Aviation Security Officer P4 - Rome, Italy, Rome, Italy

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Italy

City: Rome

Office: WFP Rome

Closing date: Monday, 20 March 2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you an experienced Aviation Security Professional interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organization investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30, 2022 (10:59 PM CET)


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high-performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment

WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities

A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe

We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


These roles are likely to be found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureau (RB), Country Offices (COs). In HQ, job holders report to the Chief of Aviation or designate. In RBs or COs, job holders report to the Regional or Country Director or the designate. Job holders are likely to be supporting or operating across multiple Aviation field operations in a complex operational context where the aviation security risk in meeting food assistance needs is low to Very high. They are likely to lead mid-size or small teams and be an expert individual contributor.

The Aviation Security (AVSEC) Officer will collaborate and work in partnership with international and national aviation partners, NGOs and civil aviation authorities to enhance aviation security outcomes and solutions for the area of assignment. He/she will work closely with aviation staff, WFP field security teams and Humanitarian-Military Interaction Teams. As such, the job holder is expected to have expert knowledge and experience in Aviation and field security settings with highly developed complementary coordination and leadership skills.


Management and development of the WFP Global Aviation Security (AVSEC) Framework and Programme, in accordance with ICAO SARPS /UNAVSTADS/WFP Air Transport Procedures and Aviation Policy. To, support aviation management in AVSEC-related matters including the planning of projects, operational risk management, and measures for effective delivery of the aviation security programme for WFP personnel, clients, other stakeholders, and facilities. The role will also support WFP’s aviation mission to attain efficient, cost-effective, and reliable access to locations in need of humanitarian assistance through guidance and support to the aviation operation across the region and/or to the project in countries with medium or very high-risk aviation environments (including conflict or post-conflict areas).



Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Aviation Security Management;
And ICAO AVSEC PM diploma;
And Health and Safety Management diploma or higher (e.g., Nebosh, ASSP, or another accredited organisation with an applicable standard); Or Aviation or Operational Risk Management diploma or higher (e.g. IATA, ASIS or another accredited organisation with an applicable standard) Or Lead Auditor in Quality Management Systems (ISO9001+ Standard or equivalent)


Minimum of eight (8) years of professional Aviation Security management and/or experience in humanitarian aviation with a Humanitarian organization, with at least four (4) years in Aviation Security management.


Fluency (level C) in the English language.

Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Lead, plan, and manage the development of the AVSEC strategy and standard operating procedures across the area(s) which encompasses WFP global aviation policies and tools; thus, ensuring that aviation objectives are accomplished in a timely fashion and are aligned with the strategic goals and mandate of WFP aviation services in line with the WFP Air Transport Manual, UNAVSTADS and ICAO’s Standards and Recommended Practices (ICAO/SARPS).

Develop and monitor key performance indicators to support strategic planning and act as a Focal Point for coordinating and providing high-level advice and guidance in relation to aviation security management.

Be accountable to the Chief of Aviation ensuring that all required AVSEC WFP strategies, security measures, systems, and programmes are established and aligned.

Interpret UNSMS/WFP security management policies, rules, and procedures that are adaptable or applicable to support AVSEC programmes outcomes and objectives.

Collate, analyze, oversee reporting, and disseminate information and intelligence on AVSEC occurrences, hazards, and other related AVSEC matters.

Oversee and lead technical support to aviation deconfliction procedures, mechanisms, and standards for WFP flights at global/regional levels.

Support preparedness actions by providing technical guidance and monitoring the management of specific aviation risks (ARM) to enable WFP to efficiently provide passenger services, relief supplies, and emergency medical and security evacuations at the onset of a crisis.

Provide leadership and mentorship to the AVSEC unit ensuring effective management of the AVSEC activities and resources as required for the AVSEC programme and system.

Manage and oversee, as the subject matter expert and Focal Point, the Drug and Alcohol Management Programme.

