Senior Security Officer, Damascus, Syria

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Syria

City: Damascus

Office: WFP, Syria

Closing date: Saturday, 3 June 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 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 Friday, June 02, 2023 (10:59 PM CET)


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 trainings, 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 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)


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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The Security Officer position is based in Damascus, Syria reporting to the Country Director. S/he will lead a large team of international and national security professionals based in various locations within Syria and in Turkiye. The incumbent will operate in an environment with a high security complexity security in meeting food assistance needs is high. The selected candidate will be expected to have a breadth of security related knowledge/experience and excellent team management and empowerment skills. They will also need a greater level of experience and knowledge to credibly influence at senior levels in complex situations, within evolving contexts and with a wide range of stakeholders.


The Syrian Arab Republic has faced a prolonged crisis since 2011, which has caused severe damage to the country’s economy and social fabric. Successive shocks in the form of the global COVID-19 pandemic, unabated economic decline, fuel and food crises, the cholera outbreak, and most recently the earthquakes that hit the north and west of the country have played a significant role in the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. As of late 2022, 12.1 million people, 55 percent of the population, are food insecure. Since 2011, WFP has been providing food, nutrition, and livelihoods assistance to crisis-affected Syrian families in the country. WFP has been active in Syria since 1964. The 20222023 Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) is aimed at responding to the growing food and nutrition needs, the severe deterioration of livelihoods and resilience, and the collapse of food systems. WFP provides life-saving food assistance to 5.6 million people each month. This supports families with food rations and/or value vouchers to buy food, provides schoolchildren across the country with healthy snacks, and prevents and treats malnutrition in mothers and children.


The Security Officer will provide strategic and technical advice, guidance and management of WFP’s response to safety and security to enable the effective delivery of Programmes that meet food assistance needs and maintain the security and safety of WFP personnel, activities and facilities within a highly complex context.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Contribute to the development of global and regional security strategy, policies and guidance to ensure optimal security presence and activity that ensures the safety and security of all WFP operations, with a particular focus on designing & implementing a country security and humanitarian access management strategy to ensure an optimal field presence that enables safe and durable programming

Keep up to date with and advise upon global, regional and local security developments and issues and the potential impact upon WFP activity to inform security and operational activities. Provide on-going strategic advice to the CD on relevant contextual, security and operational issues that may have an impact on operations.

Provide support and guidance to relevant Directors and their representatives upon security responsibilities and accountabilities in line with WFP security strategies and policies and contribute to the development of regional and country strategy, policies and planning.

Actively contribute to the development of the contextual analysis and the security budgetary requirements for the Country Strategic Plan.

Co-ordinate and oversee WFP’s response to safety and security within a particular area/location, e.g. Security Assessment Missions, providing technical expertise and guidance to strengthen capacity within security management and enabling considered decisions re: risk management.

Continuously assess security compliance and alignment with corporate processes at all levels to implement, optimize and prioritize remedial actions/efforts in adherence with the UNSMS and WFP Framework of Accountability.

Lead, motivate and develop a large and complex team(s) of professionals to enable high performance and constructive team dynamic.

Build relationships and collaborate cross functionally to align security activities with wider programmes and activities and ensure a coherent approach that complies with security and risk management best practices.

Identify and build productive relationships with government agencies and regional/national partners to align activities and exchange information to enhance co-ordination and optimise the best protection for staff, activities and facilities e.g. strengthening relationships between UNDSS security advisors and WFP country offices.

Establish and maintain a regional security network among WFP security personnel.

Represent WFP at regional, national and inter-agency meetings e.g. security coordination cells to contribute to technical discussions and exchange of knowledge and experience, provide advice to the international community on security practices and advocate for the WFP position.

Provide advice and guidance upon training needs and priorities, overseeing training programmes to ensure fit for purpose e.g. in conjunction with the Field Security Training Unit and equipping personnel with security responsibilities with an appropriate and clear understanding of operational and support functions and resources to efficiently support their responsibilities.

Monitor and oversee accurate and timely reporting that meets WFP standards and requirements e.g. Guidelines for Security Reporting and enables informed decision making.

Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, providing technical analysis, interpretation and information as required to support the assessment of activity impact.

Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.

Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks.

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

Performs other duties as required.



Advanced University degree in Security Management, International Relations or Law Enforcement, Risk Management, Stratetic Studies or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. A diploma obtained from Military/Police Academy with qualifying relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the First University degree.


A minimum of eleven (11) years of relevant progressively responsible postgraduate experience in Safety and Security Risk Management. at least 7 of which in the non-profit sector with demonstrated capabilities in planning, organizing and executing complex humanitarian security operations in conflict or high-risk settings would be an added value.


Fluency (level C) in 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)


Experience in corporate security, international humanitarian development, and peace enabling.

Experience as a strategic partner in strengthening the security management function of an organisation and contributing to the development of strategy, policies, and planning.

Experience in managing, supervising, and coaching a multicultural, multinational team.

International security management experience in large international humanitarian organizations.

Knowledge of security operations in the United Nations.

Previous local or regional experience.


hese 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.


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

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Damascus, Syria 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

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Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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