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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Note: Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.
The British Embassy in Riga is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a Security Guard.
As a full-time member of a team of security guards you will be responsible for the security of the British Embassy compound and external perimeter, vehicle searches, escorting visitors and maintaining an accurate log of events. The successful candidate will be required to work in shifts, including night time, public holidays and weekends.
Main roles and responsibilities:
- The primary responsibility of the guard is to control access and observe internal and external territory of the Embassy.
- Security of staff, Offices and Residences.
- Perimeter patrols.
- Search visitors and their bags.
- Vehicles bomb search.
- Consular/Visa Section access control.
- CCTV system control.
- Mail search.(X-ray, chemical).
- Raise alarms, incident response, liaison with police.
- General administration (e.g. Occurrences register, mail, flags).
- Training (e.g. self-defence, professional security, languages).
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
- Experience in a security related field of employment (Police, Military, Private Security)
- A good working level of Latvian.
- A good working level of English.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
- Valid security guard certificate will be considered an advantage
- A valid driver’s licence will be considered an advantage
- A working level of Russian will be considered an advantage
Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience
5 September 2021
Type of Position
Full-time, Night shifts, Permanent
Working hours per week
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post
Number of vacancies
Starting from EUR 776 (gross) based on an hourly rate, depending on hours worked, night shifts, public holidays, overtime.
27 September 2021
Other benefits and conditions of employment
This is a full-time, permanent position with a 3 month probation.
Embassy provides all its employees the following benefits:
Two additional annual leave days on top of those mandated by law;
A combination of Latvian and UK public holidays - 14 working days-off per year;
Comprehensive Health Insurance that among others also includes dental care and sports.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Riga are subject to terms and conditions of service that are in line with the employment laws in Latvia.
Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Latvia and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.
Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.
Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.
Information due to COVID-19:
You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.
*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment levels please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.
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