Catholic Relief Services - CRS Regional Safety and Security Risk Advisor, East and Southern Africa Regions Jobs in Ethiopia

Catholic Relief Services - CRS Regional Safety and Security Risk Advisor, East and Southern Africa Regions Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Responsibilities

Operational Leadership

  • Define, plan, support and monitor the implementation of security risk management systems for the protection of CRS staff, partners, visitors, program participants, facilities, assets and information in support of CRS programming across the two regions

  • Mentor country-based security staff to build their security risk management capacities and guide their prioritizing of activities to meet program activity goals in compliance with CRS safety and security policies

  • Routinely examine the CRS regional security risk management framework and ensure formal assessments of all regional program sites and activities are up to date and effective

  • Assist country programs in aligning safety and security plans and systems with current and future program design and in capacity building of partners, in close collaboration with the Regional teams

  • Develop and maintain an information network to provide analytics of (potential) threats to CRS programs

  • Feed into and support the continuous process of improvement of the global CRS Security risk management system

  • Strengthen and drive the security risk assessment process by overseeing regular threat and vulnerability assessments, adapting procedures, and designing mitigation measures accordingly and monitoring compliance

  • Participate in agency-wide efforts to improve security risk management systems and tools

  • Participate in the design, development and write up of security management/staffing plans and budgets for proposals, as needed

    Safety and Security Risk Management

  • Support Regional Directors (RD) –who are the ultimate responsible for safety and security decisions in the respective region– and Deputy Regional Directors for Program Quality (DRD-PQ) and Management Quality (DRD-MQ) on security management decisions, procedures, policies, and practices, including the management of critical incidents and crisis level situations

  • Develop and cultivate sources and networks relevant to the needs of CRS in the regions to support both day to day security risk management activities as well as manage in times of crisis

  • Make recommendations for the use of subcontracted security service providers in coordination with country leadership, guiding and defining scopes of work and monitoring the effectiveness of their performance

    Organizational & Systems Development and Staff Capacity Strengthening

  • Liaise with other members of the CRS global security community for additional sources of technical or training assistance, best practices, and learning

  • Serve as the regional point person for partner assessment data and analysis related to the security management capacities, providing support and guidance to country programs as needed. In collaboration with the RFO and RTA Risk Management & Compliance, identify and respond to critical training needs of strategic partners and those with the least strong internal controls. Promote the use of CRS standardized approaches and tools for partner capacity strengthening

  • Ensure compliance with CRS’s security training and learning policy. Implement agency wide trainings at the regional and country level, including those for drivers and guards

  • Document dates
    and types of security training staff members have received and make recommendations on training needs. Strengthen local training capacity and facilitate trainings as is needed

  • Effectively implement CRS’ safety and security risk management policy requirements in the regions

  • Assist Country Programs in defining roles and responsibilities for safety and security management, optimizing organizational/departmental efficiency, performance, and accountability

  • Support Country Programs in the recruitment and development of staff involved in safety and security management

  • In coordination with the DRD-MQ and RD, monitor mitigation of risks as reported in the annual risk disclosure reports; plan for and manage situations that involve staff safety and security, fraud, safeguarding, etc.

    Job Requirements

    Qualifications & Experience

  • Master’s degree required in security management, politics, international development, non-profit management, or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 10 years work experience in security management with 5 years in an international humanitarian organization, UN, or related international development organization

  • Formal technical training(s) or professional certifications in security risk management is a plus

  • Knowledge and familiarity with USG rules and regulations a plus

  • Demonstrated understanding of industry standards and management best practices

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Willingness to travel to and work in difficult environments including emergency response


  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in security and staff safety

  • Experience working in delicate situations with partner organizations

  • Knowledge of and working experience in the region is strongly preferred

  • Strong cross-cultural skills

  • Ability to train and convey information to non-security personnel

  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills

  • Excellent writing skills and strong communicator and bridgebuilder

  • Proficiency in MS Office

  • Diplomatic, able to manage conflict and move groups toward consensus

  • Good judgment and sound decision-making skills

  • Excellent organization and planning skills, detail-oriented, ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to humanitarian principles

  • Able to work without close supervision, experience with remote management

  • Quick learner, adaptable and creative

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions

  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship

  • Team leadership abilities with diverse/multi-disciplinary teams. Coaching skills

  • Strong communications and presentation skills; able to develop tailored and persuasive messaging for varied audiences

  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience of successful security program management across multiple countries, including concurrent management of complex, high and low-value, multi-activity projects, with complicated logistics

  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships

  • Ability to represent and present at high levels

    How to Apply

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  • You will be contacted only if selected for written exam/interview. Phone solicitations will not be accepted.

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