Jul 10, 2016

Security Unit Manager, Eurasia

Employer: Chemconics
Location: Washington, DC/ Euroasia

Chemonics seeks a Washington-based security manager for our Eurasia Security Management Unit (SMU). The successful candidate will have a proven track record of versatility, leadership, and integrity and will display the enthusiasm needed to manage the regional security projects. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

This is a management position responsible for day-to-day work and staff supervision leading to achievement of quality work products. In addition to providing technically proficient security support to Chemonics staff and projects as directed, he or she has specific responsibility for regional security initiatives and projects. The manager refines and improves programs and procedures to maximize the safety and security of Chemonics staff in the assigned region.

Responsibilities include:
Manage regional incidents and emergencies in collaboration with the Global Safety and Security Department (GSSD)
Exhibits knowledge of SMU technical security practices, safety and security policy manual, Safety and security related quality management system (QMS) work instructions, the field best practices manual, and Chemonics online safety and security trainings
Monitor, assess, and analyze regional security trends through open-source reporting and liaison with field security employees and continual share this knowledge with the regional SVP, project management directors, project staff, and GSSD
Collaborates closely with director in ensuring that the project and its personnel maintain the proper safety and security procedures in accordance with USAID and Chemonics’ policies
Updates security management unit director and GSSD on potential safety/security related risks or problems within region
Conducts basic and detailed assessments of project security performance and submit updated findings to GSSD for corporate security performance metrics regularly
Assists 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
Assists field security team (as applicable) and ensures addresses field staff’s safety/security inquiries and needs promptly
Conducts a security review of all proposals in priority countries and provide technical security input to all line roles of proposal teams as identified during the review process
Ensures travelers are researching the risk environment through the information security provider before travel or conduct security briefings for designated high- or critical-risk countries.
Maintains and expands technical knowledge in Safety and Security by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies and Chemonics practice networks
Provide support to security subcontract procurement, management, and administration for new and ongoing projects and new business development needs
Performs short-term technical assignments for existing projects or new business efforts
Takes on leadership roles on SMU, New Business or regional/corporate initiatives
Researches and recommends operational security practices (collaborating with GSSD as appropriate), and assists with the implementation of relevant changes
Takes leadership role in advancing Safety and Security internally and externally
Serves as acting director as necessary
Fosters and demonstrates a workplace inclusive of creating opportunity, serving others, building trust, innovation and exceeding expectations
Performs other duties and responsibilities as required


Bachelor’s degree
Minimum 4 years of administrative and/or technically relevant work experience in the field of security
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
Demonstrated ability in implementing security platforms for civilian operations in conflict zones, to include successful crisis management
Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets and resources to produce and take responsibility for results
Willingness to work overseas for up to 4-8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments
Experience living or working in developing countries 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
Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity
Experience in Asia and/or Eurasia a plus
English fluency required; second language fluency preferred

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