Senior Security Officer P5 – RBC, Kyiv, Ukraine

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    $125,743 - $154,113 / YEAR
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    2 weeks ago
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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 Sunday, October 08, 2023 (10:59 PM CET)


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of the 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.

To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP), and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


  • 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)


This role is based in Kyiv, Ukraine and reports to the Country Director. The successful candidate will be operating in an environment where the complexity of security in meeting food assistance needs is high. This individual will lead a team with a wide variety of security requirements. As such, it will be expected to have a breadth of security-related knowledge/experience as well as team management skills. The successful candidate will also need a greater level of experience and knowledge to credibly influence senior levels in complex situations.


To provide 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.

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead, motivate and develop a large and complex team(s) of professionals to enable high performance.
  • 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.
  • 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 or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. A graduate-level equivalent diploma obtained from a 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience in access negotiations, political and security negotiations, and brokering local agreements for safe passages and cease-fires in highly volatile environments.
  • Knowledge and experience in the management of convoys for aid deliveries and personnel in high-conflict environments.
  • Knowledge or experience of the UN notification of parties procedure is an asset.


  • 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


You have:

  • Contributed to the development of global and regional security operations strategy and supporting policies and guidance.
  • Supported in the monitoring and evaluation of security operations activities to assess and inform improvement of activity impact.
  • Led multi-functional and cross-geography teams.
  • Gained considerable experience in two or three operational areas.
  • Gained experience in at least one other functional area within WFP.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic approach to security risk management Oversees development of WFP’s security risk management strategy to ensure safety and security of staff and enable achievement of organisational strategic goals. Provides leadership to functional heads within WFP, ensuring optimal utilisation of professional skill.
Operational knowledge of security risk management Ensures that required operational knowledge is held and developed within the function in order to effectively support development of solutions to security challenges.
Security resource management Leads overall resource needs across HQ and the Field, aligning staffing and financial practices with mission critical operations and in-country priorities as appropriate. Maintains budgetary control at the programme level and utilises resource usage trends and forecasting data into account.
Analysis and solution development Liaises effectively with counterparts within UN inter-governmental bodies on security issues. Implements strategy through defining organisational tactical plans that prioritise action against potential threats, contributing recommendations for their mitigation.
Planning compliance and emergency management Provides guidance in planning and prioritisation in order to effectively ensure staff safety and security. Leads in defining the organisation’s policies and procedures which support compliance and emergency management.


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.


  • 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 Kyiv, Ukraine 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.