Security Officer - San Salvador

Country: El Salvador
Organization: Creative Associates International
Closing date: 29 Aug 2021


In close coordination with USAID, the program will contribute to the US government efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, including increasing community and institutional resilience.

The Security Officer's (SO) overall mission is to keep all project personnel and assets safe from harm. S/he has delegated responsibility for the day-to-day management and coordination of operational field security activities, provides continuous security and contextual information to the team, ensures compliance with corporate security policies and maintains liaison with the HQ Security Department.

The Security Officer reports to the Chief of Party (COP).


Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work with the HQ Security Team to develop, 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.
  • Provides security, safety and risk mitigation advice and recommendations to the management team and staff.
  • Ensure that project staff comply with project security procedures.
  • Carry out security assessment of offices, compounds, vehicles, and expatriate housing and make recommendations for required security upgrades, as required.
  • Monitor and analyze the ongoing threat environment faced by the project and brief the Chief of Party, Operations Manager, and other project staff accordingly. Distribute threat warnings to all staff as appropriate.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk migration measures are taken by the project to respond to the threats or changes in threats faced by the project. This is to include physical protection measures, safe working routines, movement restrictions, protection equipment and security staff provision, as required.
  • Oversee movement control and coordination for the project, including driver and vehicle deployment and staff whereabouts.
  • If applicable, oversee the local 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.
  • Provide training, mentoring, and monitoring of the local security provider's guards.
  • Conduct regular training and drills for project staff on lock down drills, office evacuation and fire drills.
  • Report security incidents, violations and recommended corrective actions, as appropriate, to the Chief of Party and HQ Security.
  • Ensure all new employees, consultants, and partners working in Creative offices and traveling in Creative vehicles receive appropriate security orientation and briefings.
  • Verify that all security devices such as locks, alarms, access systems and physical force protection measures are operational or reported for repair.
  • Carry out regular check in calls and communications tests with drivers and field personnel traveling outside of the main cities and or during any critical security incident.
  • Ensure visitor access and vehicle control systems are effective and appropriate for the threat environment.
  • Review Travel requests to ensure staff safety.
  • Maintain an “In Country Travel Register” to log and administer all in country and international travel by HCN and expatriate staff.
  • Work with the HQ Security Department to develop and maintain the project Crisis Response Plan in coordination with the Operations Manager and ensure that the contact information contained therein is always updated.
  • Provide, if directed, a weekly security report to the Chief of Party and HQ Security.
  • Be able to assist with out-of-hours emergency response for the project staff and partners, if needed.
  • Assist the project with business continuity planning, as required.
  • Ensure that the Creative Sensitive Information (CSI) Plan is distributed to and is being followed by project staff.
  • Serve as the liaison with the US Embassy Regional Security Officer and/or equivalent US Government personnel for project security matters, in coordination with the Chief of Party.
  • All of the above includes ensuring security protocols are understood and security drills are periodically conducted with staff in all locations, including regional offices.
  • Ensure field staff receive first aid and fire response training.
  • Additional assignments, as instructed by the Operations Manager and/or Chief of Party.

The Security Officer should understand, brief and regularly train all project staff on:

  • The need for all staff to maintain a good level of situational awareness, and to report concerns.
  • Project movement / field trip planning and control procedures.
  • Project communications procedures including emergency phone trees, SMS blast service, and contact lists.
  • Office emergency response procedures including fire evacuation, direct threat lockdown, etc.
  • The need to avoid all demonstrations, possible demo sites and areas where crowd trouble could start.
  • The location of the nearest medical facilities.
  • Implement and execute actions relating to the Crisis Response Plan.

  • High school diploma required. University degree in a security-related field desired.

  • Minimum of four (4) years general work history is required.

  • Minimum of two (2) years professional experience in security management for an organization.

  • Experience working for an international organization or company.

  • Proven understanding of security management protocols essential.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve challenging and complicated security issues.

  • Ability to develop in-depth understanding of and willingness to comply with all Creative security policies and procedures.

  • Should have a proven and established network of contacts within the local security establishment in El Salvador.

  • Proficient at using Microsoft office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Prior experience using MS Access and web-based database applications.

  • Ability to draw information from a broad range of sources and provide concise and timely analysis and recommendations.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage all team members as resources to manage security and contextual awareness in a manner that is proactive.

  • Must have the physical capacity to travel extensively on short notice to project activity sites.

  • Advanced knowledge of English desired; medium level required.

  • Spanish language fluency.

  • Must have existing work authorization for El Salvador.


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