The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.
The General Services Department (GSD) provides a broad range of shared corporate services that are essential to the effective functioning and mission of the WBG. GSD operations fall under very distinct and complex business enterprises that have expanded globally over the years. These services include: Corporate Security; Corporate Real Estate & Facilities; Liability Insurance; Printing & Multimedia; Food & Conferences; Travel Services; Mail & Shipping; Art Program; Commuter Services; Child Care Center; Fitness Center; Translation & Interpretation, Corporate Responsibility; Global Meetings Management Program; and GSD Service Desk. The WBG Staff Association and 1818 Society report to GSD for administrative purposes. GSD reports to the Budget, Performance Review, and Strategic Planning vice presidential unit.
The position of Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) will be established in Washington D.C. within the Corporate Security division of the General Services Department of the World Bank. The Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) will work as part of the risk analysis and operational support team and report to the Security Specialist (Program Manager of the Security Operations Center). The Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating global security developments as they relate to World Bank Group (WBG) operations. This includes coverage of both current events and more strategic trends that may affect longer-term WBG decision-making. In producing threat and risk assessments, the Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) is expected to work closely with the relevant field-based Security Specialist, institutional stakeholders and external partners (e.g., UN). The Head of Corporate Security, Regional Security Specialists, and Regional Management Teams are the primary clients for the analytical products.
The Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) will be responsible for (a) supporting the Security Risk Managemens; (b) coordinating with Senior/Country Security Specialists; (c) liaising with institutional stakeholders; (d) supporting the Security Operations Center and (e) maintaining a comprehensive understanding of global security issues by developing a robust security information network.
The Security Specialist (Analyst and Regional Support Officer) will serve in a full-time capacity and be on-call for emergencies.
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.
1. Assist in developing and maintaining Corporate Security’s Security Risk Management process, which includes structured threat and risk assessments, security recommendations and compliance tracking;
2. Collaborate with field security personnel to produce analysis in the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) format, which covers armed conflict, terrorism, civil unrest, crime and hazards as they relate to WBG staff, assets and operations.
3. Assist with prioritization and tracking of required SRAs;
4. Generate regular risk assessments for executive travel and conferences;
5. Provide ad hoc analysis for Country Offices, Regional Management, other internal WBG clients (e.g., MIGA, Fragile States) and individual staff;
B. Regional Support – Security Specialists
1. Act as a liaison between the HQ security team and regional security staff;
2. Regularly communicate with the relevant field-based Security Specialists to ensure that the analytical products and assessments from HQ are meeting their needs;
3. Provide ad hoc analysis in support of Security Specialist activities (e.g., new office openings, mission travel, conferences);
C. Regional Support – Operations
1. Act as a subject-matter expert for Corporate Security on Bank Group activities in an assigned area, to include office locations, management, mission travel, threat/risks and decision-making history;
2. With the assistance of the relevant Security Specialist, liaise with operations decision-makers to ensure regular sharing of information and the systematic incorporation of security concerns into the decision-making process (e.g., project development). This may include developing detailed assessments on potentially risky activities.
3. Provide security risk briefings for Country Directors and Country Managers;
D. Security Operations Center
1. Collaborate effectively with the Security Operations Center (SOC) to ensure consistent information sharing on threats and risks and changes in WBG operations that may affect the institution’s real-time monitoring and support needs;
2. Assist the SOC in keeping their products and information current based on global security developments and institutional needs;
3. Periodically work as an SOC Watch Officer to ensure continuity between the teams;
4. Provide surge capacity in the event additional personnel are needed in an emergency-response situation.
E. Subject Matter Expertise and Information Network
1. Maintain an in-depth understanding of the security and politically dynamics in the area of responsibility through regular research, conference attendance and networking;
2. Develop a broad understanding of the global issues affecting WBG security to provide support on 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.
3. Liaise with security information interlocutors both within the WBG and with outside organization (e.g., UN, other international financial institutions, diplomatic security teams, think tanks)
Other Responsibilities As May Be Assigned
• The ability to analyze global security threats and collaborate with stakeholders to determine relevant risk management approaches employed by international organizations:
• Extensive knowledge of Bank Group management structure and operations;
• Ability to clearly and concisely communicate threats and risks to non-security professionals to aid in decision-making;
• Strong oral and written 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 may impede execution or overall success.
Drive for Results – Takes personal ownership and accountability to meet deadlines and achieve agreed-upon results, and has the personal 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 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.
A master’s degree 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 5+ years of analytical experience may be substituted.
Experience and General Skills
• Minimum 1 year of experience in security risk analysis/security risk management;
• Proficiency with common office computer programs;
• Oral and Written fluency in English is required;
• Working knowledge of a second language is preferred.