Job Description

FAO's office for Yemen is responsible for developing, promoting, overseeing and implementing agreed strategies for addressing countrywide food, Agriculture and rural development priorities under Yemen. It develops and maintains relations with the relevant Ministries at country level. This position is based in FAO Representation in Sanaa, Yemen. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve Food Security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Reporting Lines

The Local Security Assistant (LSA) reports to the FAO Representative and is under the technical supervision of the International Security specialist and the Field Security Coordinator, CSDS at headquarters.

Technical Focus

The Local Security Assistant (LSA) will contribute to the safety and security of all FAO staff, eligible dependents, assets, programs and projects in the AoR.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Provide assistance to the Field Office in the implementation of the Field Security Plan.

  • In conjunction with the HR Unit, ensure Staff Lists are maintained and regularly provided to UNDSS (in conjunction with the HR unit);

  • Administer Field Office Warden Plan.

  • Facilitate security clearances for FAO staff.

  • Preparation and submission of Security Clearance Documents and Requests for field missions.

  • Follow up, track and ensure requests for issuance enewal of visas are applied

  • In Coordination with UNDSS, ensure availability of updated and adequate procedures for dealing with emergencies.

  • In coordination with UNDSS be prepared for continuous response to all security and safety related incidents involving FAO staff.

  • Ensure that FAO personnel, offices, residences and equipment are SRM/RSM compliant;

  • Ensure that all staff members posted to FAO have completed the security trainings and that records of certificates are maintained with the HR Unit;

  • Coordinate with the SFP and UNDSS to conduct periodic appropriate security assessments of FAO premises and equipment and provides advice on shortfalls in security preparedness with recommended improvements and solutions;

  • Coordinate with the SFP, UNDSS and building occupants in implementing FAO Field office security measures and procedures (access control of visitors and vehicles).

  • Under the direction of the SFP and in close cooperation with UNDSS, assists in the conducting of FAO security risk assessments, evaluations and surveys and advises the Field office and CO on security measures for FAO offices and projects in all Field locations.

  • In close coordination with UNDSS, ensure appropriate professional liaison with host government agencies, local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in UN and diplomatic missions and municipal/traditional leaders.

  • Provide advise on relevant Security Policies and regulations (e.g. SRM measures, the Accountability Framework, SOPs and safe and secure practices) to assist decision makers in determining potential effects on FAO activities;

  • Provide timely and accurate security advice to all staff;

  • Immediately report all security and safety related incidents involving FAO staff to the SFP and UNDSS;

  • Ensure that FAO Programme staff members are provided with situation reports and other appropriate security related information generated by UNDSS;

  • Encourage an exchange of security related information with FAO project staff;

  • Assist in the preparation of FAO security reports such as the Incident Reports and Weekly Reports;

  • Maintain routine and confidential correspondence files/documents related to security issues;

  • Take minutes and/or notes at FAO Security meetings.

  • Assist in implementation of Organizational Resilience Management measures (ORMS), as required.

  • Manage the FAO Emergency Notification System and ensures FAO Sana’a -Yemen personnel are all enrolled in the system

  • Provide assistance in the conduct and follow up of investigations and incidents affecting FAO staff and offices;

  • In close cooperation with UNDSS, provides support in organizing and conducting training briefings and courses on security issues/awareness and preparedness and giving orientation to newly assigned staff members;

  • Represent FAO at security cell meetings, in coordination with the Field Office CoordinatorSFP;

  • Perform other tasks assigned by the Field Office Coordinator

  • University degree in any related field;

  • Five years of working experience in related field

  • Full competency and fluency in English and Arabic.

  • National of Yemen.

FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of security

  • Extent and relevance of experience in Security management

  • Extent and relevance of experience in computer skills (MS word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Familiarity with HF and VHF radio operation. 

Selection Criteria
  • Knowledge of host country safety codes;

  • Fluency in both Arabic and English

  • Driver’s license (should be able to drive)

  • Ability to travel

  • Physically Fit.



  • 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 please contact:

  • 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

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