International Safety and Security Advisor

  • Posted on 22 February 2021

Job Description

Why Join IntraHealth?

IntraHealth International is a global health nonprofit that has worked for over 40 years in over 100 countries. We improve the performance of health workers and strengthen the systems in which they work so that everyone everywhere has the health care they need to thrive.

IntraHealth’s programs generate long-term social and economic impact to keep communities around the world healthy, strong, and prosperous. And our dynamic staff are passionate about global health and committed to excellence.

Join us. The future of global health starts here.


IntraHealth is seeking an individual who can manage this is a strategic position which is responsible for designing and leading the implementation of our global safety and security. The International Safety & Security Advisor (ISSA) directs the development, implementation and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and provide international safety and security of all IntraHealth International employees.

This role serves as the subject matter expert on all international safety and security related matters and is responsible for establishing global policies and will ensure security protocols and mechanisms are in place to address unique security challenges. The ISSA role provides direction and technical support in developing and maintaining country/projects’ security plans and building security capacity.

The International Safety and Security Advisor is a primary point of contact for country security focal points and Country Directors/COPs.

This position will be based at our Chapel Hill, NC headquarters office, other locations where IntraHealth has an office may be considered.


General Safety (30%)

  • Serve as the primary focal point for safety and security for both home office and country offices globally
  • Supports the development of local security procedures to mitigate security threats whilst proactively monitoring the security environment in order to prioritize activities to support business goals and achievements; identify capacity gaps and provide training where necessary. Both US and Internationally
  • Ensure OSHA Compliance

Technical Security and Management (50%)

  • Provide technical support to the field in the following areas:
    • security/risk assessments
    • scenario planning, security plan development
    • crisis/contingency planning; and
    • other security-related functions
  • Develop and update security plans, business continuity plans and crisis management plans, and policies and procedures, in accordance with best practices and ensure their implementation
  • Provide advice and counsel to management on matters relating to employee and property safety and security
  • Investigate all safety, security and risk management related issues;
  • Develop and facilitate security and safety training both at HQ and field offices
  • Develop and coordinate accurate Safety and Security reporting to be shared as needed with a variety of audiences, including IntraHealth leadership
  • Manage and track incidents and develop all incident reports for IntraHealth leadership
  • Maintain and routinely update Safety and Security Website
  • Conduct training needs assessment with key stakeholders resulting in increased safety, security and risk management capacity; and
  • Monitor security conditions and liaise and coordinate with external agencies – private security contractors, UN, peacekeeping missions, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc.

Travel – Duty of Care (20%)

  • Monitor and manage iSOS website and resources
  • Develop and maintains Safety and Security tools to support travelers and staff, including trainings and resources.
  • Manage the performance of the Safety and Security System (staff travel tracking software) and lead initiatives to increase participation in and usefulness of the system; this computer software program aggregates travel itineraries for staff members and allows the organization to identify staff who may be affected by large-scale incidents
  • Work with all offices to ensure that all employees (and families) as well as official visitors to projects, receive a consistent and thorough security orientation upon hire and/or arrival in project offices and regular advisories



  • Master’s degree plus 8 years; or Bachelor’s degree plus 10 years of relevant experience in International Relations, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Security Administration or related area or ability to demonstrate a work-based equivalent.
  • Some familiarity with USAID and other donor agencies policies and procedures;
  • Experience working in conflict and post-conflict settings;
  • Experience with Private Security Companies and Contractors;
  • Experience conducting training for small groups;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of regional security issues. (e.g. Africa, Asia, Middle East, etc.)
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns and appropriate responses to such emergencies;
  • Exceptional communication skills for explaining complex security concerns, policies, protocols, and procedures to senior management, employees, consultants, volunteers and consistently apply them at all levels;
  • Written and spoken fluency in English required; second language a plus; and
  • Willingness to travel to post-conflict and high-risk environments as required.


  • Minimum of 5 years implementing security programs and a strong knowledge of security management in complex and international environments.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically/ internationally up to 30%
  • Position is based in an office, requiring sitting at a desk most of the day
  • Requires lifting of 0-10 lbs. occasionally or as needed

Summary of Benefits

IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.

IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.

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About the Organization

Dedicated to strengthening health workers and the systems that support them, IntraHealth International has served the public health needs of developing countries for 30 years. We bring about positive change by harnessing the potential of technology, valuing the power of partnership, and maintaining a sharp focus on the health worker. To help close the gap in access to health care we have developed and share a depth of expertise in: •Health workforce and systems strengthening •Health worker training and performance •eHealth solutions •Maternal, newborn and child health •Family planning and reproductive health •HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis prevention, treatment and care •Malaria prevention and treatment •Gender equality. Founded in 1979 as the Intrah program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, IntraHealth incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2003. We have worked in more than 75 countries throughout our history, and currently have programs in over 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Eurasia. Our work is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., the Tides Foundation, and by individual contributors. IntraHealth’s main office is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We also have offices in Washington, DC, Armenia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

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