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Vacancy - Team Leader, Global Security - USA

Child Fund International is looking for a team leader to establish and build a global staff security and safety function within the organization.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Build Global Staff Security and Safety Function.
  • Design and implement strategies and approaches for ensuring staff safety and security
  • Strategically grow human and financial resources
  • Set and manage budget for staff safety and security
  • Manage and guide staff members with security and safety roles and responsibilities
2. Security and Safety Monitoring and Reporting.
  • Revise and enhance current security and safety policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all organization offices prepare and maintain updated security plans
  • Monitor, research and assess factors regarding security and safety of the organization’s staff worldwide. Collect and analyze Security Related Incident Reports. Make recommendations to mitigate risk, and where necessary undertake security assessment missions to high risk countries or areas where the organization works.
  • Monitor office responses to incidents and direction provided, in order to ensure that appropriate action has been taken.
  • Develop and manage day-to-day security and safety operations (security policy and regulations and the preparation of all mandated planning, administrative and operations documents)
  • Provide overall direction and assistance on all security issues during crisis periods. Lead in the management of specific incidents.
3. Security Training and Support.
  • Manage the organization’s training programs and activities to ensure understanding of and compliance with security policies and procedures
  • Develop web-based refresher trainings and other resources
  • Support the recruitment, training and professional development of field based security officers
4. Internal and External Relations.
  • Act as organizational focal point and lead for security and safety incidents. 
  • Provide direct response, guidance and information to the President and CEO, and the Board as needed.
  • Manage external relationships with host country actors, the media, vendors and other relevant stakeholders during security incidents.
  • Periodically review and update or refine as needed security-related contracts with vendors and contractors.

For more details or to apply please go to the CFI jobs website.

Vacancy - Global Security & Logistics Coordinator - UK/USA

Relief International is looking for a Global Security and Logistics Co-ordinator. This job is UK or US based but there will be plenty of travel opportunities. It would be an ideal position for an experienced NGO security officer looking for a new challenge.

Details are below or you can download the doc file here.


Relief International (RI), an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development, seeks a Global Security & Logistics Coordinator for its programs in Africa, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia .

The Global Security & Logistics Coordinator (GSC) will take on a rigorous leadership role in each RI operational country, as well as at RI HQ in the United States (Los Angeles and Washington DC), as the security and safety point person for all RI programs. The Security Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, applying, training and advising on safety and security management, and in security issues & procedures in all existing RI program countries and in new country programs as they evolve. The position is ideally based out of RI’s London UK office, and travel to the field together with liaison travel to US HQ is expected to be at least 60%.


• Conduct rotating field visits to each of RI’s overseas operational countries and in-country bases, with emphasis on high security risk countries, to assess update and improve all security procedures and systems and to train international and national staff in same.
• Liaise with country specific UN & interagency security personnel on security matters; advise Country Directors and US HQ on security issues; provide security briefings and updates for RI staff and overseas country visitors.
• Apply situation appropriate rules and guidance per MOSS, UNSECOORD and RI’s internal Field Security Standards. .
• Develop comprehensive risk assessments leading to the creation of effective security plans, educate colleagues on the security plans and ensure compliance;
• Map security incidents and understand patterns and threats; facilitate the development of country and situation specific, coordinated evacuation plans.
• Develop and maintain contacts with national law enforcement agencies, where appropriate; be fully current on regional and country political issues and developments that impact INGO operations and safety.
• Review and revise security policies and procedures with country & regional security officers to ensure understanding, buy-in, and compliance by staff; routinely revise (write and edit) safety and security plans for review by HQ.
• Recommend and/or provides staff training on safety and security in a proactive and positive manner that promotes inclusion, participation, and leadership among the RI country teams, including expatriates, local national staff, and women. Be knowledgeable and sensitive to training needs and issues that must be understood to promote a positive organizational profile, cultural respect, and abide by the RI Code of Conduct.
• Assist in RI’s Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) Team strategic planning and in the event of a disaster or emergency, coordinate in direct field programs as necessary.
• Coordinate logistical support for all RI field operations with RI HQ Operations, particularly in relation to the supply & delivery of major equipment and materials to RI’s in-country programs.
• Ensure the maintenance and efficiency of all necessary and country specific internal/external communication systems: e-mail, telecom, VHF and HF radio.

• At least 3 years of international security experience working in conflict affected countries and complex relief settings in the fields of both security & communications, including at least 2 years experience providing security and safety support for international NGO’s.
• Demonstrated knowledge of UN, ECHO, MOSS and other standard INGO security frameworks.
• Solid commitment to helping people in the most difficult circumstances
• Excellent references reflecting demonstrated teamwork, maturity of judgment, tolerance for hardship and stress, leadership and integrity of character
• Fluency in English – written and verbal. Fluency in a second language preferred (such as French, Arabic, Russian)
• Ability and willingness to train country staff counterparts.
• Ability to show initiative, multi-task and provide a consistently high output
• Management and leadership skills as well as being able to work collaboratively as a member of a multi-cultural and geographically diverse team
• Willingness and ability to travel to conflict zones and disaster areas with little notice
• Proficiency with Microsoft applications

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Range will be 60k-70k annually.

