Security and Safety Officer, Cotabato City, Philippines

Location: Philippines
Deadline: October 11, 2019

This position is open to Filipino nationals only.

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance, law, economic development, and regional cooperation. In addition, our Books for Asia and professional exchange programs are among the ways we encourage Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The successful recruit will be responsible for the following:

I. Security Management Plans and Reporting
A. S/he will develop, in coordination with the headquarters, senior management team and designated Foundation staff, the key safety and security-related policies and procedures.

  • Office Safety and Security Plan
  • Crisis Management Plan
  • Pandemic Contingency Plan
  • Evacuation Plan
  • Business Continuity Plan in coordination with the designated staff

B. Ensure that senior management is kept informed of all security incidents, security trends, relocation/evacuation procedures and all proposed actions or measures to improved individual, institutional and operational security.
C. Serve as primary point of contact for information on security issues and incidents

II. Safety/Security Risk Assessments, Monitoring and Information Collection
A. Undertake regular security and safety risk assessment missions and as directed by senior management to ensure compliance with standard safety and security requirements. This includes security threat and risk analysis, contingency planning, office, residential and site security collaboration as well as contact and liaison with security service providers. Provide post-trip debriefing and recommendations to senior management, including assessment of security risks, situation, gaps and concerns.
B. Review and update physical safety/security for Foundation offices/residences in the Philippines.
C. Monitor and analyze the security situation in areas where the Foundation operates and identify security-related trends and issues that affect operations, staff and partners.
D. Maintain a network of contacts (government and donor security offices/officers, NGOs, Embassies, Civil Society, etc.)

III. Briefings and Training
A. Deliver or facilitate training for staff on MOSS and emergency preparedness related topics (earthquake drill, MOSS, fire drill, etc.).
B. Provide safety and security emergency preparedness briefings to new staff, consultants, interns and visitors.
C. Advise program managers and senior program officers on coordinating actions required to deal with security sensitive situations and if required, the management of critical incidents as requested and/or directed by senior management.
D. Conduct briefing and/or training sessions for office staff and incident management, as well as basic security awareness such as defensive and 4×4 driving, radio communications, fire drills and use of fire-fighting materials.

IV. Travel Security
A. Provide pre-travel security briefings based on the Foundation’s Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS):

  • Recent trends in the area and risks specific to the planned travel
  • Security measures
  • Local transport and accommodation arrangements
  • Mitigation measures
  • Access to facilities
  • Contingency/evacuation plan
  • Emergency contact points

B. Ensure daily monitoring of staff in the field (informed by Staff Tracker)

V. Representation
A. Establish and maintain internal and external security-related contacts and participate in security meetings both internally and externally with Philippine government agencies, local security providers, USAID and DFAT, ICRC, UN, local authorities and NGOs.
B. Undertake operational field liaison functions which may include military and/or police coordination in relation to security.

Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree.

Qualifications: At least 7 years work experience in a similarly wide-ranging safety/security position; field experience in development security work, preferably in the areas where The Asia Foundation operates; at least 2 years work experience in an NGO; experience working with the military or other forces; and experience in conducting participatory risk assessments and preparing situational context analysis. Experience working with an international NGO or development organization will be an advantage.

Interested applicants should also complete the Foundation Application Form and send with a letter of intent to on or before October 11, 2019.