Global Security Analyst

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 July 2020
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Job Description

Job Summary

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Secruity Analyst to join the Global Security Office in Rockville, MD. In this position, you will support global requirements across a broad project portfolio. As a member of Abt’s Global Security Office, you will identify, anticipate, measure, and mitigate threats to Abt’s people, assets, and interests. You will proactively identify and communicate security-related challenges and conduct research on topics that influence Abt’s ability to accomplish our objectives safely. The products you produce will inform high-stakes operational and strategic decisions on physical security. In this role, you will have regular opportunities to partner with colleagues across the organization, exercise your curiosity, and expand your skills.

***This is not a Cyber or IT/IS security role***

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Participate in a wide range of activity to diminish security risk to Abt staff and projects
  • Support security needs for both domestic and international projects
  • Conduct research and analysis on topical issues, applying quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques and methods
  • Contribute to longer-term security-focused analytic projects and recurring reflective products
  • Prepare and deliver presentations, briefings, and reports
  • Receive and respond to inbound security-related inquiries
  • Perform security-related administrative processes

Preferred Qualifications


  • Ability to communicate with fluency in English and another language (e.g. French, Arabic, or other) is highly desirable
  • Experience living and working abroad, especially in humanitarian, development, and emergency contexts
  • Creativity and clarity in constructing clear, logical arguments with supporting evidence
  • Ability to work in a consultative fashion across multiple internal teams and stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing focus and requirements
  • Familiarity with SharePoint


  • Possess a well-rounded understanding of and interest in security issues impacting the international development community
  • Knowledge of security approaches and interventions in international development
  • Familiarity with travel tracking, security assessments, and planning

Analysis & analytics

  • Exceptional writing, research, and editorial capabilities—strong command of English grammar
  • Ability to independently synthesize information and resources to identify opportunities and solutions
  • Strong data manipulation and visualization skills
  • Proficient with Excel and Access. Familiarity with Tableau, and ArcGIS desirable
  • Experience generating assessments, criminal intelligence, crime analysis, or spatial analysis

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS in a relevant discipline with 4-7 years’ experience OR MA/MS in a relevant discipline with 2 years’ of related experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Specific areas we work in include:

  • Health
  • Education and workforce development
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Housing and communities
  • Survey and data collection

Abt is a mission-driven company with a staff of 2,600. Our focus is on using evidence and cutting-edge methods to improve the lives and economic well-being of people worldwide.

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