A core member of the Crisis Response Team and is one of the first staff members on the ground in humanitarian emergencies. Responsible for developing and leading technical programming, and play a critical role in ensuring the organization’s emergency programming is responsive to the needs of disaster-affected populations. Ensure humanitarian activities are evidence-based and adhere to technical standards for the field. As circumstances demand, engage at all stages of an emergency, from the initial acute phase through to transition and recovery, and will support technical programs from assessment and conception through close-out and evaluation.
- Conduct threat and risk assessments of the environment and provide recommendations for context specific security management requirements to management.
- Produce, roll out and maintain updated security management planning policies for field staff, ensuring compliance to the organization’s global safety and security standards.
- Establish and ensure that all security management components including incident reporting and trend analysis inform program design, implementation, staff movement, and contingency responses.
- Maintain and improve the communications infrastructure for the site and/or project.
- Work both internally and externally to ensure the organization’s mission and work in the region is known and accepted.
- Identify, establish and manage context appropriate approaches to assure facilities are secure.
- Compile and submit security reports that track incidents and trends within the country. Submit daily security updates as needed.
- Ensure all incidents and accidents are followed up with a written report.
- Assist the field offices in developing and overseeing the day to day conduct of office security program, ensuring adequate responses to security incidents both natural and man-made.
- Provide technical security advice in consultation with the Response Coordinator on the existing and any new potential offices including site selection and establishment of effective physical and procedural security measures.
- Conduct security risk assessments for program expansion areas.
- Manage physical security, fire safety and office evacuation drills periodically.
- Conduct Hotel assessments for a safety and security approval process.
- Establish a network with other key security players for information sharing and joint lobbying on security matters where possible.
- Attend security meetings such as , UNDSS, INGO forum etc.
- Conduct onsite training for staff in the field of safety including personal safety, emergency evacuations, travel safety, relocation and evacuation.
- Work with program staff in seeking security clearance for asset movements to operational areas.
- Supervise and regularly appraise security contractors and Guard Companies as per agreement ensuring that all company policies and practices related to these are adhered to.
- Provide advance security advice, security briefing to staff and visitors, ensure plans for tracking arrival, departure and accommodation
- Draft security advisories with advice on mitigation for circulation by the Security Assistant or designee and general situation, specific incidents and periods of heightened threat.
- Conduct periodic briefing to Coordinators/Managers and all staff keeping them up-dated on security developments and/or risks that may affect the organization’s operations and make recommendations to minimize risks.
- Serve as leader of the security unit, coordinator emergency/staff incidents involving staff and assets, inform the Security Assistant and guards, recommending response actions.
- Maintain and periodically test the security tree for the offices in region covered
- Maintain and/or create a travel management system to track the location and contact information for all vehicles, visiting staff and consultants.
- Be part of the security management Team (SMT) and head the State Security team in crisis situation.
- Plan for both security and medical evacuation for all locations and develop evacuation plan including roles, relocated staff, collection points, routes etc.
Applied Knowledge & Skills:
- Understanding of principles and code of conduct associated with a specific sector and/or sub-sector of work such as, development, humanitarian, etc. linked to NGO contexts.
- Advanced level of knowledge of communications technology.
- Ability to gain a precise understanding of the various local, regional, country and international policies, operational positions and interactions, providing clear dynamic briefings and analysis of given and unfolding security and political situations when they occur.
- Strong assessment, evaluation, analysis and strategic planning skills.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and work under stressful conditions.
- Understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English. Arabic strongly desired.
Problem Solving & Impact:
- Responds quickly and effectively to crisis situations occurring in the international arena.
- Stays abreast of social, cultural, legal and criminal issues, nationally and internationally, and their impact on the organization and its business.
- Manages unit goals and activities in conjunction with sound security and management concepts.
- Interacts with USAID, OFDA, local government agencies, State Department, UN Security and other foreign agencies to implement security strategies and procedures relating to company matters.
- Identifies and defines objectives, strategies and priorities relating to security matters for the organization.
- Initiates and facilitates changes to improve security services through effective communication, collaboration and interdisciplinary problem solving.
- Provides direction and guidance in maintaining security services and protection.
- Assists with the preparation of the annual budget.
- Maintains and reviews budget reports, identifies variances and takes corrective action as necessary.
- May provide technical supervision to field-based security officers.
- Represents the Security Department at all requested or required functions.
- Reports to Response Coordinator or Acting Response Coordinator
- Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Security Administration or Related Field.
- Master or other advanced degree preferred.
- ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation preferred.
- Typically requires 8+ years of security experience in corporate or government organizations or military asset protection programs.
- Substantial and documented, prior experience as a trainer and training skills – the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
- High level of experience, ready to learn developing security related technical tools guidelines and systems as well as able to work under minimal supervision
- Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private company of progressive program management experience in humanitarian assistance or related industry experience in a relevant technical area.
- Experience in developing security strategies for humanitarian operations, previous security experience preferred
- Experience operating in insecure environments.
- Experience working in a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Typical Physical Demands:
- Typical office environment.
- Up to week weekly trips to field/remote areas.
- Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
- Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
- Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.
Technology to be Used:
- Personal Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier.
- Satellite telephone, VHF radio, incident data analysis platforms and mapping programs.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.