Location : Abuja (FCT)
Employment type : Full Time
The USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (hereinafter referred to as the Trade Hub) is a five-year, $140 million trade and investment facilitation activity that seeks to improve private sector competitiveness in West Africa through a market-based approach.
By working in partnership with the private sector and fostering co-investments, the project will generate new private-sector capital investment into key sectors to create jobs and increase trade between the U.
S. and West Africa, including through increased utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The project comprises of three main components :
Technical assistance (TA) that directly supports, coordinates, and engages with qualifying recipients (i.e., partners and grantees) to achieve USAID’s trade and food security objectives.
Urgently respond to the secondary economic impacts of COVID-19, notably to; 1) increase access of working capital with financial actors, 2) prevent and mitigate job losses, and 3) help respond to local and regional supply chain disruptions and shortages of critical medical supplies and services as well as for agricultural inputs and food staples.
Through this Co-Investment Fund and technical assistance, the Trade Hub will improve companies’ abilities to expand business operations, increase productivity, and create jobs that build on the talents and aspirations of West Africa’s growing population.
The Trade Hub will collaborate on specific commercial opportunities with firms, service providers, research organizations, as well as other business network actors to access private capital that will contribute to large-scale jobs, exports, and investment, particularly with strong demonstrated or potential links to the U.
S. companies and investors.
The Project Security Manager’s (PSM) overall mission is to keep all project personnel and assets safe from harm. S / he has delegated responsibility for the day-to-day management and coordination of operational field security activities, provides continuous security and contextual information to the team, ensures compliance with corporate security policies, and maintains liaison with the Regional Security and Operations Director for West Africa (RSOM).
This employee will be appointed by the Chief of Party, with concurrence from the RSOM. This position will be based in the Abuja office, with program activities expected to be carried out throughout states in Nigeria and West Africa.
Extensive understanding of the security issues in the Nigeria and frequent travel throughout Nigeria is required. Travel will also be required across the West African region, notably to Ghana, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire
Reporting and Supervision :
The Project Security Manager reports to the Chief of Party based in Abuja. The PSM, based in Abuja, works closely with the RSOM, and supervises the guards hired through a local security provider in Abuja.
Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following :
Work with the RSOM to develop, manage, and coordinate all Creative security and safety programs, plans and policies relevant to the project including detailed security procedures that comply with Creative security policies.
This will include emergency response drills and communication procedures for the project.
Provide security, safety and risk mitigation advice and recommendations to the Chief of Party.
Ensure that project staff complies with project security and COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
Carry out security assessment of offices, compounds, vehicles, and expatriate and TCN housing and make recommendations for required security upgrades, as required.
Monitor and analyze the ongoing threat environment faced by the project and brief the Chief of Party, Operations Director, RSOM and other project staff accordingly.
Distribute threat warnings to all staff as appropriate.
Ensure that appropriate risk migration measures are taken by the project to respond to the threats or changes in threats faced by the project.
This is to include physical protection measures, safe working routines, movement restrictions, protection equipment and security staff provision, as required.
Oversee movement control and coordination for the project, including driver and vehicle deployment and staff whereabouts.
Oversee the local security provider contracted by the project to ensure contractual compliance and performance of their duties, and act as the focal point of contact with the security provider.
Provide training, mentoring, and monitoring of the local security provider’s guards.
Report security incidents, violations, and recommended corrective actions, as appropriate, to the Chief of Party, Operations Director and RSOM.
Ensure all new employees, consultants, and partners working in Creative offices and traveling in Creative vehicles receive appropriate security orientations and briefings.
Verify that all security devices such as locks, alarms, access systems and physical force protection measures are operational or reported for repair.
Carry out regular check in calls and communications tests with drivers and field personnel traveling outside of the main cities and or during any critical security incident.
Ensure visitor access and vehicle control systems are effective and appropriate for the threat environment.
Work with the RSOM to develop and maintain the project Crisis Response Plan in coordination with the Chief of Party and ensure that the contact information contained therein is always up to date.
Provide, if directed, a weekly security report to the Chief of Party, Operations Director, and RSOM.
Be able to assist with out-of-hours emergency response for the project staff and partners, if needed.
Assist the project with business continuity planning, as required.
Ensure that the Creative Sensitive Information (CSI) Plan is distributed to and is being followed by project staff.
All of the above includes ensuring security protocols are understood and security drills are periodically conducted with staff in the Abuja office, as well as offices in other locations.
Ensure field staff receive first aid and fire response training.
Additional assignments, as instructed by the Operations Director and / or Chief of Party.
The PSM should understand, brief, and regularly train all project staff on :
The need for all staff to maintain a good level of situational awareness, and to report concerns.
Project movement / field trip planning and control procedures.
Project communications procedures including emergency phone trees, SMS blast service, Eden SafeBase, and contact lists.
Office emergency response procedures including fire evacuation, direct threat lockdown, etc.
The need to avoid all demonstrations, possible demo sites and areas where crowd trouble could start.
The location of the nearest medical facilities.
Implement and execute actions relating to the Crisis Response Plan.
Required Skills and Qualifications
BA degree required in a security-related field,
Must have 6 +years of general work experience and 4+ years of specific experience related to the position required. If supervising staff, must have 3+ years of supervisory experience with groups or teams of staff.
Fluency in spoken and written English highly desired, advanced knowledge required.
Proven understanding of security management protocols essential.
Demonstrated ability to solve challenging and complicated security issues.
Ability to develop in-depth understanding of and willingness to comply with all Creative security policies and procedures.
Should have a proven and established network of contacts within the local security establishment and throughout Nigeria.
Proficient at using Microsoft office software : MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Prior experience using MS Access and web-based database applications.
Ability to draw information from a broad range of sources and provide concise and timely analysis and recommendations
Demonstrated ability to engage all team members as resources to manage security and contextual awareness in a manner that is proactive
Must have the physical capacity to travel extensively on short notice to remote regions within Nigeria
Preferred Experience & Skills :
Officer from the Nigerian military, police, or DSS is preferred.
Prior extended experience with private security company or Nigerian government security services.
Prior experience with Creative security policies and procedures is preferred.
Proven experience directly and indirectly supervising and managing staff and teams.
Experience with a USAID-funded or other international organization implementing a program operating in insecure areas in Nigeria desired.
Willingness and ability to travel throughout Nigeria and West Africa.
Strong ability to deploy and use various forms of tracking.
Develop security management and movement tracking systems.
Good communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Problem solving, stress management and time management skills are required.
Excellent record keeping, and documentation skills are required.
Working knowledge of modern technical security systems, security standards and procedures within the private sector of Nigeria.
Experience of working in a conflict environment is a plus.
Written and spoken fluency in English required.
Fluency in one or more of the local languages used in Nigeria is desired.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with institutional and private sector partners and stakeholders, including the national government.