Director, Safety and Security, HIAS

Director, Safety and Security, HIAS

North AmericaSilver Spring, MD

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Posted December 4, 2018.

Department: Operations
Location: Silver Spring, MD
HIAS seeks a Director, Safety and Security to be responsible for
developing and maintaining policies and procedures for safety and
security management, providing technical support to country offices in
the implementation of security management frameworks, and facilitating
the training and capacity building of staff.
Essential Functions:
Organizational policies and procedures for security management
  • Serves as the primary focal point for safety and security for both HQ and Country Office (CO) operations.
  • Provides technical support to the field in the following areas
    • SOPs
    • Security/risk assessments
    • Scenario planning, security plan development
    • Crisis/contingency planning; and
    • Other security-related functions 
  • Develops and updates, as needed, the HIAS global security policy and crisis management plans and policies and procedures in accordance with best practices and ensures their implementation.
  • Develops capacity within operations to oversee, monitor and act on threats or hostility toward the organization or its staff in social media.
  • Oversees and ensures compliance for all security-based contracts in the US, and provides training and templates for country offices to do the same.
  • Develops and manages country office (CO) safety & security management plans (SSMPs).
  • Supports each CO to adapt the CO SSMP template to its own context and publish, practice, and maintain such plans.
  • Guides and supports COs to conduct regular country-level security analyses and pre- entry assessments.
  • Ensures COs have functioning SOPs in place surrounding communication plans & systems in place.
  • Implements fleet management plans and SOPs to include movement, tracking, equipment, and procurement of vehicles.
  • Monitors implementation of CO safety & security management plans and follow up with COs to ensure that they are implemented according to schedule.
  • Provides advice and counsels to management on matters relating to employee and property safety and security.
  • Investigates all safety, security and risk management related issues.
  • Stays abreast of regulatory safety and security standards in operational locations.
Trends and scenario analysis
  • Conducts regular trends and situational analysis of each country HIAS operates in.
  • Establishes and maintains strong networks globally and in HIAS countries of operation with relevant UN agencies, Government, NGOs, and security coordination bodies (INSO, EISF, InterAction).
  • Closely monitors and analyzes regional security and political trends, including their potential impact on HIAS offices or operations.
  • Keeps up-to-date with best practices in safety and security and, when/where relevant and ensures roll-out of such practices to COs.
  • Keeps up-to-date on natural disasters in operating locations.
  • Works with business development and programs teams on ensuring safety and security language and costs are incorporated into proposals.
Safety and security procedures
  • Ensures all HIAS offices, residences, preferred hotels, and guest houses meet specified Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) & Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS); in coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures all COs respect norms on vehicle safety, including procedures, equipment, and maintenance and lifespan.
  • Ensures COs have appropriate communication equipment, that it is licensed, staff are trained, and it is used correctly.
  • Ensures all HQ and CO staff, partners, and consultants are aware of and follow emergency communication procedures.
  • In coordination with CO safety & security focal points, ensures that security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff travelling between offices or outside home country.
  • Monitors security conditions and liaise and coordinate with external agencies – private security contractors, UN, peacekeeping missions, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc.
  • Advises COs on proper tendering and recruitment of security guarding companies.
Incident management
  • Serves as the lead on organizational crisis management preparation and response including evacuations, with the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Acts as the first point of contact for HQ & COs for any safety or security incident.
  • Provides HQ & COs with regular support and guidance to ensure appropriate response to incidents.
  • Provides regular feedback to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) on any serious incidents.
  • Liaises and coordinates with other organizations and partners impacted by incidents.
Capacity development of HIAS staff
  • Provides guidance and training to CO, regional, and HQ staff on security management, risk mitigation, and incident response.
  • Provides guidance and training to global staff on personal security, security management, trends analysis, and SOPs.
Travel management
  • Oversees and manages the global employee mobilization/demobilization and movement control procedures and policies, including but not limited to: managing the Travel Service Provider (TSP) relationship and tracking.
  • Monitors movement and safety of employees, guests, and consultants traveling away from their host countries and into foreign territories.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree (or extensive highly relevant experience in addition to that listed below) required; Graduate degree in relevant field preferred.
  • A formal security qualification or appropriate security management training.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years practical field experience in security management with at least three (3) years in a leadership role at a INGO.
  • Overseas work experience in insecure and/or hostile environments a plus; experience managing security in country offices.
  • 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, and security technology.
  • Ability to adapt to needs and balance demands of security actors and program activities and deliverables 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 and with major partners (UNHCR, State Department).
  • 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 Spanish and/or French a plus.
  • Previous working experience with humanitarian organizations preferred.
  • Ability to travel extensively to country offices often to complex and insecure working environments.

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