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Regional Safety & Security Advisor

Date: 06-Feb-2019

Location: Panama, 8, PA

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Purpose of the Role:


Oversee, contribute towards, promote and implement the global security strategy, policies and guidelines in conjunction with (and in consideration of) Plan’s Global Security Policy, Security Standards and Security Plans for all the Region’s Offices and  other designated entities (includes RO, Country Offices (CO), National Offices(NO) and FCNO). The Regional Safety and Security Adviser proactively provides advice, support, instruction and training to all Plan offices in the region on security and safety issues and is the technical supervisor of all security appointments within the region.  


Applicants should be residents or have job permit in any of the following countries: Panamá, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Nicaragua.    The job is a permanent position and the contract is according to that.


Dimensions of the Role:


  • Provides regular objective contextual and compliance reports and other security intelligence to the senior regional management
  • Manages the regional budget for security operations/program assistance to countries within the region in collaboration with other Plan regional colleagues.
  • Mentors and builds capacity of all full time country security appointments and all country Security Focal Points (SFPs) throughout the region directly/through their line managers/Country Directors (CDs).
  • Ensures efficient communication lines are established and maintained between all country security appointments and/or CDs, especially in emergency situations.
  • Supports the Identification of and the mitigation of potential Security risks to staff, assets and operational/program security.
  • Monitors & supports Country Offices compliance with global and/or regional security, policy, procedures and guidelines.
  • Provides analysis of security related issues and data and their implications to Plan Regionally.
  • Effectively represents Plan Regionally on matters relating to Security and assists countries to develop effective security networks & responses relevant to their context.
  • Responsible for rolling out any global security initiatives or standards within the region and to be an effective liaison point for the Director of Global Safety and Security and other Regional Security Advisers.
  • Carry out security assessments prior to Plan opening operations in a new country in the region.


Supervisory responsibilities: 

  • Is the technical supervisor of all security appointments, including emergency roster security deployments within the region and provides consistent guidance based on current security policy and procedures to ensure uniformity of practice across all countries
  • Oversee the maintenance and development of the regional security intranet security workspace and ensure regular current data is available for upload to PlaNET
  • Maintain records of security-related training programmes across the region to ensure and oversee regional staff security training needs are being planned for and achieved
  • Provides security advice and support to ROA countries




  • Regional Context Analysis (and early warning):
    - Provide contextual analysis of localised and regional security situations and incidents along with appropriate advice to regional and country management based on credible information.
    - Understand the salient issues for the country teams within the region and update both country and regional management, as the contexts dictate, as part of a regional early warning system.


  • Liaison and Networking:
    - Monitor and provide support/reporting on government/UN/NGO field security initiatives as required.
    - Identify, create and maintain a security network with INGO/UN and other security specialists in the region and assist countries to do the same.
    - In consultation with the Director of Global Safety and Security, liaise with other NGOs, the UN, government departments, donors and others in regard to security.
  • Participate in the Region’s E-ROMT and liaise with operations team to provide feedback appropriate to the Region’s security needs
  • Security Management Planning:
    - Assure that each country has at least basic and current Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS) and support the development and maintenance of comprehensive Country Security Plans and that each is reviewed at least once every 12 months.
    - Follow International Headquarters (IH) security management planning guidance for field security plans to assure thoroughness and consistency throughout Plan structures.
    - Provide written feedback to all Plan offices/entities as they develop and/or revise their security procedures.
    - Request and ensure appropriate revisions when there is a significant change in the security environment either nationally, regionally or globally.

- Assist the Regional Administrator to manage the regional Security Risk Register and follow up on the implementation of required actions to mitigate any risks.


  •  Security Risk Assessments:
    - Oversee and or conduct and validate field security risk assessments, directly or through CO Security appointments, examining Plan’s procedures, resources, assets, compounds, international residences, field sites and projects and submit mitigation recommendations as appropriate.
  • When approved, monitor the implementation of same.


  • Security Orientation & Training:
  • Monitor compliance related to all MOSS requirements related to staff/visitor/contractors travel and security briefings
  • Monitor procedures are in place at CO level to assure that each new employee – international and/or national – receives a Security briefing including personal security and reference to relevant MOSS.
  • Deliver security training courses as required by global training guidance and in accordance with global standards
  • Develop directly, and help countries to produce/procure, security training and briefing tools to ensure compliance with Plan MOSS and the maintenance of security best practices.
  • Working closely with HR oversee the development of records of staff security training and liaising with CO teams to ensure adequate planning and provision is made to meet this MOSS requirement reporting at/and international at least quarterly on said training to regional and global management.
  • Assist country/national offices in arranging security training workshops.
  • Monitor training is up-to-date in ‘Hot Spot’ countries and countries with fluctuating security phase levels



  • Advisory & Monitoring Services:
    - Act as lead and monitor/be consulted/included in all communications from the region related to security incidents and planning.

