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Safety and Security Officer - Maichew

FHI 360

FHI 360

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Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2024


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication, and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development and humanitarian challenge in more than 70 countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response team is responding to the humanitarian emergency in Nothern Ethiopia, focusing on emergency health, nutrition and WASH activities to support the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality.


FHI 360’s Crisis Response Department is looking to hire Safety and Security Officer who will be responsible for assisting the Safety & Security Coordinator with management of all humanitarian activities at the field level, with a focus on heading programmatic aspects of the response. Under the supervision of the Safety & Security Coordinator this incumbent will fill a critical role on the response team in Woldiya overseeing all program staff and program activities from the field office.


  • Takes lead in the preparation of the Maichew Security Plan

  • Establishes and maintains close relations with host country security agencies and acts as liaison between the senior security professionals and the host country services, to discuss potential problems and plan possible methods of resolutions.

  • Maintains dialogue with authorities and international institutions such as UNDSS, NGO Security forum, and other Red Cross/Red Crescent movement in matter of security.

  • Serves as a member of interdisciplinary team on matters of non-routine nature, such as mine removal, evacuations, medical emergency, kidnapping, arms attacks, arrest and detention, or hostilities that threaten the safety of FHI360 staff

  • Supports the ongoing evaluation of air, land and evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircrafts, fuel supply and assessable roads.

  • Ensures that fire detection devices and firefighting equipment are available on the premises.

  • Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary.

  • Conducts routine security surveys of office and residential areas and premises.

  • Conducts physical security inspections of facilities, including safe room and issuance of identity cards, if possible, background checks and entry control.

  • Ensures that staff members are kept fully informed on matters affecting their security and safety.

  • Investigates and prepares reports on minor cases of theft, illegal entry, assault or other incidents when the extent of the infraction is readily determinable.

  • Establishes policies and procedures for reviewing crisis situations and preparing contingency plans for emergencies.

  • Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if systems are functioning properly, arrange for necessary repairs or adjustments.

  • Manages and supervises all FHI 360 guards, including the creation of the schedules.

  • Assists in creating a security culture around the organization.


  • Bachelor's Degree or International Equivalent in security and protective services or international relations with focus on security management or other relevant education.

  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive responsible experience in investigation, military, police, security management, preferably in the police or military context or related area.

  • Previous experience in a similar role with another organization is preferred.

  • Fluent in local language (Amharic) and excellent in English.

  • Good knowledge of the local context

  • Unbiased in their analysis

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • 50% throughout the region

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 will never ask you for your career site username or password, and we will never request money, goods or services during the application, recruitment or employment process.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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