Security Officer (Abuja)

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for - and respond to - crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Officer

Location: FCT, Abuja

Role Purpose

  • Project to restore the peaceful coexistence and social cohesion of the population affected by the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin is an upcoming 3 year multi country project to be implemented in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger. 
  • The project has the objective to promote social cohesion through the rehabilitation of social infrastructure and the integration of IDPs and refugees. In Nigeria, the project will ensure adolescent girls and boys, as well as young women and men in Abuja state of Nigeria have access to appropriate and timely SRHR and nutrition services and structures and Community mediation structures are in place in the project areas to prevent and deal with conflicts between members of the community and to promote non-violent and peaceful coexistence of the various different groups living there.
  • The project will be implemented by Plan International Nigeria in 5 LGAs of Abuja state in collaboration with the Abuja State Ministry of Health, Abuja State Primary Health Care Development Agency, local CSO partners and other relevant stakeholders.
  • The Security Officer will be responsible for the assessments, security-related guidance and enforce implementation of security policies, guidelines and procedures for the Humanitarian Response Program in Abuja state with the support of the Safety and Security Manager.

Dimension of Role:

  • This will involve, but is not limited to: promoting a culture of security; security incident reporting; security guard oversight and management; monitoring and analysing the security situation in the states of humanitarian response, supporting the development and implementation of Security related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Abuja office.
  • The scope of responsibility is for both Plan International and all authorised visitors.

Key Roles/Responsibilities

Programme development & Quality Management:

  • Advise Humanitarian/ country office staff Unit on all aspects of security, management issues and trends in the North East especially Abuja state.
  • With support from Security Advisor develop/maintain an appropriate framework of security measures and standard operating procedures (SSOPs), which will increase Plan International Nigeria’s overall capacity to protect staff, programs, and property for the humanitarian response
  • Ensure that Plan International Nigeria SSOPs reflect risk levels referenced in Plan’s Global Security Policy and ensure SSOPs are compliant with all Plan’s policies
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of security management i.e. guard oversight/management/direction; identification, documentation, analysis and follow up of security threats/incidents; monitoring SSOP compliance; staff/vehicle movement control, etc for the humanitarian response
  • At the state level, lead the response to all security threats/incidents in a timely, professional and appropriate manner
  • Review existing Security Risk Assessments (SRAs) and conduct same routinely in Abuja state of Plan’s Humanitarian response operational locations as well as whenever the security situation changes and advice programming
  • Monitor and suggest ongoing improvements to existing security warning systems and produce the report to updates/alerts etc., then analyse available information with respect to the potential impact to Plan International Nigeria and inform staff /management accordingly of security risks.
  • Ensure regular communication with all project leads. 
  • Regular attendance at relevant security meetings and forums in Abuja state.
  • Report on security incidents/threats to Security Manager and Field Coordinator on a regular basis (including analysis of trends) and focal persons at the district level
  • Review physical security arrangements including insurance for staff and assets (e.g. vehicles) in collaboration with relevant managers such as P&C, Operations Managers etc, on a regular basis and implement action plans to improve/correct as/when required
  • Develop and test contingency plans based on results and anticipation of security threat/risk assessments and develop staff preparedness/capacity to respond, staffing collaboration with focal persons in Abuja state including LGAs.
  • Ensure that regular safety and security trainings are conducted with relevant field staff
  • Build the capacity of all staff on security including health and safety aspects under P&C leadership/ownership
  • Assess communications needs and recommend improvements/technological aspects to make sure that all equipment’s are working and in good condition such as generator(s), radios, satellite phones, etc.
  • Assume any other responsibility as assigned by the supervisor.

Human Resource Development:

  • Supports the training of Staff and partners on security protocols and practices.

Learning and Knowledge Management:

  • Providing appropriate development tools/knowledge to staff on security and safety such as: provision of training for security guards; induction on Security to all Plan staff and maintain Security Briefing for all visitors.
  • Ensure utilization, proper documentation and dissemination of the following below:
  • Security Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Security Risks Assessments (SRAs)
  • Security and Safety Management Plan (SSMP)
  • Security Incident Logs and Reports and trend analysis
  • Quarterly Security Report
  • Loss/Incident Notification Form.