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Senior Advisor Global Staff Safety and Security more...
Location:Baltimore, MD
Company:Catholic Relief Services
First posted:June 05, 2017 (last updated 6 days 17 hours ago)


Senior Advisor Global Staff Safety and Security

United States/Baltimore


Full Time

Location: Baltimore, MD, other locations considered, with 30% field deployment


The Senior Advisor for Global Staff Safety and Security is responsible for promoting and implementing Catholic Relief Services (CRS) organizational Security Policy. He/she also develops and helps implement CRS' agency wide capacity building plans for staff safety and security. S/he oversees the implementation of CRS security training program. The Senior Advisor is responsible for developing new, and monitoring existing CRS operational systems for staff safety and security management throughout the organization, and for assisting in their implementation via the line management structure. The Senior Advisor conducts security assessment visits to directly support CRS' efforts in threatening environments and to build staff and partner capacity in security management. The Senior Advisor actively promotes a community of practice among HQ and field-based staff engaged in staff safety and security management issues, and develops knowledge management tools to support learning and management of security issues. The Senior Advisor will ensure good collaboration with international NGOs, departments of the United States Government and the United Nations, and an assortment of official and non-official security groups in countries where CRS operates. The Senior Advisor will ensure active CRS participation in Interaction and EISF and other forums for security standard setting and coordination. S/he will have direct supervisory responsibility for designated staff in the HQ Department of Risk Management Security and Staff Safety (RMSS). The Senior Advisor plays a proactive role in crisis management linking with country programs, regions and HQ staff. S/he ensures that CRS stays up to date with latest developments in the INGO Security sector and represents CRS at appropriate academic, political and sector fora.


Security Management Systems Development and Oversight

1. Develops, in collaboration with the Regional Directors and Director RMSS, agency-wide staff safety and security policies, procedures and guidelines, which are implemented through existing regional and country structures;

2. Provides leadership and direction to CRS in all areas of security capacity building including: preparedness, training, orientation, learning, technical assistance, and advises on specific security situations. Serves as focal point for a global CRS security community of practice;

3. In close collaboration with Regional Directors and Director RMSS, monitors security hotspots around the world, and synthesizes and prepares communication for Overops executives and the ELT. S/he provides support and advice on staff security decisions, in particular situations where re-location, evacuation, or changes in post status may be called for. Assesses travel within, and to, High Security Risk Countries and makes recommendations on security levels to the Director RMSS;

4. Oversees and enhances the security incident reporting system that informs global, regional and country program security plans and investments. Oversees the Content Manager for the CRS Intranet's Safety and Security Community site, including assisting field-based Security Focal Points to maintain their respective updated security information;

5. Provides direct technical assistance including security assessments to country programs/regions, as requested;

6. In collaboration with RMSS and OpEx serves as Content Specialist contributing to enterprise risk management reporting and analysis efforts related to staff safety and security;

7. Prepares regular reports for Overops leadership and the ELT including but not limited to an annual analysis of CRS security. Remains up to date on studies and evaluations outside of CRS that might inform CRS understanding of security threats to be faced or effective policies and practices that might enhance staff safety and security.

Crisis Management

1. In times of crisis, supports Director RMSS and Overops leadership including EVP Overops in fulfilling their roles in the context of the HQ Critical Incident Management Plan;

2. Maintains an active network of external contacts that can be called upon in case of a security-related emergency;

3. Ensures that CRS' HQ Critical Incident Management Plan continues to be a living document, organizing simulations to practice incident response on a regular basis. Also takes and implements lessons learned from past simulations.


1. Ensures that CRS is represented globally, within the InterAction Security Advisory Group (SAG), the European Inter Agency Security Forum (EISF) and other safety and security related fora, contributing to close collaboration with peer agencies around common safety and security management priorities;

2. Represents CRS at other external meetings or conferences, as needed, which relate to CRS policy, advocacy or operations regarding staff security interests;


  1. Bachelor's Degree in a field relevant to CRS's field operations. Masters preferred.


  1. Minimum ten years international humanitarian or development management experience, including at least five years' work in a developing country.
  2. Five or more years of experience with direct responsibility for security management. Experience in developing and implementing security management systems in the field. Experience working in NGO security consortia desirable. Experience in hostile and stressful environments and ability to cope well under stress.


  1. In depth knowledge of security requirements as they relate to international humanitarian assistance agencies including standards for physical security and communications and excellent understanding of "acceptance" methodologies and procedures.


  1. Demonstrated ability to lead diverse and cross-cultural teams to achieve common objectives;
  2. collaborative and team-oriented.
  3. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and negotiation skills.
  4. Exceptional English writing skills
  5. Fluency in French or Arabic preferred; Spanish or Portuguese a plus


  1. Demonstrates excellent judgement
  2. Capacity to influence without necessarily having line management authority


  1. Availability: 24/7 to provide support for major security emergencies as requested.
  2. Willingness and ability to travel internationally 30% of time, often to difficult and challenging locations.

Physical Requirements/Environment:

  1. Normal conditions for an office environment. Requires overseas travel to difficult and challenging regions/countries.

This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.



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