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Security Manager at The Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM)

The Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM) Is a USAID program implemented by SAII Associates Ltd. /Gte., an associated company of Chemonics International Inc. in Nigeria. The purpose of the Project is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in support of U.S. government-funded public health initiatives throughout the world.

The Global Health Supply Chain Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Program is seeking to fill the following position:

Position: Security Manager

Location/Duration of Assignment:

This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Abuja, Nigeria


The Security Manager (SM) will be responsible for developing and managing the security platform which will support all project operations in Nigeria. S/he will develop a strong understanding of Chemonics corporate security policies and procedures, and apply these in a consistent and thoughtful manner to the specific requirements of the PSM program in Nigeria. The SM will also supervise two regional security managers to ensure regular coordination and consistency of security procedures across Nigeria. S/he will be responsible for building and enhancing strategic relationships with key government ministries (e.g. Nigeria Ministry of Defense) and the Nigerian security sector, including developing relationships with local security professionals, NGO/IP security managers, and security forces.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Lead the development of the security platform. Develop comprehensive and realistic security protocols for program operations in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria that are compliant with Chemonics safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Build and enhance security relationships: Establish relationships with local law enforcement, civil authorities and development organizations for obtaining the most current information affecting the security of the program. Liaise with local security forces, beneficiaries and members of the team and establish a network of contacts who can provide information on a regular basis. In coordination with the projects’ senior leadership, continue rigorous liaising and networking with appropriate international security sources other donors, and their projects.
  • Provide leadership, strategic guidance, and management for special security requirements: These include but are not limited to: general and facility security assessments; event security; security for staff traveling in and around Nigeria; support for regional assessments and/or project movements in risk areas; and any situation that might threaten the safety of staff and operations. Make recommendations for security enhancements and modifications, and ensure that approved recommendations are implemented.
  • Manage Security Provider Performance. Manage security subcontractors and optimize the subcontractor’s performance with actions that include inspections and audits, ensuring compliance with requirements defined in the subcontract SOW, guidance and instructions for remedial actions, and oversight to ensure effective and efficient use of resources. Particularly, work closely with the Home Office Supply Chain Solutions Security Director to educate the security providers to the programmatic approach and methodology.
  • Conduct incident and situation reporting. Reach out to staff and contacts for local and regional updates on security, Compile and disperse timely and accurate security updates, recommendations for changes in posture, and other relevant information to the senior management team and/or staff in-person or via e-mail, phone, or SMS, Transmit security alerts for emerging situations and report all security-related incidents involving staff. Provide reports as requested to senior management team that capture major events and any impact on staff or program delivery. Provide guidance with threat information and recommendation on travel prior to any field trips outside of Abuja, to include providing area specific emergency contact information (local hospitals, police stations, etc.).
  • On an activity-by-activity basis, implement the capability to operate safely: In coordination with the senior management team, manage the implementation and quality control of security policies and the standard operating procedures. This includes: ensuring sound security plans that enable the mission while meeting Chemonics standards; problem solving specific security issues; determining resource requirements; and vetting and selection of security resources for a constantly improving platform.
  • Manage and continuously upgrade the Chemonics security management program. Lead crisis and incident management preparations and response in Nigeria, in coordination with projects’ senior leadership. In this regard: update, as appropriate, the project emergency action plans and corresponding business continuity plans to ensure a fail-safe emergency communications system; clear emergency duties and responsibilities; and systems that foster fast, deliberate, and coordinated team responses. Conduct scenario training and test exercises and ensure emergency continuity. Ensure all staff are briefed on all safety and security considerations for project personnel arriving in country from overseas-to include information on security risks, incident in the field.
  • Strengthen project staff security skills and habits: Recommend staff training program and monitor completion and compliance. This includes regular briefings, security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and movement restrictions (as needed).

Job Qualifications

  • Strong contextual knowledge of the security environment in Nigeria;
  • 10 or more years of experience in security management and oversight of security platforms;
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and leverage network connections to promote an accurate understanding of risk and strengthen knowledge of country context;
  • Proven effectiveness in conducting liaison activities in complex and high-risk environments;
  • Prior professional experience working in law enforcement or military coupled with private sector work experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of U.S. government and USAID processes and regulations preferred; Well-connected with local Nigerian authorities and international NGOs operating in Nigeria, as well as possessing a high ability to build strategic relationships and expand network;
  • Proven expertise in Nigerian security issues, including current threat environment, security policy, key actors, risk assessment, and best practices;
  • Experience providing security oversight to an international donor program desirable;
  • Ability to report to and coordinate with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external;
  • Experience in training civilians on safety and security measures;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • Fluency in English is required.

Required Skills

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills: must function well in a team setting.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Training facilitation skills is a plus.

Application Instructions:

To submit your application please upload your CV/Resumes (Should detail the contact information for at least three professional references) by copying the following links to your browser:

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Uploaded CV/Resume MUST clearly indicate your name and the position title.

The Deadline for submission of applications for these positions is 24th April, 2017

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted



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