Jul 16, 2015

Safety & Security Manager , Liberia (Africa)

Employer: Partners In Health
Location: Liberia
Reports To: Director of Operations

Organizational Profile:
Partners In Health (PIH) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, MA, whose mission is to provide quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Dominican Republic, and Navajo Nation. In addition, PIH has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, and Togo. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works around the globe to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of it, to serve as an antidote to despair, and inspire others to do the same.

This is an exciting time for PIH. We are taking on immense challenges, and a newfound visibility has brought the opportunity to influence great change on the global stage. PIH seeks individuals committed to the mission and values (see PIH Values) of the organization to join the team.

Position Overview:
Partners In Health is leading an effort to combat the Ebola outbreak and rebuild health systems in West Africa, working alongside an outstanding grassroots organization—Last Mile Health in Liberia. Together we are working to train health workers, identify sick patients, and deliver quality care. As the epidemic advances, we need support to provide comprehensive prevention, care, and treatment. PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Liberia, and to work in concert with our partner organizations’ community and health center efforts.

The primary function of the Safety & Security Manager is to advise the Country Director and leadership team on all issues of safety and security as they relate to staff at a program site. The Safety & Security Manager oversees daily security management of a country program site location and manages National Security Officers as well as trains and mentors Security Focal Points. The Safety & Security Manager will monitor and assess security conditions, and makes recommendations to the Country Director and leadership team as appropriate.

Specific Responsibilities:

Security Management
• Develop and update the security guidelines and SOPs
• Supervise and train national counterpart and security officers
• Coordinate and monitor security activities to ensure that safety and security policies and procedures are implemented
• Ensure that all field staff are fully cognizant of prevailing security threats and fully advised on means to reduce staff vulnerability to those threats
• Design and drill warden systems, emergency radio networks, and provisioning of emergency supplies for field personnel
• Ensure internal incident tracking system is utilized properly and perform incident mapping and analysis
• Collect security related information from local and regional resources as it applies to sites and communicate with Country Director, leadership team, and Boston team as appropriate
• Monitor the security preparedness of country staff and work with PIH to enforce staff compliance with internal security policies and SOPs
• When directed by the Country Director, leadership team, or Boston, carry out investigations and capture lessons learned to be incorporated into future staff trainings
• Act as a key member of the Field Incident Team when required during a crisis so that safety policies and procedures are implemented
• Ensure logistics follow a servicing and maintenance schedule for vehicles
• Audit communications equipment and facilitate communications-related assistance when necessary.
• Recommend changes in country security plans to Country Director, leadership team, and Boston when necessary

• Ensure weekly security reports are completed and sent to headquarters, providing timely updates of all situational and security developments including investigation of security incidents
• Keep excellent record and logs to ensure continuity of this position
Human Resources
• Oversee the recruitment and selection of qualified national security field staff, recommend promotions, disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director
• Make frequent site visits to facilities to carry out security assessments and ensure appropriate care and training are being conducted Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff

Training/Capacity Building
• Determine training needs for the security staff
• Train national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability
• Work with Country Director, leadership team, and Boston to conduct any staff security training that is warranted.

Working Relationships
• Maintain excellent working relationships as a member of the country team senor management
• Build strong professional relationships with UN agencies, local authorities, other NGO’s (local and international), and all relevant stakeholders

• Attend security coordination meetings and update Country Director, leadership team, and Boston on current security issues
• Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors

• Three to Four years of work experience in Security Management, preferably in Africa or a resource poor setting.
• Must have experience in unstable and resource deprived environments.
• Strong understanding of cultural, political and religious environment in the region, and be able to live and work successfully in those environments.
• Experience in conducting operations safely and efficiently in areas of natural and man-made disasters.
• Practical experience and knowledge of Risk, Threat and Vulnerability assessments, conflict mitigation and advanced first aid.
• Strong negotiation, interpersonal an organization skills.
• Ability to live in West Africa full-time.

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