Specialist, Global Safety & Security

  • Posted on 12 May 2021

Job Description


The Specialist is a key member of the Global Safety and Security (GSS) team, responsible for maintaining an effective safety and security management program for Save the Children US. You will act as an extension of the Senior Director, providing guidance and support as a liaison person with partners and related interagency networks. You will assist with technical support, supporting a common safety and security management approach in coordination with the Save the Children Alliance (SCA) structures as well as supporting Save the Children US safety and security management systems improvements consistent with our standards for safety and security.

You will assist the Senior Director, GSS with the provision of direct safety and security management support in emergency response and in responding to related inquiries from SCUS programs and managed accounts, and in developing content and delivering of staff security trainings and briefings, providing safety and security travel management support, analyzing accounts linked to incident reports and security updates and maintaining an information exchange network.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Safety and Security Operations (80%)

  • Support efforts to improve safety and security for Save the Children operations, programs and staff, including all SCUS Emergency Response Programs and SCUS managed accounts;
  • Maintain an effective safety and security management system consistent with Save the Children policies and standards;
  • Provide input to GSS strategic and operational plans via assessments, audit and compliance functions;
  • Monitor internal safety and security related organizational systems, including maintaining travelers security management system and related web based systems; assist Senior Director, GSS with further development and institutionalizing of related procedures;
  • Regularly review contents for GSS intranet webpages and closely work with the Coordinator, GSS on maintaining regular updates; maintain filing, manage timely updates of all related pre-departure documents (PDIs), emergency preparedness SOPs; review the contens of divisional Business Continuity Plans (BCPs) and phone trees, monitor timely updates of the safety and security management plans (SSMPs); provide associated trainings to SC staff and partners; contribute to regular updates of documents for new staff orientation and staff support;
  • Design and deliver trainings and briefings for travelers; and be available to be deployed on short notice for critical incident response and as a member of humanitarian response team;
  • Assist Senior Director, GSS with reports and perform other duties as needed.

Safety and Security Information Management and Networking (20%)

  • Develop and maintain further effective information exchange network, review related open sources, subscription reports, internal and external reports via partners and interagency channels and other available information;
  • Analyze documents and share analysis and insights with GSS team;
  • Assist the Senior Director, GSS by serving as a focal and liaison person with GSS partners and related interagency networks, including InterAction, UNDSS, etc.; attend related meetings with partners and SC business teams, maintain updated partners and SC Global Security Team’s members contact information, incl. Safety and Security Focal Persons (SSFPs), provide related briefings and reports to GSS team.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent, plus at least three (3) years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels
  • Proven analytical, organizational and multi-tasking abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully interpret and follow established policies and guidances, translating into proven successes in working both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated professional communication and training skills
  • Proven exposure and experience with the communication and delivery of policies, practices, and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality, capture assessment detail, accurately record data, maintain effective time management, conscientious follow-up
  • Willingness and ability to travel away from home, often to remote programmatic sites and insecure locations worldwide for up to 3 weeks per annum and on short notice

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the analysis of security threats, risks, trends and vulnerability in international field setting.
  • Experience in international development, humanitarian relief or related field (preferably rapid response and development experience, particularly in the areas of safety and security management and crisis management in insecure and complex environments).
  • Knowledge of grant management and donor security concerns

About the Organization

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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