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National Field Security Officer


About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The mandate of FAO

The mandate of FAO in Afghanistan is to support agricultural and environmental rehabilitation and assist the country to become a food secure and self-reliant nation in accordance with the principles of the National Development Framework of the Afghan Government.

the development agenda belongs to the people of Afghanistan
the private sector is the principal instrument of economic growth
decision making is participatory and community-based
investment in human capital is essential
donor-funded activities must sit within the sector framework
The objective of the Organization is to improve livelihoods for all sections of the rural community based upon economically viable activities – food production, off-farm employment and trade - social cohesion and sustainable use of natural resources.

FAO works with three counterpart ministries – the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Energy and Water and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The FAO Representation is based in Kabul with regional offices in Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Faizabad and subregional offices in Bamyan, Farah, Ghazni and Kunduz.

Job Summary

Project Background:

The project goal is to promote inclusive growth and job creation in the agricultural sector by strengthening the capabilities of producers and private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets. The basic premise is that agricultural-led economic growth is the key to improving food security, rural poverty reduction and agribusiness development.

This will be achieved through a value chains approach. The project will invest in improving productivity and facilitation of the development of the Wheat, High Value Crops and Livestock Value Chains as well as enhancing the capacity of P/DAIL in sustainable Value Chain development.

The focus of the project is on developing the demand for local agro business, enterprises and input and service providers and enhancing their capacity so that the VC’s are improved, more efficient and more profitable and hence sustainable. Using a Value Chain (VC) approach the programme has been designed to overcome constraints to business performance and corresponding sales/turnover of agribusinesses. This will also lessen the government’s dependency on foreign aid through local private sector growth and investments.

Involvement of the private sector will include developing and supporting market access for both domestic and export markets and will build on past successes of USAID and FAO/PAIL (Provincial Agriculture, irrigation and Livestock Department) in the region. Interventions will leverage public and private sector investments already made in the country’s western provinces.

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2017 Reference: FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/15-2017
Closing Date: 30 Sep 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Security/Safety Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: 1947 to 2723 USD
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the operational supervision of the FAO Representative, the technical supervision of the Lead Technical Officer, and in close cooperation with the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (PAIL) and project CTA and FAO International Field Security Officer and other national and international staff, the incumbent will be responsible for the safe and secure implementation of the Project activities. The activities will include to:

 Advise in the execution of the duties with regards to maintaining the safety and security of FAO personnel and eligible family members, premises and assets in the Country/Area in accordance with UN and FAO Security Management Systems;
 Brief all Emergency Response Team members on a regular basis on essential security and safety conditions of the country, where the Operations Hub is located, and on key resources to maintain adequate security and safety and guidance on how to minimize risks.
 Manage, on behalf of the Representative/Head of Office/ Emergency Coordinator, security activities in support of FAO operations;
 Research and analyze technical, food and nutrition security assessments, emergency response, policy related and/or funding/project related data and information to support the delivery of Emergency Programme Objectives;
 Conduct security assessments within their area of responsibility as required in support of FAO operations;
 Produce various reports, proposals, Programme/project documents, position papers, policy briefs, financial/donor reports as well as critical information for inclusion in governing body reports etc.;
 Participate on project teams, collaborate in project and Programme formulation and provide technical and/or administrative support to ongoing operational emergency and recovery projects;
 Attend, as an observer, all Area Security Management Team (SMT/ASMT) meetings and assist the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as appropriate;
 Liaise with FAO technical Departments as well as other UN Organizations to obtain and/or exchange information regarding food and nutrition security assessments, emergency and recovery activities and other related issues;
 Participate as a member of the security coordination cell established by UNDSS;
 Establish contact across their area of responsibility with all United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) Organizations’ and applicable NGO’s Security Advisors;
 Establish contact across their area of responsibility with all relevant local authorities as appropriate;
 Coordinate with UNDSS and conduct relevant security risk assessments for FAO in their area of responsibility;
 Coordinate with UNDSS in the preparation, maintenance and updating of relevant security and contingency plans for FAO in their area of responsibility;
 Provide technical/administrative support and promotes best practices to Decentralized Offices;
 Maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality regarding FAO security matters; • ensure that FAO personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their security;
 Monitor the security situation within their area of responsibility and provide the Representative/Head of Office, next higher level of FAO security professional with independent analysis of emerging security threats to FAO personnel and eligible 3 family members, premises and assets;
 Monitor and report to the Representative/Head of Office, next higher level of FAO security professional on security compliance for their area of responsibility;
 Continue to assess and ensure international staff are in compliance with the country-specific Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS).
 Ensure compliance by FAO personnel and recognized dependents with all security related instructions at the duty station in line with UN Security Management System (UNSMS) policy and relevant roles and responsibilities.
 Ensure personnel, and particularly drivers’ familiarity with: routes and alternate routes, availability of accommodations along routes in the event of delay, procedures in case of accident, breakdown, checkpoints, ambush, mine/UXO
 Maintain and update information systems, databases and web pages;
 Perform any other related duties as may be directed by NFM and the CTA or other authorized FAO staff.

