Country Security Manager – Re-advertised

Management, Security
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

FH Ethiopia is a non-governmental organization engaged in relief and development activities. At FH, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call the “The Heartbeat”. This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty. FH Ethiopia would like to invite potential candidates to apply for the following position:


Position:                                 Country Security Manager    

Duty Station :                         Addis Ababa with frequent field travel

Duration of Contract:           One-year contract, renewable



The Security Manager is the content expert and focal point within the country of assignment. The Security Manager is responsible for providing leadership on safety and security policy management and operational support to enable the safest and most effective implementation of FH programs and activities.  The Security Manager will do this by facilitating and delivering high quality, standards driven security risk management practices including training and influencing all staff.  


Key Result #1: Support the implementation of FH’s minimum operating security standards (MOSS) at the country-level – 35%

  • Monitors, evaluates and reports security risk management, travel security and duty of care application and adherence of policy, standards and processes. 
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of security plans according to FH standards and using established processes, forms and templates.  
  • Develop and conduct trainings and drills that support security awareness, standard operating procedures, contingency plans and emergency response.
  • Leads and in collaboration conducts risk assessments and risk treatment solutions on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide regular security updates and briefings to staff, including visitors’ briefing and new staff inductions. 
  • Promotes international travel security standards to and from the country office.  Manages adherence to the travel management policy.
  • Maintain development and compliance records and communicate compliance to the Regional Security Advisor or Global Security Department in the absence of the Region.
  • Maintain the global security training register using established criteria and registers.
  • In collaboration, develop and implement in-country journey management process
  • Conduct site-specific security assessments for FH offices, warehouses, and other property locations.  Advise on new site locations.
  • Coordinate with other team members to ensure staff know how to identify health risks, how to protect against illness, injury and stress, and how to obtain proper support or medical treatment.
  • Ensure operational plans and budgets reflect responsibilities for staff management, training, support, security and well-being.

Key Result #2
Training and Influence – 35%

  • Strength security awareness and skills of all staff.


  • FH values team collaboration.  The Security Manager will be responsible to support the integration of security into the operations so that administration and programs are strengthened and not hindered. 


  • Long-term mentoring and coaching of security focal points. This includes but is not limited to regular field visits, intentional coaching opportunities, developing individualized learning plans and continual encouragement.  Collaboration with the Security Department on FH’s SFP development program.  Ensure the SFP job descriptions match SFPs capacity.  Dialog regularly with the Security Department on SFPs development progress.


  • Engage and collaborate with senior leadership and programs to strengthen stakeholder acceptance approach and actions.


  • Active participation and regular coordination with the country senior leadership team.


  • Influence and coach the senior leadership team on their security and duty of care role and assist them to integrate security into every area of operations.


  • Represent FH externally and in interagency forums and where security forums do not exist, create them


Key Result #3 Threat and Incident Management at the country-level 30%

  • Communicate foreseeable and present security threats to staff and leadership and use escalation protocols and procedures.
  • Ensure threats that could impact FH country operations or personnel are being formally communicated accurately, succinctly and timely to leadership, staff and the Security Department.
  • Initiate incident information management during a critical event and keep current all notes, logs, and information.
  • Encourage and train staff and supervisors to actively report threats and incidents.
  • Report and update incidents using the established protocols and IR platform.
  • Conduct incident data analysis and share the information with country leadership and the Security Department.

Job Requirements


  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ and Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian foundation and beliefs as expressed in The Heartbeat: our Values, Vision, and Purpose;
  • The Country Security Manager will be expected to work a flexible schedule (including weekends, holidays and non-business hours).
  • Ability to manage large-scale dynamic projects.
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to train and coach all staff levels using various training methods.
  • Experience developing and implementing security risk management standards in NGOs.
  • Experience in incident reporting and mapping processes
  • Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities;
  • Strong communication, both verbal and written, people management and interpersonal skills in English, with experience in leading multicultural, multi-location, values-driven teams.
  • Demonstrated computer operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or other virtual meeting software;
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes;
  • Ability to sit at a computer for up to 8 hours a day doing repetitive motions on a keyboard;
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds above shoulder height;

Ability to travel up to 50% of time per year in the country of assignment and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field with at least three (3) years of working experience in security management with an International Non-Governmental Organization or other international organization and (1) one year in a high-risk environment.   

How to Apply

Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Competent candidates can submit ONLY their application and CV to:                                                                       


Candidates MUST refer the position title on the subject line of their email and application letters.


Please note that this vacancy is open for Ethiopian nationals only.

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