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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Bodyguard in the Regional Security Office.

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The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Bodyguard in the Regional Security Office.

The U.S. Mission in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Bodyguard in the Regional Security Office.

Opening Date : September 17, 2020

Closing Date : October 01, 2020

Open to : All interested candidates/ All Sources

Work Schedule : Full-time (40 hours/week)

SALARY : *Ordinarily Resident (OR) : CFA 7,271,427 p.a. (Starting Salary)
(Position Grade : FSN-05)



This position is located in the Regional Security Office. Incumbent serves as a Bodyguard 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. Position is under the direct supervision of the Bodyguard Supervisor and managed by the Regional Security Officer (RSO) of US Embassy Ouagadougou, in order to protect designated officials from harm and embarrassment


1. EDUCATION : High/Secondary school diploma is required. Host government Driver’s License to operate up to Sport Utility Vehicle is required.

2. EXPERIENCE : A minimum of three years’ experience as a commercial bodyguard, civilian or host government police or military is required.

3. LANGUAGE English Level II (limited knowledge, reading/speaking/writing) is required. French Level IV (fluency, speaking, reading and writing) is required. This may be tested.

4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES : Must have initiative and resourcefulness in accomplishing tasks. Must be able to deal effectively with people of other cultures to obtain cooperation and reach common goals. Possesses good leadership and interpersonal skills. Must have valid driver license. Must be able to demonstrate judgment and basic safe driving skills in both oral and practical examination. Must be able to operate an armored vehicle (if available) and pass the defensive driving training. Good working computer skills are required. Must be able to work variable shifts, 24 hour on-call schedule, and able to travel outside capital city on an as needed basis. Proficient in first aid and use of an AED. Must be alert, have fast reflexes, active thinking, excellent observational skills, adaptation, take decisive actions, stay calm in dangerous situations, teamwork, communication skills, etc. and have the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Possess skills in the use of a firearm. Must be physically fit and be able to endure frequent travel, long working hours, and a stressful working environment while maintaining the above standards. Should be trained on emergency first-aid and be AED/CPR qualified. This may be tested.

5. JOB KNOWLEDGE : A thorough knowledge of defense measures to be used in the event of a personal or 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 Burkinabé police, gendarmerie, military, security and other government offices to ensure effective liaison and to facilitate effective protective operations including advance and motorcade operations.

HOW TO APPLY : Applicants must complete the following application process to be considered :

• Create an account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at

• Choose Announcement Number Ouaga-2020-012 RA1 Bodyguard and complete the online application.

• Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. cover letter, degrees certificates, wok permits & SF 50 if applicable) into the Electronic Recruitment Application system.

Required Documents : Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application :

• Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
• High/Secondary school diploma
• DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
• SF-50 (if applicable)
• Relevant Work attestations and Certificates.

What to Expect Next : Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via telephone calls and email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION : The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at

Note :

• All Application must be made in English.
• All applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
• All applications must be for an open/advertised position.
• Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY : 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. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs. The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation. Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.

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