The World Bank Group (WBG) is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The WBG is not a bank in the ordinary sense, but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The WBG comprises five institutions managed by their member countries. Established in 1944, the WBG is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and employs more than 14,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide.
The World Bank Group in Cameroon consists of national and international staff and visiting mission staff based in offices in Yaoundé and Douala. The position of Country Security Specialist (CSS) will be located in the Country Office in Yaoundé and will also be responsible for the security programs at World Bank Country Offices in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and IFC Douala. The position is within the Corporate Security (GSDCS) division of the General Services Department of the World Bank Group (WBG).
The incumbent will report to, and receive support and direction from, the Head of Global Operations in Washington, D.C. through the Senior Security Specialist for Africa Central and West Africa (AF C/W) region based in Dakar, Senegal. The incumbent will advise and consult with management in each of the Country Offices of responsibility and will discharge his/her assignment under the direct authority and guidance of the IBRD and IFC and Country Managers.
The incumbent may be required to provide occasional back-up support to WBG Country Offices and other Country Security Specialists in the AF C/W Region, and possibly to other geographical regions, and may be required to travel on short notice. In addition, the incumbent will serve in a full-time capacity and on-call for emergencies.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
The duties of the Country Security Specialist are to provide security support to WBG Country Office Management and staff in the following areas: a) security risk management; b) security awareness; c) contingency planning; d) protective operations; e) guard force contract management; f) advise staff on residential security; g) provide 24-hour on call emergency security support to IBRD and IFC Country Office and staff.
A. Security Risk Management
1. Assist Senior Security Specialist and Country Office Management in developing and overseeing the day-to-day conduct of the office security programs and ensuring preparation of adequate responses to security incidents and natural and man-made disasters.
2. Provide inputs for the preparation of the Security Risk Assessment for Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, as may be required from time-to-time.
3. Manage the video surveillance, card access and other physical security and fire/life safety systems. Carry out testing and evacuation drills periodically.
4. Manage the Country Office major security equipment programs (portable items such as handheld/ walk-through metal detectors, package screening devices, communications and ECM equipment and armored vehicles) to include the procurement process when applicable, contract extensions, documentation of non-performance and other issues, certification of invoices, modifications of the contract, training guards and drivers on use of equipment and required reporting and documentation in coordination with Corporate Security through the World Bank headquarters GSDCS Security Specialist for Equipment and the AF C/W Senior Security Specialist.
5. Provide technical security advice to and coordinate with Corporate Real Estate, in consultation with the AF C/W Senior Security Specialist and headquarters security staff, for all existing facilities and any potential new offices to include site selection, renovation of existing facilities and installation of effective physical and procedural security measures.
6. Monitor and advise on residential security upgrades for newly acquired and existing residences of international staff.
7. Provide general residential security advice to all staff.
8. Provide advice on security arrangements at hotels, restaurants, ministries, diplomatic/international organizations and other locations which staff may visit for business or recreation purposes.
9. Advise on the implementation of the WBG Road Safety policy in the area of responsibility.
10. Liaise with host government security and law enforcement officials as appropriate and with security advisors for diplomatic/international organizations and private security firms to establish a network of contacts.
11. Assist staff and visiting missions in reporting incidents (GSDCS, UNDSS, host government, etc.).
12. Ensure country office has a viable system in place to track staff and visiting missions, note arrival/departure/residence changes, log contact details while at the field location, and coordinate with UNDSS and the WBG Security Operations Center, including internal UN Security clearance program requirements.
13. Facilitate secure missions to higher-threat locations, including Far North Cameroon, by actively participating in internal WBG clearance based on program criticality, ensuring appropriate mitigation and prevention measures are in place, and remaining cognizant of the evolving security environment in the region in order to accurately gauge appropriate mitigation.
14. Represent WBG and GSDCS at security meetings, as appropriate.
15. Prepare security program for Headquarters program review.
B. Security Awareness
1. Provide newly-arriving staff and visiting missions with practical security advice and contact information in advance of their visit and briefings upon arrival.
2. Provide briefings, communications and logistical support for field missions.
3. Draft staff security advisories on risk mitigation in response to the general security situation, following significant specific incidents and during periods of heightened risk, with a particular view to missions to Far North Cameroon.
4. Conduct periodic security awareness briefings for all staff.
5. Deliver or coordinate relevant security training for all staff.
C. Contingency Planning
1. Assist with the coordination and revisions of the Crisis Management Plan (CMP) on an annual basis or more frequently as required or directed.
2. Serve as advisor to or as a member of the Country Office Crisis Management Teams.
3. Maintain and update as necessary all Country Office contingency planning material, reference documents and annexes.
4. Maintain and coordinate with periodic test the staff telephone tree, warden system and other local contingency plans.
5. Organize periodic security and fire/life safety training and briefings for all staff. Conduct appropriate emergency drills (fire, shelter-in-place, and bomb threat).
6. Maintain and enhance the Country Office emergency contact and locator systems and ensure coordination between the Country Office, UNDSS, and the WBG Security Operations Center (SOC).
7. Ensure all staff residences, assembly/concentration points, office location, UN offices, and other relevant points are plotted on one google earth file per Country Office.
8. Continually assess in-country relocation and out-of-country evacuation options.
D. Protective Operations
1. Provide advice on protective operations to include when applicable, the coordination of official vehicle movements, and any special security required for specific movements, locations or individuals; conduct site advance security assessments and coordinate security arrangements.
2. Plan emergency response actions in the event of an emergency or a direct or indirect threat to staff. Take proactive measures to prevent involvement in such activities, and perform reactively to avoid/escape from those in progress.
3. Arrange the appropriate level of security for visiting senior World Bank officials.
4. Arrange continuing or special host government protective services support for staff, visiting missions and facilities as necessary.
5. Coordinate security arrangements for World Bank Group sponsored conferences and training events held in Cameroon and other countries of responsibility.
6. Assist with the development of security policies and procedures to include approved/prohibited locations and to ensure a mechanism is in place to keep staff informed.
E. Guard Force Contract Management
1. Support the Management of the Country Office security guard services contracts to include the procurement process, contract extensions, conducting periodic reviews with guard services contract management, certification of invoices, documentation of non-performance and other issues, modifications of the contract and required reporting and documentation in coordination with Corporate Security through the World Bank Headquarters-based GSDCS Security Specialist - Guard Services, and the AF C/W Senior Security Specialist.
F. 24-Hour on call Emergency Security Support
1. Provide 24-hour on call emergency support to the responsible WBG Country Offices and staff (to include Visiting Mission staff).
Other responsibilities as may be assigned
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