Global Security Director


Employer: Democracy International
Location: USA
Closing date: 22 Nov 2015


Democracy International (DI) seeks a Global Security Director to support current and future programs in both stable and transitional environments around the world. The Global Security Director will establish operational standards for safety and security based upon expertise in industry best practices. The Director will provide leadership on all security-related procurement, and hands-on support and training to project security managers and personnel. Working in coordination with the programmatic country teams and headquarters management the Global Security Director will ensure that DI’s employees around the world are provided with risk-management platforms which will enable them to deliver complex programs in challenging environments.

This is a full-time position based in DI’s home office in Bethesda, Maryland. All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.

Job Responsibilities:

The Global Security Director will be responsible for:
Overall management of DI’s safety and security program;
Evaluation of security practices and procedures in place to make recommendations for improvement;
The development, training, and implementation of guidelines and procedures for safety and security measures to manage risks on projects worldwide;
Periodic inspections and evaluations of safety and security protocol, systems and procedures of current projects to recommend ways to mitigate risk;
Ensuring field staff are trained, knowledgeable of, and compliant with project and country specific security protocols;
Ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and DI systems and procedures, including the security plan, communication protocols, and crisis response plan. Recommend updates to strengthen systems as needed;
The drafting and development of country-specific security plans as part of the proposal process for new business, which includes:
the identification of new risk factors or project specific exposure;
establishing relationships with reputable firms and individuals operating locally or regionally; and
assisting in developing safety and security implementation-oriented budgets;
Identification of security personnel needs and roles, and recruitment of vacant positions;
Development of Requests For Proposals (RFPs) for local and global security and operational services and evaluation of responses;
Maintain relationships with partners and donor groups;
Provide timely reports to senior management to keep them abreast of the security status and risks;
Maintain regular communications with field staff, including updates on security issues or events; and
Travel to post-conflict and high-risk environments for security assessments and reviews, training of field security personnel, and security operations set up.

Required Skills and Qualifications:
BA degree and a minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience;
Minimum five (5) years of overseas experience in post-conflict and/or high-risk environments;
Minimum five (5) years of supervisory experience;
Previous field experience managing global security operations for international company required;
Extensive experience in setting up and managing safety and security systems and protocols and provide training to staff and partners;
Demonstrated understanding of complex emergencies, related security concerns, and appropriate responses to such emergencies;
Experience with USAID-funded programs as security personnel highly preferred;
Ability to solve complex technical, managerial, or operational problems and evaluate options based on relevant information;
Exceptional communication skills for explaining complex security concerns, policies, protocols, and procedures to senior management, employees, consultants, volunteers and consistently apply them at all levels;
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others in challenging environments;
Written and spoken fluency in English required;
Willingness to travel to post-conflict and high-risk environments for extended periods of time and in some cases with minimal advance notice.

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 70 countries. DI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit their CV, cover letter along with three references athttps://jobs.democracyinternational.com/jobs/332162. We will only contact those candidates who best meet our needs. No phone calls or additional emails please.