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Regional Safety & Security Advisor - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
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Contract Duration: 2 years (fixed term) | Location: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa or Ethiopia | Payband : PB8 | Closing Date: 23 February 2020 (23.59 UK time) | Reward package: Local contract terms OR Local enhanced contract (where relocation applies) | Start Date: immediately

The Opportunity

This is new role within the regional structure and an opportunity to lead on safety and security management to support  teams across Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). The British Council Risk function works to support management in identifying and preparing for the threats to our success. We engage globally with senior managers in the 110+ countries where the British Council operates, reviews the risks to the strategy and the safety of our staff, partners and customers and advises on opportunities to better manage the risks.

The successful post holder will provide guidance and direction to maintain secure and safe operations across the region.

Role Purpose

To advise and assure the safe and secure operations of the British Council’s global operations through the implementation of a risk-based approach to managing security, safety and continuity. This role covers the Sub Saharan Africa Region. The post holder will be line managed by Global Head of Safety, Security and Continuity and support teams across countries in SSA (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda  Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Namibia, South Sudan).


The successful post holder will have:


·          Strong Leadership skills with experience of managing a team in a similar international organisation with a complex matrix line management structure 

·          Excellent knowledge of health and safety regulations and good practice. 

·          Developed analytical skills, including structured approach to solution development 

·          Risk management expertise 

·          Strong good communications skills (including reporting and negotiation)

·          Significant relevant operational experience at a senior level  

·          Experience of developing safety and security management systems  


Key accountabilities include:


- Development of the overall strategy for crisis, safety and security management


- Development and management of the safety and security management system

·         Develop and maintain policies, guidance and procedures to ensure good practice is demonstrated in our operational activities.

·         Provide operational support for high risk areas.

·         Provide monitoring, oversight, reporting and training including safety and security audits, briefings, mandatory trainings.

- Effective crisis management:

·         Respond to crises of all types (especially those that are security, safety and reputationally relevant).

·         Develop and deliver crisis training, guidance and practices to senior management and staff across SSA to effectively prepare for crises.

·         Develop guidance and provide oversight on effective Business Continuity management across the region.


About Us


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


For more information about this opportunity, please see below:
SSA Regional Safety & Security Advisor_2020.pdf
British Council Core Skills
British Council Behaviours

Do take note of the indicative timelines below:

Interviews - March 2020
Position start date: Immediately; once recruitment process is finalized.

If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on 23 February 2020.


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