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Consultant At Control Risks

Date Posted: 12/Jun/2014
Deadline: Not Specified


Job description

Job Purpose

This is a key role within the regional crisis and security consulting practice. The incumbent will be required to deliver and manage security risk consulting engagements independently or in support of larger, multi-disciplined security projects, principally across West Africa. The consultant may also be required to deliver or support projects across the wider Europe/Africa region.


The incumbent will also undertake business development activity with potential and existing clients to help develop and grow the regional CSC practice in-line with budget expectations.


Tasks and Responsibilities


  • The consultant will be expected to undertake security reviews and audits, security risk assessments, security planning, risk management and other similar tasks, with particular emphasis on application of security management techniques in an African context. The incumbent may also be required to undertake crisis management related activities and wider crisis and security consulting tasks as directed.


Task Management

  • Service multiple consultancy assignments consisting of complex tasks
  • Act as lead on assignments when a more junior team member is engaged  
  • Lead and participate in client meetings
  • Ensure that practices, policies, strategy and services are fully aligned with client need  
  • Maintain and develop long-term client relationships; act in conjunction with key account managers
  • Maintain time and expense records to ensure accurate invoicing in accordance with company procedure


Task Delivery

  • Delivery of tasks for clients on time, on budget, to the highest standards
  • The role will involve significant travel to client sites and Control Risks offices (particularly in Africa)
  • From time-to-time the role may require consultants to support in crisis or emergency evacuation situations, sometimes requiring short-notice and/or extended deployment to the field.


Business development

  • Pro-actively seek opportunities to develop projects and business
  • Seek opportunities to be involved in business development  
  • Contribute to marketing activities
  • Participate in client meetings and develop long-term client relationships


Team/Practice Development

  • Develop and mentor junior staff, maximising utilisation of resources
  • Be the regional SME for CSC

Desired Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Experience



  • Proven ability to manage and deliver consulting engagements
  • Client and commercial management
  • Relevant international / security risk standards
  • Consulting skill and expertise, including security risk qualification
  • Understanding of Africa and emerging markets
  • Commitment to continuous professional development



  • Regional experience in Africa or extensive experience on-the-ground in developing      countries and emerging markets
  • Management consultancy
  • Project management methodologies (e.g. PRINCE2) and expertise in their application
  • Current standards and practices used security risk management  
  • Understanding of security and risk management challenges in emerging markets        (particularly in Africa)
  • Languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese)
  • Commercial skills
  • Business processes

Qualifications and Specialist Skills  

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent


Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in security, risk or related discipline
  • Appropriate professional membership

Problem Solving / Decision Making

  • Information gathering
  • Analysis and judgement
  • Ability to manage sensitive situations with care


Relationship/Personal Impact

  • Strong interpersonal skills – building trust and rapport
  • Influencing
  • Managing clients



  • Excellent communication
  • Report writing in English to the highest professional standard
  • Ability to communicate using range of techniques with clients and colleagues alike



  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proven ability to prioritise work
  • Administration and organisational skills
  • Sound knowledge of all Microsoft programmes



All employees are expected to display behaviours reflective of our company values: Integrity and Ethics, Collaboration and Teamwork, Commitment to People and Professionalism and Excellence.


About this company

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy. We specialise in helping organisations manage political, integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments. We build strong relationships with our clients and are passionate about the work we do for them. The areas we work in are challenging and often fast-moving and our clients rely on us in difficult (and sometimes life threatening) situations.

We are a medium sized, rapidly growing company. Since our inception in 1975, we have worked with more than 5,000 clients in over 135 countries worldwide. Our renowned expertise, the breadth of our services and the geographical reach of our organisation enables us to help our clients meet their challenges and realise new business opportunities across the world.

People should come to work with us because we provide real benefit to many of the world’s leading organisations. In doing so we give our people direct responsibility, career development and the opportunity to work on some fascinating projects in a rewarding, diverse and enjoyable environment.

If your qualifications, experience and aspirations match our
requirements please email a covering letter and C.V.,
your current salary to :


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