Oct 31, 2016

Security Analyst

Employer: Olive Group
Location: UK (option to work from home)


Reporting to the Information & Assessments Manager in Dubai, the security analyst will be responsible for producing high quality political and security briefings for an important client. This role will immerse the successful candidate into the operations of Olive Group across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia offering an excellent opportunity to gain analysis experience, increase business knowledge and build a broad range of commercial skills.

This role is in direct support of a client project. The role is shift specific, working flexible hours for three to four days per week, including weekend work.

The main tasks and responsibilities are given below; they are not exhaustive and may be adjusted from time to time on instruction from the line manager.

Work within a team to support the delivery of regular security reports for Iraq, Yemen, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on a weekly basis.
Report directly to the Information and Assessments Manager and provide written analysis and research for threat assessments and support to operations.
Collect timely and relevant security information from a wide range of sources, including human and OSINT.
Seek to expand and improve sources of security information.
Read deeply and widely on security related matters in relation to the designated country.
Produce accurate, well-constructed alerts, briefs and reports on security related matters in relation to the designated country.
Produce high quality security presentations on the designated country to be delivered orally, supported by slides.
Deliver high quality oral security briefings on the designated country to clients and groups of clients.
Support the Information & Assessments Manager in the production of complex risk assessments as required.

Understanding of the major political and security issues facing the Middle East and Africa.
Bachelor’s degree in International Politics/Relations, Middle/Near Eastern Studies or other relevant subject. First class honours (1st) or Second class honours, upper division (2:1).
Detailed knowledge of security issues facing Iraq, Yemen, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Evidence of previous work/research and demonstrable interest in/understanding of Middle East.

Proficiency in Arabic.
Previous experience within the aviation security, risk management or advisory sectors.
Aviation security management qualification.
Masters’ degree in relevant discipline.
Practical experience of research, work or residency within the Middle East or Africa.

Excellent understanding of major political and security issues facing the African continent
Demonstrable understanding of the Intelligence Cycle and the responsibilities of a security analyst
Excellent English language skills, oral and written, in particular the ability to write high quality, international standard English
Excellent computer skills and the ability to operate MS Office with Outlook, Word and PowerPoint

The ability to express ideas clearly in business writing
The ability to demonstrate, both in written reports and orally, a depth of knowledge in major political and security issues facing the African continent
The ability to identify the information need, seek that information from appropriate sources and use skilful research to draw out the required detail
The ability to be thorough, ensuring work and information are complete and accurate
The ability to keep functioning effectively when under pressure and prioritise tasks as required.

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