Safety & Security Manager , West Africa

Employers: Partner In Health
Location: Liberia

Closing date: 20 Feb 2016

Organizational Profile:
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Position Overview:
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.
Commitment to social justice
Ability to live in Liberia full-time.

Online applications only, please apply through our website.