Local Security Assistant

Application deadline date has been passed for this Job.
This job has been Expired

Local Security Assistant

  • Post Date:July 28, 2023
  • Views 2333
0 Applications
  • Career Level Assistant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Closure Date: 29/Jul/2023, 11:59:00 PM
Organizational Unit: FRZIM
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: PSA (Personal Services Agreement)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Duration: 6 months (Renewable)
Post Number: N/A

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, 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
  • 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.

Organizational Setting

FAO supports governments and regional bodies to address their needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources. The Administrative Unit supports program and project implementation by being custodian of rules, regulations and procedures; providing financial certifications; maintenance of records; monitoring corporate activities; budget management; security management; and ensuring adequacy of internal controls.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe and the direct supervision of the International Administrative Officer, the Local Security Assistant will support FAO programs and projects by contributing to the safety and security of all FAO personnel and assets in Zimbabwe.

Technical Focus: Security Risk Management

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Apply and monitor the implementation of established Organization and applicable United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) policies and procedures on Safety and Security Management;
  • Ensure FAO compliance with the UN System-wide Security Risk Management Measures (SRM/SRMM) and the Residential Security Measures (RSM);
  • Maintain close security coordination with UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) at the duty station, security focal points of other agencies and humanitarian partners, and ensure appropriate professional liaison of security matters with local authorities responsible for security;
  • Participate in Security cell Meetings and Security Management Team meetings, as required;
  • Ensure protection of FAO personnel, assets and facilities in accordance with provisions of the UN Security Management System by: strengthening the security arrangements at FAO facilities through appropriate security and contingency planning and, in close cooperation with UNDSS, coordinating 24/7 response to all security-related incidents involving FAO personnel and assets;
  • Coordinate election preparedness for FAO staff in Zimbabwe during the Zimbabwe General Elections in close collaboration with UNDSS
  • Provide all FAO personnel, particularly external missions, with security briefings, situation reports and other appropriate security-related information and training;
  • Ensure the implementation and personnel’s participation in FAO Security Notification System;
  • Undertake missions to the program sites and assess prevailing local security conditions, identifying security trends and advise FAO personnel, project personnel and eligible family members on potential security issues;
  • Directly supervise security personnel, including inventory, extended training and performance of security contractors, guards and security escorts personnel, if applicable;
  • Plan and coordinate the mandatory safety drills in FAO premises at the duty station;
  • Support the deployment and utilization of operational emergency communications systems, including its installation, operation and maintenance
  • Perform any other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements

  • Secondary education with formal training in security risk management. University degree in social sciences, management, or a related security field, or formal multi-year education in Security Management, such as military or police, Junior Command and Staff College would be desirable.
  • At least 6 years relevant experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work. Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable.
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English
  • National of Zimbabwe or a legal resident in the country

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO HERE and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
  • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
  • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
  • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
  • We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]