Security Management Unit Director

Employer: Chemonics
Location: Washington DC
Closing date: 15 Jun 2016


Chemonics seeks a director to lead the Security Management Unit (SMU) for our Latin America and Caribbean regional business unit. The director will assume a pivotal position on the security team, working closely with home and field office staff, liaising with support units, other regions and practices, managing staff, conducting field assignments, undertaking new business assignments, and managing other tasks as requested. We are looking for a candidate with a proven track record of versatility, leadership, and integrity to lead our region’s security operations.


Responsibilities include:
Interpreting and advising staff on Safety and Security, contract development, client interaction and Chemonics policy and procedures
Continuously build capability to safely operate countries that fall within the LAC portfolio. Using corporate safety and security policies, define and instill the security philosophies and skill set that enable safer and more effective program implementation in the region
Developing a robust security management infrastructure, include support to projects, new business efforts, incident management, travel tracking, etc.
Monitoring, analysis, and communication of security incidents in the region to all relevant stakeholders. Identification and implementation, in collaboration with key stakeholders, of appropriate security risk mitigation measures
Advising Project Management Units (PMUs) and/or project teams and leads the recruitment, hiring, and monitoring of safety and security project staff, ensuring personnel selected meet appropriate requirements. Continuous management or mentorship of field security staff
Performing billable assignments as needed to conduct security assessments, set up appropriate security operations and procedures
Leading with problem solving and responding immediately to crisis situations, developing solutions
Ensuring that the LAC Senior Vice President and the Chemonics Global Safety and Security department are advised of any security incidents needing executive management attention
Directing regional security operations and conceptualizes new strategies to improve unit performance and efficiency. Responsibilities may include: staffing, work planning, budgeting, financial management, and performance reporting
Leading documentation and open sharing of best practices and important innovations company-wide. Delivers effective oral and written communication that advance technical sector knowledge and understanding in a way that persuades and promotes openness and innovation


Position Qualifications:
B.A. or advanced degree in security management, security policy studies, international relations, Latin America studies or similar field preferred
Minimum 8-15 years of technically relevant work experience in the field of security management and analysis
Knowledge of and previous working experience with USAID preferred
Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, and other initiatives
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and lead presentations, training courses, and effective meetings
Have proven effectiveness for implementing security platforms for the private sector, with international development organizations preferred, in non-permissive environments. Must have experience in leading crisis management response efforts
Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets and resources to produce and take responsibility for results
Experience living or working in developing countries, particularly in Central and South America preferred
Ability to solve complex technical, managerial or operational problems and evaluate options based on relevant information, resources, well-rounded experience, and knowledge
Strong knowledge of MS Office applications.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Demonstrated independent thinking, judgment, and respect for others
Willingness to work overseas for up to 4-8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments
Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Business conversational Spanish required


HOW TO APPLY:

Application Instructions:

Apply through our Career Center at https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&... by June 15, 2016. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.


Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.