[Vacancy] Bodyguard Shift Leader at the 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.

We are reruiting to fill the position below:

  • Job Title: Bodyguard Shift Leader – All Interested Candidates
  • Announcement Number: Lagos-2023-096
  • Location: Lagos
  • Hiring Agency: Consulate General Lagos
  • Series/Grade: LE – 0701 6
  • Work Schedule: Full-time – 48 hours per week
  • Promotion Potential: LE-NA


  • Hiring Path: Open to the public
  • Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
    • For USEFM – FP is 08 ($36,195). 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 (40 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: No
  • Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: No
  • Travel Required: 50% or less Incumbent is require to travel to various locations in Nigeria to provide protection support.


  • The incumbent serves as the Bodyguard (BG) Shift Leader (SL) and/or Agent In Charge (AIC) 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 Consulate Lagos in order to protect him/her from harm and embarrassment.

Qualifications and Evaluations:

Education Requirements:

  • Completion of High / Secondary School is required.
  • N.B: Please address this factor in your ERA application under Education.


  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a commercial bodyguard, civilian or in the Nigeria police or military is required.
  • N.B: Please address this factor in your ERA application under Major Duties and Responsibilities.

Job Knowledge:

  • 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 is required.
  • Knowledge in medical, fire, hostile attack, defensive and emergence driving procedures is required.
  • Must be familiar with Nigeria police services, military, security and other government offices to ensure effective liaison and to facilitate effective protective operations including advance and motorcade operations.
  • N.B: Please address this factor in your ERA application under Major Duties and Responsibilities.


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


  • Good working knowledge reading/writing/speaking English is required.
  • N.B: Please address this factor in your ERA application under Language.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to take initiative and show resourcefulness in accomplishing tasks is required.
  • Ability to deal effectively with people of other cultures to obtain cooperation and reach common goals is required.
  • Ability in leadership and interpersonal relations is required.
  • Skills in safely operating an armored vehicle is required.
  • Ability to work on a computer is required.
  • Ability to work variable shifts, 24 hour on call-schedule is required.
  • Ability to travel outside capital city on an as need basis is required.
  • Ability to administer emergency first aid and be qualified in AES/CPR is required.
  • Ability to be, exercise fast reflexes and active thinking, implement excellent observational skills, adaptation, take decisive actions, and stay calm in dangerous situations is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing is required.
  • Ability to operate on a team, as well as skill in the use of a firearm is required.
  • Ability to maintain physical fitness and endure frequent travel, long working hours in a stressful working environment while maintaining the above standards is required.
  • Must have a valid Nigeria driver’s license.
  • N.B: Please address this factor in your ERA application under Major Duties and Responsibilities.

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.

Benefits and Other Info:


Agency Benefits:

  • Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Lagos, 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.

Other Information:

  • 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 Officer:

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


  • 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”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, 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:


USD 13,923 / Per Year

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Application Instructions:

  • 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 Nigeria 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)

Important Information / Notice:

  • All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance.
  • 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 Lagos, Nigeria.

Application Closing Date:

6th October, 2023.

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