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Diplomatic Close Protection Officer

Business Unit:  International Security Services
Career Area:  International

Baghdad, Iraq, IQ Libya, Libya, LY Mogadishu, Somalia, SO Erbil, Iraq, IQ

GardaWorld International Protective Services is the international security division of GardaWorld Security Corporation, the world's largest privately owned security company. Our services include static security, consulting, threat monitoring and reporting, crisis response, logistical support, mobile security, close protection, training and risk management.


Our corporate vision is to be the recognized global leader in providing comprehensive security, crisis response and risk management services in high-risk and complex environments delivered at a world-class level by the best quality personnel in the industry. Our mission is to protect and support our clients, securing their place in a complex world by consistently delivering quality services and value, while growing our business.


GardaWorld now seeks applications from suitably qualified and experienced Consultants for a Diplomatic Close Protection Officer (CPO)

Only applications from British & Commonwealth passport holders will be considered.

All applicants are kindly requested to ensure they carefully read through all Terms and conditions attached to this opportunity.

Only online applications will be considered, direct approaches via email or phone will not be accepted and may result in your application being disregarded.



Close Protection Officer (CPO)

Job Type

Contractor, GW Consulting Middle East Limited


British Foreign & Commonwealth Office 


Baghdad, Erbil, Tripoli, Mogadishu & Hargeisa.

Est. Start Date

TBC (subject to successful interview/induction/visa processing)

Duration of Task

Open Ended


GardaWorld offers a competitive daily rate (Contractor will only be paid whilst on-duty – no payment made for Off-duty)

*subject to local tax (if applicable)

Leave Rotation

8 weeks on, 4 weeks off, subject to operational requirements

Travel Pay

Contractors are not entitled to pay while travelling.  The first day of pay is the day of arrival in the country of operations. The last day of pay is the day of departure from the country of operations.

Visa Requirements

The Company will apply for Letters of Invitation on behalf of the Contractor; visa costs incurred by the Contractor shall be reimbursed.

Probation Period Contractors will be expected to serve one full rotation on a probationary basis


GardaWorld will provide the Independent Contractor with appropriate accommodation, insurance, flights and life support while on duty.

Flight Package

GardaWorld will provide an economy class return ticket per rotation to the project location from a hub airport as close as reasonably practicable to the Contractor’s declared home address.

The Contractor will be asked to declare their preferences for a primary, secondary and tertiary hub airport from the GardaWorld hub list at the commencement of their engagement. Where possible and commercially acceptable, GardaWorld will look to book travel to and from one of the preferred hubs.

The Contractor will be responsible for any travel arrangements between the hub airport and their home address.

Further information can be found in the GardaWorld Contractor Travel SOI, copy will be provided upon acceptance.

Hiring Criteria

All candidates are to ensure their CV's are up to date, clearly evidence below hiring criteria requirements. British & Commonwealth passport holders only* – see note below

Only candidates that meet and are able to demonstrate the below hiring criteria’s will be considered: 

The Diplomatic Close Protection Operator must possess the following:

  • Minimum of 7 year’s military experience and previous experience in hostile environment (min 2 operational tours)
  • Valid SIA Licence (Close Protection front-line)
  • In date FPOS-I qualification; and
  • To have attended and passed an accredited CP course.
  • British & Commonwealth passport holders only* – see note below
  • Full UK Driving Licence & Minimum C1 driving qualification
  • Recent commercial experience
  • Qualified & experienced in fire-arms use
  • Qualified & experienced in armoured vehicle driving
  • English is first language & physically fit
  • Must be CRB vetted

*All candidates will need to be screened to SC level – or eligible for screening so only British & Commonwealth passport holders can apply. Proviso: You must have been resident in the UK for at least two of the previous 10 years immediately prior to your application, at least one year of which must have been a consecutive twelve month period unless you have served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, or have lived overseas as a result of your parents’ or partner’s Government employment.

Desirable skills also include:

  • previous experience working in a diplomatic environment
  • previous in-country experience in a similar capacity

Job Duties

The CPO will manage the daily operations in all of its functions which will include but will not be limited to the below duties

  • Operate  as  a  member  of  a  Driver, vehicle commander and or Close  Protection  team providing  security  and  safety  for  FCO staff and visitors, as allocated, whilst working outside the confines of the FCO premises.
  • Ensures that he/she is fully briefed and trained for all duties and responsibilities and kept abreast of the latest developments locally. The CPO will be implement and rehearse all Standard Operating Procedures and Contingency Plans in accordance with the provisions of the contract and local legal requirements;
  • He/She ensures that all Close Protection team security equipment is complete, is up to date and well maintained;


For further information about GardaWorld please follow link:

Please note: any Information provided shall be used by GardaWorld to evaluate your qualifications for engaging as a contractor.

Presentation of falsified credentials or false statements can lead to termination of any engagement (or future engagement) with the company. 

Any deployment to any region in which GardaWorld operates carries a degree of risk, for more information please go to where you can obtain the latest analysis, information and threat assessment..

GardaWorld: Make the world a safer place

GardaWorld is a global leader in the security industry, offering a wealth of opportunity to individuals looking to gain experience and develop professionally in a growing industry. We offer flexible schedules, diverse work assignments spanning multiple industries, and training and career advancement opportunities. We embrace diversity and welcome newcomers, women, students, retirees, reservists, veterans, and more to join our team, as we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, we will communicate only with the selected candidates.

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