effective management of all security activity and resources to support country office programmes and operations. 
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of an effective security management communications system to enable rapid and co-ordinated security activities. 
  • Identify and build productive relationships with government agencies and national partners to align activities and optimise the best protection for staff, activities and facilities.
  • Represent WFP at national and inter-agency meetings e.g. security coordination cells to contribute to technical discussions and exchange of knowledge and experience and advocate for the WFP position. 
  • Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to align security activities with wider programmes. 
  • Support the maintenance a regional security network among WFP security personnel.
  • Identify potential security training and development opportunities and needs and facilitate training sessions as required to build the security capabilities of WFP and external partners. 
  • Oversee and prepare accurate and timely reporting e.g. mandatory ODF reports that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders. 
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact. 
  • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men. 
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks. 
  • Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs. 
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required Education:

  • 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 8 years relevant professional experience is required in the following:

  • Advised on regional and local security developments that impact upon WFP’s security and operational activities
  • Provided support in the provision of technical security operations advice to strengthen the security management function of WFP and contributes the development of country strategy, policies and planning
  • Managed large teams of staff with somewhat varied areas of expertise
  • Developed considerable exposure of managing resources in the STLDU or Operations and some experience of managing resources at HQ
  • Gained considerable experience in one or two operational areas

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Sound understanding of security risk concepts and management principles with a board knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes and specialized knowledge in a specific area. 
  • Ability to assimilate and analyze complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential strategic impact to create effective organizational policy and planning recommendations. 
  • Ability to deliver effective training, assessing participant needs and responding flexibly. 
  • Ability to coordinate action/reports with security entities of other UN agencies, funds and programmes. 
  • Strong commercial knowledge with the ability to develop, manage and control budgets, with frequently limited funding. 
  • Knowledge of common business principals and processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems.



  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

Terms and Conditions

Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year and eligible for the Rest and Recuperation (R&R) scheme. He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit icsc.un.org

Application Procedures:

Go to: http://i-recruitment.wfp.org/vacancies/16-0022414

Step 1: Register and create your online CV.

Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Qualified African national and female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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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