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Associate Director, Safety & Security

Operations – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Operations
Employment Type Regular Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Purpose:

Women for Women International (WfWI) is seeking an Associate Director, Safety and Security. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining organizational policies and procedures for safety and security management, providing technical advice and support to HQ, UK and all country offices in the implementation of security management frameworks, and facilitating the training and capacity building of staff.

This position requires 25 to 30% travel to HQ and Country Offices. We are flexible on the location of the post, but London, UK, or Nairobi, Kenya are the preferred locations for this post.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Organizational policies and procedures for security management

  •  Serves as the primary focal point for safety and security for both HQ and Country Office (CO) operations.
  • Provides technical support to the field in the following areas:
  1. SOPs
  2. Security/risk assessments
  3. Scenario planning, security plan development
  4. Crisis/contingency planning; and
  5. Other security-related functions
  • Develops and updates, as needed, the WFWI global security policy and crisis management plans and policies and procedures in accordance with best practices and ensures their implementation.
  • Oversees and ensures compliance for all security-based contracts in HQ and regional offices and provides training and templates for country offices to do the same.
  • Develops and manages country office (CO) safety & security management plans (SSMPs)
  • Supports CO to adapt the CO SSMP template to its own context and publish, practice, and maintain such plans.
  • Provides advice and counsel to management on matters relating to employee and property safety and security. Investigates all safety, security and risk management related issues.
  • Works with business development and programs teams on ensuring safety and security language and costs are incorporated into proposals. 

Trends and scenario analysis

  • Conducts regular trends and situational analysis of each country WFWI operates and closely monitors these trends and their potential impact on WFWI operations

  • Establishes and maintains strong networks globally and in WFWI countries of operation with relevant UN agencies, Government, NGOs, and security coordination bodies (INSO, EISF, UNDSS SLT, InterAction).
  • Keeps up-to-date with best practices in safety and security and, when/where relevant and ensures roll-out of such practices to COs. 

Safety and security procedures

  • Ensures all WFWI offices, residences, preferred hotels, and guest houses meet specified Minimum Operating Safety & Security Standards
  • Monitor movement and safety of employees, guests, and consultants traveling away from their host countries and into foreign territories
  • In coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures all COs respect norms on vehicle safety, including procedures, equipment, and maintenance and lifespan.
  • Ensures COs have appropriate communication equipment, that it is licensed, staff are trained, and it is used correctly.
  • Ensures all HQ and CO staff, partners, and consultants are aware of and follow emergency communication procedures.
  • In coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures that security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff travelling 
  • Advises COs on proper tendering and recruitment of security guarding companies
  • Oversee and manage relationship with Travel Service Provider. 

Incident management

  • In coordination with Chief Administrative Officer, serves as the lead on organizational crisis management preparation and response including evacuations
  • Acts as the first point of contact for any safety or security incident. Provides HQ & COs with regular support and guidance to ensure appropriate response to incidents.
  • Provides regular feedback to the Leadership Team on any serious incidents.
  • Liaises and coordinates with other organizations and partners impacted by incidents.

Capacity development of WFWI staff

  • Provides guidance and training to CO, regional, and HQ staff on security management, risk mitigation, and incident response.
  • Provides guidance and training to global staff on personal security, security management, trends analysis, and SOPs.

New location assessment

  • Through coordination with other NGOs, local actors and security organizations, develop an assessment of the risks and mitigating factors in areas which WFWI is considering as a program location
  • Develop go/no go criteria to guide decision making
  • Develop procedures/security plans when a decision has been made to enter a new location

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Master’s degree, in relevant field.
  • A formal security qualification or appropriate security management training
  • Minimum of seven (7) years practical field experience in security management with at least three (3) years in a leadership role (e.g. military, police, or INGO security management).
  • Overseas work experience in insecure and/or hostile environments required
  • Previous field experience in security management with INGOs operating in Nigeria, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Iraq preferred
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team and understand the challenges of operating in insecure environments
  • Experience of threat and risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis
  • Ability to adapt to needs and balance demands of beneficiary and security actors while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination
  • Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality as outlined in the Humanitarian Charter and the International Red Cross Code of Conduct
  • Ability to train and coach national and international staff in safety and security measures
  • Technical competency and training experience in field-based communications systems such as HF & VHF radios, satellite phone systems, GPS mapping and tracking devices
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office, internet, and email applications
  • Strong report writing, analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; language skills in, Arabic, French, Dari and/or Kiswahili a plus
  • Previous working experience with women’s empowerment organizations, networks and skills and knowledge in gender and conflict analysis preferred
  • Ability to travel extensively to country offices

Application Instructions:

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through this portal. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Operations
  • Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
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