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British Embassy

British Embassy


Position: Deputy Post Security Manager
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Salary: 19,950.25
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality, and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organizational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on disability, race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category  

Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

Job Subcategory  


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

Main Purpose of Job

Reporting to the Post Security Manager (PSM), the Deputy Post Security Manager (DPSM) with elements of Health/ Safety & transport, is responsible for managing the day to day security and safety of the British Embassy and its staff in Ethiopia.

The DPSM is responsible for the day-to-day security of the British Embassy, its staff, and of compound properties and staff. The DPSM is responsible for the supervision of the Embassy Guard force and liaising with the sub-contracted Guarding company which provides security for off compound houses.

The DPSM will act as a liaison point for the British Embassy on security matters. In the absence of the PSM, the DPSM may be the sole focal point of contact for all security matters and implement commensurate security solutions. They will monitor security, analyze intelligence and information and provide advice for staff accordingly.

The DPSM is also responsible for assisting in the delivery of operational health and safety matters, working hand in hand with the Facilities Management team at Post.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • Daily interface and supervision of the guard force, ensuring service delivery against key performance indicators, ensuring guard awareness and response to emergency procedures, including fire and terrorist drills, real or otherwise.
  • Preparation of security, emergency, and event plans, guard briefing procedures, emergency plans.
  • Ensuring the function of guard force technical equipment.
  • Liaison with facilities management provider regarding guard appointments, security clearance, training.
  • Oversight of subcontracted guarding company for off-site compounds.


  • In collaboration with the PSM, provide security advice to staff including management and investigation of operational incidents.
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of security events, ensuring guest lists are received in sufficient time and additional resources deployed where necessary. Ensure the proportionate safety and security measures are in place.
  • Assist in the delivery of security briefings for official visitors, temporary duty staff, new joiners, and arriving families and assisting with training delivery to contractors.
  • Assist PSM/ROSM with implementing Security Advisor recommendations, local staff clearances, independent research, providing reports on security-related subjects as required, analysis of current crime figures and trends in liaison with the PSM and ROSM
  • Be part of post’s crisis management plans and take part in crisis exercises as and when required.
  • Develop collaborative security knowledge via networks with other mission’s security staff, the Police, and diplomatic and private security firms (covered above)
  • Monitor information and intelligence and advise staff of emerging threats and risks. Implement risk mitigation strategies.
  • Assist in emergency drills and security training for staff.
  • Be available to escort non-cleared contractors or visitors.


  • Issue staff entry passes, maintain access control system and database.
  • Assist in the supervision of post-security systems
  • Assist in annual evacuation drills.


  • Assist in the development, implementation, and maintenance of a health & safety strategy and plans to support employees in association with the Facilities Management team.
  • Identify and report any hazards, risks, or incidents.
  • Ensure all staff receives adequate training and instructions in emergencies and procedures.
  • Support on the post response to the annual Post Compliance Assessment
  • Assist the Fire Safety Manager, conducting and recording weekly fire safety audit checks, maintaining the Mission Fire Safety Manual according to FCO requirements.

To deputize for the PSM in his/her absence by:

  • Providing first-rate professional and up to date security advice to all staff regarding the management and investigation of operational incidents
  • Manage any operational incidents with calmness, empathy, and expertise in a way that ensures the security and reputation of the Embassy.
  • Liaise with CST to conduct residential security surveys on potential new properties
  • Act as point of contact for any local security projects under the guidance of the PSM.

Resources Managed (Staff and Expenditure)

Line management of the British Embassy guard force and oversight of the sub-contracted security provider for off-site compounds.

Essential qualifications, skills, and experience  

  • At least a diploma (in any field)
  • Language Proficiency: Excellent English spoken and written
  • Minimum 3 years relevant supervisory experience in the security field with a proven track record of delivering a quality service.
  • Management experience (of a large team)
  • Computer literacy and typing skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Be open to change and actively seek ways to improve the service of the security section.
  • Be able to manage the security service for the Embassy so that it can deliver an efficient, effective, and good value for money service.
  • Ability to work quickly and reliably with little supervision to meet targets with clear and effective decision-making skills.
  • Be an excellent team player and contribute and support wider Embassy objectives.
  • Be an excellent representative of the Embassy with all contacts, including the Ethiopian authorities, other Diplomatic Missions, NGO’s and other relevant contacts
  • Full Ethiopian driving Licence (car)

Desirable qualifications, skills, and experience  

  • Good contacts throughout like-minded security providers and organizations.
  • First Aid qualification.
  • CCTV experience.

Required competencies  

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally


  • A2 (L)

Type of Position  

  • Permanent

Working hours per week  

  • 36


  • Ethiopia

Location (City)  

  • Addis Ababa

Number of vacancies  

  • 1

Starting monthly salary ()  

  • ETB 19,950.25

Start Date  

  • 1 July 2021

Additional information  

The locally engaged staff of all grades will be entitled to paid annual leave as follows:
Up to 2 years 22 days
After 2 years of services 25 days
After 5 years of services 30 days

In addition to annual leave, the British Embassy observes up to a maximum number of 14 Ethiopian, British and Religious public holidays each year. A list of such Embassy holidays will be published each year. Office Staff required to work on these holidays will be granted time off in lieu or overtime where circumstances permit.

  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit it, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.     
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
    • Obtain the relevant permit
    • Pay the fees for the permit
    • Make arrangements to relocate
    • Meet the costs of relocation
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: Please note:  Job grade AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
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