Regional Security and Safeguarding Advisor at CBM International

Regional Security and Safeguarding Advisor at CBM International

Job Features

Job FieldSecurity / Intelligence
Job TypeFull-Time
LocationAbuja FCT
Experience5 years

Career Category: Program / Project Management

Core purpose

  • Acts in the role of Security & Safeguarding Advisor in a regional role in the Anglophone part of the CBM AFWC region: Develops a regional security and safeguarding strategy based on headquarters and country information.
  • Identifies risks and threats and develops systems of early warnings.
  • Coordinates with countries in the design, testing and communications of appropriate security and safeguarding plans and programmes.
  • Develops and documents regional risk assessments and security management plans and programmes.
  • Provide appropriate support to Countries’ Security Focal and Safeguarding Points.

Overall Mission

  • While based in Nigeria and primarily supporting CBM’s work in Nigeria (75%), the Regional Security and Safeguarding Advisor works under the guidance and supervision of the Country Director Nigeria. S/he is supported by the Global Security & Safeguarding Manager, the Safeguarding Manager and the Regional Hub Director for regional assignments which take up 25% of time.
  • S/he works in a functional management/advisory role and in close coordination and consultation with CBM local staff, advisers and project partners. S/he will develop and implement Safety & Security (S&S) and Safeguarding plans and strategies. These shall:
  • Hold responsibilities as the Safeguarding Focal Point for the respective region, with responsibility for advising, training, coordinating, monitoring and reporting in line with the established organization’s procedures.
  • Hold responsibilities as the S&S Focal Point for the respective region, with responsibility for advising, training, coordinating, monitoring and reporting in line with the established organization’s procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with the Safeguarding Policy, S&S Policy, Code of Conduct and other CBM staff policies.

Main Activities
Planning and Compliance – In line with CBM’s S&S Policy:

  • Ensure that the regional country offices have a Security Risk Assessment and a Country Security Plan that is regularly updated at least annually.
  • Ensure that the S&S plans include local characteristics of the different locations and that practices are disability inclusive and gender sensitive.
  • Conduct periodic field security assessments and report with findings and recommendations.
  • Inform CD, RHD and Global S&S Manager of areas of concern and non-compliance.
  • Support CBM country offices and CBM partners to continuously build their security and safeguarding systems.
  • Support Health promotion initiatives at regional office and country offices.
  • In line with CBM’s Children and adults-at-risk Safeguarding Policy:
  • Support the regional country offices to have country Safeguarding Plans that are regularly updated at least annually.
  • Support Country Offices/partners to have safeguarding risk assessments at partner and or project level.
  • Ensure that each country has an up-to-date Safeguarding referal map.
  • Assist country offices to support partners in any donor safeguarding compliance requirements or deadlines.

Staff Orientation & Training:

  • Ensure all CO staff obtains annual security and safeguarding training.
  • Support the security and safeguarding systems for the regional office and respective country offices and train the local security and safeguarding focal points.
  • Provide pre-travel security briefings to CBM travelling staff.


  • Monitor and report safeguarding and S&S incidents, develop and keep a database of incidents, including threats, responses, vulnerabilities and lessons learned and provide timely feedback to the respective CDs, RHD, Global S&S Manager and Safeguarding Manager;
  • Make frequent visits in the different working locations of the region to monitor security and safeguarding management and report key findings and recommendations;
  • Monitor and help maintain Minimum Operational Security Standards in CBM offices in the region.
  • Manage travel S&S of staff and visitors and ensure travel in the region is tracked.
  • Conduct safeguarding assessments based on need.


  • Develop and maintain network of NGO, UN and corporate security and safeguarding focal points;
  • Make recommendations to reduce vulnerabilities of CBM staff, partners and communities;
  • Participate actively in regional and global S&S and Safeguarding related matters and networks;
  • Emergency Response and Incident (Crisis) Management
  • Ensure that the S&S and Safeguarding Plans are quickly adapted to an emergency situation arising in a country;
  • Support emergency response and NTD programs in S&S matters;
  • As required, support and advise the senior management teams of the CO, the RHO, and the International Office, during emergencies and/or critical incidents.
  • Provide incident management support to local partners.
  • Conduct incident management debrief and review sessions with incident managers.

Performance Criteria:

  • Ensure Safeguarding and S&S investigations (based on incidents) are dealt with within the given time frame and professionally by involving all stakeholders necessary followed by a complete documentation.
  • Promote implementation of CBM’s Safeguarding and Security policies and procedures.
  • Provide Safeguarding and S&S trainings and audits to the regions with measurable impact.
  • Ensure confidentiality about sensitive Safeguarding and S&S issues at all times.

Education, Knowledge, and Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in a related field (Administration, Management, social studies etc.), or an equivalent combined education and work experience.
  • 5 years leadership experience in security and / or safeguarding management in an INGO setting in the region.
  • 5 years experience and knowledge of personnel and organizational security and safeguarding issues, conducting threat/risk assessments, management, reporting and awareness raising in an insecure environment.
  • Proven track record in conceptualizing, developing and implementing a Security and Safeguarding Plans in an inclusive manner.
  • Proven experience to facilitate trainings.
  • Working experience in an INGO setting.
  • Willingness to continue to sharpen skills and technical knowledge.
  • Ability to travel frequently within the region, including to less secure environments.


  • English professional proficiency
  • Working knwoldege of French will be an advantage.


  • Experience with Microsoft packages including Outlook, Word, Power point and Excel.
  • Experience with use of virtual collaboration/ e-learning software such as GotoMeeting and Teams.

Core Competencies:

  • Developing Others
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Interpersonal Awareness
  • Building Collaborative Relationships
  • Diagnostic Information Gathering
  • Technical Expertise
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Stress Management.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter in one document to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.


  • The future job holder will adhere to CBM’s values and commits to CBM’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy.
  • CBM encourages persons with disabilities to apply for this position.
  • The role is a permanent contract located in Abuja, Nigeria. This position has a national compensation package and is subject to local employment and immigration laws.

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