• Serve as the principal risk focal point and security advisor to the Project team, Headquarters, Client RSO, and other stakeholders
• Design and deliver security briefings and training
• Train and supervise local national-security staff
• Oversee routine security functions, including but not limited to designing and implementing journey management, facility, residential, and personnel safety and security protocols and procedures
• Review and update security risk assessments across the area of operations
• Develop risk-mitigation strategies for program activities and operations and risk profiles for staff and activities.
• Design and oversee the programs’ risk management platform and policies, including the project safety and information security plans
• Design and periodically administer staff training to ensure security preparedness and staff familiarity with the program’s security protocols and procedures
• Design and implement contingency and emergency planning, with cost-benefit analyses and recommended courses of action, for major security or public health and safety incidents necessitating adaptation, curtailment, or full cessation of operations
• Establish, develop, and leverage a network of high-level professional relationships from the international community and within senior Iraqi civil and military circles
• Possess access to relevant and reliable security information sources in Iraq
• Monitor and synthesize security information, providing accurate, timely, and relevant analysis on current and emerging security trends to inform the program’s security strategy and decision-making
• Provide technical input, guidance, and oversight of IRP’s security subcontractors if requested
• Establish credibility and build the trust and confidence required for success. The program security and risk manager must be highly visible and take initiative to communicate credible information about political and security developments that could affect the program, along with recommended solutions and approaches to mitigate risk
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field of study preferred. Significant field or military operational experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree
• Minimum 7 years of military, security, or law-enforcement experience, with senior-level exposure to strategic planning, project and budget oversight, and management
• Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in Iraq required, with working-level professional networks across the security sector, the international/NGO community, and/or host-government entities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government
• Prior success implementing operations platforms for civilians in conflict zones, including crisis-management experience and management of private security providers
• Ability to successfully operate in sensitive political and cultural contexts and build trust in large and diverse teams
• Ability to generate and leverage network connections in high-threat countries to promote an accurate understanding of risk, strengthen knowledge of the country context, and bolster project planning
• Ability to proactively monitor trends in the operational environment, identify areas of elevated risk to program and staff safety, and take initiative to recommend solutions and approaches to mitigate risk
• Effective multitasker, capable of attending to multiple, competing priorities while maintaining the flexibility to redirect focus if and when priorities unexpectedly change
• Excellent verbal and written skills and ability to provide clear instruction and briefings to internal and external audiences
• Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
• Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency in Arabic preferred
To apply for this position please follow the following steps:
- Complete the online application.
- Attach your resume/CV.
- Click on this link to complete a USAID Biodata/1420 form, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application.
- You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
- Submit your application, resume/CV, completed biodata, and any additional documents.
Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without either a resume/CV and/or biodata may not be considered. Only finalists will be contacted; no phone calls please.
A submitted application to QED in response to a position on a bid or proposal, indicates your agreement to be included in our submission to the client at least on an illustrative basis.
The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AA/V/D. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.