Specialist, Africa Security Management Unit

Working from home
Jun 08, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time
Chemonics International is seeking a Specialist in the Africa Security Management Unit. This is a management position responsible for day-to-day work and staff supervision leading to achievement of quality work products. In addition to providing technically proficient security support to Chemonics staff and projects as directed, the specialist has specific responsibility for regional security initiatives and projects and refines and improves programs and procedures to maximize the safety and security of Chemonics staff in the assigned region. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Works to achieve operational targets with a significant impact on project safety and security and departmental results
  • Manages safety and security processes, standards, and operational plans throughout the region
  • Responsible for a full understanding of and making improvements to existing safety and security processes and systems to enhance performance and mitigate identified risks
  • Takes leadership role in advancing safety and security internally and externally
  • Undertakes short-term technical assignments to the region in support of safety and security strategy, policy, and procedures
  • Maintains a deep subject matter expertise on safety and security risks and vulnerabilities throughout the designated region
  • Monitors, assesses, and analyzes regional security trends through open-source reporting and field security engagement and shares this knowledge with relevant field and home office departments, projects, and external stakeholders
  • Regularly reports to project leadership, staff, support units, and field staff to communicate regional safety and security risks or emerging issues
  • Supports the visible and continual awareness of and focus on employee safety and security in the region
  • Manages the security management response to regional emergencies or crises by working with internal and external stakeholders to coordinate efforts and to ensure that all crisis responses efforts have timely , accurate information on the security and risk situation as it develops to reduce the impact on staff, operations, and reputation
  • Works closely with field offices to ensure all regional safety and security incidents are reported and responded to accurately and timely , and develops guidance and mitigation measures to prevent incident recurrence
  • Supports the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of regional project's security platforms, assessing the specific needs of the context, threats, project vulnerabilities, and identified risks
  • Coordinates with other departments, units, stakeholders, and individuals to ensure that projects and personnel maintain the proper safety and security procedures in accordance with client and Chemonics policies
  • Supports the development of all relevant project security assessments, action plans, recommended mitigation measures, and evaluation material, and liaises with field security staff to ensure all projects comply with designated security requirements
  • Reviews all new business opportunities to identify key regional risks, access limitations, complex technical areas, and recommended security platform, including defining all staffing and budgetary requirements
  • Ensures travelers are researching the risk environment through the information security provider before travel or fielding and delivers pre-departure briefings to designated regional locations
  • Coordinates with regional staff on travel and fielding processes and staff tracking through internal tools and resources and engaging with external partners
  • Supervises, develops, and evaluates security management unit associates; ensures associates receive regular constructive performance feedback, prompt resolution of problems, and time and opportunity to grow and develop in key competency areas
  • Participates in the recruitment, hiring, and monitoring of regional security management unit associates, safety and security focal points, and field security staff, ensuring personnel selected meet appropriate requirements
  • Backstops field security staff and serves as acting security management unit director, as needed
  • Provides technical support to security subcontract procurement, management, and administration for new and ongoing projects and new business development needs
  • Supports the capacity development of the security management unit associate and designated regional staff in core safety and security technical skills
  • Designs and leads relevant safety and security trainings for regional staff through one-on-one mentoring, small group trainings, and information dissemination
  • Ensure effective security management of Chemonics-occupied work space and actively serve as a floor warden
  • Actively engages in internal or external professional associations and represents company at conferences, educational workshops, industry meetings, and through personal networking in the security industry


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The qualifications listed below are representative of the required knowledge, skills, and/or abilities needed to perform the principal duties.
  • Requires deep knowledge within security or project management typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience
  • Minimum 4 years of operational, risk, and project management and/or technically relevant work experience
  • Relevant university degree (BA/BS) is preferred
  • Knowledge of and previous working experience with development projects under USAID, DFID, FCO, and/or Global Fund preferred. GHSC-PSM and FEWS NET project support experience beneficial
  • Experience living, working, researching , or managing projects and/or staff in the relevant region is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise department staff, multiple project teams, and other initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and lead presentations, training courses, and effective meetings
  • Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets and resources to produce and take responsibility for results
  • Demonstrated ability in implementing security platforms for civilian operations in conflict zones, to include successful crisis management experience with sensitive security incidents
  • Willingness to work overseas for up to 4- 8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments
  • Ability to solve complex technical, managerial or operational problems and evaluate options based on relevant information, resources, well-rounded experience, and knowledge
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel, Planner, and PowerBI
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated independent thinking, judgment, and respect for others
  • Fluency in French is preferred, p roficiency in Portuguese , Arabic, Swahili, or other regionally used languages is beneficial
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity

Physical Requirements:

  • Regular attendance and availability during normal business hours are required
  • Ability to work in a normal office environment
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds

Work Conditions:
  • Normal office environment; usually moderate noise level
  • Occasional exposure to environmental conditions include exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather
  • Ability to travel and work abroad in less developed countries for at least 4 to 8 weeks a year

Apply by June 8, 2023. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision
Chemonics will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by Chemonics, or (c) consistent with Chemonics legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

COVID-19 Recruitment Information
Chemonics International is continuously monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and wellbeing of our staff and potential candidates is of the utmost importance to us and we continue to offer virtual interviews for all on-going recruits. On-boarding for new staff is offered in hybrid format through our Washington, D.C. and London, UK offices to accommodate remote workers.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Chemonics requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated.

The Salary Range for this position is expected to be: $78,800 - $98,500.

An employee's pay position will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, seniority, performance, shift, travel requirements, and business or organizational needs.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, ESOP, 401(k), and other benefits to eligible to US based employees. Please visit https://chemonics.com/life-at-chemonics/our-benefits/ to find out more about the benefits this position is eligible for.

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