VA No. FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/15-2017
Functional Title: National Field Security Officer
Type of Contract: National Project Personnel / Service Contract (NPP/SC)
Grade / Level: SB-4
Number of Post (s) : 01 (One)
Gender / Sex: Male & Female
Duration : 12 Months
Extendable / Renewable: Yes (Extendable, Based on Satisfactory Performance & Budget Availability)
Probationary Period: Initial 3 Months
Project / Programme / Unit: GCP/AFG/089/USA - Promoting Value Chains-Western Region Afghanistan
Duty Station: Herat – Afghanistan with Possible Domestic Missions within the Country
Sub – Station: Kabul

 The remuneration for the post of National Field Security Officer is between USD 1,947 to USD 2,723 (SB-4, Step 1 to 3) monthly based on the qualification and experience of the candidate.
 The selected candidate will also receive 8.33% of monthly salary as pension benefit/coverage on a monthly basis.

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 Advanced University Degree with a focus on Security Management and/or related discipline (Business Administration; Political / Social Science; Psychology; International Relations). Alternatively, a military or police academy degree (at officer level) equivalent to Advanced University Degree;
 At least seven (07) years of relevant professional work experience at both national / international levels within the UN system or governmental and corporate agencies and /or relevant military and police service;
 UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme, Hostage Incident Management, Close Protection Officers Course, and Security Investigation;
 Knowledge of security rules and fire safety and first aid procedures is an asset
 UN professional experience as field security Officer/Advisor within Afghanistan, preferably in the western region;
 Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with other staff / colleagues from different cultural background and as well as with line ministries, counterparts, and other stakeholders;
 Good interpersonal communication and coordination skills;
 Working knowledge (level C) of English and of the most widely used local language ( i.e. Dari and Pashto)
 Good computer skills including MS Office Package.

 Core competencies: FAO core competencies include: Understanding FAO’s mandate & its global contest; planning, organizing, and delivering quality results; communicating to build understanding & support; working together in teams and partnerships; engaging in continuous learning.
 Operational Effectiveness: Work independently, structure tasks, establish priorities and adhere to deadlines. Show a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Contribute ideas and suggestions for process improvement.
 Client Orientation: Focus on result for the client. Attend to inquiries from internal and external clients in an effective, timely and friendly manner. Treat clients with courtesy and respect even when working under pressure. Express a high level of trustworthiness.
 Interpersonal Communications and Teamwork: Work effectively and efficiently with staff at all levels, listen to others and openly share own ideas. Express sensitivity, cultural empathy and respect for diversity. Productively handle differing views and opinions and strive for achievement of shared goals. Respond positively to feedback.
 Knowledge Exchange and Learning: Share own knowledge and promote a learning culture within the Office. Actively work towards continuing personal learning, apply newly acquired skills, and support flexible use within the Office.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Herat


Bachelors Degree, Security/Safety

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghan nationals should complete the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) and submit it along with their application letter and CV to the email address below, clearly mentioning the post title and vacancy announcement number (National Field Security Officer - FAO/HRT/PRJ/SC/15-2017) in the subject line of the email, otherwise your email will not be consider for further process.

Please submit your application to below email address:

NOTE: Applicant who failed to attach the FAO Personal History Form (PHF) their Application will not be considered for further process.

The above required documents can also be submitted in writing (marked “Confidential” and clearly indicating on the sealed envelope the Vacancy Announcement Number, Postal Title, Your Name and Date of Submission ) to: the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), FAO Representation, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Jamal Mina, Opposite Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan.

The FAO PH Form can be downloaded using the following internet link:

The last date for receiving applications is September 30, 2017. Please note that applications received after closing date will not be given consideration. Only short listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.

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