Security Officer (AfCFTA)

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Date: Nov 20, 2023

Location: Accra, Ghana

Organization: African Union

AU Values  

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Sharing

Organization Information

Reports to: Head of Administration and Human Resources Management Division
Directorate/Department : Administration and Human Resources Management (AfCFTA)
Division : Administration and Human Resources Management
Number of Direct Reports: 0
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Number of Positions: 1
Job Grade: P2
Contract Type: Regular 
Location: Accra, Ghana

Purpose of Job

Ensure the security of the AfCFTA Assets and also the security and safety of all the officials, staffs and delegates working or visiting the AfCFTA Secretariat

Main Functions

  • Coordinate with the host country all security aspects of the AfCFTA
  • Monitor the state of security at local, national and regional level and inform the management
  • Ensure the security of all assets and proprieties of the organisation
  • Manage the safety and security of the officials, staffs and delegates

Specific Responsibilities

•    Monitor and research on the state of the security
•    Monitor the state of security preparedness 
•    Update "security information system"
•    Establish regular contacts taking reports and analyzing developments regarding security
•    Research current collateral security information from media, from the field and other sources on a daily basis
•    Analyze accumulated information and maintain a continuous picture of evolving local, national and regional events affecting the security of staff 
•    Monitor predictive indicators and early warning type information; 
•    Identify security, crime, political and military trends that would increase risk to staff
•    Coordinate the draft of periodic and incidental reports
•    Supervise the draft of a daily security developments report
•    Prepare first draft briefs, notes, reports, studies and recommendation on critical issues of interest to senior management decision-making
•    Follow up on the accumulation of data input for period trend reports
•    Review first draft after-action reports following all incidents
•    Monitor security-related preparedness and compliance of the organ
•    Monitor the security planning and preparedness
•    Determine if the appropriate equipment and resources are on hand to implement a Security Plan, particularly vehicles and emergency communication systems;
•    Check that the information contained in Security Plan has been properly distributed to all staff and that key individuals are aware of and capable of performing all required actions
•    Undertake or participate in security missions, as required, including high risk, to perform security assessments 
•    Perform any other duties as directed by supervisor(s)

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies and Police or Military Studies with 5 years’ relevant experience 
Master’s Degree in Security Studies or related studies with 2 years experience.
Supervisory experience not mandatory but an added advantage

Required Skills

•    Ability to work in a multicultural environment; 
•    Ability to work independently to meet critical and competing deadlines (multi-tasking), to produce high quality work in short timeframes;
•    Excellent interpersonal/teamwork skills,
•    Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of common computer applications and systems;

• Excellent drafting, reporting, communication and presentation skills.
•    Strong program/project management skills 
•    Strong analytical skills 
•    Excellent planning and organizing skills 
•    Ability to liaise with a diverse range of people and stakeholders;
•    Proficiency in one of the African Union working languages. Proficiency of two or more of the other working language(s) would be an added value.
•    Applicants must be proficient in one of the African Union working languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish). Knowledge of one more or several other working languages would be an added advantage. 

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight
Developing Others
Change Management
Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Teamwork and Collaboration
Accountable and Complies with Rules
Learning Orientation

Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for Results
Continuous Improvement Focus


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.


The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.


Indicative basic salary of US$  31,073.00 (P2 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment ( 57% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 21,832.68 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.


 Applications must be submitted no later than December 19, 2023 11h59 p.m. UTC.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: 2063

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