Mar 17, 2016

Security Specialist (Capital Budget, Equipment and Armored vehicles)

Employer: World Bank
Location: USA
Closing date: 04 Apr 2016

Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with more than 10,000 employees in more than 120 offices worldwide. The WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. The WBG consists of five institutions i.e. the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In recognition of the World Bank Group’s strong commitment to staff security and safety, Corporate Security, has assumed responsibility for managing guard service contracts in select countries, providing security equipment packages to all Country Offices and coordinating the Bank’s armored vehicle fleet.
This Security Specialist position is based in the Corporate Security division of the General Services Department of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. The incumbent will report to the head of the Operational Support team. The position will also require interaction with various other stakeholders such as other Security Specialists within Corporate Security, Corporate Procurement, Resource Management, Country Office Management, and various suppliers. The incumbent will serve in a full time capacity and on-call for emergencies. The Security Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the areas entailing provision of global offices with security equipment and armored vehicles, participating in reviews of performance of security in country offices and also for maintaining an overview of the division’s planning, prioritization and use of capital budgets.

Security Equipment – In an effort to standardize security management and benefit from bulk-procurement, Corporate Security adopted a tiered system of providing country offices with security equipment packages that correspond with a country’s threat ranking. Security equipment, comprises moveable items that are not integrated into an office site (e.g., walk-through metal detectors, x-ray machines, personal protective equipment and communications equipment). Assuming a five-year replacement schedule, Corporate Security estimates an annual investment of $0.75 million from the institutions capital budget to fund the initiative.

Armored Vehicle Fleet – The WBG manages a medium size fleet of armored vehicles distributed world-wide and the purchase of armored vehicles and related services such as driver training, regular on-site inspections are provided through a long term agreement (LTA) with a reputable supplier. Under this new arrangement Corporate Security will assume the responsibility for overseeing the management of the fleet of armored vehicles and coordinating driver training and regular on-site inspections in conjunction with country offices where these vehicles are located.

Corporate Security Capital Budgets – Corporate Security relies on periodic capital budgets to update major security systems or specific programs that may address concerns at either the HQ campus in Washington or those of its 160 country offices. The Security Specialist will be responsible for coordinating all aspects related to projects funded from the WBG capital budget.

Program Review – In order to strengthen the security program globally, the Security Specialist may be called upon to carry out security program review missions to provide managers with reliable evidence-based information about the performance of security personnel and more specifically the country office security programme as a whole, in relation to operational objectives and security directives. The information collected will be used to inform decisions about future planning and the continual improvement of security risk management for WBG offices overseas.

Duties and Accountabilities:
The Security Specialist will be responsible for all matters relating to the funding, supply and operation of security equipment and armored vehicles in the World Bank Country Offices. Specific responsibilities include the following:
• Serving as the Corporate Security advisor to management and Security Specialists for the selection, procurement and management of security equipment and armored vehicles.
• Ensuring that recommended security equipment packages are aligned to the security risk, to Country Office staff and facilities and conforms with the policies of Corporate Security, Corporate Real Estate and Corporate Procurement where appropriate.
• Overseeing the WBG armored vehicle fleet, including developing new policies and procedures regarding the use of armored vehicles, maintenance services and driver training.
• Supervising the fleet’s maintenance services and programs involving vehicles and add on equipment. Coordinating a program of regular inspections, preventive maintenance and repairs of armored vehicles to ensure certification for continued use.
• Coordinating with Corporate Procurement in the preparation of specifications and performance for re-bidding bulk supplier contracts.
• Preparing and submitting capital budget requests to fund the procurement of equipment and armored vehicles.
• Maintaining a database of GSDCS managed security equipment and armored vehicles.
• Maintaining a register of Corporate Security capital budget projects and tracking their progress against each individual projects timeline.
Additional Responsibilities include:
• Maintain oversight of capital budget requirements, priorities and capital requests, with periodic status reports to division management.
• Participate in the Corporate Security Division’s Performance Review initiative, with periodic visits to Country Offices to help determine where improvements in security arrangements are necessary or desirable.

Desired Skills and Experience

• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) with 5 years of experience in relevant field. A first-level university degree in combination with 8 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

• Familiarity with usage of security equipment, communications equipment and armored vehicles.
• Experience with capital expenditures on security related equipment.
• Overseas experience in a developing economy desirable.
• Knowledge of WBG, UN or other equivalent organization’s procurement and financial rules and regulations beneficial.
• Specialized knowledge of the security industry.
• Strong analytical skills to successfully perform financial reviews, determination of responsibility and other forms of qualitative analysis.
• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
• Experience in contract management.
• Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and assess priorities in a variety of activities with attention to detail.
• Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in race, gender, nationality, culture, and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

For further details and to apply, please go to and under “current job openings” seek vacancy number 160662. 

Deadline for applications is April 4, 2016.