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Senior Regional Security & Safety Officer

  • Full Time
  • Yaounde


Full vacancy title: Senior Regional Security & Safety Officer, PSEC
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
Position Grade: PL5
Position Number: 50000375
Posting Date: 14-Jun-2024
Closing Date: 13-Jul-2024


Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. To sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2024 – 2033) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.


The Presidency Complex comprises the Office of The President of the Bank Group and all corporate offices, departments and other organizational units that are directly subordinate to the Presidency in administrative as well as functional terms. The President, in the capacity of the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Group, is mandated to provide competent strategic management of the Bank Group and all its resources towards the fulfillment of the Bank Group’s purpose of contributing to the economic development and social progress of Regional Member Countries.

The Presidency Complex provides day-to-day and medium-term corporate leadership and executive oversight maintains communication with the Bank Group’s Member Countries and supports the Boards of Directors in the conduct of their statutory roles. In addition, the Complex provides legal and regulatory oversight on the conduct of the Bank Group’s business and integrated risk management of Bank Group operations, oversees corporate communication with a range of internal and external stakeholders, promotes integrity, transparency and the highest ethical standards and norms among Bank Group personnel in the conduct of their work, and assures the security of the Bank Group’s personnel, premises and physical assets, information and data in all locations where the Bank Group operates. Furthermore, the Presidency Complex is also involved in catalysing investment from various sources in line with the operational priorities of the Bank Group.

The President directly supervises several departments and units including the Office of the President; the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; the Office of the Auditor General; the Group Risk Management Directorate; the General Counsel and Legal Services Department; the Communication and External Relations Department; the Staff Integrity and Ethics Office; Office of the Secretary-General & General Secretariat; the Africa Investment Forum; the Joint Secretariat Support Office and; the External Representation Office in Asia.


The African Development Bank’s Security Unit (PSEC) reports directly to the President of the Bank. It provides the full spectrum of security services to the Bank. It therefore requires its officers to be professional, versatile, and capable of operating at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. The Security Unit detects, deters and reacts to a broad range of threats and risks, including its people, property, information and reputation.  Other PSEC functions include risk analysis, training, and coordination with outside actors, as well as planning, programming and budgeting for various security programs.


The Senior Regional Security & Safety Officer’s objective is to be responsible for the provision of expertise and specialist support on all aspects of security and safety in the region based on International Standards and Bank Guidelines.


The key duties and responsibilities of Senior Regional Security & Safety Officer are to:


  • Contribute to security advice drafted for the Director General and all leadership personnel in assigned Country Offices
  • Participate in the creation of corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety
  • Participate in the implementation of corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety are implemented
  • Monitor the effectiveness of policies, standards and processes and take necessary action when required

Operation & Networking

  • Threat Monitoring: Monitor and assess threats and ensure proactive measures are taken to mitigate potential risk to the AfDB operations
  • Security Assessment and Review: Implement and manage a security risk and vulnerability assessment and review program to ensure the timely identification and management of threats including mitigation and prevention measures.
  • Relationships: Maintain close liaison with Diplomatic Mission (e.g. UN, INGOs), International Organisations security officers, coordination and Networking with security officers/security focal points of all relevant actors in the region.


  • Provide forward-looking advice and expertise on all security technology including access control, CCTV, Intrusion and security alarms.
  • Emergency Plans: Contribute to the development and maintenance of emergency action plans to prepare for and respond to incidents including Active Shooter, civil unrest, terrorism and country evacuation.
  • Regulatory compliance: Ensure that corporate operations meets and demonstrates compliance with all local security, safety and business continuity regulatory requirements.

Supply Partner Management:

  • Liaise with suppliers to help ensure the timely delivery of goods and services
  • Liaise with suppliers and the Bank’s procurement departments to ensure compliance with procurement practices and timely payment to suppliers.

Project Management:

  • Contribute to the efficient use of budgets and ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget to agreed standards.
  • Actively identify opportunities for cost savings through simplification or cross-party collaboration

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge)

  1. Holds at least a Master’s degree in Security Management or Business Administration, Political/Social Science or International Relations or in a related field, with focus on Security Management. Professional Security Certification by an internationally recognized security institution is desirable
  2. Have a minimum of five (05) years of progressive experience in the military, police, and intelligence services coordinating security operations or in security administration within a security organization is required; and experience and exposure at the international level is required.

Technical Competencies:

  • Strong assessment, evaluation, analysis and strategic planning skills.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks independently
  • Strong knowledge in project management
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision as well as part of a multicultural team
  • Ability to be flexible, open-minded with integrity
  • High level of experience in developing security-related technical tools guidelines and systems.
  • Ability to teach basic personal safety and security landmine safety and awareness.
  • Basic knowledge of contract employment, experience and skills in recruitment and selection.
  • Excellent presentation and training delivery skills

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Innovation and Creativity – The commitment to search for and produce innovative and creative approaches to activities in order to enhance performance and create added benefits to the Bank and its clients.
  • Communication – Provides clear and concise oral and written communication; presents oral information with clarity and appropriate style and adapts language and style to suit the requirements of a particular audience.
  • Problem Solving – Applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization.
  • Client Orientation – Ensures that the client is of primary importance in all transactions and interactions. Strives to understand, and when appropriate, anticipate client needs, and ensures that the client receives the best possible service from the Bank.
  • Team Working and Relationships – Works with others to maximize the effectiveness of the team as a whole, sharing the knowledge and workload. Develops strong working relationships with colleagues and contributes to creation of a positive team environment
  • Operational Effectiveness – The Commitment to ensure that full use is made
  • Accountable. sets achievable goals and enforces realistic standards while holding people accountable and setting the example by being held personally accountable at the same or a greater level than subordinates.
  • Candor. not afraid to tell the truth, especially up the chain or when it might make you unpopular. Honest in word and deed in order to build confidence and trust with subordinates.
  • Courageous. fair-minded and resists the temptation to “manage upwards” in order to look out for the best interests of the working masses. Resists pressures and has the willpower to stand up for subordinates when required.
  • Loyal. both to subordinates and superiors. Enjoys engaging with subordinates, then promotes growth and upward movement of team members. Takes the blame when things go wrong and initiates corrective actions without blaming others for team failures. Empowers people with loyalty and transparency.
  • Calm. Should be the rock under pressure. Does not panic or hide during a crisis but stands up and takes a leadership role by managing both people and processes no matter how difficult the situation.
  • Judgement. Does not apply personal or country of origin-specific policies in decision-making but demonstrates a strong emotional intelligence that leads to a level of integrity with the best interest of the Bank and the people implicated in decisions. A good leader must have mental agility and should be forward-looking in decision-making, with an understanding of history in order to make sound decisions.
  • Self-Confident. Has an authoritative leadership “presence” that exudes confidence and competence without the “big man” implications. Demonstrates full confidence in his or her own leadership skills and shows a never-ending enthusiasm even for tasks that may not be cool or sexy but will inspire subordinates to achieve results.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  • Competence with standard MS Office packages, the preferable experience of Microsoft Project. Proficient in using other relevant software including Google Maps. Database management is desirable.


To apply for this job please visit www.afdb.org.