Head of Security & Safety Services (AfCDC)

Date: Jan 8, 2024

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 Shari

Organization Information

Reports to: Director, Administration
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: Security and Safety Services 
Number of Direct Reports: 3
Number of Indirect Reports: 0
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term 
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

The Head of Security and Safety Services manages operations, policies, personnel, and measures to ensure safety, protection, and asset security.

Main Functions

This job involves the following main functions that are generally applicable for this category:
•    Provide technical and intellectual support in the management of various elements related to the area of expertise.
•    Identify best practices and monitor effectiveness of the Office’s support to Africa CDC.
•    Assist in the development of the strategies and business continuity plan and participate in/ensure their implementation
•    Foster and ensure implementation of initiatives related to area of specialization;
•    Assist in the organization of thematic networks, consultations and meetings on development cooperation and international relations.
•    Develop materials and provide necessary training and support to Organization Units as required.
•    Provide technical guidance on matters relating to system review and implementation project in area of specialization, as required. 

Specific Responsibilities

•    Ensure the safety and security of personnel and assets
•    Establish close working relations with the host government, security agencies and forces of the host country, commercial security companies, embassies and international organizations; 
•    Develop and implement security systems for the organ
•    Ensure that security equipment and procedures are consistent with the procedures and standards of the AU
•    Prepare and update the security plan, contingency plan, security risk assessments, and minimum operating security standards (MOSS)
•    Manage security arrangements for meetings, conferences and events in which the organ and its personnel are involved
•    Maintain continuing awareness of prevailing local security conditions, identifying probable threats and advising Africa CDC staff, project personnel and others as relevant to follow appropriate preventative steps
•    Manage the provision of regular security briefings and determine need for, and provide training and advice to Africa CDC staff on residential security measures
•    Manage and supervise the investigation of security-related incidents
•    Establish procedures for and conduct investigations on all deaths and all accidents and incidents in which mission staff have been victims of crime  
•    Evaluate effectiveness of prevailing fire safety measures in effect in assigned areas of responsibility, including fire prevention devices, fire-fighting equipment, and evacuation plans

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Master’s degree in Security Studies or related; 
•    Bachelor’s degree in similar studies 
•    Seven (7) years for Masters or ten (10) years for Bachelor Degree holders of relevant work experience out of which three (3) years should be at supervisory level
•    Experience in Police or Military  Security Services

Required Skills

•    Proven ability to develop and use economic models.
•    Strong analytical, communication, and project management skills, as well as a proven track record of publishing high-quality research in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight

Developing Others

Change Management

Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Building Relationship

Foster Accountability Culture

Learning Orientation

Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking

Job Knowledge and information sharing

Drive for Results

Continuous Improvement Orientation


The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables. 


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

Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.

Applications must be submitted no later than February 8, 2023 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-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: 2049