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Roving Security Coordinator – South Central Somalia

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  • Post date:17 Sep 2020
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Job Description

Chemonics International, a leading international development organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks a Roving Security Coordinator for an anticipated contract. This potential five-year project will focus on development across south central Somalia, which will require a strong security component. This role will be a critical contributor to the team through the gathering of information and conducting of assessments to keep staff safe.

Position Purpose and Responsibilities

Verifies current conditions on the ground to allow for development of a realistic and holistic project security platform

Monitor satellite office implementation of project security policies and procedures to ensure compliance and to report status updates to the Security Director

Support the Security Director to ensure that the security situation is monitored in all LLS program areas, that regular security checks are completed, and appropriate response measures are enacted

Provide regular training to staff in each project office to advance the implementation and maintenance of security procedures, ensuring that all staff are familiar with and adhere to these guidelines

Brief staff about any changes in security levels or procedures

Act as Trip Manager and ensures proper use of journey management tools to track the movement of staff

Coordinate with the Security Director and Office Manager(s)to ensure that the appropriate systems of communication and transport are in place to facilitate adherence to the project’s security platform

Undertake in-person assessments of project premises, staff residences, or activity locations as required across south central Somalia

Conduct periodic threat and risk assessments of operations, travel routes, and activities across the country, as directed by the Security Director. Assessments may include written rapid security assessments with verbal debrief that analyze threats, evaluate risk, and provide specific recommendations

Provide frequent situational reports and granular information updates to the Security Director in order to inform understanding of the security environment and project leadership decision-making

Provide technical input for the development and refinement of project emergency action, security, and contingency plans. This input shall focus on incident response, evacuations, physical security, and information security protocols/procedures

Establish and maintain relationships with national law enforcement, military, civil authorities, clan elders, community leaders, and other development projects/organizations in areas of project operation as appropriate

Leverage these relationships and contacts to verify and triangulate reporting, update best practices and procedures, build project acceptance, and obtain a clearer picture of the threat(s)

Immediately report all safety- and security-related incidents involving Chemonics staff and dependents to the Security Director

Coordinate and distribute security alerts to office staff via e-mail, phone, or SMS as needed

Assist Security Director with running of incident management drills

Perform any other appropriate tasks that support the overall project, as assigned by the Security Director or their designee


At least 3-5 years of relevant experience working in a related role for other international projects in Somalia. The candidate must be well-versed in Somali security issues, including local conflict dynamics,

physical security, the role of local and international security forces, safety and security best practices, and security policy. Relevant experience in assessing risk, crisis management, information gathering, and analysis required. Must be familiar with Somali geographical, transportation, and infrastructural constraints and be comfortable traveling to various parts of south central Somalia Ability to read, write, and speak in Somali and English is required. Previous experience working with an international NGO is preferred.


The assignment is estimated as a life of project position, though employment contracts will be for 1 year with possible extensions.


The Security Coordinator will be based in Baidoa or Kismayo, Somalia and will be expected to have a high volume of travel across south central Somalia.


The Security Coordinator will report to the Mogadishu-based Security Director. Chemonics may amend the SOW for this assignment at any time.

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