Dec 31, 2015

Associate Director, Safety & Security

Employer: Women for Women International
Location: USA
Closing date: 29 Jan 2016

Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Our twelve -month training program allows women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 429,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We directly work with women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.


The Associate Director, Safety & Security is responsible for developing and maintaining organizational policies and procedures for safety and security management, providing technical advice and support to country offices in the implementation of security management frameworks, and facilitating the training and capacity building of staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Organizational policies and procedures for security management
Develop and update as needed the Women for Women International (WfWI) global security policy
Develop a template for a country office (CO) security management plan
Support each CO to adapt the template to its own context and publish a country-specific security management plan
Guide and support COs to conduct regular country level security analysis
Ensure COs have a functioning communication system in place
Monitor implementation of CO security plans and follow up with COs to ensure that they are implemented according to schedule.

Trends and scenario analysis
Conduct regular trends and situational analysis of each country WfWI operates in
Establish and maintain strong networks globally and in WfWI countries of operation with UN, Government, NGOs and security coordination bodies
Keep up to date with regional security trends and political changes that might impact WfWI offices or operations
Keep up to date with best practices in safety and security

Safety and security procedures

Ensure all WfWI offices, residences and preferred hotels and guest houses to ensure they meet specified safety and 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 security focal points, ensure all COs respect norms on vehicle safety including procedures, equipment and maintenance
Ensure COs have appropriate communication equipment, that it is licensed, staff are trained and it is used correctly
Ensure all HQ, Regional and CO staff, partners and consultants are aware of and follow emergency communication procedures
In coordination with CO security focal points, ensure security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff when travelling between offices
Advise COs on tendering and recruitment of security guarding companies

Incident management
With the VP or HR & Support, lead on organisational crisis management preparation and response and medical evacuation
Act as first point of contact for CO for any safety or security incident
Provide CO regular support and guidance for any action to be taken in response to incidents
Provide regular feedback to the Global Leadership Team on any serious incidents
Liaise and coordinate with other organizations impacted by incidents

Capacity development of WfWI staff
Provide guidance and training to CO, regional and HQ staff on security management, risk mitigation, and incident response
Provide guidance and training to CO staff on personal security, security management, trends analysis and scenario planning

Skills and Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Masters 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 a plus.
Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team and understand the challenges of operating in insecure environments.
Experience of 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, etc.
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 field experience in security management with INGOs operating in Nigeria, DRC, South Sudan, Rwanda, Afghanistan and/or Iraq preferred.
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.

Physical Demands
May require bending, lifting up to 70 lbs., prolonged standing/sitting.
May require travel to remote locations where advanced medical services are not readily available.
May require inoculations for international travel.

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