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Local Security Assistant (Fixed Term Position Grade GS.5)


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In February 1949, when the first session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean was held in Cairo, the world was still recovering from the wounds inflicted on it by the Second World War. The historic first session reflected then the vision and determination of eleven countries with similar values, heritage and aspirations to work together in a unique partnership, and start building a better world for future generations.
The exceptional spirit of partnership and collaboration that has governed the relationship between WHO and its Member States in the Eastern Mediterranean Region over the years, resulted in landmark achievements bringing health and hope to all corners of the region.

Let us acknowledge our achievements, so that we may build on the success to meet the challenges of a new world ahead

Job Summary

Purpose of the Position:
To provide security management services and support to staff and non-staff; enabling the implementation of programs and project activities in a secure, safe and effective manner in Afghanistan.

Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):
The objective of the post is to implement WHO Afghanistan Health Policies by effectively monitoring WHO program activities and responsibly providing risk analysis on the threat environment, simultaneously providing technical guidance in line with the UNSMS to improve the security and safety of WHO staff in Afghanistan.

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Oct 2016 Reference: WHO/AFG-2016-10-34
Closing Date: 31 Oct 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Security/Safety Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1900 to 1970 USD
Contract Type: Permanent Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 1 Year

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and
difficulty of working environment):
Under the general guidance of WHO Representative and direct supervision of the WHO Field Security Officer (FSO) who provides overall technical direction regarding security policy and procedures and in collaboration with the Regional Field security officer, the incumbent will provide administrative support and guidance for accessing inaccessible areas of the Polio Program and make random visits to various regions to obtain information affecting program implementation, staff and non- staff security thus enabling access for better program delivery.
The incumbent plans steps and performs day-to-day routine tasks independently. Complex issues or deviations from established procedures are discussed and resolved with supervisor. Some judgment is involved to determine appropriate methods to handle the various security issues and to adapt established practices to assigned work.

Summary of Assigned Duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve main objectives; include main achievements expected):

Within the framework of WHO\'s Security Management Structure, the duties are:

1. Collect, update and disseminate information regarding the security of WRO and sub-offices, as well as all staff and non-staff through the following:
a. Compile and verify security information with the Host Government, UNDSS, AFP Security Officers, other stakeholders; to enable proper analysis by the FSO;
b. Disseminate security related information to staff and non-staff; utilizing the common UN communication systems.
c. Conduct preliminary assessment of Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) for WRO and sub offices; as well as the “threat assessment” of inaccessible locations required for the Poliomyelitis Eradication activities; submit findings to FSO for final assessment and implementation of mitigation measures.

d. Report security incidents affecting WHO staff and non-staff, offices and assets on a 24-hour basis. Follow up on arrests and detention of WHO staff members and eligible dependents in line with SOPs.
e. Arrange for the training courses on security awareness and preparedness, security briefings, drills and exercises on the Contingency Plans, radio communication training for WHO staff and non-staff including security guards and drivers. Provide security orientation to newly assigned staff members, as instructed by the FSO and in cooperation with UNDSS.

2. Maintain the WHO Security Contingency Plans as well as the WHO Warden System, through the following:

a. Maintain, update and ensure the implementation of WHO Contingency Plans (Fire Plan, Building Evacuation Plan, etc.) in accordance with the Country Security Plans.
b. Maintain WHO Warden System, and administer the Emergency Communications System. Conduct routine radio checks with UNDSS, as appropriate.
c. May be required to visit WHO sub offices and guesthouses to assess their compliance to the MOSS and MORSS for Afghanistan and make appropriate recommendations to the FSO as required.

3. MOSS and MORSS Compliance:
a. Monitor existing security measures for the safeguarding of staff, visitors, WHO property and premises, as well as the emergency evacuation plans and report any discrepancies to the supervisor.
b. Conduct periodic checks to ensure that WHO staff and non-staff are in compliance with the United Nations Security Management Structure for Security Clearances.
c. Check that fire safety precautions (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, information signs etc.) are installed and in good functional order in all WHO premises. Conduct fire drills, bunker exercises and evacuation exercises as deemed necessary by the Field Security Officer.

4. Provide general administrative assistance to the Field Security Officer, attends Security Cell Meetings and Security Briefings in the absence of the Field Security Officer, and perform other security related duties as deemed necessary.

Achievement Activities Include:

• Timely updates of the WHO SOPs on office security, as well as staff and non-staff lists.
• Timely and prompt dissemination of security advisories, e mails and SMS to staff and non-staff to preserve their safety.
• Monitor, update and maintain records of MOSS and MORSS compliance levels in WRO.

Difficulty, Sensitivity, Nature and Importance of Work Relations
With whom (indicate title only) and for what purpose does the job require contacts?

Title of person contacted Subject and purpose of contact
Within unit/division
FSO To get advice, follow up on daily work and provide information on security matters.
Within Organization at duty station All staff, non –staff, FSO, WR, other units/divisions, etc. To follow up and coordinate on security matters
Within Organization outside duty station RFSO, GSC, HQ, Other ROs To follow up any pending issues and to provide security updates and advisories with respect to security situation in the country
Outside the Organization
MOH, NGOs, UNDSS, UN agencies, MOI etc. To liaise with and foster good working relation with interlocutors in country

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


 Physically fit. Stress and time management skills. Knowledge of UN field security operations and policies is an asset.  Basic First Aid skills.  Driver’s license.


Functional Skills and Knowledge (Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position):

 Physically fit.
 Stress and time management skills.
 Knowledge of UN field security operations and policies is an asset.
 Basic First Aid skills.
 Driver’s license.
Education (Qualifications):
Essential: Completion of High School education and supplemented by training/courses in security management.
Desirable: first level university degree or equivalent in Political Science, Military Studies, Security Management, or a relevant field.

Essential: At least five years practical experience in security related issues preferably in an International Organization.
Desirable: WHO/UN related experience

Very good knowledge of English and local languages.

Other Considerations (e.g. Physical Workplace Condition, if other than normal office environment; IT Skills; etc.):
Work might involve exposure to minor risks and requires vigilance to possible hazards/risk factors.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.
- Knowledge of ERP/Oracle applications is an asset

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kandahar


High School, Administrative

Submission Guideline

Submission Guideline:
Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHO/AFG-2016-10-34) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of civil and educational certificates, copy of driving license and copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below email address:
WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified female candidates will be given preference

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