Regional Overseas Security Managers

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office – Regional Overseas Security Managers

Regional Overseas Security Manager’s are specialist roles and form part of Estates and Security Directorate in London. The main purpose of the role is to ensure delivery of the FCO’s security strategy and policy at an Embassy or High Commission overseas and to also provide advice to regional posts, either through regular visits or remotely.
Regional Overseas Security Manager’s ensure the safety of staff, documents and equipment for the Posts that they are responsible for and also safeguard the physical and protective security of the mission and staff residential properties. Overseas Security Manager’s are also responsible for either supervising and training a locally employed guard force; or for managing a contract guard force and the day-to-day management of security in Embassies/High Commissions.

Main duties and responsibilities:
Provide security advice to Head of Post and senior staff. Serve as a member of the Post Security Committee. Brief staff on security issues, threats and mitigation. Ensure continuity plans and emergency drills are instituted and reviewed. Ensure policy decisions from London and recommendations from the Overseas Security Advisers are implemented.
Manage a locally employed Post Security Manager and locally employed guard force or manage a contract guard force. Provide guidance on physical security, eg vehicles, access control, CCTV.
First point of contact for security queries, investigating, recording and reporting of security incidents and breaches. Complete travel clearance applications for staff travel to high risk areas. Liaise with local authorities, police, other embassies, security companies and other stakeholders.
Maintain security equipment and manage a post security budget. Manage Post armoured vehicle fleet (where necessary). Train and test emergency communications. Conduct security surveys of post and, staff properties. Liaise on VIP visits, consular rapid deployment teams and special events.
Conduct security clearance interviews for locally engaged staff.

These roles are full time and are based overseas, with training provided in London before posting. But if you are between Posts or, as has been seen within the last couple of years, you are evacuated from a Post, you will be expected to work in London until you have a new posting.
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Regional Overseas Security Manager’s have regional responsibilities and are required to undertake regular travel. Travel may include visits to fragile environments for which a Security Awareness in Fragile Environments course (SAFE) and close protection module is required and provided.

The role is business critical and has been exempted from the civil service recruitment freeze.

You must be a British Citizen. Satisfactory Developed Vetting to a high degree is a condition of appointment. You must have you been resident in the UK for two out of the last ten years immediately prior to your application. (Please note at least one year of which must have been a consecutive twelve-month period, unless you have served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, or have lived overseas as a result of your parents’ or partner’s Government employment.)

Person Specification

It is essential that you can provide evidence of your qualifications if called to interview. Experience and skills will be further discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

Minimum Criteria
5 GCSE Grade C or above or equivalent including English Language and Maths
Significant experience of security management from a police, prison service, military (intelligence, combat arm and/or security role), commercial security company or similar role
Ability to work flexibly and resiliently under pressure in fragile environments. Physical ability to undertake the Security Awareness in Fragile Environments (SAFE) Course plus Close Protection Module.

Desirable Criteria
Understanding of threats and risks in ensuring security of Posts and how to counter them
A proven track record in security management, involving protection of physical premises and management of staff

The competences you will be assessed on at the application stage and during the interview are as follows:
Communicating and Influencing
Managing and developing staff
Delivery results
Problem solving and judgement

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