FAO Somalia Local Security Assistants Job in Hargeisa / Mogadishu

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Vacancy Announcement No: FAO/026/2012
Issued on: 22nd June 2012   
Deadline for Application: 13th July 2012   

Position Title: Local Security Assistants 

(2 Positions)     
Grade Level: SC 5
Contract Type: Service Contract (National Project Personnel)
Duty Station: Hargeisa / Mogadishu
Organizational Unit: Somalia Country Office (FAO-Somalia)
Duration: 11 Months
Eligible Candidates: Somali Nations Only    
Anticipated Start Date: 1st August

Under the overall supervision of the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) FAO Somalia and direct supervision of the Field Security Officer, and in close collaboration with the Head of the Field Office and the UNDSS office at the duty stations, the security officer 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 staffs 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 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 in compliance 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 equipments.
  • Assist Field Security Officer in organizing training courses on security issues/awareness  and preparedness for FAO staffs.
  • Monitor performance of local guard forces deployed to FAO field offices.
  • Be responsible for the accountability of FAO security equipment and stores at his/her duty station.
  • Attend to any other tasks assigned by the Field Security Officer, National 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: 
a. Education: Minimum diploma (complemented with 5 years experience).  A university bachelors degree or higher is preferred.
b. Experience: Minimum of 3 years experience with UN, NGO/INGO, humanitarian agency or media/public relations in the field of security. Experience in either military or police will be favorable.
c. Language: Good English language oral and writing skills.
d. A valid driving license.
e. Good inter-personal and communications skills and the ability to interact readily with UN staff members at all levels.
f. 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.
  • Willing 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.
To Apply:

Send your application to:   

Candidates are requested to submit a covering letter quoting the Position Title and Vacancy Announcement No. FAO/26/2012 along with their current/detailed Curriculum Vitae and FAO Personal History (PH) form attached. 
The cover letter should state the preferred Duty Station (Hargeisa or Mogadishu) E-mail is the preferred means of receipt and the application should be sent to HR-Somalia@fao.org.  
The subject line of the e-mail message should read CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/26/2012. 
If making a hard copy submission, the envelope should be clearly marked CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/26/2012 and sent to the following address:

UN-Somalia Ngecha Road Complex
Corner Lower Kabete Road/Ngecha Road
P.O. Box 30470-00100
Nairobi, Kenya.
Applications may also be faxed, again clearly indicating CONFIDENTIAL – FAO/26/2012 in the subject line, to +254-20-4000333.

Applications must be received by the deadline.  

Late applications will not be considered.

Only short listed candidates meeting all essential qualifications will be contacted.

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