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Security Officer

Embassy of Switzerland

  • Job id: 7038
  • Job Viewed: 18
  • Job Deadline: Aug 10, 2019

Job Overview

  • Skilled-Labor
  • Full Time
  • Not Defined
  • Addis Ababa
  • Senior-Level-Experienced
  • Aug 10, 2019

Job Description

The Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia is currently advertising one (1) position of Security Officer to support the Embassy Team in Addis Abeba. The modalities of employment and application for the advertised position include the following elements:


The Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Abeba is representing Swiss interests in Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and towards the African Union. The Embassy runs cooperation programs in various regions of Ethiopia, namely in the Somali Region and in Southern Oromo. The Embassy’s Security Officer is in charge of all security related matters concerning the Embassy compound and travels of Embassy staff in Ethiopia as well as overall assessments of the security situation in the country. He or she regularly exchanges with Switzerland’s Regional Security Advisor based at the Swiss Embassy in Nairobi.

Overall Tasks:

Under the supervision of the Head of Consular Affairs, he/she will advise on the entire security management of the Embassy, including travels of Embassy staff within Ethiopia.

Supervision of the security company employed by the Embassy, in consultation with the Head of Consular Affairs.

Active exchange with Switzerland’s Regional Security Advisor based in Nairobi.

Member of the Security Management Team.

 Specific Tasks:

  • Actively participate in the Security Management Team (SMT). Responsible for collecting information related to security through official and unofficial channels.
  • Maintain a monitoring system of the security situation in the country.
  • Evaluate the security situation for field trips and accompany embassy staff on field trips whenever necessary. Develop and update field security guidelines.
  • Activate and keep an extensive and ethnically diversified network of contacts (airport authorities, police, hospitals, local authorities, embassies and international organizations, security companies etc.) in Addis Abeba and in the field.
  • Support the Head of Consular Affairs in updating the Security Management Plan and Security guidelines on a regular basis. Supports the Head of Consular Affairs in creating and updating the crisis management plan for Ethiopia and Djibouti.
  • Handle all issues and tasks related to the security company employed by the Embassy. Train and test the Embassy guards on a regular basis and control their compliance with the contract between the Embassy and the guard company, in cooperation with the Regional Security Advisor.
  • Regularly test and maintain of all emergency communication equipment (sat phones, radios). Responsible for all emergency equipment of the representation. Responsible for pharmacy box, medical kits in the car and emergency supply. Responsible for regular emergency exercises (evacuation drill, phone tree etc.) and trainings (first aid, firefighting etc.).
  • Responsible (with support of facility manager) for assessment, maintenance, and installing of physical security/infrastructural measures of the representation
  • Work closely with the Regional Security Advisor in Nairobi.

Job Requirements

Requirements & Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent.
  • 5 years or more of professional experience in security in a leading position, preferably for an embassy or an international organization.
  • Understanding of development and humanitarian context in Ethiopia.
  • Experience in risk management for embassies/organizations active in the field.
  • Excellent English, orally and written, Amharic. German and/or French are a plus.
  • Proficient in the use of computers and issuing documents.
  • Highest degree of loyalty, reliability, and discreetness.
  • Ability to work both, independently and in a team.
  • Ability to think and communicate in a structured way.
  • Personal authority, understanding of multi-cultural teams and the importance of security as a collaborative effort.
  • Willingness to conduct regular field visits over several days and in all parts of the country.

How To Apply

Applicants should possess a valid employment permit in Ethiopia. No work permits will be processed by the Embassy of Switzerland directly.

Applications should be neatly formatted and drafted in excellent English.

Applications should include (1) a motivation letter (maximum one page); (2) a curriculum vitae (maximum two pages); (3) two reference persons to be contacted for feedback from previous employments (mobile phone numbers only); and (4) copies of relevant university degrees and other diplomas, incl. work certificates (if available). The motivation letter and CV are to be submitted in Microsoft Word format only.

Applications should be sent in one single email to the following address: [email protected]. Application deadline is July 25, 2019.

The subject of the application email should state the exact following words: 
“Application for Security Officer Position, Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Abeba”.

The motivation letter should be addressed to “Head of Consular Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia”.

Only applications 100% compliant with the above criteria will be considered.

The foreseen start of duty is at the earliest convenience – possibly by early September 2019.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted after July 18, 2019, for interviews and written tests at the Embassy of Switzerland in Addis Abeba. Non-shortlisted candidates will not be contacted.

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