Director, Safety & Security, USA


Employer:Conservation International
Location: Arlington,USA
Closing date September 24, 2015 

 
responsible for developing and maintaining organisational policies and procedures for safety and security management, providing technical advice and support to country offices in the implementation of security management plans and standard operating procedures, and facilitating training and capacity building of staff.

Works closely with Safety and Security taskforce, security focal points, and Global Safety and Security team to ensure all appropriate parties are included in the safety and security of our global staff. In partnership with a safety and security consultant, evaluate and prioritise threats for each field office, including Natural Disasters, Medical Epidemic / Pandemic, and Violence (civil unrest, military/political, terrorism, war, etc). Partners with Country Office (CO) security focal points to update and develop Preparedness & Action Plans in each country to include trigger events, necessary response from HQ
and local leadership, training, maintenance, safe locations, required documentation, and communications.

Provides leadership around response for global crisis, including general protocols for initial emergency response to field-based emergencies and protocol for ongoing updates / maintenance of plans, training, supplies and equipment .


Responsibilities: 
Organisational policies and procedures for security and crisis management
Develop and update as needed the Conservation International (CI) global security policy, and crisis management plan/framework.
Develop a template for a CO security management plan.
Support each CO to adapt the template to its own context and publish a country-specific security management plan and standard operating procedures.
Guide and support COs to conduct regular country level security analysis.
Ensure COs have communication protocols that are tested.
Monitor implementation of CO security plans and follow up with COs to ensure that they are implemented according to schedule.
Safety and security procedures
Ensure all CI offices have been assessed for evacuation, hibernation, fire, and general work place safety.
Work closely with Safety and Security taskforce and the Safety and Security team to ensure all appropriate parties are included in the safety and security of our global staff.
In coordination with CO security focal points, ensure all COs respect norms on vehicles safety including driving, first aid, maintenance.
Ensure all HQ, Regional and CO staff, partners and consultants are aware of emergency communication procedures and respect them.
In coordination with CO security focal points, ensure security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff when travelling between offices.
Assess and review expatriate housing to ensure it meets safety and security standards.
Review qualifications of local guard forces or private guard contractors and advise Country Director on the best arrangement for protecting staff, assets, and premises.
Ensure COs have appropriate communication equipment, that it is licensed, staff are trained and it is used correctly
Ensure all offices respect safety and hygiene norms to include sanitation, waste disposal, fire exits, etc.
Incident management
Act as first point of contact for CO for any incident (theft, fire, floods, political unrest, workplace or vehicle accident, etc.).
Provide CO regular support and guidance for any action to be taken in response to incidents.
Provide regular feedback to executive management on any serious incident.
Liaise and coordinate with other organisations impacted by incidents.
Capacity development of CI staff
Provide guidance and training to CO, regional and HQ staff, and security focal points on security management, risk mitigation, and incident response.
Provide guidance and training to CO staff in trends analysis and scenario planning.
Trends, scenario and risk analysis
Conduct regular trends, situational and risk analysis of each country CI operates in and communicate this information to CO security focal points as necessary.
Establish and maintain strong networks amongst UN, Government and NGO security teams
Keep up to date with regional security trends and political changes that might impact CI offices or operations
Keep up to date with best practices in safety and security
Manage the relationship with our current evacuation and emergency support provider and determine ongoing needs.
Working Conditions
This position is based CI’s Arlington, VA Office.
Standard office environment.
Ability to travel extensively to country offices, at a minimum 25% of time required.

Qualifications : 
Required

Bachelor’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.
Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team and have comprehensive knowledge of the context and challenges of operating in insecure environments.
Experience of risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, intelligence collation and analysis functions.
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 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, etc.
Strong computer skills in MS Office, internet, and email applications.
Strong report writing, analytical and interpersonal skills.
Fluent in written and spoken English.
 
Preferred
Master’s degree in related field
Previous field experience in security management with INGOs operating in high risk countries.
Language skills in Spanish, French, Portuguese and/or Bahasa a plus.
International travel, work, or residence experience, especially in areas where CI operates.
How to apply

Please apply through Conservation International’s career website