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Local Security Assistants Jobs Vacancies - NGO

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vacancy Announcement No:
Issued on: 08 April 2015   
Deadline for Application: 22 April 2015   

Position Title: 
Local Security Assistant 

(3 Positions)

Grade Level: SC7   

Contract Type: Service Contract   
Duty Station: Dollow, Garowe, Hargeisa
Organizational Unit: FAO-Somalia
Duration: 3 months with possibility of extension   
Eligible Candidates: Somali Nationals ONLY

Anticipated start date: Immediately    

General Description of Tasks and Objectives to be Achieved: Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia and direct supervision of the Field Security Officer or in his absence the International Security Officer, and in close collaboration with the Head of the Field Office and the UNDSS office at the duty stations, the LSA will;
  • Continuously assess the security situation at his/her duty station and report developments affecting FAO operation to the FAOSO Field Security Officer, communicating to the Head of Field Office or OIC when required either verbally or in writing.
  • Establish working contacts with key members of the local Government authorities, clan chiefs and elders and others related to the security community.
  • Provide close security support to FAO program operations in the field, in coordination with UNDSS on the ground.
  • Maintain an updated list of FAO staff members working or travelling through in his/her respective area of responsibility for the purpose of tracking and reporting in collaboration with HR unit and the Head of Field Office.
  • Assist FAO staff in preparing and submitting security clearances when needed.
  • Assist FAO field missions on ground security arrangements, convoy planning; in coordination with UNDSS.
  • Participate in security cell meetings and as observer in the Area Security Management Meeting conducted by UNDSS in his/her duty station.
  • Maintain copy of the area Security Plan, including updating staff lists, area specific MOSS and SRAs.
  • Observe staff compliance to Minimum Operational Security Standards (MOSS) and report incompliance to Field Security Officer and /or National Security officer.
  • Identify MOSS equipment needs of FAO field offices and initiate/request and monitor procurement of MOSS compliant equipment.
  • Assist Field Security Officer in organizing security drills and training courses on security issues/awareness and preparedness for FAO staffs.
  • Monitor performance of local guard forces deployed to FAO field offices and guesthouses
  • Be responsible for the accountability of FAO security equipment and stores at his/her duty station.
  • Provide a weekly security report to the Field Security Officer.
  • Provide FAO staff, particularly external missions, and guest of FAO guesthouses, with safety and security briefings and other appropriate security-related information.
  • Timely report all security and safety related incidents involving FAO staff and assets to the Head of Field Office and Field Security Officer.
  • Attend to any other tasks assigned by the Field Security Officer, or FAO Somalia Officer in Charge. 
  • Collaborates with the Head of Field Office regarding the security management of operations within its area of operation and assists him/her when required.
Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school education. 
  • Bachelor’s degree/ diploma from accredited institution will be an advantage.
Work Experience:
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant work experience with the UN, NGO/INGO or other humanitarian agency.
  • Experience in either the military or police will be favorable.
Technical Competencies
  • A valid driving license.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of communications equipment including radios, telephones, satellite telephones, faxes, computer equipment (laptops and desktops).
  • High level of awareness on security matters and an understanding of different levels of risk and threat.
  • Ability to take initiative and use judgment to identify threats against the UN (personnel or property) and take appropriate action/report to the Field Security Officer, through the National Security Officer or in their absence to the FAO Somalia OIC in  a timely fashion.
  • Good inter-personal and communications skills and the ability to interact readily with UN staff members at all levels.
  • Willingness to work long hours, under difficult conditions and often at high levels of stress.
  • Highly motivated and have the ability to think quickly and react with initiative to rapidly changing situations.
  • Have good inter-personal and communications skills and the ability to interact readily with UN staff members at all levels.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of the FAO official language used for communication within the country (English, French or Spanish) and working knowledge of the local language(s) is required.
IT Skills:
  • Ability to effectively use standard office software, such as MS Office (Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Exchange) etc. 
  • Ability to use accounting software and other information systems and databases to insert data, make enquiries, retrieve/define ad hoc reports and analyses and edit results in appropriate format.
Office Management Skills:
  • Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. 
  • Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. 
  • Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork Skills:
  • The incumbent must possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. 
  • Tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.  
 How to Apply: 
Interested applicants are required to submit

(1) a covering letter, 

(2) detailed Curriculum Vitae and 

(3) Personal Profile form (PPF) from FAO iRecruitment. 

To create the PPF, please follow the instructions available at: 

In order for your application to be properly evaluated, please ensure that all sections of the on-line profile are completed.

Please send your application to quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. “Local Security Assistant (Indicate the relevant Somalia Duty Station either Hargeisa, Dollow, Garowe) FAO 07 2015” in the subject heading. 

Applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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