Global Safety and Security Director

RI , United Kingdom
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Job Summary

Job Description

ABOUT Relief International.

Relief International (RI) is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four members of the RI Alliance in the USA, UK, France, and Belgium. Under our alliance agreement, we operate under a single, shared management structure with one CEO and one Board of Directors.

About our Programs.

RI is active in 16 countries around the world, including some of the most fragile: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. Often, RI is the only organization providing assistance to highly vulnerable communities.

RI employs 7,000+ staff and auxiliary workers

97% of staff are in-country nationals

We only have some 90 ex-pat staff out of 7,000+

RI spent $125 million in 2019 on our programs.

RI invests in four broad program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We design our programs to incorporate The RI Way: local participation, integrated programming, the development of civic skills, and partnerships including with local NGOs, governments, and the private sector.

RI supports solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, RI’s crisis response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.

Position Summary.

The Global Safety and Security Director will work closely with regional and country leadership teams by providing guidance to strengthen RI’s approach to security and access management, enabling our ability to operate in fragile settings.

As Global Safety and Security Director you will build a network of strong security and access professionals. Lead on building capacity of senior managers and teams at all levels of the organization to prioritize security and access management solutions in our work.

As a member of the RI’s global leadership team, you will provide insight and guidance on global-level strategy, approach, systems effectiveness and improvements to help strengthen RI’s approach to security and access management.

Provide security risk updates to the SVP International Programs and CEO on all aspects of security and access management, and present updates to relevant Board committees.

Provide security analysis, planning, capacity building and main-streaming gender in risk management and crisis management.


Strategic and operational relationship

  • Promote a culture prioritising security access and management with Leadership and Regional Leams and Country Offices in line with our strategy to operate in fragile settings.
  • Partner with Risk Management and Assurance team to develop a holistic approach to risk management within RI
  • Working closely with the Senior Vice President International Program, to ensure Country Offices strengthen roles and responsibilities for safety and security management, optimizing organizational/departmental efficiency, performance, and accountability

Develop and implement the systems and tools

  • Lead agency-wide efforts to improve security risk management systems and tools.
  • Strengthen the process by which RI conduct vulnerability assessments, design mitigation measures, and monitor compliance. Strengthen the process by which security management plans are defined by country offices and ensuring country teams are budgeting and spending resources effectively.
  • Lead coordination and cooperation between global, regional and country security management teams to develop high levels of information sharing and inviting new and innovative ideas.
  • Lead on the development and updating guidelines and tools to mainstreaming Gender in Security Risk Management.

Security and Access Management

  • Support Country Directors –who are responsible for safety and security decisions in their country– and build the capacity of incident management teams to implement security procedures, policies, and practices and to manage critical incidents and crisis level situations
  • Work closely with incident teams to manage critical incidents, such as kidnapping, rape, or murder
  • Routinely examine the RI security risk management framework and ensure formal assessments of all program sites and activities are up to date and effective
  • Provide regular updates and analysis around safety and security trends. Share relevant information with regional and country office management.
  • In close coordination with Regional Security and Access Managers, provide direct support to the startup and closure of RI offices/programs and to the Humanitarian Department (HD) during emergency response operations

Organizational & Systems Development and Staff Capacity Strengthening

  • Oversee process by which regional and country offices assess and build partner capacities related to security and access management. Promote the use of RI standardized approaches and tools for partner capacity strengthening
  • Support Regional and Country Offices in the recruitment and development of staff involved in safety and security management
  • Translate RI’s commitment to train regional and country staff in security and access management into action. Strengthen planning process, oversee and support the implementation and delivery of security training at the regional and country levels
  • Cultivate and lead the communities of practice for security focal points and other interested parties to encourage learning and implementation of best practices in security risk management


  • Uphold and promote RI’s commitment to ensuring the safeguarding and safety of the vulnerable communities we serve.
  • Consistent with RI’s safeguarding and protection policies, as part of your role ensure all people who come into contact with Relief International are as safe as possible.

Equity and Diversity commitment

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of systemic diversity and cultural differences.
  • Ensure that gender equity is addressed in our security practices

Role requirements.

You will bring the following skills and experience:

  • Progressive security management experience combined with experience of working in an international humanitarian organization, UN, or related international humanitarian organization
  • Solid educational background including an undergraduate degree and a master’s in security management, international development/studies, MBA or similar advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven success in developing and implementing an organization-wide security and safety culture
  • Experience of ensuring cultural diversity and gender equity are embedded into global Safety and security

  • Strong relationship building and communication skills with experience leading diverse work teams and working in a within a matrix structure environment to delivering strategic results

  • Substantial experience in managing complex security crises

  • Passionate about Relief International’s mission and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and values of Relief International to external and internal stakeholders.

  • Able to work without close supervision, experience with remote management

  • Ability and willingness to travel at short notice to provide on-site security support for global program operations.

RI Values.

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:


Transparency and accountability

Agility and innovation



How to apply.

To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button in the job advert page

You will be asked to upload a CV and Cover Letter. The cover letter should be no more than 2 pages long and explain why you are interested in this post with Relief International and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date. Please apply immediately we will be reviewing applicants on a rolling basis, therefore may withdraw the position for the job board closing date.

Please apply by uploading your cover letter and up-to-date CV on

Due to limited resources, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Note to external agencies, we will not be accepting CVs from third parties.

Relief International is committed to protecting our staff and the communities we work with from abuse and harm including sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

All staff are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Recruitment to all roles in Relief International include a criminal records self-declaration, references and other pre-employment checks, which may include police and qualifications checks.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Relief International is committed to diversity and gender equality, we strongly encourage applicants from the global south and female candidates to apply.