Application Procedure
This position is ideally based from RI’s London, UK office. Los Angeles or DC based can also be considered for well qualified candidates who may not be eligible for UK residency.

To be considered for this recruitment, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary history and expectations, contact information for 3 professional references (whom we may contact after a second interview) with date of availability to hrinternational@ri.org The email subject line should include the following: Global Security & Logistics Coordinator.

Vacancy - Global Security Officer - USA

CCF seeks a Global Security Officer to be based in Richmond, VA, USA. It might be the perfect job for someone with lots of NGO security experience who is looking for a break from the field.

Vacancy - IFES Security Manager - USA

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems is looking for someone with extensive experience implementing humanitarian field security programs. This senior position is based in Washington but at least 40% of your time will be spent travelling.

Vacancy - Regional Safety and Security Advisor - USA

IRC is looking for a regional safety and security officer for its operations in their Great Lakes and West Africa region. The position is New York based but there will be frequent travel.

Head on over to IRC’s Careers page for more details on this and other jobs.

Vacancy - Deputy Director Security - USA

CARE has a position for a Deputy Director of Security in Atlanta. Head on over to CARE’s careers portal for more information.

Vacancy - Manager, International Humanitarian Security Association - USA

InterAction is looking for a manager for its International Humanitarian Security Association.

For more details go to InterAction’s job listings.

Vacancy - Iraq Security Consultant - USA

Relief International (RI) is looking for someone to revise their current Iraq security handbook. The position appears to be US based.

JOB TITLE: Iraq Security Consultant

DURATION: 2-3 Weeks


Relief International (RI), an international relief and development agency with cross-sectoral programs bridging relief and development, seeks a Security Consultant to facilitate the revision of its Iraq Safety and Security Handbook.


1. Facilitates routine conference calls with senior program staff based in Iraq to discuss and come to consensus on security policies and procedures.

2. Revises the current handbook as needed based on the feedback of senior program staff. Each draft will require a quick turnaround.


1. Demonstrated experience writing technical and/or policy manuals.

2. At least three years of field security experience in conflict afflicted settings (preferably Iraq).

3. Excellent communication skills. Strong English writing skills are essential.

To Apply: send resume, cover letter, writing sample, salary history, date of availability, and 3 professional references to hrinternational@ri.org. Subject line must include: Iraq Security Consultant.

Vacancy - Mercy Corps Global Security Advisor - USA

Mercy Corps is searching for a candidate to fill its Global Security Advisor post.

Vacancy - Research Coordinator for the Security Management Initiative (SMI) - USA

Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research International is looking for a Research Coordinator for the Security Management Initiative.

Vacancy - Assistant Security Manager ARC - USA

The American Refugee Council has a vacancy for a deputy Security Manager to assist in the management of the ARC Security Program.

Vacancy - PATH Safety Officer - USA

PATH seeks an experienced professional to strengthen its organizational emergency preparedness activities in support of employee safety and business continuity for PATH's facilities and programs across the globe.

The person in this position will provide strategic guidance to key leaders and respond to security incidents as appropriate.

* Lead PATH's Emergency Preparedness Program.

* Directly support the implementation of the Crisis Management Leadership Program and Team, including managing the 24x7 point of contact for the Crisis Line.

* Utilize and liaise with contracted vendor to proactively monitor global security situations.

* Develop and maintain emergency preparedness and response plans for the organization. Guide and support the development and training of plans in PATH offices to address all hazards, including natural and manmade disasters, political unrest and pandemic scenarios. Recommend, design and implement systems as needed.

* Design, conduct and evaluate trainings and tabletop exercises.

* Promote and support the safety and security of travelers, national, international and expatriate staff.

* Liaise with peer organizations and security coordinators as well as government authorities and agencies as appropriate.

* Work closely with the Executive Leadership Team, Corporate Services Division Directors, Field Support Team, Site Leaders and Travel Coordinator.

* Continually improve organizational safety and security; ensuring scalability to address organizational growth and dynamic global realities.

* Chair Steering Committees as needed.

* Identify and hire external consultants as needed.

* Maintain a presence on PATH's internal website.

Required Skills

* Strong working knowledge of crisis management programs and standards.

* Understanding and familiarity with business continuity programs.

* Ability to think strategically and develop actionable plans for execution.

* Ability to understand, facilitate and coordinate during urgent, emergency, and crisis situations.

* Strong cross-group collaboration and relationship management skills including advising and coordinating global teams to achieve deliverables.

* Ability to work with and closely support executives.

* Ability to interact effectively at various levels and across diverse cultures.

* Ability to work with little or no supervision.

* Strong computer skills required. Must be proficient in the use of the Microsoft family of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point).

* Willingness and availability for international travel.


* This position requires a Bachelor's degree.

* Minimum of 5 years experience in professional program management with demonstrated experience in crisis management, business continuity, corporate safety and/or security.

* Professional certifications strongly preferred.

* Overseas and International NGO experience strongly preferred.

If you are interested, follow this link: Safety Officer, Corporate Services

Vacancy - Director of Security - USA

CHF International has a vacancy for Director of Security. This is a US based executive level position.

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