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Senior Security Manager – Ethiopia and Sudan
Catholic Relief Services

We work with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.


 Section/Unit: Operations
 Grade Level: Grade 10
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Sudan and Ethiopia
 Closing Date: 10 Dec 2023


About CRS 

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. 


Job Summary:  

The Senior Security Manager is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of CRS Country Program staff, facilities, and assets. The Senior Security Manager coordinates with the Country Program’s country leadership, and directly supervises the Ethiopia Security Manager and Sudan Security Manager to provide technical leadership and oversight on all matters related to the health, security and safety of CRS personnel and assets. 


The Senior Security Manager is responsible for coaching and mentoring the two national Security Managers (Ethiopia and Sudan) in developing, updating, maintaining, disseminating, and ensuring staff compliance with the Country Program Security Plan (FSP) as well as security and safety policies, procedures and advisories for all CRS Country Program staff. The Sr. Security Manager provides strategic guidance and recommendations in the field of Health Safety and Security, in close coordination with the East Africa regional Safety and Security Advisor (RSSA). 


Location: Telecommuting from home location, with significant travel to both country programs. 

 Duties and responsibilities:

Roles and Key Responsibilities: 

  • Mentor, coach, and support the two National Security Managers
  • Develop, update, and maintain standard operational procedures (SOPs) and Contingency Plans for security operations within the Country Program. Conduct on a regularly basis, Security Risks assessments and update policies related to Country Program security level.  Ensure security is part of all new staff orientation and all visitors traveling receive security briefings.
  • Participate in recruitment, management and evaluation of security service providers and personnel. 
  • Advise on security and safety policies and procedures in line with the Country Program’s National Government and CRS’ guidelines, policies, and procedures. Establish and update as necessary a system that monitors security reports for immediate CP action as appropriate.
  • Provide coordination, management, and direction in all areas of security capacity building including preparedness, training, orientation, learning, technical assistance, and advises on specific security situations. 
  • Gather and analyze security information and provide recommendations to the Country Program leadership as required. 
  • Ensure all trips and movement are conducted in line with CRS Safety and Security Standards by creating and maintaining an effective system for tracking all CRS travel and movement.
  • Establish and maintain effective liaison with local police, security forces, embassies and other relevant organizations. 
  • Ensure compliance with Fire Safety standards and preparedness, including availability, placement and adequacy of relevant equipment and signage, as well as appointment and training of Fire Marshals, conducting fire-drills, etc.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in security management. Preferably with experience in Ethiopia and/or Sudan, and experience developing and implementing security management systems at an INGO or UN agency. 
  • Strong management and analytical skills.
  • Strong customer service and effective communication skills (good listener, positive, supportive, clear, constructive, and accessible) both written and verbal.
  • Excellent Knowledge of MS Office package (Excel and Word) and mapping software. 


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Certification in Security Management 


Required Languages- Fluency in English required.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  

  • Strong attention to detail with good organizational, time management and prioritization skills. 
  • Ethical conduct in accordance with recognized organizational codes of ethics 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results oriented. 
  • Ability to prepare training materials and to present training materials.
  • Ability to learn fast and adapt quickly to change.


Travel– Must be willing and able to travel at least 60% of the time to Sudan and Ethiopia. 


Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. 

  • Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Acts with Integrity - Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission.  Is considered honest.
  • Builds and Maintains Trust - Shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
  • Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.




Agency Leadership Competencies:

  • Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
  • Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
  • Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.


Key Working Relationships:  


Supervisory Responsibilities: Sudan Security Manager; Ethiopia Security Manager

Internal: Regional Advisor Safety and Security Risk Management, Deputy Regional Director(s), Regional Technical Advisors, Country Representatives, Heads of Operations, Heads of Programs, Security Focal Points, Global Safety and Security Unit and Humanitarian Response Department. 

External: International and local partners, contracted security service providers, security officers of other international and local NGOs operating in Ethiopia and Sudan.

What we offer 

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world. 


Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.  


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


CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.


CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


CRS will only consider candidates who are based in countries where we have existing offices. CRS does not sponsor visas for telecommuting employees. 

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