Field Security National Officer – Baghdad

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Job Overview


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

In 2019, WFP assisted over 711,000 people in Iraq.  Through providing food for vulnerable people, skills to build futures and enhanced social protection, WFP is helping the Iraqi government build people’s resilience and food security.For more information, see and


The Field Security National Officer  (NOA) in Baghdad will report directly to WFP Iraq Head of Security or, Security Unit OiC


To 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)
  • Drafting documents like WFP Emergency Plans, SoPs and other documents related to security and in line with existing UNAMI Security Plans and SoPs for WFP Iraq Head of Security endorsement and final WFP Iraq CD’s approval.
  • Attending security meetings as required on behalf of WFP Iraq Head of Security in Baghdad or WFP Erbil FSO in Erbil.
  • Supporting WFP Baghdad CO during WFP Iraq Head of Security’s absence from the country.
  • Providing feedback and recommendations to WFP Iraq Head of Security regarding issues related to the operational aspect of Security in Baghdad and the Central Region.
  • Preparing After Mission Reports following the field trip.
  • Providing security recommendations to WFP Iraq Head of Security aiming to enhance WFP staff and assets safety and security
  • Reporting security updates to WFP Iraq Security Team through WFP Iraq Head of Security
  • Updating and implementing Emergency Plans when required
  • Establishing and maintaining coordination with Security Counterparts (UNDSS, UNAMI, Military, Police, Coalition Forces, I/NGO Focal Points) as required
  • Drafting weekly security updates with a brief analysis focusing on the impact on WFP Ops
  • Responsible to ensure that WFP Staff and assets are compliant with country-specific mandatory security requirements.
  • Facilitating and participating in emergency drills in coordination with Security Counterparts when applicable
  • Supervising Security National Staff when required
  • Performing any other task as required to ensure the safety and security of WFP Staff, assets and operations


First University degree with additional years of related work experience or a diploma obtained from Military/Police Academy with qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the First University degree.


Five years or more of progressively responsible professional experience in security management (relevant military, policy or corporate) and security risk management. Experience in managing support staff.

Knowledge & Skills:

· Good theoretical understanding of security management concepts and principals with a knowledge of best practices, techniques, and processes.

· Ability to assimilate a range of information and make basic analyses to support the development of efficient solutions.

· Good communication skills and the 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 principals & processes and the ability to quickly assimilate UN/WFP specific processes and systems


Fluency (level C) in English language (oral and writing) and Arabic.



•  Has supported projects and operational activities that maintain security operations functions and feed into overall strategic aims
•  Has routinely provided coaching or training to new staff members within area of expertise
• Has collated data, assisted in analysis and drafting reports that inform security operations activities

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic approach to security risk management Demonstrates understanding of strategic approaches to security to identify potential threats. Contributes to the creation and implementation of WFPs mitigation measures.
Operational knowledge of security risk management Exhibits good understanding of day to day security operations. Works within own remit to proactively contribute to solutions to single or multiple elements of organisational security challenges.
Security resource management Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing and financial resource usage on a project-level basis.
Analysis and solution development Demonstrates understanding of key UN inter-governmental body partner agencies. Understands implications of security information and reports and supports in the identification of mitigating actions against threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations.
Planning compliance and emergency management Supports in planning and prioritisation practices in-line with established security policies and procedures.



Position Title: Field Security National Officer NOA,

Grade: National Officer – Level A (NOA)

Contract: Fixed-Term (FT) – One-year renewable

Duty Station/travel: Baghdad with travel inside Iraq and occasionally abroad

Salary: Starting at USD 41,683 net per annum

Medical Plan: International valid medical plan for the staff member, spouse and dependents children under 18 years

Annual leave: 30 working days per annum


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