- Provide timely feedback to questions raised from the field/any country and develop/maintain a database of security incidents with the active assistance of country security appointments/management.
- Make regular visits annually (or as needed) to all countries in the region to monitor security preparedness and field training.  Provide a follow-up report with clear recommendations after each visit.
- Generate activity reports on security, including database analyses, new threats, responses and vulnerabilities and any relevant lessons learned from security and safety incidents.

Provide timely, concise and clearly articulated quarterly security management compliance reports to RO & IH senior management


  • Contingency Planning and Crisis Management:

- Provide security input into developing contingency plan for RO
- As required, respond to, support and advise the Regional Director (RD), Sub regional Directors (SRDs) and CDs during security/safety or humanitarian emergencies, serving on a Senior Management Crisis Team.

  • Assist country entities to develop and test contingency plans and systems
  • Oversee and manage the security incident reporting criteria in line with Global Policy & procedures.
  • Ensure Gender and Child Protection (CP) are integrated in all Security related programming.
  • Fulfil Plan’s CP policy requirement professionally and technically.
  • Be prepared to perform other emergency duties that may be assigned from time to time.
  • Responsible for ensuring there is understanding at CO and RO level of Security section of Plan’s Disaster Manual and that the procedures outlined therein are adhered to in the event of a disaster


  • Indicators for Success
  • Ensures that the Region is well prepared to deal with security crises and develop mechanisms to test and provide assurance on this.
  • Plan is invited to take part in crucial security meetings at national and regional level.
  • Internal and external security and safety is improved and measurable.
  • All staff are aware Plan’s global security policy & procedures and have access to global and local guidelines to ensure they feel confident in performing their duties





  • Demonstrable knowledge and practical work experience, preferably with non-profit or NGO within international humanitarian assistance programs, with proven capabilities in planning, organising and executing security operations in the field between of 7-10 years
  • In depth knowledge or work experience in post-conflict and/or complex emergency environment.
  • Deep and clear understanding of humanitarian principles, codes of conduct and ideally, specific sub-sector work: protection, health, shelter, linked to INGO field operations contexts.
  • Good understanding and experience in neutrality in local conflicts and conflicting parties - interaction with all parties and maintaining a position of (humanitarian) neutrality is a necessity of the role.
  • Police/military experience within peace-keeping settings will be an added advantage.
  • In depth knowledge in Security, Social Sciences, International Development or related fields.
  • Demonstrable experience in security report writing and analysis (sample will be requested)
  • Demonstrable practical experience in security management, training or analysis role in a relevant organisational setting.
  • Advanced level knowledge of communications technology, including VHF, HF radio systems, satellite communications, cell phone mediums, etc.


  • Demonstrated ability in time management and organisation skills relevant to a senior manager position.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse teams.
  • Proven ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in fast-paced team environments.
  • Excellent negotiation skills (with senior level management and/or governmental authorities).
  • Good training skills – the ability to develop, implement, facilitate and impart learning to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g.  database, internet and management information system.
  • Proven ability to communicate in a timely and efficient manner appropriate to the audience that stimulates motivation among many different actors.
  • Strong team working skills to lead and motivate people to work in teams at the regional level that currently includes multiple countries.
  • Ability to travel extensively, on extremely short notice, and to difficult locations in terms of both security and comfort  (60 percent or more)
  • Influencing and persuading to meet organisational requirements and achieve results.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal and able to convey complex matters in easy to understand terms and the ability to pursued and influence behaviour change



  • Proactive in problem solving and seeking solutions
  • A self-starter who acts with honesty and integrity in all matters, leading by example.
  • Understands Plan’s needs and behaves strategically to lead the processes and practices that support achievement of organisational objectives.
  • A team player who develops, motivates, coaches and promotes high performance by Security staff and collaborators.
  • Organisational awareness – understanding how to get what information and who to keep informed.
  • Develops, gives and receives feedback to/from all involved with passion and enthusiasm.
  • Seeks to add greater value by being seen as a source of expertise in their field of expertise and is proactive in sharing knowledge and advice.
  • Open to feedback and willing to try new approaches and processes.
  • Positive, learning attitude, flexibility to adapt practices to the local context.
  • Involves and listens to others to ensure strengthening relationships, both internally and externally.



Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted. Please add a cover letter.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organization, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.