View Vacancy - Assistant Security Liaison Officer - A/SLO (33/19 ABJ)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

The Assistant Security Liaison Officer (A/SLO) will fulfil an important role within the British High Commission’s Expeditionary Security Team. They will be involved in all phases of expeditionary travel for staff, which is to areas where British Government advises against travel or limited travel.   The existing expeditionary security framework includes the administrative and actual preparation of travellers, the deployment of the travellers and post deployment activities.

The A/SLO under the guidance of his line-manager the Security Liaison Officer (SLO) will build on and maintain strong contacts within key Host State government authorities and other key partner entities (INGOs, UN, and Private Security Providers). This will involve the highest level of diplomacy and liaison with the various stakeholders on a varied range of security issues. This will involve frequent trips to the region to conduct liaison and fact finding activities and also whilst accompanying travellers on their journeys as the security subject matter expert (SME).

As stated above the A/SLO will routinely undertake other roles to enable the services provided to BHC and visiting staff by the Expeditionary Security Team. This will include conducting risk assessments, reviewing travel requests, briefing travellers and senior managers.

Due to the nature of the role it is necessary that any applicant be security cleared to SC status, or demonstrate   that they can obtain such clearance.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Providing support in the first instance to the SLO;
  • Providing routine support to the Expeditionary Security Team as directed, especially in the area of Travel Risks Assessment (this is a key legal element of our duty of care to take reasonable measures to protect staff from reasonably foreseeable harm);
  • Assist the team in the assessing and analysing of vulnerabilities and risk to the regions travelled to;
  • Plan and prepare to minimise threats, vulnerabilities and risks to traveling staff;
  • Liaise and communicate with travellers and others on all subjects relevant to the trip;
  • Ensure and maintain secure environments for travellers and staff working permanently in expeditionary areas;
  • Provide security related advice to deployed staff;
  • Manage financial related aspects of deployments with relevant security stakeholders;
  • Proven security related liaison experience
  • Experience of working in the North or/and the North-East of Nigeria
  • Experience of producing reports
  • Evidence of working in a security role without direct supervision in a fragile environment
  • Able to display sound judgement and common sense when given a task, or being asked for advice
  • Good communications skills
  • Fluent in English language ( Excellent  written and oral)
  • Knowledge of regional languages
  • Knowledge of Standard Physical Security
  • Previous working with Nigerian military or / and police
  • Previous working with INGOs or UN in Nigeria
  • Knowledge of dealing with service providers and stakeholders
  • Higher Education obtained (resulting in the award of an academic degree)
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering
5 September 2019
B3 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
24 months
British High Commission
N 514,765
1 November 2019
  • Induction Training will be provided in Nigeria
  • Attend FCO SAFE or SAFE Lite Course

Working Pattern:

  • Monday to Thursday:  08:00 - 04:00
  • Friday:  08:00 - 01:00
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit. 
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
    • Obtain the relevant permit
    • Pay fees for the permit
    • Make arrangements to relocate
    • Meet the costs to relocation 

The British High Commission do not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.  

  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. 
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
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This opportunity is closed to applications.