Bodyguard Shift Leader at U.S. Embassy


The U.S. Mission to Nigeria comprises of the Embassy in Abuja, FCT, and the Consulate General in Lagos. U.S. Consulate General Lagos is the Mission’s representative to the Nigerian people in the southern region.

A Bodyguard Shift Leader at a U.S. Embassy is a security professional responsible for leading and managing a team of bodyguards or security personnel to ensure the safety and security of embassy staff, visitors, and facilities. This role is critical in safeguarding against potential threats and coordinating security measures to mitigate risks. Here’s an overview of the roles and responsibilities associated with the position of Bodyguard Shift Leader at a U.S. Embassy:

Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Security Planning and Coordination:
    • Develop and implement security plans in coordination with embassy security management.
    • Coordinate with other security personnel to ensure a comprehensive and integrated security strategy.
  2. Team Leadership:
    • Lead, supervise, and mentor a team of bodyguards or security personnel.
    • Conduct regular training sessions to ensure the team is well-prepared for various security scenarios.
  3. Threat Assessment:
    • Conduct threat assessments and risk analyses to identify potential security threats.
    • Develop strategies to mitigate identified risks and vulnerabilities.
  4. Close Protection:
    • Provide close protection to embassy staff, visiting dignitaries, and other designated individuals.
    • Plan and execute security details for high-profile events and movements.
  5. Security Protocols and Procedures:
    • Establish and enforce security protocols and procedures.
    • Ensure that all security personnel adhere to established guidelines and standards.
  6. Emergency Response:
    • Develop and implement emergency response plans for various scenarios, including evacuation procedures.
    • Coordinate with local authorities and emergency services to facilitate a swift response.
  7. Surveillance and Monitoring:
    • Oversee surveillance activities and monitor security systems.
    • Implement measures to detect and respond to suspicious activities.
  8. Intelligence Gathering:
    • Stay informed about local and international security developments.
    • Collaborate with intelligence agencies and other security entities to gather relevant information.
  9. Communication:
    • Maintain effective communication within the security team and with other embassy personnel.
    • Liaise with local law enforcement and security agencies as needed.
  10. Report and Documentation:
    • Prepare detailed reports on security incidents, threats, and preventive measures.
    • Maintain accurate records of security-related activities.
  11. Training and Professional Development:
    • Organize and oversee ongoing training programs for security personnel.
    • Ensure that the team is updated on the latest security techniques and technologies.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Leadership Skills: Ability to lead and motivate a team of security professionals.
  • Problem-Solving: Quick and effective decision-making in high-pressure situations.
  • Physical Fitness: Necessary for executing close protection duties and responding to emergencies.
  • Communication Skills: Clear and concise communication is essential for effective coordination.
  • Adaptability: Ability to adapt to changing security conditions and scenarios.
  • Situational Awareness: Maintaining awareness of the security environment and potential threats.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Bodyguard Shift Leader – All Interested Candidates


Announcement Number: Abuja-2023-076
Location: Abuja
Work Schedule: Full-time – 48 hours per week
Hiring Agency: Embassy Abuja
Series / Grade: LE – 0701 6
Promotion Potential: LE-6


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency: For USEFM – FP is 08.  Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C.
    • All Interested Applicants / All Sources
  • Security Clearance Required: Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Appointment Type: Permanent
  • Appointment Type Details: Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period


  • The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (48 hours per week)
  • Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (6 weeks) of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
  • Supervisory Position: Yes
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
  • Travel Required:
    • 50% or less
    • Job holder travels to various locations in Nigeria to provide protection support.


  • The incumbent Serves as the Bodyguard (BG) Shift Leader (SL) for the Protective Security Unit in the execution of protective security operations for the U.S. Ambassador/ Chief of Mission (COM), and other designated or visiting U.S. government officials as directed.
  • Under the supervision of the Bodyguard Supervisor and managed by the Regional Security Officer (RSO) to U.S. Embassy Abuja in order to protect him/her from harm.

Qualifications and Evaluations
Education Requirements:

  • Completion of High / Secondary school is required.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of private sector, government, police. or military experience in one or more of the following categories: bodyguard, armed escort, law enforcement officer, combat arms or infantry soldier.
  • And at least (6) months a leadership or supervisory role.

Job Knowledge:

  • A thorough knowledge  of defense  measures  to  be  used  in  the  event  of a terrorist attack,  such  as  that  learned  in the military or law enforcement training.
  • Knowledge in medical. fire, hostile attack, defensive and emergency driving procedures.
  • Must be familiar with Nigerian police services,  military,  security  and  other  government offices to ensure effective liaison and to facilitate effective protective operations including advance and motorcade operations.


  • This may be tested. Please specify your level of proficiency in the language listed.


  • Good Working Knowledge Reading/Writing/Speaking in English Language  is  required. Good Working Knowledge Reading/Writing/Speaking in lbo. Hausa, Yoruba is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to take initiative and show resourcefulness in accomplishing
  • Ability to deal effectively with people of other cultures to obtain cooperation and reach common goals
  • Ability in leadership and interpersonal relations
  • Skill in safely operating an armored vehicle (if available).
  • Ability to work on a computer
  • Ability to work variable shifts, 24 hour on-call schedule
  • Ability to travel outside capital city on an as needed basis
  • Ability to administer emergency first aid and be qualified in AES/CPR.
  • Ability to be alert, exercise fast reflexes and active thinking, implement excellent observational skills, adaptation, take decisive actions and stay calm in dangerous situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to operate on a team
  • Skill in the use of a firearm
  • Ability to maintain physical fitness and endure frequent travel, long working hours in a stressful working environment while maintaining the above standard.
  • Valid N igeria driver’s license is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO):

  • The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


  • All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Hiring Preference Selection Process:

  • Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.
  • Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

Hiring Preference Order:

  • AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
  • FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* Important

  • Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.
  • A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant.
  • The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
  • ** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
  • For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

Marketing Statement:


  • N7,685,713 Annually.

Agency Benefits:

  • Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
  • For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
  • The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Application Closing Date
17th July, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Important Information

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
  • To apply for this position click the “APPLY TO THIS VACANCY” button at the top of the page.
  • Click on the “Submit Application” button to complete your application process.
  • For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents
To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.

All Applicants:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit
  • Secondary School Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License

Eligible Family Member Applicants:

  • Copy of Sponsor’s Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Next Steps:

  • Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.
  • For further information – the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.
  • Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Abuja, Nigeria.


A Bodyguard Shift Leader at a U.S. Embassy plays a critical role in ensuring the safety and security of embassy personnel and facilities. Their leadership, strategic planning, and coordination with security teams contribute to the overall security posture of the embassy. This role demands a combination of leadership skills, security expertise, and the ability to make sound decisions in dynamic and potentially high-risk situations.


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