Safety and Security Officer at Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago

Search for Common Ground which is currently in 36 countries, is an international non-profile organization with a mission to transform the way the world deals with conflict.

Safety and Security Officer at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) 1

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is recruiting candidates for a Safety and Security Officer.

JOB TITLE: Safety and Security Officer



  •  Search Nigeria is seeking a Safety and Security Officer who will be responsible for implementing all policies and procedures regarding security & safety and promoting its day to day management for Search in the Niger Delta.
  • They will continuously assess the safety/security environment and devise risk reduction measures as needed in coordination with Safety and Security Manager (SSM).
  • This full-time position is for 5 months initially, and subject to performance and funding availability may be extended for up to a year.
  • The Safety and Security Officer will be based in our Delta or Bayelsa office with frequent travel to the field. S/he will report to the Safety and Security Manager and work closely with the Head of Offices (HOOs) of each region and the Admin/Procurement Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with SSM to ensure security strategies for Search Nigeria and that response is appropriate and aligned with regional and global priorities.
  • Deliver oversight of security prevention, preparation, and response and recovery activities, particularly in their respective offices and to counter threats emerging from changing political, social and economic situations.
  • Support in developing, reviewing and ensuring effective implementation of the Search Nigeria Security Management Plans, SOPs/Contingency Plans, including a security plan in assigned offices, together with key staff
  • Ensure that all safety and security management systems are in line with existing Search security policy, protocol, and approach
  • Implement and ensure effective monitoring of a personnel and vehicle tracking system in each office.
  • Support the SSM in planning and implementing risk mitigation strategies (acceptance, deterrence,
  • Ensure that appropriate safety and security systems are in place to provide timely and accurate security information to all staff members and visitors.
  • Provide crisis management support (evacuation and hibernation) as required.
  • Be readily available at all times to the HOOs and field staff to advise on security developments.
  • Maintain an updated Search staff contact list and security notification tree and test the tree on a regular basis.
  • Conduct regular site visits to field sites to assess safety/security arrangements.
  • SSO will work closely with Search program staff to facilitate easy access to program location, conduct a regular security risk assessment of  Search program location and facilities
  • The SSO will further assist the SSM in building up the capacity, awareness, and preparedness of staff to deal with security-related risks, threats and incidents through the delivery of high quality, regular training or briefings to staff   and Search visitors within the area of responsibility
  • Supervise and liaise on a daily basis with the contracted guards to ensure the guard force is trained and aware of Search SOPs and are effectively enforcing the required regulations.


  • The report analyzes and communicates the current socio-political context and the security situation and the wider context (country, region, global trends as applicable).
  • Ensure compliance with the incident reporting system, prepare weekly reports for the Field offices and update data on available incident data tools.
  • and ensuring that the incident register is updated regularly.
  • Conduct ongoing threat assessments and compile daily/weekly situation reports/monthly security analysis and ensures that the information is shared in a timely manner.


  • She/He will develop a wide web of relevant contacts of stakeholders to engage with positively to address access challenges, collate and disseminate relevant security information
  • Attend security & emergency related briefings and meetings and share security-related information with third-party security and risk management service providers.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science or a related discipline

Required Experience:

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience at the national or international NGOs in safety and security functions
  • Experience in liaising with communities, civilians, police and/or military government authorities as well as with regional institutions preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • Resident in Delta or Bayelsa state is an added advantage
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
  • Good context analysis skills.
  • Competent and literate in the local language of North East/ Niger Delta Nigeria, verbal and written, with a sound knowledge of technical expressions
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills enjoy a multicultural work environment;
  • Ability in Training and facilitation skill using different training media
  • Ability to conduct regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation, etc.)


Important Information
Interested candidates should send the following to our Career Portal:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)


  • Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • I will contact only applicants invited for an interview. No phone calls, please.

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