Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer


Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten-Year Strategy (2023 – 2032) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.


The Presidency Complex comprises the Office of The President of the Bank Group and all corporate offices, departments and other organizational units that are directly subordinate to the Presidency in administrative as well as functional terms. The President, in the capacity of the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Group, is mandated to provide competent strategic management of the Bank Group and all its resources towards the fulfilment of the Bank Group’s purpose of contributing to the economic development and social progress of Regional Member Countries.

The Presidency Complex provides day-to-day and medium-term corporate leadership and executive oversight maintains communication with the Bank Group’s Member Countries and supports the Boards of Directors in the conduct of their statutory roles. In addition, the Complex provides legal and regulatory oversight on the conduct of the Bank Group’s business and integrated risk management of Bank Group operations, oversees corporate communication with a range of internal and external stakeholders, promotes integrity, transparency and the highest ethical standards and norms among Bank Group personnel in the conduct of their work, and assures the security of the Bank Group’s personnel, premises and physical assets, information and data in all locations where the Bank Group operates. Furthermore, the Presidency Complex is also involved in catalysing investment from various sources in line with the operational priorities of the Bank Group.

The President directly supervises several departments and units including the Office of the President; the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department; the Office of the Auditor General; the Group Risk Management Directorate; the General Counsel and Legal Services Department; the Communication and External Relations Department; the Staff Integrity and Ethics Office; Office of the Secretary-General & General Secretariat; the Africa Investment Forum; the Joint Secretariat Support Office and; the External Representation Office in Asia.


The African Development Bank’s Security Unit (PSEC) is a robust security function reporting to the President of the Bank. Deep global analytical capabilities combined with Africa wide security processes are in place in order to provide the full spectrum of security services to the Bank. Security Unit detects, deters and reacts to a broad range of risks spanning the security spectrum; physical; political, information and reputational risks around the globe are monitored closely to address the changing security dynamic. Our security requirements include risk analysis, training, coordination with outside actors and implementation of security programs at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.


The Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer will be responsible for leading the delivery of security and safety services to the region. The incumbent will provide expertise and specialized support on all aspects of security and safety in the region based on International Standards and Bank Guidelines.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Head of Security Unit, the Chief Regional Security & Safety Officer will:


  1. Provide security advice for the Director General and all leadership personnel in assigned Field Offices
  2. Participate in the creation of corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety
  3. Ensure corporate policies, strategies, standards and guidelines for Security and Safety are implemented
  4. Monitor the effectiveness of policies, standards and processes and take necessary action when required
  5. Supervise Security personnel in the Regional Resource Centre and its associated country and field offices.

Monitoring and Review

  1. Threat Monitoring: Monitor and assess threats and ensure proactive measures are taken to mitigate potential risk to the AfDB operations
  2. Security Assessment and Review: Implement and manage a security risk and vulnerability assessment and review program to ensure the timely identification and management of threats including mitigation and prevention measures.


  1. Maintain close liaison with diplomatic missions (e.g., UN, NGOs), International Organisations security officers;
  2. Coordination and Networking with security officers / security focal points of all relevant actors in the region.


  1. Provide forward-looking advice and expertise on all security technology including access control, CCTV, Intrusion and security alarms.
  2. Emergency Plans: Develop and maintain emergency action plans to prepare for and respond to incidents including Active Shooter, civil unrest, terrorism and country evacuation.
  3. Regulatory compliance: Ensure that corporate operations meet and demonstrates compliance with all local security, safety and business continuity regulatory requirements.

Supply Partner Management:

  1. Lead the management of relationships with suppliers to help ensure the timely delivery of goods and services
  2. Lead the management of relationships with suppliers and the Bank’s procurement departments to ensure compliance with procurement practices and timely payment to suppliers.

Budgets and Project Management:

  1. Ensure the efficient use of budgets and ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget to agreed standards.
  2. Actively identify opportunities for cost savings through simplification or cross-party collaboration

COMPETENCIES (skills, experience and knowledge):

  1. Holds at least a master’s degree in Security Management or Business Administration, Political/Social Science or International Relations, with focus on Security Management or any related field
  2. A minimum of seven (07) years of progressive experience in coordinating security operations or in security administration within a security organization
  3. Professional Security Certification by an internationally recognized security institution
  4. Certification or completed training in: Weapons Proficiency, Convoy Driving, Defense Driving and Close Protection.
  5. Experience in managing multiple and diverse military, police or security units operating in a conflict or post conflict environment
  6. Good assessment, evaluation, analysis and strategic planning skills.
  7. Strong analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple complex tasks independently
  8. High level of experience in developing security related technical tools guidelines and systems.
  9. Ability to teach basic personal safety and security landmine safety and awareness.
  10. Communication – Provides clear and concise oral and written communication; presents oral information with clarity and appropriate style and adapts language and style to suit the requirements of a particular audience
  11. Problem Solving – Applies business knowledge to the resolution of problems and identifies solutions to the benefit of the client (internal and external) and the organization.
  12. Straightforward. Not afraid to tell the truth especially up the chain of command or when it might make one unpopular. Honest in word and deed in order to build confidence and trust with subordinates.
  13. Courageous. Fair minded and resists the temptation to “manage upwards” in order to look out for the best interests of the working masses. Resists pressures and has the will power to stand up for subordinates when required.
  14. Loyal. Both to subordinates and superiors. Enjoys engaging with subordinates, then promotes growth and upward movement of team members. Takes responsibility when things go wrong and initiates corrective actions without blaming others for team failures. Empowers subordinates and peers with loyalty and transparency.
  15. Calm. Even tempered under pressure. Does not panic or hide during a crisis but stands up and takes a leadership role by managing both people and processes no matter how difficult the situation.
  16. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other.
  17. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.