Chemonics seeks a Platform Security Deputy Director. The Platform Security Deputy Director is responsible for implementing overall security policies and strategy as defined by the Platform Security Director and establishing procedures to help enable non-UCBI project work in Ukraine but with activities and presence in Poland and Eastern Europe.
- Enabling project activity by engaging in strategic discussions on project priorities and objectives and developing an agreed-upon risk and security framework to implement with project leadership.
- Monitor and refinement of project security management approaches and best practices.
- Forward looking security management to identify security vulnerabilities and identify mitigation strategies, collaborating with appropriate stakeholders to implement needed mitigation measures.
- Strategic Networking and Information Gathering. Gather relevant information from security resources, project staff, and other security professionals that will aid in the performance of Chemonics project operations. Connect project resources to external assets as appropriate. Provide additional data points for Chemonics to be able to triangulate information and resolve issues.
- Information Analysis and Solutions. Utilize the information gathered to provide insights and analysis and pair that with recommendations related to security posture and mitigation measures needed to safely implement project activities.
- Ensuring Security Management Consistent with Chemonics approach. Strengthen project security resources and identify variations and inadequate security management practices and seek to correct them.
- Strategic Project Engagement. Identify, correct, and support existing security management approaches by the projects, and look for gaps that require filling. Think strategically about the security management gaps and finding solutions to them. Provide insightful analysis to relevant stakeholders by whatever means are most appropriate.
- In cooperation with the SMUs, produce, maintain, and tailor the security framework, strategies, and policies. Develop and review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure they effectively and clearly establish Chemonics’ security framework to support activities in Ukraine and the region.
- Manage platform security staff as they manage the implementation and quality control of security policies and SOPs. Considering the specific needs and threats in each location, and inherent in the activities specific to each project this includes ensuring sound security plans; review and monitor security SOWs and providing direction to security providers; problem solving specific security issues; determining resource requirements; vetting and selection of security resources and providing quality control to ensure a constantly improving security platform. This will require: Acting as lead security liaison/communicator with platform security staff and the SMU and maintaining regular communications with staff through weekly or bi-weekly project meetings, regular updates on security issues or events relevant to staff.
- Enhance security provider performance through technical security oversight of the security contractors, including providing guidance and instructions for remedial actions; oversight to ensure effective and efficient use of security resources; and coordination/consultation on security improvements and problem solving.
- Building and enhancing security relationships through continuous rigorous liaison and networking with officials from the US Embassy, security organizations, community contacts and leaders, government officials related to security, and military commanders, as appropriate in the field and headquarters. The objectives are to be well-informed of risks and best practices, build strategic and tactical alliances that support project goals, cultivate the flow of timely and actionable information, enable the triangulation of such information, and continue to establish Chemonics’ leadership in the security community.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and management for special security requirements. These include but are not limited to oversight of security support for overhead/non-project travelers; acquiring buy-in from the project management and staff on new initiatives; special programs and projects such as security for strategic transport or event security; support for regional assessments and/or project movements in risk areas; VIP visits and their corollary events; surges in the threat level.
- In coordination with the SMUs and security teams for each project, lead Chemonics crisis and incident management to ensure readiness and response in Ukraine. In this regard: ensure a fail-safe emergency communications system; establish duties and responsibilities for each position; design systems that foster fast, deliberate, and coordinated team responses; conduct scenario training and test exercises. Ensure platform security staff are prepared to respond appropriately, this includes organizing and briefing the project Incident Management Teams; and ensure emergency action plan accuracy.
- Design and oversee a country-tailored training program to be the standardized model for all Chemonics projects that will inculcate Chemonics staff to perform their respective parts in the security platform and to educate them in the appropriate security concepts and skills. This includes an induction program, periodic briefings, specialized training (which should include at the minimum basic first aid, security preparedness, and incident response), and periodic drills at each project office and residential location. Provide input into project-specific training tailoring and supervision and training-of-trainer support for platform security staff.
- Conduct incident and situation reporting and dissemination to the SMUs and project leadership in compliance with current Chemonics policies. Dissemination of security management and risk information as required to help guide programmatic decisions and support to projects and staff.
- Recommend, in coordination with chiefs of party (COPs)/Team Leaders (TL), disciplinary action for security violations.
- Additional duties as directed by the Security Platform Director.
- 6 or more years’ experience in security management and oversight;
- Proven effectiveness for designing and implementing security platforms for civilian operations in conflict zones, to include successful crisis management experience and management of private security providers;
- Previous experience in advising senior leadership on crisis leadership requirements; ability to organize program leadership in the field and act as a bridge to the Chemonics-Washington Crisis Management Team;
- Proven effectiveness in conducting liaison activities in complex and high-risk environments
- Ability to provide security-related training to national staff and other relevant stakeholders;
- Demonstrated proficiency in robust risk mitigation strategies in conflict areas.
- Must be able to provide pragmatic verbal risk assessments, supporting the development of tactical plans for the conduct of secured movement, as well as venue risk management requirements;
- Ability to write and verbally communicate efficiently and effectively; and
- USAID program experience desirable.
- Fluent in English.
The position will report to the Platform Security Director in coordination with the LEA Security Management Unit (SMU) each project’s COP/TL. Technical activities with project budget impact will require COP/TL approval.
POST OF ASSIGNMENT
Eastern Europe location to be confirmed with frequent travel to Poland and Ukraine as the situation permits.
TIMEFRAME AND LEVEL OF EFFORT
The assignment will begin on or about April 01, 2022, for 12 months.
Please apply by March 31, 2022 with “Platform Security Deputy Director” along with your resume to following email address: SecurityPlatformRecruit@chemonics.com
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