Regional Security Manager

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At Food for the Hungry, we operate under a set of guiding principles we call “The Heartbeat.” This includes our Values, Vision and Purpose, which serve as the explanation of who we are and how we work as an organization. Together we follow God’s call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Job Summary

The Regional Security Manager (RSM) will provide security support to the FH Africa Regional Office, Africa country offices, and other FH personnel transiting/working in these areas. S/he will report into the both the Africa Regional Director and the Global Security Director. Operational support, direction and functional/technical supervision will be provided by the Regional Director and the Global Security Director respectively but, the RSM will discharge his/her assignment under the authority of the Regional Director.

The RSM 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 RSM will do this by facilitating and delivering high quality, standards driven security risk management practices including training, influencing all staff and response.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Training and influenceProvides security training coordination and maintains all training plans for the region.
  • Ensuring appropriate training is being delivered by context experts and maintains documentation on our investment
  • Collaborates with Global Security in the development of an effective global security training strategy that reflects
  • FHs strategic direction, operational threat environment and international practices.
  • Proactive and intentional development for country Security Focal Points and Managers. This includes but is not limited to regular field visits, individualized learning plans, follow-up and encouragement
  • Strengthen security through motivational and creative learning opportunities.
  • Support the region and countries in delivering in-person trainings where there is limited or no local capacity to do so
  • Maintain the global security training register using established criteria and registers.
  • FH values team collaboration. The RSM will train, coach, and mentor staff at all levels on integrated security and leadership development in order to strengthen their skills in their own professional area.
  • Review all operational procedures in FH countries and promote alignment with FH’s security risk management framework and incorporate them into training material i.e. policy, security plans, risk assessments, CMT/IMT
  • Implementation of FH’s minimum operating security standards (MOSS)Oversee the region and country offices duty of care and minimum-security standards.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report security risk management, travel security and duty of care application and adherence of policy, standards and processes.
  • Oversee the facilitation, development and review of country security plans according to FH standards and using established processes, forms and templates.
  • Promote international travel security standards to and from the region, and ensure countries are knowledgeable and can execute travel security standards.
  • Maintain compliance records and communicate compliance to the Security Department and Regional Directors
  • Ensure operational plans and budgets reflect responsibilities for staff management, training, support, security and well-being. This may include reviewing grant proposals and evaluating security needs for safe program implementation.
  • Perform regional threat reviews, risk assessments and analysis, and deliver solutions.
  • Conduct risk assessments to support country offices as needed
  • Ensure risk assessments for new project or emergency response locations are conducted accurately and timely using established processes.
  • Threat and Incident ManagementCollaborate with security team members to proactively mitigate incidents and issues. Incidents may include a wide range of issues, including natural disasters, extreme weather, demonstrations, terrorism, crime, workplace violence, kidnapping, detention and imminent threat to events, locations and personnel.
  • Ensure threats / incidents that could potentially impact regional operations or personnel are being formally communicated and escalated to relevant stakeholders in a timely manner, and conduct incidence analysis and share the information with country leadership and the Security Department.
  • Responsible for information management during a critical event and maintain all notes, logs, and information.
  • Conduct annual drills and scenario exercises to build incident response capacities in the field.
  • Report and update incidents using the established protocols and IR platform.
  • Support the Security Department and regional leaders with incident response, reporting and post incident action and follow-up.
  • Perform surge capacity in region during sudden-onset critical events
    Job Level Specifications
  • Vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Christian commitment to serving the poor and in full agreement with FH’s Christian beliefs expressed in The Heartbeat.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and contribute positively to the development of that team.
  • High integrity and a strong sense of professional ethics.
  • Substantial demonstrated experience and desire to train and coach all staff levels using various training methods
  • Excellent people skills including warmth and sensitivity, conversational, able to relate to and effectively communicate with people from different cultures (at various levels within the organization).
  • Strong analytical (tactical & strategic), organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to plan and coordinate work, ensure the efficient flow of projects and processes.
  • Demonstrated computer-operating skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Google platform, and virtual technologies such as Skype and/or other virtual meeting software
  • Competency in field-based communications systems such as HF Codan, Motorola VHF, Thuraya, satellite and incident mapping platforms desired.
  • Medical fitness to live and travel in rural and urban areas with extreme conditions and limited medical support.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule (including weekends, holidays and non-business hours). Must be able to deploy on short-notice for extended time
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time per year in the US and internationally, to insecure countries or locations.
  • Must have a minimum of six (6) years’ experience developing and implementing security risk management standards in organizations


  • Master’s degree in security management or related fields with at least five (5) 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;


Proficiency in spoken and written English. Fluency in either French and/or Portuguese is an added advantage. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Safeguarding Policy

FH strives to provide an environment free from sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment in all places where relief and development programs are implemented. FH holds a zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment. FH expects its employees to maintain high ethical standards, protect organizational integrity and reputation, and ensure that FH work is carried out in honest and fair methods, in alignment with the FH Heartbeat and safeguarding and associated policies. Violations to stated policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment.



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About Food for the Hungry, Inc

Food for the Hungry is an international relief and development organization that answers God’s call to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the poor in more than 26 countries. Founded in 1971 by Dr. Larry Ward, Food for the Hungry exists to help individuals reach their God-given potential. In developing countries on nearly every continent, Food for the Hungry works with churches, leaders and families to provide the resources they need to help their communities become self-sustaining. When disasters strike, Food for the Hungry is often one of the first organizations on the ground to provide and facilitate emergency relief assistance to those in urgent need of food, shelter, and medical care. In 1976, Food for the Hungry (FH) provided emergency relief supplies to Kenya in the Marsabit district. In 2011, Kenya and four other countries experienced the worst drought in 60 years. Through livestock programs, the poor were able to sell their livestock to earn $2.2 million during the drought. This helped communities survive during the food crisis and water shortage. Presently, FH continues to work in Marsabit and three other districts to help rural communities. Click on icons to see how FH is working with Kenyan communities. Our work in Kenya is partially funded by a partner, the EEP Programme. The EEP Programme in Southern and East Africa is jointly funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (lead donor), The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). For further information: http://eepafrica.org/