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Security Consultant At Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) – Northeast




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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Consultant, Northeast

Locations: Borno, Yobe, Adamawa
Contract length: 60 days
Full Time: 38 hours per week
Start date: 1 July 2019

Job Descriptions

    • VSO Nigeria is seeking a National consultant to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment of the North East region and review the country office’s security and safety mechanisms.
    • The consultant will work closely with the Security Focal Point, and the senior management team.
  • The consultant will engage with VSO partners and stakeholders, humanitarian and development organisations, government agencies, including state security outfits and community leaders, to better understand the security and safety challenges in the north east, identify existing response mechanisms and map potential strategic partners with whom VSO could build collaborations to support safety, security and medical preparedness and responses.


  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the key risks and threats to the safety and security of persons, assets, premises and activities of VSO Nigeria in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Gombe;
  • Provide advice, guidance and practical recommendations on risk reduction and mitigation measures to respond to the identified risks/threats.


  • Undertake a context analysis of Nigeria generally, and specifically Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and GombeStates, with a particular emphasis on the potential project target LGAs as contained in the project plan.  The analysis should include incident mapping, current risk analysis, a summary of existing external security mechanisms and sources of reliable and timely security updates.
  • Review VSO Nigeria’ssecurity operating procedures and make practical recommendations to strengthen processes, procedures and responsiveness.
  • Identify statutory agencies and critical friends in the North East [state security agencies, local NGOs, UN agencies, INGOs].
  • Overall health infrastructure availability and risks in the identified States, including facilities that manage s*xual violence and provide psychosocial support.
  • Implement approved action plan and recommendations


    • Produce a country context and trend analysis document, specifically identifying the major types of safety, security and health threats and risks, including their common indicators;
    • Produce a comprehensive security analysis of the named States.
  • Produce location specific risk assessments for identified project communities and locations. This will include security, medical, transport, safe houses, strategic security partners, relocation and evacuation points.
  • Produce a relocation and evacuation plan for each of the identified project locations.
  • Produce a security plan and standard operating plan for security and health/medical preparedness and responsiveness, protocols and systems for operating in the NE.
  • Produce reviewed / updated VSON’s security-related policies that complement the NE plan.
  • Produce a comprehensive securityand health contact database of security focal points and contact persons for identified state security agencies, humanitarian and development agencies, community and local government area leaders, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Produce guidance and contacts on how to secure licenses/permits required for operating in the identified States in relation to communications, access/travel permits etc., and facilitate the process.
  • Produce a template to assess the capacity of partners to support the safety and security of volunteers and their understanding of their duty of care obligations.


  • Debrief and report submission will take place 3 days from completion of risk assessment in the field. Final documents to be submitted 7 days from debrief.

Reports to the Country Director and will be expected to:

  • Hold meetings with key country office staff to understand the personnel and program needs in relation to safety, security and health;
  • Hold briefing and debriefing meetings with the senior management team at agreed regular intervals for accountability and guidance;
  • Work closely with the Security Focal Point in-country and the Global security team
  • Arrange and hold meetings with relevant stakeholders in the North East

Duration – 60 days:

  • Debrief and orientation post-hiring – 5 days
  • Risk assessments in North East locations- 20 days
  • Debrief, writing and submissions of all reports and templates -10 days
  • Action plan implementation – 25 days

Person Specification

  • Right to work in Nigeria. In-depth understanding of the North East Nigeria conflict and security situation. Track record of conducting high-quality security assessments, preferably for INGOs operating in conflict/fragile environments. Has held a senior security manager role in an INGO.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of providing high quality security support to project teams in the field.
  • Able to demonstrate strong links with key security networks in the North East particularly, and Nigeria in whole. Strong communication skills and a proven track record of producing written documentation in English. Fluency in Hausa an added advantage but not a requirement.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Interview Date
4th June, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates/organisations should:
Apply Online Here!

Application Procedure
Candidate/Organisation should submit a two-paged proposal that details the following below to:

  • Your suitability for the position
  • Your approach to delivering the consultancy requirements
  • Your proposed timeframe
  • Itemised budget, including professional fee and expenses such as travel costs
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