Senior Security Advisor

American Red Cross
United States
Apply by 14 September 2011
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 19 August 2011

Job Description


The American Red Cross (ARC) works globally in relief and development activities through the International Services Department (ISD) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The American Red Cross seeks a Senior Security Advisor (SSA) to serve as the coordinator for all international security matters at the American Red Cross. As the requirements for security are unique in the international humanitarian aid sector, potential candidates should have a deep understanding of, and experience in, security practices within a humanitarian framework.


The Senior Security Advisor will act as the focal point for ARC concerning all international security issues. The SSA will be responsible for all procedural matters related to international security and ensuring a coherent response by ARC to any international emergency security situation. Specifically, the SSA will: - Determine and adjust ISD’s security policies and strategies as needed. - Conduct regular security assessments and site inspections to determine security needs and compliance with security regulations and procedures. - Formulate detailed recommendations aimed at ensuring the security and safety of all ISD personnel who are deployed overseas. - Work with field offices and NHQ managers to provide technical direction needed to establish and operate security systems. - Review and approve security plans formulated by field delegations and international response teams. - Proactively seek and analyze security related information through various resources and evaluate ARC security implications - Communicate information, analysis, predictions and advice in regular reports to field offices and NHQ managers. - Provide, recommend, or coordinate safety and security training programs for ISD staff. - Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with security personnel at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) community, relevant United States government agencies and United Nations. This function will also coordinate with the ARC Office of Investigation, Compliance and Ethics for investigative support and coordination and contact with law enforcement entities in countries where ARC is operational.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in International Relations,/ Humanitarian Affairs, related field or the equivalent experience is required. Minimum seven years experience in international relief and development, at the field program management level required. Familiarity with Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, NGO or UN security standards essential. Knowledge of international humanitarian security issues and training curriculum required. Excellent writing, public speaking and interpersonal skills required. This position is based in Washington, DC and may require up to 40 percent international travel.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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