Background / Context :
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic institutions, and stabilization.
Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.
S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.
Project Summary :
Creative is seeking a Security Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded project in Côte d'Ivoire. The project will focus on preventing, and possibly countering, violent extremism among youth with an aim to strengthen community resilience and enhance learning in Cote d’Ivoire’s northern border areas.
Position Summary :
The Security Manager works with the HQ Security Manager in Washington D.C. to manage and coordinate all Creative security and safety programs, plans, and policies relevant to the project including detailed security procedures that comply with Creative security policies.
This will include emergency response drills and communication procedures for the project.
This position will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
Primary Responsibilities :
Provide security, safety, and risk mitigation measures and ensure that project staff comply with project security procedures;
Monitor and analyze the ongoing threat environment faced by the project and brief management accordingly. Distribute threat warnings to all staff as appropriate;
Ensure that appropriate risk mitigation measures are taken by the project to respond to threats or changes in threats faced by the project - including physical protection measures, safe working routines, movement restrictions, protection equipment and security staff provision, as required;
Oversee any security provider contracted by the project to ensure contractual compliance and performance of their duties and act as the focal point of contact with the security provider;
Report security incidents, violations, and recommended corrective actions, as appropriate, to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), the appointing authority, and the HQ Security Department;
Ensure all new project personnel receive appropriate security orientation and briefings;
Verify all security devices (ex. locks, alarms, access systems, and physical force protection measures) are operational or reported for repair;
Ensure visitor access and vehicle control systems are effective and appropriate for the threat environment;
Work with the HQ Security Manager to maintain the project’s Crisis Response Plan in coordination with the DCOP and ensure that the contact information contained therein is always up to date;
Provide a weekly security report to project leadership and HQ Security Department;
Assist with out-of-hours emergency response at the project, if needed;
Serve as the liaison with the U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officer and / or equivalent U.S. Government personnel for project security matters; and
Ensure that the Creative Sensitive Information (CSI) Plan is distributed to and followed by project staff.
Required Skills and Qualifications :
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required;
At least six (6) years of general work experience with at least three to five years (3-5) of security management experience in the context of international development or in the context of providing security to a large team;
Experience implementing security policies, procedures, and protocols;
Previous experience with USAID-funded projects preferred;
Demonstrated ability to work well in teams and in a collaborative environment;
Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, multi-tasker, and flexible work style;
Strong written and oral communication skills;
Competent in MS software, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and SharePoint;
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and / or sensitive information;
Appreciation of and ability to work effectively in, diverse work environments;
Field-based security and crisis management experience; and
Advanced knowledge of spoken and written English required.
Fluency in French is required.