Available F.A.O Job Vacancies: Due Date 15 July 2023


Title: Job Opportunity: Local Security Assistant at FAO Zimbabwe


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is dedicated to supporting governments and regional bodies in their efforts to achieve food security, reduce hunger and malnutrition, develop agricultural, fishery, and forestry sectors, and promote the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources. In order to facilitate program and project implementation, the Administrative Unit plays a crucial role by ensuring compliance with regulations, providing financial certifications, maintaining records, monitoring corporate activities, managing budgets, and overseeing internal controls.

Responsibilities and Reporting Lines

As a Local Security Assistant at FAO Zimbabwe, you will be responsible for supporting FAO programs and projects by contributing to the safety and security of all personnel and assets in the country. You will report directly to the International Administrative Officer and work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe.

Technical Focus: Security Risk Management

Your primary focus will be on security risk management. You will be expected to apply and monitor the implementation of established Organization and United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures on Safety and Security Management. It will be your responsibility to ensure FAO’s compliance with UN System-wide Security Risk Management Measures (SRM/SRMM) and Residential Security Measures (RSM). Additionally, you will maintain close security coordination with the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), security focal points of other agencies and humanitarian partners, and local authorities responsible for security.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Apply and monitor the implementation of Organization and UN policies and procedures on Safety and Security Management.
  2. Ensure FAO’s compliance with UN System-wide Security Risk Management Measures (SRM/SRMM) and Residential Security Measures (RSM).
  3. Maintain close security coordination with UNDSS, security focal points of other agencies and humanitarian partners, and local authorities.
  4. Participate in Security Cell Meetings and Security Management Team meetings as required.
  5. Strengthen security arrangements at FAO facilities through appropriate planning and coordination with UNDSS.
  6. Coordinate election preparedness for FAO staff during Zimbabwe General Elections in collaboration with UNDSS.
  7. Provide security briefings, situation reports, and training to FAO personnel, particularly external missions.
  8. Undertake missions to program sites, assess local security conditions, and advise personnel on potential security issues.
  9. Directly supervise security personnel, including training and performance evaluation.
  10. Plan and coordinate mandatory safety drills at FAO premises.
  11. Support the deployment and utilization of emergency communications systems.
  12. Perform any other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for this position, you should meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Secondary education with formal training in security risk management. A university degree in social sciences, management, or a related security field would be desirable.
  2. At least 6 years of relevant experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or a related field of work. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
  3. Working knowledge (Level C) of English.
  4. National of Zimbabwe or a legal resident in the country.

Application Details

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application by July 29, 2023, at 5:59:00 PM. This is a non-staff opportunity under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA), with an initial duration of 6 months, renewable.

FAO Values and Diversity

FAO is committed to achieving diversity in its staff and international consultants, including gender, geographical, and linguistic diversity, to better serve its Members worldwide. Qualified female applicants, nationals of non- and under-represented Members, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. FAO upholds the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives, and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and all applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. FAO staff are subject to the authority of the Director-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the Organization.

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