Security management unit associate, GHSCO

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 July 2020

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Security Management Unit (SMU) Associate to work with the Operations Division of our Global Health and Supply Chain Office (GHSCO) located in Arlington, VA. The SMU Associate is responsible for ensuring that sound management principles and tools are employed in the operations of the SMU and in the implementation of its work. In this capacity, the associate will address needs related to supporting the Project Management Units (PMUs) and GHSC-PSM project teams, liaise with external clients and contractors, and handle internal operational issues to include backstopping and support of field security staff. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. Responsibilities include:
  • Schedule and draft agendas for stakeholder meetings; briefs and prepares background materials for meetings with the regional PMUs; draft and distribute weekly security updates to board and Regional Business Units (RBUs) as well as quarterly report to the executive division/board
  • Participate in and assist with coordination, liaising, and briefing of the executive office on security events in the GHSCO when necessary
  • Coordinate with PMUs and GHSC-PSM Country Teams on staff fielding processes, staff tracking and gathering and archiving security assessments, emergency action plans, and reports from field teams
  • Conduct technical review for completeness, accuracy, and application of policy of emergency action plans and recommends appropriate changes to field-based security staff
  • Deliver briefings to travelers departing to high-threat destinations or other destinations as requested; maintain and update all country briefing documents as necessary
  • Develop and lead security-related training for security department and GHSCO as needed
  • Provide technical security information to support projects, new business efforts, Chemonics’ knowledge base, practice networks, and other work products, as requested by supervisor and colleagues
  • Conduct in-depth technical field assignments as required, including, but not limited to in-country security risk assessments, facilities, information gathering and analysis, communications, travel, evacuation, discreet operations and others as needed
  • Possess in-depth knowledge of Chemonics’ security platforms on all projects in the GHSCO portfolio and is able to address PMU or other stakeholder questions. Participatesin discussions about and recommends support security platforms that appropriately mitigate risk while not unnecessarily restraining program activities
  • Liaise with home office support departments on security subcontract procurements, accounting, personnel, publications, travel, and other issues
  • Use judgment and understanding of Chemonics policies and relevant contract and legal regulations to process consultant expense reports and complete required internal forms
  • Provide updates on regional security events and trends during check-ins with GHSCO senior vice presidents (SVPs) and maintain sufficient background knowledge to answer ad hoc questions from SVP about trends in each country in the region
  • Understand, direct, assess and advise on information operations with a focus on threat and risk mitigation
  • Assess political, socio-economic and security indicators with a view to potential program and staff impact and advise home office leadership accordingly. Support new business efforts through security budget development and RFP security review with a view to providing input into designing appropriate security platforms. Serves as acting manager as needed
  • Conduct targeted specific qualitative and quantitative research supporting regional operations
  • Provide emergency support to field offices in the GHSCO
  • Maintain and expand technical knowledge in safety and security by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies and Chemonics practice networks
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required; educational focus on international security preferred
  • Minimum two years experience required; administrative or security management work experience strongly preferred
  • Experience living or conducting work internationally in high-risk environments preferred
  • Ability to maintain discretion and work with highly confidential and/or protected information required
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; strong cross-culture communication and sensitivity skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle routine administrative tasks and operational issues
  • Ability to work in a high-stress environment and multitask with strong attention to detail, organization, and time management
  • Demonstrated ability to follow standard practices and procedures, receive general instruction and supervision, and contribute to projects and initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness in problem-solving and initiative to learn new skills
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel, Planner, and PowerBI
  • Previous experience working in international development and/or living or conducting volunteer work in developing countries preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity
  • Fluency in English required, secondary language proficiency in French or Spanish is preferred
Application Instructions: Apply through our Career Center at by August 11, 2020. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. COVID-19 Recruitment Information Chemonics International is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to hire for all open roles with interviewing and on-boarding done virtually. Our new hires and current staff working from our Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and London offices will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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