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United States of America: Manager, Africa Security Management Unit

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Organization: Chemonics
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Sep 2018

Chemonics is seeking a manager responsible for day-to-day work and staff supervision leading to the achievement of quality work products. In addition to providing technically proficient security support to Chemonics staff and projects as directed, he or she has specific responsibility for regional security initiatives and projects. The manager 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.


  • Manages regional incidents and emergencies in collaboration with the Global Safety and Security Department (GSSD)

  • Exhibits knowledge of Security Management Unit (SMU) technical security practices, safety and security policy manual, safety and security-related Quality Management System (QMS) work instructions, the field security best practices manual, and Chemonics' online safety and security trainings

  • Monitors, assesses, and analyzes regional security trends through open-source reporting and liaising with security networks including field security employees and continually shares this knowledge with the regional Senior Vice President, Project Management Unit (PMU) directors, project leadership, and GSSD

  • Collaborates closely with the SMU director in ensuring that the project and its personnel maintain the proper safety and security procedures in accordance with USAID and Chemonics’ policies

  • Updates SMU director and GSSD on potential safety and security-related risks or problems within the region

  • Conducts basic and detailed performance assessments and risk assessments of project security and regularly submits updated findings to GSSD for corporate security performance metrics

  • Advises PMUs and/or project teams and leads the recruitment, hiring/onboarding, and monitoring of safety and security project staff, ensuring personnel selected meet appropriate requirements

  • Advises field security team (as applicable) and promptly addresses the field staff’s safety/security inquiries and needs

  • Conducts security reviews of all proposals in priority countries and provides technical security input to all line roles of proposal teams as identified during the review process

  • Ensures travelers are researching the risk environment through the information security provider before travel or conducts security briefings for designated high- or critical-risk countries

  • Maintains and expands technical knowledge in safety and security by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies and Chemonics practice networks

  • Provides support to security subcontract procurement, management, and administration for new and ongoing projects and new business development needs

  • Leads projects and activities as appropriate to advance safety and security internally and externally

  • Researches and recommends operational security practices (collaborating with GSSD, as appropriate), and assists with the implementation of relevant changes

  • Performs short-term technical assignments for existing projects or new business efforts

  • Performs leadership roles on New Business or regional/corporate initiatives

  • Serves as an acting director as necessary

  • Experience living or working in West Africa or Haiti is preferred

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a relevant field required

  • Minimum 3 years of administrative and/or technically relevant work experience in the field of security to include physical security, risk assessments, and/or security contract management required

  • Knowledge of and previous working experience with USAID 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

  • Experience in implementing security platforms for civilian operations in conflict zones, to include successful crisis manage­ment preferred

  • Ability to operate at advanced levels of authority and manage significant activities, budgets and resources to produce and take responsibility for results

  • Willingness to work overseas for up to 4-8 weeks per year and to consider long-term overseas assignments

  • Experience living or working in developing countries preferred

  • 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

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Demonstrated independent thinking, judgment, and respect for others

  • Must be proficient in French

How to apply:

Application instructions: Apply through our Career Center at by September 30, 2018. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

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.