Local Security Assistant (LSA)

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Local Security Assistant (LSA)

  • Post Date:December 3, 2022
  • Views 18
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  • Career Level Officer
    Experience 7 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Energy
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Salary As per Organization Salary Scale
  • Number of Opportunities 1
    Vacancy Number 2203279
    Location Herat
Job Description

About Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations:


FAO Afghanistan is investing, across all 34 provinces, in resilience reinforcing actions that focus on protecting agriculture livelihoods and local ecosystems, boosting local production of nutritious foods and cash-incomes, and safeguarding critical agriculture sectoral development gains achieved over the past couple of decades through revitalizing rural markets and economy. In 2023, FAO will contribute to the humanitarian components of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025 through four priority actions: (i) Safeguarding Wheat Seed Security, (ii) Enhancing Local Production of Nutritious Food, (iii) Livestock Protection and Dairy Sector Support, and (iv) Restoring Irrigation Structures to Boost Cash Incomes. FAO will also contribute towards resilience building activities and longer-term transformational processes as part of the implementation of the UN Strategic Framework 2023-2025.

Job Summary:

Reporting Lines


The Local Security Assistant (LSA) – Herat will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct technical supervision of the International Security Officer (SO) and FAO Senior Security Assistant (SSA) and in close collaboration with the Regional Coordinator for East Region.

Technical Focus


The Local Security Assistant (LSA) – Herat reports and manages all security-related matters and acts as the primary security focal point for management and staff in the Region.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Assist the Senior LSA and International SO with developing, recommending, and implementing appropriate safety and security procedures related to all aspects of the mission’s and its program’s safety and security;
  • This will include effectively addressing emergency management preparation, oversight, and response, as well as supporting the SO with the drafting of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for operational and In Extremis (IE) response scenarios;
  • Strengthens the security arrangements of FAO facilities and contingency planning, and in close cooperation with the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and coordinates 24/7 response to all safety and security-related incidents involving FAO staff and assets;
  • Coordinates safety and security-related activities with UNDSS in the Region, security focal points of other agencies and humanitarian partners, and liaises with local authorities responsible for security;
  • Review and make recommendations regarding safety/security requirements of FAO Regional Office and liaise regularly with the SLSA and SO on emerging threats and specific security conditions, among others;
  • Assist in developing and regularly reviewing all internal evacuation and emergency contingency plans and make recommendations as necessary (emergency evacuation, assembly/safe areas, mass casualty management, warden system, and emergency communications), to develop appropriate responses, including required human and technical resources for effective implementation;
  • Conduct regular physical security surveys of facilities and staff housing (guest-houses, hotels) within the Region Provinces;
  • In coordination with the SLSA and SO, produce a consolidated Security Risk Assessment document for the Regional office;
  • Develop Ad hoc SRM for various field missions;
  • Organize DfPS armed escort when necessary as per SRM;
  • Collaborate as required with the SLSA and UNDSS regarding all aspects of threat/risk analysis;
  • In coordination with the Regional Coordinator, SLSA, and SO, assist with the preparation of the Contingency Security Plan;
  • Provides FAO staff with specific security briefings, situation reports and other appropriate security-related information and training;
  • Undertakes field security missions to FAO operations in the area of responsibility and conducts security assessments to determine the level of risk to FAO operations; identifies and implements appropriate risk mitigation measures;
  • Participates in an observer capacity in the Region specific Area Security Management Team (ASMT) meetings and provides all necessary assistance to the FAO Regional Coordinator on security-related matters;
  • Advises the Area Security Management Team (ASMT) through the Regional Coordinator on particular priority security concerns to FAO programme operations activities;
  • Participates as a member of the Region specific Security Cell and provides advice on particular FAO concerns regarding the security of the Organization’s operations activities;
  • Supervises security equipment and personnel, including inventory, extended training, and performance of in-house unarmed-guards and arranges security escorts for FAO mission’s personnel;
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with regional, national law enforcement, military and civil intelligence authorities, counterparts in the Diplomatic Missions and municipal/civic/traditional leaders and UNDSS, Field Security Coordinator (FSCO), and donor community;
  • Conduct security assessments within the area of responsibility as required in support of FAO operations;
  • Establish contact across their area of responsibility with all relevant local authorities as appropriate;
  • Maintain appropriate level of confidentiality regarding FAO security matters and ensure that FAO personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their safety and security;
  • Monitor the security situation in and provide the Regional Coordinator and Senior staff, both National and International, while keeping SLSA and SO in the loop;
  • Ensure that all FAO personnel and recognized dependents comply with a specific security advisory, instructions at the duty station in line with UN Security Management System (UNSMS) policy and in accordance with the framework of accountability;
  • To ensure that all FAO personnel, and particularly drivers enhance their familiarity with area-specific major routes and alternate routes, availability of safe havens, outlined in the specific Quick Security Risk Assessment (QSRA) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) on road accidents, breakdown, checkpoints, ambush, mine/UXO procedure, and guideline;
  • Carry out appropriate safety and security training programmes, including proper use of available emergency communication equipment in a professional and timely manner;
  • Perform any other related duties as required.

Job Requirement:

Minimum Requirements

  • University Degree (Bachelor) in security management, business administration, political/social science, international relations, or a related field. Military or Police Academy degrees (at officer’s level), may also be considered in lieu of the first-level university degree;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in field security management within the UN security management system (UNSMS) or relevant organization is desirable;
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English and local languages (Pashto and/or Dari);
  • Resident of Herat, Afghanistan;
  • National of Afghanistan.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • UNDSS certification in any of the following is an asset: Security Certification Programme (SCP), Hostage Incident Management and Emergency Trauma Bag (ETB) Qualification;
  • UN experience in the field of security within Afghanistan, preferably in the applicable Region;
  • Extent and relevance of experience with emergency communications equipment operation, including Very High Frequency /High Frequency/Satellite /DMR;
  • Problem-solving, client orientation, behavioral flexibility, initiative, attention to detail, good communication skills, and teamwork. Trustworthy with a high sense of responsibility;












  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with other staff/colleagues from different cultural backgrounds and with relevant counterparts;
  • Strong professional command of Microsoft Office, in particular Word and Excel.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Herat

Submission Guideline:


  • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • If you are in possession of language certificate/s from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT), please attach the certificate/s when submitting the application.
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]


Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.