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Security Specialist at World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Description

  • The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group (WBG) comprises five institutions managed by their member countries. Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The WBG employs more than 14,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.


  • The position of Security Specialist – Nigeria will be in the World Bank Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria to support WBG operations. The incumbent will be one of two security specialists responsible for the security programs of the Abuja Country Office and International Finance Corporation office in Lagos, Nigeria. The position will be the senior in-country security position within the Corporate Security (GSDRS) division of the General Services Department (GSD) of the World Bank Group (WBG).
  • The incumbent will report to, and receive support and direction from, the Head of Global Operations through the Senior Security Specialist for West and Central Africa (AFWC) based in Dakar, Senegal.
  • The incumbent will advise and consult and report to the Country Director in the IBRD and IFC Offices of responsibility and will discharge his/her assignment under the direct authority and guidance of both managers.
  • The incumbent will serve in a full-time capacity and on-call for emergencies.
  • After the initial assignment and assessment period the incumbent will remain based in Abuja but may be responsible for the oversight of security of other AFWC countries and offices. Those duties and responsibilities will be determined by Corporate Security Senior Management.
  • The incumbent may be required to provide occasional back-up support to WBG Country Offices and Security Specialists in the AFWC region and other regions, which will require travel on short notice.
  • The duties of the Country Security Specialist are to provide security support to WBG Country Office management and staff in the following areas:  a) security risk management; b) security awareness; c) contingency planning; d) protective operations; e) guard force contract management; f) advise staff on residential security; g) provide 24-hour on call emergency security support to WBG Country Office staff.

Job Responsibilities
Security Risk Management:

  • Provide inputs for the preparation of the Security Risk Assessment for Nigeria within the GSDCS specified frequency as directed.
  • Assist Country Office management in developing and overseeing the day-to-day conduct of the office security programs, including staff travel to Northern Nigeria, Chad, and Niger, by ensuring preparation of adequate responses to security incidents, travel security natural disasters and crisis events occurring.
  • Implement security risk management measures in the World Bank’s expanding engagement in the Lake Chad Basin, with specific concentration on NE Nigeria.
  • Provide general residential security advice to all staff.
  • Provide advice on security arrangements at hotels, restaurants, ministries, diplomatic/international organizations and other locations which staff may visit for business or recreation purposes.
  • Liaise with host government security and law enforcement officials as appropriate and with security advisors for diplomatic/international organizations and private security firms to establish a network of contacts.
  • Assist staff and visiting missions in reporting incidents (GSDCS, UNDSS, host government, etc.).
  • Ensure a viable system is in place to track staff, note arrival/departure/residence changes, contact details while at the field location, and to coordinate with UNDSS and the WBG Security Operations Center.
  • Where applicable, manage the Country Office security guard services contracts to include the procurement process, contract extensions, conducting periodic reviews with guard services contract management, certification of invoices, documentation of non-performance and other issues, modifications of the contract and required reporting and documentation in coordination with Corporate Security,  primarily through the World Bank headquarters based GSDRS Security Specialist managing Guard Contract Services and Corporate Procurement.
  • Provide technical security advice to and coordinate with Corporate Real Estate, in consultation with the Security Specialist for Real Estate and the Senior Security Specialist, for existing facilities and any potential new offices to include site selection and installation of effective physical and procedural security measures.
  • Manage the video surveillance, card access and other physical security and fire/life safety systems. Carry out testing and evacuation drills periodically.
  • Monitor and advise on residential security upgrades for newly acquired and existing residences of international staff.
  • Manage the Country Office major security equipment programs (portable items such as handheld/ walk-through metal detectors, package screening devices, communications and ECM equipment and armored vehicles) to include the procurement process when applicable, contract extensions, documentation of non-performance and other issues, certification of invoices, modifications of the contract, training guards and drivers on use of equipment and required reporting and documentation in coordination with Corporate Security, primarily through the World Bank headquarters based GSDCS Security Specialist and Corporate Procurement.
  • Assist the Country Director with the development and implementation of a road safety policy. Once established, assist the CO management with monitoring compliance of any local vendors selected to operate motor vehicles on behalf of the country Office.
  • Develop and cultivate a network of security colleagues for up-to-date information-sharing about security developments around the country.

