Job Description

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality Organizational Setting

The FAO Security Service aims to assure a safe and secure operating environment and ensure continuity of operations in FAO Iraq, by protecting the integrity of premises and assets and the security of personnel and other subjects present in the FAO Iraq offices from harmful acts and accidents or natural and technological hazards.

The post is located at FAO Representation in Iraq and provides support for FAO programs and activities within the designated area of responsibility (AoR).

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, as well as under the technical supervision of the International Security Specialist in Baghdad, the Regional Advisor" id="link" class="link">Security Advisor at RNE and the Security Services (CSLS) at Headquarters.

Technical Focus

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

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Follow up daily security measures of the out movement of staff and visitors specifically to the EU action;
  • Assist in communicating with UNDSS for tracking security and threats in the field;
  • Help ensure that safety & security of FAO personnel is the core component of all programmes in the country;
  • Help in monitoring the security conditions of the offices, stores and other storage areas;
  • Keep daily record of in and out movement of staff and visitors;
  • Cooperate and helps the security staff of areas associated with the EU action;
  • Arrange and collects information regarding security agents in the region;
  • Assist the project team when visiting the field, communicating clearly on possible threats, keeping staff safe;
  • Train & re-train staff in the use and procedures of VHF and Satellite Communications equipment;
  • Assist the security officer in the Country in completing all security-related correspondence;
  • Maintain information filling system for both hard copy and electronic correspondence, both incoming and outgoing;
  • Maintain a secure on-line security filling system, reporting and filling in the safety and security incidents;
  • Participate in regular & frequent self-upgrading courses to maintain a strong capacity to instruct and implement the SRM (UNDSS Security Risk Management) system;
  • Assist in the supervision and monitoring of the armed/non-armed guards;
  • Liaise with the local security authorities regarding the safe guarding of FAO offices and personnel in Basra and south regions;
  • Perform any other administrative and security functions as required.

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in any related field;
  • At least 5 years’ working experience in the field of security with the UN, NGO or private business or with the police / fire department, mine clearance organization, Armed Forces or private security company;
  • Working knowledge (spoken and written) of English, Arabic
  • National of Iraq.
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

  • Ability to operate effectively under pressure, rapidly perform situational assessments and respond quickly and effectively as required;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license;
  • Possess computer skills with good working knowledge of database creation, PowerPoint production, word processing & spread sheet applications;
  • Prove of participation in one or more of the following advanced courses; First Aid, Mine Awareness, Defensive Driving, Self Defence, Fire Fighting, Hostage Survival and/or Anti-hijacking measures;
  • Organized, and able to work independently and for long hours (sometimes unscheduled);
  • Excellent communications skill, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to carry out several tasks in a timely fashion and under tight deadlines with minimum supervision;
  • Courtesy, tact and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

  • 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
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:
FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
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