Global Head of Safety and Security

Location: UK - flexible

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 27 November 2020

Salary: c£49,159

Specific Hours: Standard Hours - this is a full-time position but some flexibility regarding working arrangements will be considered

Global Head of Safety and Security

Location: UK (flexible locations and working arrangements within the UK may be considered)

Salary: c£49,159

Sightsavers is looking for a Global Head of Safety and Security. The Global Head of Safety and Security manages Sightsavers’ operational safety and security risk management framework and reports to the Controller of Crisis and Risk. Supporting the organisational management team and country directors, the position acts as a subject matter expert on security and field safety. The position leads on the implementation of organisational resilience processes and analyses current and emerging threats to Sightsavers’ staff, programmes and assets.

About the Role

The main areas of responsibility for the Global Head of Safety and Security include Travel Safety and Security, Audit and Compliance, Country Office and Programme Safety and Security, Reporting and Assessments, Training, Crisis and Incident Management, Liaison, Health and Safety and Investigations as well as line management responsibilities.

The Global Head of Safety and Security will:

Oversee Sightsavers’ travel security processes for staff travelling abroad.

  • Assess and approve all high-risk trips.
  • Liaise with travel team to ensure travellers adhere to travel security processes.
  • Audit country office security plans and processes through physical visits to programme countries.
  • Ensure compliance of all staff to organisational security policies
  • Ensure country and programme teams have workable security management strategies.
  • Prepare monthly security reports for management team.
  • Brief management team and regional teams on security challenges at regular meetings.
  • Manage the relationship between safety and security training providers and Sightsavers.
  • Act as security lead during crisis scenarios.
  • Act as Sightsavers representative at security forums such as GISF
  • Lead and develop health and safety practices within global operations in line with appropriate legislation
  • Support the Controller, Crisis and Risk in conducting internal investigations as necessary.

This is an involved role and further detail may be found in the job description

 About You

 You will have:

  • Significant international security experience in development, humanitarian or similar sectors.
  • Deployed experience in fragile or complex contexts is preferred.
  • Experience of working across cultures.
  • Experience of successfully developing and implementing processes remotely.
  • In-depth knowledge of humanitarian or development security management.
  • Experience of real-life crisis and incident management events is preferred.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding, fraud management and business continuity is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Sightsavers’ operating environments.
  • Experience in corporate risk management.

 Skills and Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent experience.
  • Security qualification such as CPP is preferred.
  • Health and Safety qualification such as NEBOSH is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to communicate complex and sensitive subjects to varying audiences.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Proven ability to work in high-pressured situations and make clear decisions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel, including to high-risk environments or areas with limited infrastructure.
  • Enhanced risk assessment capabilities. 


    We anticipate that remote first stage interviews will take place w/c 30 November 2020.

    As an equal opportunities employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community.  Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

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