Security Officer - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

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The post holder will develop and ensure the systematic application of safety and security management policies and procedures in operational areas of Nigeria. This will include the ongoing assessment of threats and provision of advice to manage risk; the maintenance and updating of security guidelines; ensuring that field security working practices are robust and that staff and partners are aware of, trained in, and adhere to security management policy, guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Integral to the posting is the ability to work successfully with field teams/ locations to cultivate capacity and motivation thereby ensuring field-based responsibility for security analysis and management.

The post reports to the Country Representative, works in close collaboration with the ECHO Project Coordinator, field-based Program Managers, and receives technical support from the Global Security Adviser based in London. 

Reporting to:  Country Representative 

Specific Responsibilities: 



Security Risk Assessment

  • Determine and assess the specific threats to CAFOD and partner staff, premises (office, accommodation), and programmes.
  • Identify and make recommendations for systems, procedures and resources to mitigate risk to manageable levels.
  • Assess capacity of professional security guards at residences and office related to their security training needs. 


  • Advise the Country Representative, Project Coordinator and other key personnel how to mainstream security in programme management.
  • Review the impact of security factors on CAFOD program designs and delivery,
  • Ensure that all program activities/locations are assessed and monitored relative to their impact on staff safety and security,
  • In consultation with Global security Adviser, continuously monitor the security /safety environment, nationally, and locally for all program areas, and make recommendations to the Country Representative, to adjust security policies and procedures as needed.
  • Initiate the formation of a Security Management Team in Nigeria and spearhead the revision of Safety and Security Guidelines/ plans for all operational areas.
  • Ensure that contingency plans for Evacuation, Relocation, Hibernation, and Medical Evacuation are reviewed quarterly
  • Ensure that communication systems are adequate and maintained and provide training to staff on the use of such equipment and communications protocols in conjunction with the programme coordinator.
  • In conjunction with relevant logistics staff, programme managers and transport staff ensure that regulations for travel in the field are implemented in a systematic and timely fashion.
  • Ensure that incident report forms are properly compiled by staff and are sent to relevant staff in Abuja and London.
  • Coordinate post-incident follow up actions, analysis and recommendations.
  • Conduct security assessments in new areas of Nigeria prior to entry by program staff. 

Security Plan and Minimum Operating Security Standards

  • Act as an integral member of the CAFOD Security Management Team in Nigeria.
  • Ensure that staff members are provided with and are proficient in the use of safety equipment, including communications equipment, vehicle emergency equipment and personal security safeguards required for work in the field.
  • Ensure CAFOD compliance with agency staff safety and security policies and protocols,
  • Remain continuously informed of the security situation in Nigeria. Develop a security action plan for reinforcement of security measures at the office and the residences of CAFOD staff. Coordinate closely with security colleagues – UN/INGO, CCO/INSO, etc.
  • Document the dates and types of security training staff members have received and make recommendations on training needs. Facilitate training, as needed.
  • Ensure appropriate professional liaison with local authorities responsible for security, law and order, counterparts in diplomatic missions and municipal/civic/religious and traditional leaders. 




Due to the inter-relatedness of Logistics and Security in this operating environment, he/she may be required to advise and assist in logistics matters. 


  • This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as needed. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.
  • If considered useful and appropriate, specific percentages per function/areas of responsibility can be assigned by agreement between the post-holder and his/her line manager.
  • The role may require travel as agreed with the relevant partner(s).

Starting Salary: ? 10,213,030 - 10,723,682 per annum 



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