Employer: Search for Common Ground
Location: Middle Belt, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Search Nigeria is seeking a Safety and Security officer that will be responsible for implementing all policies and procedures regarding security & safety and promoting its day to day management for Search in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. They will continuously assess the safety/security environment and devise risk reduction measures as needed in coordination with the Security team lead
The Safety and Security Officer will be based in Jos with frequent travel to the field. S/he will report to the Safety and Security Coordinator and work closely with the Head of Office (HOO) of the region and the Admin/Procurement Manager.
Roles and Responsibilities
Work closely with regional security staff to ensure security strategies for Search Nigeria and that response is appropriate and aligned with regional and global priorities.
Deliver oversight of security prevention, preparation, and response and recovery activities, and to counter threats emerging from changing political, social, and economic situations.
Support in developing, reviewing, and ensuring effective implementation of the Search Nigeria Security Management Plans, SOPs/Contingency Plans, including a security plan in assigned offices, together with key staff.
Ensure that all safety and security management systems are in line with existing Search security policy, protocol, and approach.
Implement and ensure effective monitoring of a personnel and vehicle tracking system in each office.
Work with other security focal points in planning and implementing risk mitigation strategies (acceptance, deterrence, protection) to improve safety and security.
Ensure that appropriate safety and security systems are in place to provide timely and accurate security information to all staff members and visitors.
Lead incident management, lessons learned, and any follow-up actions/ changes to procedures.
Provide crisis management support (evacuation and hibernation) as required.
Be readily available at all times to advise on security developments.
Maintain an updated search staff contact list and security notification tree and test the tree on a regular basis.
Conduct regular site visits to field sites to assess safety/security arrangements.
Monitor implementation of safety and security protocols and promptly advise the CD of any non-compliance and/or concerns/issues.
Report, analyze, and communicate the current sociopolitical context and the security situation, and the wider context (country, region, global trends as applicable).
Ensure compliance with the incident reporting system and ensure that the incident register is updated regularly.
Conduct ongoing threat assessments and compile daily/weekly situation reports/monthly security analysis and ensure that the information is shared in a timely manner.
Build and maintain regular contact with other agency security focal points, including NGOs, UN, USAID, and local authorities related to security issues and concerns especially in program implementation areas in order to gather reliable security information, facilitate the sharing of best practices and the adoption of an integrated approach where possible.
Attend security & emergency related briefings and meetings and share security-related information with third-party security and risk management service providers.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science or related discipline
Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience at the national or international NGOs in safety and security functions
Experience in liaising with communities, civilians, police, and/or military government authorities as well as with regional institutions preferred.
Experience providing safety and security orientation for all new staff, short-term technical assistance, ex-pats staff/ visitor/ guests, and update training for existing staff.
Experience complying with the system in place to enhance security skills and awareness that are required for effectiveness especially in areas of accident prevention, safety, health, and occupational hazards by planning and facilitate appropriate learning and development opportunities.
Experience conducting routine crisis management exercises for all staff and management.
Experience conducting regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation, etc.)
Experience promoting and encouraging a safe and environmentally sound culture
Other Relevant Requirements
Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
Good context analysis skills.
Competent and literate in the local language of Niger Delta Nigeria, verbal and written, with a sound knowledge of technical expressions
Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills; enjoy a multicultural work environment
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal.
A) Current resume
B) Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.