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Vacancy Notice No: EMRO/14/TA46
Title: Field Security Officer (358748)
Grade: P4
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  one year
Date: 11 May 2014
Application Deadline: 25 May 2014 Vacancy Filled
Duty Station:  Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Organization unit: EMCO Countries (EM_ACO) /
EM_SYR WHO Representative's Office, Syrian Arab Republic (EM_SYR)
Director Administration and Finance
The objectives of WHO's emergency programme in Syria are to design and implement programmes that assist the health sector in coping with the emergency situation in the country, including the improvement of public health delivery during the crises and help prepare for the transition to stability. This involves WHO staff having to operate country wide in difficult security circumstances.
These operations are to be overseen by the post holder in collaboration with UNDSS (UN Department of Safety and Security), Syria.
Description of duties:
Purpose of the Post:

To design and implement appropriate guidelines and measures in line with WHO Security Policy and the UN Security Management System in order to best safeguard the security and safety of WHO personnel and their recognized dependants.

Organizational Context:

Under the direct supervision of the WHO Representative and the overall guidance of the Regional Field Security Officer, DAF and HQ Security Coordinator SEC, the incumbent will provide technical guidance and advice to ensure integration of staff safety and security into WHO operations.

Summary of Assigned Duties:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Provide security coverage for WHO personnel in Syria and enable implementation of WHO and UN field security policies and procedures.
2. Provide security advice on WHO operations in Syria, notably with regard to access to unsafe areas, security situation, precautionary measures and action to be taken in the case of security incidents.
3. Play an active role in the UN Security Cell and attend Security Management Team SMT meetings and provide advice and briefing to the WR.
4. Increase security awareness by conducting training for all WHO in accordance with WHO policies and UNDSS (UN Department of Safety and Security) standards.
5. Enhance communications capability for all WHO staff in all field locations and ensure their integration in the common UN communication network.
6. Brief staff on radio communication procedures, convoy procedures, security and evacuation procedures and other security issues and precautions to be taken in accordance with the current measures prescribed by the Designated Official for Security in the country.
7. Maintain close liaison with UN security officers, security authorities, and NGOs in the field, assisting when required.
8. Report regularly on security issues to the WR Syria and DAF/EMRO and recommend remedial measures and/or solutions to problems.
Essential: Advanced university degree supplemented by the relevant training/formal education in security or Master's degree or equivalent from military or police academy.
1) Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
2) Communicating in a credible and effective way
3) Moving forward in a changing environment
4) Fostering integration and teamwork
5) Creating an empowering and motivating environment

Functional Skills and Knowledge:

- Demonstrated knowledge of security/risk management methods combined with a background of military or other security specialization.
- Good technical skills to understand and consolidate varying security specializations.
- Ability to conceptualize and implement innovative strategies and promote their implementation.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work under pressure.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively.
- Tact, discretion and ability to promote consensus.

Other Skills: Proficiency in MS Office.

Essential: At least 7 years of combined relevant experience at the national and international levels in security management. Security management experience with the UN agencies.
Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of another WHO language would be an asset.
Additional Information:
- Applicants are kindly requested to pay attention to the screening questions as they will be used to screen out unqualified candidates.
- Only qualified applicants with the relevant experience will be considered.
- A written test/presentation and interviews will be used as a form of screening. The written test might be used as an eliminatory tool.
- Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice.
- Interviews will include competency-based questions.
- Other entitlements will be determined based on the length of assignment
- Note: In view of the current security situation, Syria has been declared a non-family duty station; i.e. dependents are not allowed to visit or reside with the staff member at the duty station. The entitlements will be determined as applicable at the time of recruitment
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
67611 US$ at single rate
72605 US$ with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 40.8 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

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

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Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

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