Head of Safety and Security

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Role Purpose:

The security environment in Ethiopia is complex and dynamic due to conflicts between tribal and ethnic groups; the rise of extremism in the region; the prevalence of arms; the presence of illicit trade; poverty; lack of visible improvements in living standards; banditry. The changing political landscape on the local, national and regional levels, contributes to the changing security environment. There is a need to strengthen the security management function of SC in Ethiopia and provide an efficient support function to country and local Programmes and their Programme managers. SC working in this insecure area requires a Head of Safety & Security to inform and advice on the continually changing security environment. The overall objective of this position is to reduce the risks posed to the Programme personnel and assets of all national and international SC staff in Ethiopia through the provision of specialized, coordinated and focused security management support. As member of the ESLT, the position holder is also expected to play a significant role in ensuring gender equity among staff is maintained across the organization.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Location: Addis Ababa


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Formal security qualification or advanced security management training 
  • Advanced level of understanding with the philosophy and mode of operation of NGOs
  • 10 years of relevant progressive experience, out of which 5 years in managerial, in complex and insecure settings, preferably in more than one country with large teams of staff
  • Experience in liaising with civilian, police and military government authorities, as well as with regional, national and international institutions
  • Experience of incident reporting, incident mapping, intelligence collation and analysis functions, set up and execution of an incident warning system (warden system), compilation of security reports and assessments
  • Strong analytical capacity, resourcefulness and creativity in developing the role of security within Programmes and ensuring the most effective support to line management
  • Ability to balance demands of beneficiary and security actors while maintaining appropriate contextual NGO security advice and coordination
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Excellent planning, coordination and reporting skills, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Willingness to work and travel in often difficult and insecure environments
  • Competency in Internet and Microsoft Office systems including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and other database/mapping systems
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Ability to speak Amharic and preferably other local languages
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

 To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

HOW TO APPLY interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through ethiopia.recruitment@savethe children.org on or before 22nd October 2019

  1. A CV (not more than 3 pages)
  2. A cover letter (not more than one page)
  3. A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You will provide them upon request.


Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children. We undertake rigorous procedures during the recruitment process including background checks to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will therefore be subject to this scrutiny.


In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.


Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicant if invited for written exam or interview.


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Job description:

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Date advertised: 8 Oct 2019

Closing date: 22 Oct 2019 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Department: Security

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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