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Director of Global Security

Director of Global Security

·         Client: Confidential Search (International NGO)

·         Location: Flexible, but should be based in a city where the client has a presence (12 international developing countries Africa, Asia Latina America,           and the USA)

·         Full Time position

·         Reports to: Chief HR & Country Operations

·         Supervises: Global Security Advisor and the Global Security Unit

The Role

Client's largest priority is to keep our staff and people we serve around the globe safe and secure.  The Director of Security directs the development, implementation, and monitoring of an effective strategy to mitigate risk, maintain continuity of operations, and provide for the safety and security of all 2,800 client employees, 12 global country office and 4 affiliate organizations.  They also serve as the subject matter expert on safety and security.  They establish policies and standards affecting safety and security of client staff members, client field facilities and assets, and program activities.  The Director of Security ensures adequate security protocols and mechanisms are in place to address country programs’ unique security challenges.  They provide direction and technical support direction in developing and maintaining country programs’ context-specific field security plans and lead the organization’s Crisis Management Team.  The position has the authority to direct and implement appropriate security measures for client country programs.  This position requires 40% or more international travel.




  • Direct implementation of field security measures as needed.
  • Perform risk assessments and operational impact analyses
  • Develop, direct, and monitor risk mitigation and incident/crisis response strategies
  • Conduct field security assessments examining client staff, assets, compounds, residences, field sites and projects and compile a report with                                recommendations.
  • Make visits to each field site to monitor security preparedness and field training. Provide a follow-up report with clear recommendations after each visit.
  • Develop security policies and procedures in accordance with client regulations and InterAction Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and                  ensure implementation and revisions when necessary.
  • Perform security planning, assessments, training, and information management.
  • Collect and compile safety and security related information
  • Compile field incident and situation reports (INREPs and SITREPs)
  • Issue security reports: Weekly Security Summaries, Warning & Advisory, Threat Assessments, Vulnerability Analyses, etc.
  • Ensure that each new employee, international and national, receives appropriate security orientation within 48 hours of arrival into the country                        program.  Provide a framework for field security orientations.
  • Develop and facilitate threat-specific security training. Assist field offices in arranging ad hoc security training workshops in consultation with the Country        Director.
  • Support 12 Country Directors with specific security assistance as required including responses to escalations of insecurity.
  • Lead and direct the crisis management team at headquarters.
  • Maintain the network of client Security Focal Points at each client field office and conduct regular update calls.
  • Work closely with the external security service providers and make sure they are well aware of the client security management protocols and guidelines.
  • Liaise and coordinate with external agencies – UN, peacekeeping missions, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc.
  • Represent Client in national and international forums for safety and security.                                               



Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area
  • NGO security, military, or law enforcement background
  • Minimum of three years implementing humanitarian field security programs strongly desired
  • Experience working in humanitarian operations in conflict and post-conflict settings a plus
  • Experience designing, developing, delivering, and facilitating training at multiple levels



  • Familiarity with humanitarian mission, mandate, and principles
  • Knowledge of security management principles in complex environments – conflict, post-conflict, and disaster settings
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and mitigation methodologies
  • Familiarity with current global humanitarian and security issues
  • Some knowledge of mapping utility tools



  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Solid presentation skills
  • Proficient with MS Office tools:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • One-to-one interviews or small group facilitation
  • Research using available open sources



  • Must be able to travel to international sites as needed. Position requires a minimum 40% travel to austere and complex environments.
  • Demonstrated proactive safety and security orientation
  • Demonstrated Empathetic and care team leadership skills
  • Extensive Refugee, immigrant, or other displaced community work experience
  • Demonstrated attitude for co-designing solutions that create new value around the world.
  • Recognition that there is always room for improvement and believing in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world.
  • Ability to travel - Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and has the experience in Americas and Europe in terms of culture, experience, exposure.
  • Security mandate covers entire geography or program area (including camp or program in that region)



The confidential client has hired Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with sourcing applicants for this position. Candidates are welcome to contact GRS with inquiries or to apply directly with a cover letter and CV to:


Patrick Shields, Search Manager

Global Recruitment Specialists "Positioning You for Success"

Norwalk, CT 06851 USA

Telephone: +1- 203-899-0499




Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  Client complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.