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World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO)


Position: Field Security Officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Addis Abeba - Ethiopia
Salary: USD 64,121
Posted date: 1 year ago
Deadline: Submition date is over


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (WHE Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.


1. Support the Incident Manager and the Head of WHO Office with regard to maintaining the safety and security of WHO personnel, premises and assets in compliance with UNSMS and WHO Security Management Policies and Principles, monitor the implementation of the technical security measures outlined in the Security Plan, SRM Measures MOSS, and SOPs; ensure that the Country Office, as well as the sub-offices, have an acceptable level of MOSS SRM Measures' compliance.

2. Monitor the security situation across the country; undertake a security risk assessment for the Country Office as well as overall sub-offices and report to the Head of WHO Office on any emerging security threats to WHO personnel, operations, premises and assets. Facilitate the implementation of recommended mitigating measures.

3. Develop contingency plans for the Country Office as well as for each sub-office, be instrumental in implementing the enhanced security measures; and ensure staff members are familiar and adhere to the related guidelines.

4. In cooperation with the data team and the field coordinators, facilitate the implementation of an effective and practical system to track WHO staff and responders throughout the country of assignment; ensure that all field coordinators send, on a daily basis, an updated list of staff, consultants, partners and dependents present at their respective field locations.

5. In close coordination with the Logistics team, ensure that all deployed staff and responders are provided with a mobile phone and a SIM card upon arrival, as well as hand-held radios where applicable, to enable establishing an SMS or other rapid alert systems to provide staff with relevant and real-time information and updates about the prevailing security situation.

6. Conduct training for all WHO staff and non-staff in accordance with WHO policies and UNSMS standards, provide a briefing on radio communication, convoy, security and evacuation procedures and other security issues and precautions to be taken in compliance with the current measures prescribed by UNDSS and WHO.

7. Maintain updated security information, prepare periodical situation reports ensuring that the Head of WHO Office and the UNDSS are kept regularly informed of the security situation, drawing their attention to pitfalls, needs, unusual situations and problems, proposing improvements.

8. Participate with the logistics team in identifying proper accommodations, with adequate security measures for all staff and responders, ensuring their safety and well-being.

9. Ensure WHO's participation in the UN Security Cell. Establish contact with all relevant national authorities including national security agencies as appropriate.

10. Guide the Local Security assistant (s), where applicable.

11. Perform any other incident-specific related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.



Essential: First-level university degree in police science, business administration, political/social sciences, psychology or international relations or related field from an accredited/recognized institute, with a focus on security management or equivalent in military or police academy degree or training


Essential: At least five years' experience in security management, at the national and international levels. Some experience in training and guiding staff on security issues.

Desirable: Experience in field missions of the WHO, the UN, health cluster partners or recognized humanitarian organizations would be an advantage. Security management experience in developing countries would be an asset.


  • Demonstrated technical skills to understand/consolidate varying specializations such as electronics, communications, mechanics, explosives and other sophisticated devices encountered in security system management.
  • Tact, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Good knowledge of WHO field security operations and the specificities of the operations conducted within the framework of an outbreak and health emergencies.

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 64,121 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3067 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

A written test may be used as a form of screening.