Organization: World Bank
Sector: General Services
Recruitment Type: International Recruitment
Department/Division: Security Programs 3 (GCSS3)
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Term Duration: 3 years 0 months
Hire Type: Non-Managerial
Required Language(s): English
Closing Date: 9/11/2023 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC
Do you want to build a truly worthwhile career? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries—a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. Visit www.worldbank.org.
The Global Corporate Solutions (GCS) department provides a broad range of shared corporate services that are needed for the effective functioning and mission of the WBG to include: Corporate Security; Corporate Real Estate & Facilities, and Corporate Services. Corporate Security (GCSSC) staff serve at both WBG Headquarters in D.C. and in Bank Group offices in more than 40 countries. The division’s mission is to support global operations by employing risk mitigation strategies and promoting the principle of shared responsibility for security and safety.
Would you like to influence security operations across the globe in all countries where we operate? We are looking for a sharp thinker to join Corporate Security’s Threat and Risk Analysis team to help support well-informed decision making by providing early warning of threats and risks in locations where the WBG operates, analyzing security threats and trends, coordinating the Security Risk Management process, and framing security issues to facilitate decision making. You will work as part of the threat and risk analysis team and report to the Regional Senior Security Specialist for your assigned region of responsibility.
You will be responsible for identifying, monitoring, and evaluating global security developments as they relate to WBG operations in the Middle East and North Africa region. This includes coverage of current events and strategic threat and risk trends that may affect longer-term WBG decisionmaking. In producing threat and risk assessment products, you will work closely with the relevant field-based Country Security Specialists, institutional stakeholders, and external partners (e.g., UN). The Corporate Security Management Team, Regional Senior Security Specialist, and Regional Management Teams are the primary clients for the analytic products.
In this dynamic role, the Security Specialist (Analysis) will be responsible for:
(a) Timely identification and communication of security threat information;
(b) developing and analyzing integrated data and information on security threats and incidents affecting WBG staff and operations;
(c) preparing and disseminating timely analytic reports on security threats and incidents affecting WBG staff and operations;
(d) coordinating the Security Risk Management process;
(e) coordinating with Security Specialists to monitor specific security issues and produce regional analytic products, as needed;
(f) liaising with institutional stakeholders;
(g) collaborating with the Global Security Operations Center;
(h) developing and maintaining subject matter expertise in your regional area of responsibility;
(i) using various analytic methods and models to assess the relevance of developments in their area of responsibility and the potential implications for WBG staff safety and security, assets, and operations; and
(j) developing a robust security information network to help maintain a comprehensive understanding of global, regional, and local security issues.
You will serve in a full-time capacity and be on-call for emergencies.
Note: The position may be moved to another Family Duty Station in the Middle East and North Africa region depending on business needs at the time of onboarding.
Roles and Responsibility:
If you are a strong critical thinker and communicator with a passion for global affairs, security, and international development, this position gives you the chance to combine your skills and interests to keep World Bank Group staff safe as we work toward the organization’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.
A. Security Risk Management
1. Continuously identify and monitor developments that may affect staff safety and security, and provide timely, relevant reporting of key events and trends;
2. Integrate information developed by field-based Country Security Specialists and Regional Senior Security Specialists;
3. Research, draft, and manage the clearance process for Security Risk Reports (SRRs) for all countries within their area of responsibility. The SRR assesses threats and risks associated with armed conflict, terrorism, civil unrest, crime, and hazards as they relate to WBG staff, assets, and operations;
4. In close coordination with the Country Security Specialists, Senior Security Specialist, and Subject Matter Experts, synthesize field inputs to recommend SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound) countermeasures designed to manage risks to WBG arising from the threats identified in the SRR;
5. Ensure proper documentation and tracking of countermeasure recommendations;
6. Generate ad hoc Security Briefing Notes (SBNs) to address specific events and trends affecting the security environment in the Security Specialist’s (Analysis) portfolio of countries. Corporate Security leadership and/or the Senior Security Specialist may task the Security Specialist (Analysis) with producing a SBN. In addition, the Specialist’s own assessment of events or emerging trends within their region may also trigger a SBN;
7. Generate threat and risk assessments for executive travel, conferences, and special events;
8. Provide ad hoc analysis for Country Offices, Regional Management, other internal WBG clients (e.g., MIGA, Fragile States, Global Practices), and individual staff members.
B. Regional Support – Senior and Country Security Specialists
1. Regularly communicate with the relevant field-based Security Specialists to ensure that the analytic products and assessments meet the needs of Corporate Security Management and clients;
2. Provide ad hoc analysis in support of Security Specialist activities (e.g., new office openings, mission travel, conferences etc.,);
3. Serve as the acting Regional Senior Security Specialist and/or Country Security Specialist during periods of leave, if requested.
