Risk Advisor in Abuja, Nigeria

Healthcare / Medical
Hospital & Health Care
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Job Description

  • The Risk Advisor position is the primary safety and security advisor and security focal point for Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION).
  • Reporting to the Country Director, the Risk Advisor will be responsible for fostering a culture of safety and security amongst team members and developing a strong organisational security management infrastructure. They will be directly involved with programme design and implementation, looking at general aspects of risk.
  • This will be achieved through: regular analysis of the security and operating environment in Nigeria; analysing critical incidents affecting MSION, international employees and INGOs; developing and managing safety and security guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures; providing security briefings to all international visitors and conduct security inductions with all new team members; integrating security policy to all business areas; and developing and testing contingency plans.
  • S/he will the first responder to any critical incident, and will review and make recommendations to the Country Management Team regarding safety and security management.

Key Responsibilities

Operational Risk:

  • Overall responsibility for leading a risk advisory team overseeing and analysing medical, financial, reputational, and duty of care risk, providing risk mitigation advice to the Senior Management Team
  • Work closely with programmes/medical, finance, logistics and human resources departments to ensure that all new and existing projects have assessed operational risk, have documented and implemented the appropriate mitigations, and achieved duty of care
  • Lead and/or support investigations of medical incidents, fraud, duty of care and insurance gaps

Security Management:

  • Overall responsibility for ensuring MSION continually meets its Duty of Care requirements in relation to security management and in line with MSI’s Global Security Framework
  • Create and update the MSION National Essential Security Package (ESP) (including Welcome Pack, Context Analysis, Threat Levels, Risk Assessment, Standard Operating Procedures, Contingency Plans and Crisis Management)
  • Support MSION managers to create and update Regional ESPs (including Context Analysis, Threat Levels, Risk Assessment, Standard Operating Procedures, Contingency Plans)
  • Management of day to day security incidents affecting MSION team members, assets and reputation
  • Briefing, debriefing and security induction of all programme visitors, new and existing team members
  • Ensure a high level of procedural and physical security measures are in place at all MSION premises, including access control, visitor protocols, key management, and appropriate branding / visibility
  • Ensure that appropriate communications and other security related equipment is in place, functional, understood and appropriately used by all relevant staff members
  • Contractual management of security guards and private security companies, including agreeing, checking and enforcing SOPs and performance.
  • Renewal of contracts and management of payments to security communications and tracking suppliers

Crisis Management Support:

  • Delivery of Crisis Management Training to the Crisis Management Team (CMT)
  • Activate and ensure adherence to crisis protocol and procedures
  • Advise the Country Director, CMT Lead and Support on possible actions, scenarios and outcomes during a crisis
  • Ensure that decisions fully address duty of care requirements and maintain log book
  • Provide links to external risk management specialists and Nigeria security networks

Human Resources Support:

  • Assist HR with the security aspect of recruitment, selection, on-boarding and training of MSION positions with security responsibilities (e.g. Regional Managers)
  • Successful technical management of the above positions
  • Develop capacity within the country programme through training needs identification, training delivery and on the job support.
  • Provide a security induction briefings to all new team members

Security Networking:

  • Attend and contribute to external security networks (donor, humanitarian forums, professional security working groups)
  • Actively develop and maintain security influencer networks with a full range of stakeholders including community leaders, NGOs, donors, NGO security forums, government, police, armed forces, intelligence agencies, private security companies
  • Continued contact, discussion and strategic planning with MSI’s Global Security Officer

Safety Management:

  • Ensure that MSION premises, vehicles and assets are free from hazards, safe and well prepared in terms of fire, natural disaster and general safety.
  • Prepare and coordinate fire and natural disaster safety drills in all locations


  • Relevant university degree, preferably risk management or international development
  • Relevant security management training certificates (risk assessment, personal security, security management, abduction, hostile environment awareness) and 1st aid training


  • At least 5 years of experience in a similar role with NGOs, with extensive experience in implementing security management and procedures
  • Extensive experience working in Nigeria will be an added advantage
  • Experience with budget creation and management
  • Experience in administration and team management


  • Good interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Ability to train and mobilise both international and national team members
  • Computer and organisational skills
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken
  • Extensive and active security network
  • Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the Support Office

Attitude / Motivation:

  • Energy and passion for purpose
  • Focus and drive and ability to stay on track
  • Resilience
  • Action orientated
  • Focus on detail while being able to see the big picture
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Culturally aware
  • A compelling and influential communicator
  • Strong networking skills
  • Aligned with the values of MSION and Marie Stopes International.
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