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Close Protection Officer

Business Unit:  International Security Services
Career Area:  International

Kabul, Afghanistan, AF

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 Close Protection Officer (CPO)


All applicants are kindly requested to ensure they carefully read through all Terms and conditions attached to this opportunity. All candidates must be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of required experience and qualifications outlined in the hiring criteria.

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


EU Delegation



Est. Start Date

TBC (subject to approval from EU EEAS, Succesful 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 evidencing the below hiring criteria requirements and are completed in the EUROPASS format, CVs in any other format will not be considered.  CV templates available at 

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

  • Possess a thorough  knowledge  of  the  country's  security  environment  with  recent  experience  in Afghanistan (within last 5 years) and preferably in Kabul; 
  • All CPOs must possess an EU accredited Close Protection qualification;
  • All  CPOs  will  have  served  in  the  CP  role  in  a  high  risk  environment  for  a  minimum period of 3 years consecutively within the past 5 years, ideally in a similar international position   preferably   with   Diplomatic   Missions   or   Representations   of   International Organisations, attested by reference letters from current and/or former employers;
  • Military or police experience of 5 years. 
  • Must be citizen of EU member state;
  • Proven knowledge of radio equipment and radio operational procedures;
  • English  according  to,  at  least,  level   B2   as   defined   in   the   standards   available   at;
  • Fully IT-literate in Word and Excel;
  • A high level of personal physical fitness, demonstrating maturity and composure under pressure in high risk environments;
  • Valid EU driving licence categories C, C1. Certified as B6 trained;
  • Excellent  knowledge  of  first  aid  and  trauma  care,  with  a  first  aid  qualification  (ideally First Person On the Scene "FPOS" qualified), to be proven through relevant certificates.

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  Close  Protection  team providing  security  and  safety  for  EU Delegation staff and visitors, as allocated, whilst working outside the confines of the EU Delegation;
  • CPOs  rotate  through  posts  within  the  general  CP  teams,  the  HoD's  CP  team,  and  the Incident Response team in accordance with rosters designed by the CPS. (For information on the tasks of the Incident Response team, see paragraph 6.3.3);
  • Report  to  the  Close  Protection  Supervisor  for  operational  matters  and  contract  and administrative issues;
  • Ensures timely and accurate reporting of security incidents;
  • 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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