C. Regional Support – Operations
1. As a subject-matter expert on WBG activities in an assigned region (including security threat/risk, vulnerabilities, staff travel, decision making history), independently represent Corporate Security in multiple settings, including WBG-wide working groups as a peer contributor on security concerns;
2. Provide subject-matter expertise to country-specific Crisis Management Teams;
3. Act as a subject-matter expert for Corporate Security on Bank Group activities in an assigned area, to include office locations, management, mission travel, threats and risks, and decision making history;
4. With the assistance of the relevant Security Specialist, liaise with operations decision-makers to ensure regular information sharing and the systematic incorporation of security concerns into the decision-making process (e.g., project planning). This may include developing detailed assessments of potentially high-risk activities;
5. Provide written and oral security threat and risk briefings for Country Directors, Country Managers, and senior management;
D. Crisis Management and Global Security Operations Center
1. Provide knowledge-based guidance to the Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) to ensure consistent information sharing of threats and risks and changes in WBG operations that may affect the institution’s real-time monitoring and support needs;
2. Ensure the accuracy and relevance of GSOC-generated alerts and other real-time reports for developments within the Specialist’s assigned region;
3. Serve as liaison between the GSOC and WBG stakeholders during crisis events to ensure timely generation of staff/visitor headcounts, outreach to staff and travelers via mass communication tools, and monitoring of crisis-related developments;
4. Brief Crisis Management Teams (CMTs) on security-related developments during crisis events and provide specialist-level forecasting on the likelihood of the crisis to affect WBG staff and operations. In close coordination with the SSS and CSS, provide CMTs with analysis of options to manage risks to staff and operations during crises;
5. Liaise on the Senior Security Specialist’s and Country Security Specialists’ behalf with WBG business continuity counterparts to ensure delivery of crisis management training and advisory services to CMTs during and in anticipation of crisis events.
E. Subject Matter Expertise and Information Network
1. Maintain an in-depth understanding of the security and political dynamics in the region through regular research, conference attendance, and networking;
2. Employ analytic methods to form well-crafted judgments relevant for planning and decision-making regarding WBG staff safety and security, assets, and operations;
3. Effectively use structured analytic techniques to warn of imminent or potential threats in the Specialist’s area of responsibility;
4. Remain abreast of global security dynamics to provide seamless backup coverage for other analysts during periods of leave or travel. This includes a general understanding of the threats from terrorism, civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, and hazards, as well as political and economic issues;
5. Develop a broad understanding of the global issues affecting WBG security to support projects and programs not directly within the area of responsibility. This includes a general understanding of the threats from terrorism, civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, and hazards, as well as political and economic issues;
6. Liaise with security information interlocutors in the WBG and with outside organizations (e.g., UN, other international financial institutions, diplomatic security teams, think tanks etc.,);
7. As directed by the SSS, undertake regular, periodic mission travel to countries of concern within the Specialist’s region of responsibility to build on-the-ground security information networks and ensure a continuous and robust understanding of local security dynamics;
Other Responsibilities as May Be Assigned.
• A master’s degree plus five years’ experience is required, preferably in a foreign area study, international relations, political science, national security studies or security policy studies. A bachelor’s degree combined with 7+ years of analytic experience may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.
• Proficiency with common office computer programs;
• Oral and written fluency in English is required;
• Proficiency in a second language (particularly Arabic) is highly desirable.
• Ability to use structured analytic techniques to make analytic judgments about global security threats and collaborate with stakeholders to develop appropriate risk management approaches;
• Knowledge of World Bank Group management structure and operations;
• Ability to concisely and effectively communicate threats and risks to non-security professionals to aid in decision-making;
• Strong oral and written English communication skills of a level suitable for interaction with senior management.
• Client Orientation – Takes personal responsibility and accountability for timely response to client queries, requests, or needs and works to remove obstacles that impede execution or overall success.
• Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the organizational skills to do so.
• Collaboration and Inclusion – Collaborates with other team members and contributes productively to the team’s work and output, demonstrating respect for different points of view.
• Knowledge, Learning, and Communication – Actively seeks the knowledge needed to complete assignments and shares knowledge with others, communicating and presenting information in a clear and organized manner.
• Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making – Analyzes facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.
World Bank Group Core Competencies
The World Bank Group offers comprehensive benefits, including a retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; and paid leave, including parental leave, as well as reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
We are proud to be an equal opportunity and inclusive employer with a dedicated and committed workforce, and do not discriminate based on gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
*Although the Duty Station in the job announcement is currently designated as Cairo, please note that the Duty Station may be moved to another Family Duty Station in the Middle East and North Africa region depending on business needs at the time of onboarding.