Build productive professional relationships with stakeholders, including WFP AFOs, WFP Security, senior managers, other UN agencies, air operator certificate holders, professional aviation organizations, and regulatory authorities.

Plan, and participate in aviation security missions, assessments, and inspections to countries to identify country-specific issues and develop relevant strategies and solutions.

Take responsibility for an equitable and inclusive workplace that incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.

Other relevant duties as required.


Maintain and support the internal quality control system and ensure that all relevant AVSEC records are retained as required.

Advise and/or plan AVSEC training needs and staff development opportunities to build the required capabilities of WFP staff and external partners/stakeholders to ensure field operations are supported by competently trained personnel.

Provide technical support and guidance throughout the recruitment process of Aviation Security candidates including interviews, background vetting, and technical competencies assessment.

Assign performance perimeters and indicators and evaluate AVSEC officer performances (PACE) in collaboration with the Chief Air Transport Officer or delegate.

Provide support and guidance in the career development of Aviation Security Officers in accordance with SCOA and the country’s objectives.

Plan and provide strategic guidance in the development of national staff for capacity building of the countries Aviation Security Programmes and aviation framework.

Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs.

Be responsible for the AVSEC budgetary requirements and oversight of expenditures.


Highly experienced in a regulatory Civil Aviation Authority or body as an AVSEC specialist providing advice on AVSEC issues, conducting, or performing audits, inspections, certification, incident investigations, crisis planning emergencies, and risk management in regulatory framework.

Expert knowledge of diverse international Aviation security management practices preferably with authoritative knowledge of concepts and principles relating to a specific area of specialism.

Highly experience in managing the AVSEC-related risk preparedness process from aviation risk identification and analysis to contingency planning.

Experience in the design and delivery of AVSEC training in multi-diverse cultural contexts.

Experience in the design and delivery of Drug Alcohol Management programmes in aviation context.

Senior Management experience with multicultural, geographically spread teams, cognizance of cultural diversity, with related areas of expertise and/or providing oversight on services and expert advice on a range of corporate/regional AVSEC security issues.

Ability to assimilate and analyze complex issues using independent judgment and anticipate potential operational impact to create effective organizational policy and planning recommendations for the area of operation.

Excellent negotiation and motivational skills, with the ability to influence at mid to senior levels within the organization.

Excellent calibre of communication skills with the ability to create clear, influential messages from complex data.

Extensive experience in conflict and post-conflict countries is desirable.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Supply Chain Management and Optimization

Analyses context of country challenges in order to lead the design and management of supply chain network, to proactively mitigate and/or address dynamic supply chain challenges, to ensure operational optimization.

Planning, Project & Resource Management

Demonstrates expert ability to forecast global and local emerging trends that will affect WFP and partner operations (e.g., country specific environments, market dynamics, industry developments, donor activity, political and economic trends) to proactively prepare WFP to provide uninterrupted service in the face of these challenges.

Information Management & Reporting

Designs communication strategy to exchange impactful and compelling information with internal stakeholders and external partners (e.g., other sectors, donors, media) to provide quantifiable evidence of WFP’s impact in building sustainable programmes in beneficiary regions.

Service Provision, Aviation Contracting and Operational Execution

Demonstrates ability to negotiate contracts with WFP partners within own transportation modality/region that incentivize optimal performance by appealing to the interest of all parties.

Aviation Performance Measurement & Quality Control

Uses expert understanding of aviation and air-based supply chain operations, regulatory standards, and local conditions to develop and refine WFP’s procedures and policies to elevate performance (e.g., quality, safety, and minimized food losses).

Specialized Technical Knowledge in Aviation, Safety and Security

Demonstrates ability to position WFP as a pioneer in air services and identifies ways to leverage the network of service providers to ensure a safe and secured on-time delivery of services (e.g., using helicopters to deliver food to inaccessible areas during crisis situations).


This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.

Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP.

The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

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

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment


We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.

Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language

Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter

Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time

Please contact us at wfprecruitment@wfp.org in case you face any challenges with submitting your application

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1676928072744