Regional Security Manager (West Africa)

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis.  These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world.  Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe.  Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.​


Work Location: Cote D’Ivoire – Abidjan  

Type of Post: Accompanied – Family

Other Possible Location : CARE REGIONAL OFFICE OR CARE COUNTRY OFFICE

Funding: APPROVED

Expected Travel: Greater than 50%

Language Requirement: ENGLISH AND FRENCH                          


The Regional Security Manager (RSM) will work to reduce the risks faced by CARE personnel, assets and programs in CARE’s West Africa Region (WARMU), Country Offices and Program presences, through the provision of specialized, coordinated and focused safety and security preparedness and management support. This will include regional, as well as country office specific assessments and regular contact with Country Directors and the Regional Leadership Team.

The RSM will be responsible for overseeing, coaching and mentoring Safety & Security Managers and country office Safety & Security Focal Points, ensuring that a high technical capacity is developed and present in CO’s and program areas. S/he will establish and implement processes and systems, drawing from the CARE Security Unit (CSU)’s best practices, to ensure an effective region-wide security management system as well as train and support staff to ensure that operational risks are minimized. Experience developing safety and security systems for humanitarian response will be highly valuable.

The person in this role will demonstrate a high level of socio-cultural, political and economic understanding of the many contexts in which CARE works. The RSM will also develop a solid working knowledge of CARE’s program framework in order to provide guidance and direction for safety and security to support CARE’s vision and mission. S/he will be required to develop and maintain a network of information on strategic regional developments that could harm or influence CARE’s operations. The RSM will be required to work closely with the Regional Director and Country Directors in identifying priority areas, country offices and program presences, and building capacity and systems as may be required. A strong capacity to influence and negotiate with key stakeholders to achieve objectives is crucial to success in this role.

The RSM will be required to travel to CARE’s operational areas in the region, including volatile and dangerous locations to support Country Offices in addressing deteriorating security, develop security plans, and provide technical assistance where appropriate. S/he will be responsible for managing the regional security budget and provide the Director CSU with regular financial reviews and reports.

Responsibilities:

  • Team leadership, staff coaching, mentoring, and capacity building
  • Administrative and financial management responsibilities
  • Develop strategies, procedures and protocols and assess country office security management
  • Assessments, planning and information management
  • Act in a crisis
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to humanitarian work or security risk management
  • Formal safety and security qualifications and/or equivalent experience
  • Five (5) years’ experience in assisting international organizations in developing security strategies for their operations in multicultural contexts
  • Five (5) years’ experience in supervising security professionals and mentoring security focal points
  • Three (3) years’ experience working living in developing countries/contexts with at least two years operations in complex/post-conflict environments
  • Demonstrable experience of managing multicultural teams across complex global operations
  • Train the Trainer or equivalent technical qualifications/skills and ability to effectively develop and deliver high-quality and high-impact training to diverse range of training students
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. English and French are required.