Security Awareness:

  • Provide newly arriving staff and visiting missions with practical security advice and contact information in advance of their visit and briefings upon arrival specific to the current situation and their mission.
  • Provide briefings, communications and logistical support for field missions.
  • Draft staff security advisories on risk mitigation in response to the general security situation, following significant specific incidents and during periods of heightened risk.
  • Conduct periodic security awareness briefings for all staff.
  • Deliver or coordinate relevant security training for all staff.

Contingency Planning:

  • Coordinate revisions of the Crisis Management Plan / Emergency Response (CMT) on an annual basis or more frequently as required or directed.
  • Serve as advisor to, and conduct training for, Country Office Crisis Management Teams.
  • Maintain and update as necessary all Country Office contingency planning material, reference documents and annexes.
  • Organize periodic tabletop exercises to test the CMT.
  • Maintain and periodically test the staff telephone tree, warden system and other local contingency plans.
  • Organize security and fire/life safety training and briefings for all staff.
  • Maintain and enhance the Country Office emergency contact and locator systems and ensure coordination between the Country Office, UNDSS and the WBG Security Operations Center.
  • Continually assess in-country relocation and out-of-country evacuation options.

Protective Operations:

  • Manage and document the entire range of armed protective operations, when applicable, to include the coordination of vehicle movements, the level of protection required for specific movements, the site advance security assessments and arrangements.
  • Plan emergency response actions in the event of an emergency or a direct or indirect threat to staff. Take proactive measures to prevent involvement in such activities, and perform reactively to avoid/escape from those in progress.
  • Review daily staff travel schedules and projected travel itineraries to identify potential security and safety-related issues.
  • Arrange the appropriate level of security for visiting senior World Bank officials.
  • Arrange continuing or special host government protective services support for staff, visiting missions and facilities as necessary.
  • Coordinate security arrangements for World Bank Group sponsored conferences and training events held in Nigeria and other AFR offices as required.
  • Recommend security policies and procedures to management to include approved/prohibited locations and ensure a mechanism is in place to keep staff informed and to document and report to management violations of policies and procedures.

Guard Force Contract Management:

  • Assist with the management of the Country Office security guard services contracts to include the procurement process, contract extensions, conducting periodic reviews with guard services contract management, certification of invoices, documentation of non-performance and other issues, modifications of the contract and required reporting and documentation in coordination with Corporate Security (effective July 1, 2014 primarily through the World Bank headquarters based GSDCS Security Specialist – Guard Services) and  the Senior Security Specialist (West and Central Africa).

24-Hour on call Emergency Security Support:

  • Provide 24-hour on call emergency support to the responsible WBG Country Offices and staff (to include Visiting Mission staff).
  • Other Responsibilities As May Be Assigned and the ability to travel on short notice to high risk locations.

Selection Criteria
Specialized Skills:

  • Knowledge of the development of security policies and procedures and a general understanding of threat mitigation procedures and high risk operations.
  • Ability to draft security advisories and notifications for consideration and implementation by Country Office management.
  • Knowledge of protective operations.
  • Familiar with basic procurement procedures and project/resource management.


  • Communication:
    • Clearly and effectively speaks and writes, tailoring language, tone, style and format to different audiences;
    • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.


  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Builds consensus for task purpose and direction with team members;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Activities and assignments, adjusting priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning.


  • Adheres to organizational rules, regulations and standards;
  • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.

Client Orientation:

  • Provides services, support, advice, guidance to internal or external clients, and seeks to see things from their points of view;
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect.


  • Actively seeks to improve programs or services;
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness by finding new solutions to address operational or strategic problems.

Commitment to Learning:

  • Keeps abreast of new occupational/professional developments;
  • Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates;
  • Provides constructive security advisory, training, coaching and feedback for others.


  • University Degree in relevant discipline (National Security Studies, Risk Management, Police Science or Criminal Justice) at a Bachelor’s level with five years professional management experience required, or at a Master’s level with three years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressive experience in security program management with an international or diplomatic organization preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience in security program delivery and project implementation, especially in the geographic area of responsibility;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows applications, namely, Excel, Word and Power Point;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Proven proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English. Knowledge of any local languages a positive.

Mode of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.

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