Full-time Safety and Security Manager at Search for Common Ground International
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
The Job : Safety and Security Manager
Job Status: Full Time Job,Graduate/Exp
We are searching for…
- Search Nigeria is seeking a Safety and Security Manager to manage and advise on all aspects of safety and security of the Nigeria program.
- S/he will be responsible for designing and implementing all policies and procedures regarding security & safety and promoting, and ensuring their compliance.
- S/he will continuously assess the safety / security environment and devise risk mitigation measures as needed in coordination with Country Director (CD), head of offices, and Admin Manager.
- The Safety and Security Manager will be based in Maiduguri with frequent travels to field and other Search offices in Abuja, Yola, and Jos. S/he will report to the Country Director and work closely with the Head of Office, North East and the Admin & Procurement Manager.
The roles and responsibilities include:
Security Management and Support:
- Develop, review and ensure effective implementation of the Search Nigeria Security Management Plan (SMP)
- Ensure that the SMP includes clear security phases, each one characterized by specific indicators and thresholds, and appropriate response plans of action; and key Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs).
- Ensure staff and offices’ compliance with SOPs and by extension the SMP and collaborate with the HQ Safety & Security Team and Regional Director as needed to seek alignment with Search global’s security policy, protocol and approach.
- Undertake regular Security Risk Assessments and maintain SMP relevance.
- Manage the implementation of a business continuity management system taking cognizance of the evolution of security contexts.
- Provide advice as part of the proposal development process to mitigate risks to programming and ensure that Search Nigeria’s security policy is adequately budgeted.
- Keep up to date lists of Search team members, relevant security contacts.
- Lead incident management, lessons learnt and any follow up actions/ changes to SOPs.
- Be readily available / reachable at all times.
- Provide safety and security training sessions to Search staff as well as partners upon requests and / or identify cost effective training opportunities available locally / nationaly.
- Conduct routine crisis management exercises for all staff and management.
- Conduct regular mock drills in all offices (e.g. fire drill, evacuation including medical, etc.)
- Provide support to partners in developing their security guidelines and promoting a security culture.
- Promote and encourage a safe and environmentally sound culture.
- Maintain up to date security analysis in Search’s areas of intervention in collaboration with State and non state actors including NGOs and UN security focal points.
- Provide regular security briefings and other security updates to the Senior Management Team, new staff, Search external visitors, and .
- Prepare timely security updates to the CD, Regional Director and the HQ Safety & Security Team.
- Advise on Search’s acceptance strategy of acceptance in accordance with humanitarian principles.
- Build and maintain regular contact with other agency security focal points, including NGOs, INSO, UN, EU, USAID and local authorities related to security issues, facilitate the sharing of best practices.
- Attend security & emergency related briefings and meetings.
- Collaborate closely with the Search’s programme and operations departments in Nigeria in design and implementation of SOPs, and with the Regional Director and the HQ Safety & Security Team on information sharing.
- As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
You meet the following qualifications:
- 3-5 years of relevant experience with international NGOs in safety and security management, planning and implementation of procedures in the context of UN or NGO humanitarian operations.
- University Degree in Security Management, Risk Management or related discipline
- Experience in liaising with communities, civilians, police and/or military government authorities as well as with regional institutions preferred.
- Extensive experience in setting up and managing safety and security systems and protocols and provide training to staff and partners.
- Excellent negotiation and representation skills and the ability to work comfortably with an ethnically diverse staff in a very sensitive environment.
- Good context analysis skills.
- Willingness to travel at short notice, and often in difficult circumstances.
- Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
- Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment
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