Security Manager-Makelle, Ethiopia


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 Security Manager is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of CRS Country Program staff, facilities, and assets. The Security Manager coordinates with the Country Program's HOOP or CR to provide technical leadership and oversight on all matters related to security and safety of CRS personnel and assets. The Security Manager is responsible with 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. This role will require significant mentorship, training, and capacity development of CP security focal points.

Length of assignment: 6 months

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support and coordination to Ethiopia CP to ensure that appropriate security systems and procedures are in place and are fully operational
  • Mentor, train, and coach country Security Officers points on daily security operations, long term capacity development, and maintenance of FSPs
  • 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 forward to security officers (for action and learning) and Country Program leadership with recommendations as appropriate
  • Ensure all trips and movement are conducted in line with CRS Safety and Security Standards. Including creating and maintain 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.
  • Implement safety and security trainings at the country and office level, including those for drivers and guards, as well as staff of implementing partners.

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.
  • Excellent knowledge of safeguarding and protection

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification in Security Management

Required Languages - English

Travel - This position is based in Mekelle, Ethiopia; with 25% travel to Addis Ababa and other regions of Ethiopia.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Security Officer

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Head of Operations, Operations Manager, Country Representative, Regional Safety and Security Advisors, Fleet Manager

External: Partners, contracted security guards, UNDSS, PLSO.


Basic Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in security management or related field. Preferably with experience in developing and implementing security management systems at an INGO.
  • Strong management and analytical skills.
  • Strong customer service and effective communication skills (good listener, positive, supportive, clear, constructive, and accessible) both written and verbal
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, HRIS.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

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.

* Integrity

* Continuous Improvement & Innovation

* Builds Relationships

* Develops Talent

* Strategic Mindset

* Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. 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.

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

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

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 welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Primary Location: HQ-US-MarylandOther Locations: EARO-ET-TigrayJob: Cross-FunctionalOrganization: Catholic Relief ServicesSchedule: Limited TermShift: StandardJob Type: Full-time Day JobTravel: Yes, 25 % of the TimeJob Posting: Aug 19, 2021, 7:53:11 PM


Security Managers


Master's Degree


5 to 20+ years

Job type

Full time

Salary Range
$81,000.00 - 155,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Baltimore, MD 21201, US
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