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FHI 360

FHI 360


Position: Safety and Security Officer - Abala
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Abala Town, Afar Region - Ethiopia
Posted date: 3 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication, and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development and humanitarian challenge in more than 70 countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response team is responding to the humanitarian emergency in Tigray, focusing on emergency health, nutrition and WASH activities to support the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality.


FHI 360’s Crisis Response Department is looking to hire a Safety and Security Officer who will be responsible for assisting the Safety and Security Coordinator with the management of all humanitarian activities at the field level, with a focus on heading programmatic aspects of the response. Under the supervision of the Safety & Security Coordinator, this incumbent will fill a critical role on the response team in Abala overseeing all program staff and program activities from the field office.


  • Takes the lead in the preparation of the Abala Security Plan
  • Establishes and maintains close relations with host country security agencies and acts as liaison between the senior security professionals and the host country services, to discuss potential problems and plan possible methods of resolutions.
  • Maintains dialogue with authorities and international institutions such as UNDSS, NGO Security forum, and other Red Cross/Red Crescent movements in matters of security.
  • Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary team on matters of a non-routine nature, such as mine removal, evacuations, medical emergencies, kidnapping, arms attacks, arrest and detention, or hostilities that threaten the safety of FHI360 staff
  • Supports the ongoing evaluation of air, land and evacuation routes and resources for use in emergencies, ensuring the availability of vehicles, aircraft, fuel supply and assessable roads.
  • Ensures that fire detection devices and firefighting equipment are available on the premises. Maintains fire evacuation plan and conducts fire drills and training as necessary.
  • Conducts routine security surveys of office and residential areas and premises.
  • Conducts physical security inspections of facilities, including safe rooms and issuance of identity cards, if possible, background checks and entry control.
  • Ensures that staff members are kept fully informed on matters affecting their security and safety.
  • Investigates and prepare reports on minor cases of theft, illegal entry, assault or other incidents when the extent of the infraction is readily determinable.
  • Establishes policies and procedures for reviewing crisis situations and preparing contingency plans for emergencies.
  • Ensures availability of emergency communications system by making periodic checks to determine if systems are functioning properly, and arrange for necessary repairs or adjustments.
  • Manages and supervises all FHI 360 guards, including the creation of the schedules.
  • Assists in creating a security culture around the organization.


  • Bachelor's Degree or International Equivalent in security and protective services or international relations with a focus on security management or other relevant education.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in investigation, military, police, and security management, preferably in the police or military context or related area.
  • Previous experience in a similar role with another organization is preferred.
  • Fluent in the local language (Amharic) and excellent in English.
  • Good knowledge of the local context
  • Unbiased in their analysis

Travel Requirements:

  • 50% throughout the region

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.