Armed Protection Operator

  • Contract
  • Hargeisa Somalia
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD
  • Closing date: 2 May 2022


1. Reporting Line:

The Armed Protection Operator (APO) reports to Armed Protection Team leader.

2. Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

· To possess a valid authorisation to carry and use weapons in compliance with the applicable legal framework.

· In line with the EU’s Policy of EU staff deployed outside the EU in an operational capacity under Title V of the Treaty on European Union:

o To be responsible for Armed Protection operations;

o To contribute to the armed protection security set up of Mission members;

o To carry out daily administration and operational planning for Armed Protection Team activities;

o To assist in the development of Mission Armed Protection policies and procedures;

o To provide comprehensive procedural documents with respect to Armed Protection activities;

o To contribute in identifying staff personal security training requirements and deliver training as required under the supervision of Armed Protection Team Leader;

o To provide personal security advice to Mission members;

o To maintain operational effectiveness and equipment husbandry;

o To develop professional contacts with the local police, military and security managers of other international organisations;

o To liaise with civilian and military organisations to assess current and future threats;

o To carry out threat assessments to ensure appropriate security measures are in place in a timely and effective manner;

· To transport and provide armed protection to mission members in Somaliland;

· To actively participate in the defence plan of the Field Office;

· To deploy and operate in locations mission wide;

· To assist in the provision of security training to Mission members;

· To assist HEAT instructors in the provision of HEAT training;

· To participate in all applicable training, professional, physical and medical;

· To cross train in all the functions & roles of the team;

· Authorized to carry and issued a personal weapon;

· To aid in the development of Mission A/P policies and procedures ensuring they are followed and updated or amended when necessary.

3. General Tasks and Responsibilities:

· To identify and report on lessons learned and best practices within the respective area of responsibility;

· To contribute and ensure timely reporting on activities within the respective area of responsibility;

· To take account of gender equality and human rights aspects in the execution of tasks;

· To undertake any other related tasks as requested by the Line Manager(s).

4. Essential Qualifications and Experience:

· Successful completion of secondary education attested by diploma OR equivalent and attested police and/or military education or training or an award of an equivalent rank; AND

· A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, after having fulfilled the education requirements.

5. Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Trained in basic life support (medical training);

· Ability to operate a variety of communication systems;

· Advanced driving training (defensive driving);

· Valid license for armoured vehicles or C or C1 driving license;

· Ability to perform under pressure and in difficult circumstances in High Risk locations;

· Discreet, diplomatic and flexible.

6. Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

· Trained and certified in close protection techniques (theory and practice);

· Successful completion of CPCC Medical Security Certification Course or equivalent medical training (industry standard First Aid Qualification);

· Experience driving Armoured vehicles;

· International experience, particularly in crisis areas with multi-national and international organisations;

· Experience in close protection operations as a member of international organisations or Diplomatic institutions/Agencies e.g. National embassy’s, EU, UN, NATO.

7. Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

· Ability to perform under pressure and in difficult circumstances in high risk locations.

· Highly resilient under mental pressure and willingness to work extra hours when required;

· Knowledge of the Mission area and potential security threats;

· Knowledge of CSDP security and duty of care polices.

How to apply


  1. You have the nationality of an EU Member State: You must use Goalkeeper to apply:

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b) You do not have a Goalkeeper account or an EU Login:

  1. You do not have the nationality of an EU Member State:

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