Oxfam Nigeria Recruitment for Security Coordinator 2024

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations (affiliates) committed to creating a just world without poverty. In Nigeria Oxfam works in the areas of Economic Justice/Sustainable Livelihoods, Humanitarian Programming to save lives, Advancing Gender Justice and Good Governance, adopting a right based approach.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Security Coordinator

Location: Abuja
Internal Job Grade: C2 national
Contract type: Two Year Fixed term
Reporting to: Country Director

Job Purpose

  • Ensure that security strategy for the Nigeria Country Office is developed, implemented, monitored and reviewed, consistent with Oxfam policies, standards and requirements. Ensure proper security coordination of all Oxfam offices and field locations in Nigeria.
  • Create and implement health & safety policies, systems and guidelines in alignment with global Oxfam health & safety standards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ongoing analysis of the context and developments in relation to the security situation in Nigeria.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date context analysis and risk assessment at all levels (National, State, LGA and community levels)
  • Develop and maintain an incident reporting system for the country programme.
  • Maintain close contacts with all relevant stakeholders to develop a network and build relationships with key actors to ensure gathering of reliable security information.
  • Undertake regular and ad hoc security assessment missions as necessary, to gather information and to analyse the overall security situation in existing and potential areas of intervention.

Security Systems:

  • Support country management staff to develop a security management system which includes a security management strategy (including detailed acceptance strategy) and plan, and which allows for the continuous updating of security measures.
  • Ensure the security management system is in line with existing Oxfam security policy, protocol, and approach.
  • Support the Country Director and other senior staff to manage security incidents.
  • Ensure that the supporting departments (HR, Administration and Logistics) have in place an appropriate system to facilitate good security management.

Security Awareness:

  • Ensure that staff have the security skills and awareness that they need to be effective, by providing appropriate learning and development opportunities, including delivering training.
  • Ensure that all staff and visitors receive appropriate briefing.
  • Ensure that an appropriate system is in place to provide security information to travellers in advance of their departure.

Health and Safety:

  • Develop policies and procedures that facilitate wellbeing of staff.
  • Provide leadership on compliance with national regulatory provisions for the workplace.
  • Ensure the conduct of risks assessments for Oxfam locations and enforce implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Lead in the development of a comprehensive bio-security protocol/strategy for Oxfam in Nigeria
  • Provide quarterly updates (bulletin) on global epidemiological crises or public health challenges and learnings for the country program.
  • Establish focal points in all state offices and train them adequately to support on Oxfam’s duty of care.
  • Design and implement health and safety trainings for staff.
  • Investigate and report accidents in the office.
  • Work with project leads to raise timely alerts on emerging community health crises in project communities and other locations.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Security Management, Criminology, or a related field. A post graduate degree will be an added advantage.
  • Professional security management certification

Knowledge & Experience:

  • A minimum of eight (8) years’ work experience with not less than 5 years in a similar role in a multi-cultural work environment.
  • Considerable practical experience of security assessment, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations in Nigeria.
  • Proven experience of field-based training.

Key Attributes:

  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences including in complex and stressful circumstances.
  • Ability to advice and support field staff in a consultative manner.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities. Must be organised and efficient.
  • A sound understanding of the importance of gender sensitivity.


  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment: To use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity:  To scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.

Organisational Values:

  • Accountability – Our purpose-driven, results-focused approach means we take responsibility for our actions and hold ourselves accountable. We believe that others should also be held accountable for their actions.
  • Empowerment – Our approach means that everyone involved with Oxfam, from our staff and supporters to people living in poverty, should feel they can make change happen.
  • Solidarity – We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.
  • Courage – We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes.
  • Inclusiveness – We are open to everyone and embrace diversity. We believe everyone has a contribution to make, regardless of visible and invisible differences.

Key Behavioral Competencies

  • Decisiveness: We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
  • Influencing: We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities, we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
  • Humility: We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
  • Relationship Building: We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
  • Listening: We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear and consider different preferences.
  • Systems Thinking: We view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organizational decisions and actions.
  • Strategic Thinking and Judgment: We use judgment, weighing risk against the imperative to act. We make decisions consistent with organizational strategies and values.
  • Vision Setting: We have the ability to identify and lead visionary initiatives that are beneficial for our organization and we set high-level direction through a visioning process that engages the organization and diverse external stakeholders.
  • Mutual Accountability: We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
  • Agility, Complexity, and Ambiguity:  We scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
  • Self-Awareness: We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.
  • Enabling: We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline 

8th March, 2024.

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