Oct 28, 2016

Director of Security, Kenya

Employer:  International Justice Mission (IJM)
Location Kenya -Nairobi

International Justice Mission (IJM) is seeking an experienced Director of Security (DoS) for its field office in Nairobi, Kenya, to provide technical and operational leadership in security management. The DoS will lead the field office to implement sound security practices; enhance the safety and security of IJM staff, assets and programs, and minimize operational risks. The successful candidate will have experience designing and implementing security plans. This position is based in Nairobi and reports to the Field Office Director, IJM Kenya.

*Please submit an application by November 4th, 2016 for priority consideration.

Lead Field Office Security Strategies
Develop and implement comprehensive security strategies and operational protocols for IJM Kenya Field Office personnel and property, witness protection, and evacuation and contingency plans;
Conduct recurring reviews and inspections of security procedures, policies and systems;
Collaborate with headquarters programs and field office leadership to ensure security strategies appropriately support IJM program priorities;
Conduct protective service operations, lead protective operation planning and organize and train protective service details;
Implement IJM global security protocols; and
Maintain detailed records of field office security work and policies.

Threat Analysis & Response
Identify and evaluate threats to the safety and security of field office staff and property and develop mitigation strategies;
Provide guidance and recommendations to field office staff and leadership for the safety, security and protection of staff at all times;
Prepare threat assessments and conduct safety and security reviews for IJM staff, clients and casework; and
Develop, implement and review risk mitigation strategies and operational security plans for field work in collaboration with other IJM teams.
Operational Support & Crisis Management
Ensure the security of IJM staff and clients;
Establish and monitor office access control mechanisms for IJM premises;
Assist in the selection/supervision of field office and contract security personnel;
Ensure compliance with fire regulations and train office staff in fire/building evacuation plans;
Provide on-the-ground leadership in response to critical incidents and input to field office leadership on crisis management;
Provide on-the-ground leadership in response to emergent threats to IJM personnel and property;
Develop and implement remedies to security risks and deficiencies;
Monitor national and regional security incident reporting, maintain a database of incidents and ensure appropriate dissemination of information during emergencies;
Develop, maintain and leverage key relationships with government, commercial and NGO security professionals in Kenya;
Manage security requirements for special events, including visits by donors, IJM executives, etc;
Conduct protective service operations when warranted by threat level;
Maintain updated staff communication trees and recall rosters;
Monitor the location and verify the safety of field office staff;
Develop, maintain and manage a network of productive operatives and informants;
Conduct surveillance detection and counter surveillance to identify possible threats to staff and clients;
Gather intelligence pertinent to the security of the IJM office, clients or staff; and
Ensure that concise, thorough and timely written reports are produced for all security-related activities.
Capacity Building
Train field office staff in security strategies and operational and travel protocols;
Ensure security and contingency plans are incorporated into all IJM programming and a culture of security awareness is inculcated among staff; and
Facilitate regular communications on security matters to ensure field office staff are equipped with adequate knowledge, tools and resources to comply with security protocols and best practices.
IJM Internal Coordination
Liaise with Field Office Director and Director of IJM Global Security to provide regular reporting and updates on security issues in Kenya; and
Participate in IJM programs promoting professional growth and Christian spiritual formation.


Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in security management or related field;
Master’s degree in security management or related field preferred;
Minimum 3 years’ experience in managing security operations, preferably for non-profit or international organizations;
Proven ability to design, successfully implement and review tactical security operations in the field;
Expertise in the analysis of security threats, risks and vulnerability in Africa;
Experience in crisis management preferred;
Experience supervising security officers and contractors;
Experience conducting protective service operations;
Experience providing witness protection preferred;
Experience working in a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural environment;
Experience in program management and strategic planning preferred;
Strong oral and written communications skills;
Fluent in oral and written English;
Fluent in oral and written Kiswahili preferred;
Computer literate with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook;
Valid driver’s license; and
Valid certificate of good conduct for Kenyan nationals.
Critical Qualities
Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
Committed team player, able to develop effective working relationships in multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams;
Willingness to work under potentially hazardous conditions;
Ability to work effectively under stress;
Effective multi-tasker, attentive to detail and disciplined with priorities;
Self-starter with strong initiative;
Pro-active, creative problem solver;
Unassailable honesty and integrity;
Ability to work independently;
Strong service ethic and a passion for IJM’s mission and goals; and
Diplomatic and flexible.

Travel Requirements
This position may require frequent travel within Kenya and some travel outside of Kenya.