Security Officer, CART

at Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 12, 2022
Category Security
Job Type Full-time
Currency KES


Project Summary

USAID Central Africa Regional Third-party Monitoring (CART) project will establish independent, impartial, timely, responsive, contextualized, and forward-looking third-party monitoring (TPM) and operational support services. CART will provide a comprehensive range of verification and outcome monitoring and learning services that will increase USAID BHA’s and its implementing partners’ (IP) understanding of the outputs, outcomes, progress, challenges, successes, results, and lessons learned for both emergency and non-emergency activities within Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Republic of Congo (ROC). This project seeks to improve BHA’s capability to utilize humanitarian assistance resources to ameliorate the drivers of poverty and malnutrition characterized by complex emergencies within the region.

  • Please note: Only Congolese (DRC) citizens are eligible for this position**

Position Summary

This Security Officer is responsible for overseeing security management and mitigation functions that support effective program implementation in complex locations. Specifically, the Security Officer (SO) ensures provision of real-time security monitoring and analysis for informing program strategy and for updating and rolling-out policies and procedures with program team members. The SO, with support from the Procurement & Logistics Manager, also provides key input on remote management strategies and contingency plans together with the procurement team and partners, which keep program field teams safe and secure while also ensuring continuity of implementation. This position will be based in either Kinshasa or Goma, DRC.


  • Monitor and analyze security conditions in the country in general, continually, and more specifically in the areas where the project works, via local media, security reports, and information collected from field-based staff and local partners.
  • Help assess security risks that may impact staff movements and safety in different parts of the country and communicate them in a timely manner to ensure timely decision-making and up-to-date situational awareness.
  • Support and participate in the field third party monitoring data collection site visits conducted in the project intervention areas.
  • Communicate safety and security developments and analysis to staff on a regular basis.
  • Ensure the continued relevance and consistent implementation of Standard Operating Procedures related to the health, safety, and security of the field-based staff.
  • Recommend changes to security or logistics procedures in conjunction with the Chief of Party (COP) and the Headquarters (HQ) Security Manager, when appropriate.
  • Ensure a constant update of the emergency contact list and the issuance of badges on time.
  • Evaluate, review, and update the lock down, hibernation and evacuation plan for MSI in DRC and ensure that the practical preparations are in place and known to all staff involved and in coordination with security service provider.
  • Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.
  • Serve as the project’s Security Focal Point (SFP) and provide regular updates and trainings to project staff on basic security topics such as fire safety, communications, etc.
  • Serve as SFP with security service provider in regards visitors’ entry, workplace health, and safety and security protocols.
  • Ensure drill and trainings required by MSI security policy are completed on schedule.
  • Issue regular security and safety updates to project staff, and coordinate emergency messaging in the event of a crisis in accordance with the phone tree and security manual.
  • Create an information network in the project operational areas.
  • Build strong professional relationships with UN agencies, INGOs, local authorities, other operators, locally and internationally, and other relevant actors.
  • Participate in regular security coordination meetings and stay aware of current security problems.


  • Bachelors’ degree in social science, information technology, communications, development studies or another relevant field required.
  • Minimum of five years of experience developing and overseeing security strategies, supporting field program implementation and procedures for different kinds of teams with donor-funded programs or the private sector in complex contexts in DRC.
  • Proactive, systematic and highly organized, able to responsibly ensure team safety and security, even while under pressure.
  • Strong communication skills as well as: a) proactive problem-solving abilities independently and with teams, b) a strong service orientation, and c) inter-personal skills, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to advise and support staff in a consultative manner.
  • Must be reliable, flexible, and able to adapt to abrupt changes on short notice.
  • Fluency in French required, advanced level English preferred.

MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.

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