Head Of Security Job Opportunity At The British Council


The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organization and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another.

We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world.

We are recruiting to fill the below position of:

Job Title: Head of Security, Nigeria

Region: Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa
Location: Abuja
Department: Business Support Services
Pay Band: Senior Leadership Band
Reports to: Director Business Services Nigeria (Lucy Pearson)

Purpose of the Job

  • To manage, enhance and embed the British Council (BC) Nigeria Security Risk Management function, providing high quality, efficient and integrated security risk management in line with the BC Global manual in order to enable British Council Nigeria operations

The Role

  • The post holder will be based in Abuja, Nigeria and is part of a larger team of Business Support Services.
  • The Head of Security will play a critical role as a member of the BC Nigeria Senior Leadership Team and Incident Management Team (IMT) requiring regular liaison with external security agencies and stakeholders as well as day to day management of security staff and service providers.
  • This position will report to the Director Business Services Nigeria, acting as security advisor to senior management in all aspects of security.
  • The role will encompass on going country monitoring and analysis, security risk analysis compliant with international standards, update of BC Nigeria Policy, Plans and Procedures in line with the developing security environment and BC Global Security Manual.

Key Responsibilities

Risk Assessment:

  • Daily monitoring of the security environment in Nigeria.
  • Conduct on going Security Risk Assessment’s (SRA), in line with international standards, for both permanent locations and BC Nigeria programmes and events in order to identify both current and future risks and associated trigger events.
  • Provide sound, accurate and reliable security updates for BC Nigeria senior management.
  • Support decision making on feasibility of business operation and events
  • Input into on-going assessment of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for BC Nigeria operations.
  • Maintenance and mapping of security related incidents, drawing on open source and discrete sources, throughout current and intended BC Nigeria’s Areas of Operation (AOO)
  • Act as principal Point of Contact (POC) on all security matters for staff in the office
  • On-going update and implementation of BC Nigeria Policy, Plans and Procedures in line with the changing security environment and the BC Global Security Manual.
  • Work with Facilities Managers in undertaking Health & Safety assessments.

Relationship Management:

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with British Council staff locally including the Senior Leadership Team and the Global Security Team in HQ London.
  • Liaison with relevant external stakeholders to include; British High Commission, DFID and associated programmes, Nigerian law enforcement and military, UNDSS, International and local NGOs and commercial business.
  • Liaison with security service providers throughout the country to ensure efficient service is delivered and competitive services tendered for.

Security Management:

  • Security input into all aspects of BC Nigeria operations to include oversight of permanent facilities, exam venues and event planning.
  • Provide day to day security management and oversight of security team and contracted security guards.
  • Oversight of all BC staff and visitors whilst in Nigeria through close liaison with the human resources department and management of personal tracking and execution of relevant response plans as required
  • Effective management of Travel and Journey Management throughout Nigeria ensuring security controls are implemented in line with on-going Security Risk Assessments and BC Global Security Manual.
  • On-going site audits of permanent and temporary venues to ensure the highest standards of security are maintained in order to mitigate current and future security risk and ensure compliance with the BC Global Security manual.
  • Regular audit of Security Policy, Plans and Procedures and the staff responsible for implementation and on-going management.


  • Implementation of BC Nigeria Security Policy, Plans & Procedures throughout Nigeria
  • Regular Incident Management Training with IMT members
  • Management of Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) for those staff required to operate in Higher Risk environments
  • Management of defensive and security driver training for BC Nigeria drivers of both soft skin and armoured vehicles.
  • Regular testing of Emergency Response Procedures (ERP) with those staff responsible for their execution.
  • Regular Security Awareness Training for all BC Nigeria staff
  • Arrival briefing for all visitors that fall under BC Nigeria Duty of Care.

Key Performance Criteria

  • Quality, timeliness and accuracy of security of advice
  • Compliance with BC Global and Nigeria specific Policy, Plans and Procedures.
  • Effectiveness of relationships
  • Annual independent audit of Security Management System (SMS)

Other Important Requirements

  • The post holder is required to travel, including to hostile environments, and as required work unsocial hours.

Person Specification

Behaviours assessed during interview stage of recruitment process:

  • Making it Happen – Most demanding level
  • Connecting With Others – Most demanding level
  • Working Together – Most demanding level

Behaviours not assessed during recruitment process:

  • Creating Shared Purpose – More demanding level
  • Shaping the Future – More demanding level
  • Being Accountable – More demanding level

Assessment stage:

  • The position holder will be required to demonstrate all six behaviours, on the job. These will be assessed during year end performance evaluations.
  • Behaviours to be assessed during the interview stage of recruitment are referenced.


  • Degree level qualification in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Training or qualification in Security Risk Management or related discipline.

Assessment stage:

  • Short listing and Interview


  • A minimum of 5 years of proven security management experience within the security industry, corporate sector, public sector, development sector or armed services/police.
  • Candidate must be eligible to qualify for UKFCO vetting.


  • 10 years of proven security management experience within the security industry, corporate sector, public sector, development sector or armed services.

Assessment stage:

  • Short listing and Interview

Skills and Knowledge

  • Experience in operating in Hostile Environment
  • Communication skills
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (L2)
  • Strong Analytical Skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Relationship & People Management
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills (L3)
  • Computer skills (L2)
  • Project & Contract Management
  • Managing Risk (L2)


  • Experience of security management with an NGO or similar organisation
  • Knowledge of key security issues and factors, in Nigeria
  • Training skills both design and delivery

Assessment stage

  • Short listing and Interview

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here to download job details MS Word 

Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

Application Deadline  23:59 UK time 24th September, 2015.

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