Save the Children Pakistan
Manager Safety and Security
Posted date 25th February, 2023 Last date to apply 19th March, 2023
Category Development Sector
Type Full Time Position 1
Experience 5 years
Status Closed


Level 3:  the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



As a key member of the Senior Management Team, the Manager Safety and Security will ensure the effective implementation and sustenance of safety and security of our beneficiaries, partners and our staff. The Manager Safety and Security will also contribute to the strategic direction and leadership of Save the Children as a whole. S/he will develop, review and update the safety and security management plan and SOPs relevant to the changing security context of the operating environment to minimise risks to staff, partners, communities and our programme and organisational assets. It is essential that our staff and beneficiaries can live and operate in a safe and secure environment.

 Pakistan’s importance in Save the Children’s regional and global operations means that the Manager Safety and Security will also be required to contribute to regional and global discussions about Save the Children’s safety and security policies and operations.



As a member of the Senior Management Team:

  • Contribute to the overall leadership and direction of Save the Children in Pakistan.
  • Be responsible for drafting of Country Security Management Manual and its periodical review and updates as and when required; ensure SMT and ESMT members are inducted in safety and security management , cascade the same downwards through PkCO security structure at sub-national level.
  • Establish a safety and security management structure, consistent with SC security standards and expectations.
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for the donors.

Safety and Security Assessment and Analysis:

  • Develop a strong analysis of Save the Children’s safety and security posture in Pakistan and use this analysis to advise the Country Director on the development of current and new programme activities.
  • Be prepared to do this at speed in the event of a sudden onset humanitarian disaster.
  • Able to present top quality assessments of the threats and risks to SC in Pakistan
  • Based on information gathered, provide SC management with security risk analysis relevant to the area of operations.
  • Provide sound solutions to significant and emerging security threats and risks.
  • Develop post incident analysis and follow up on recommendations.

Safety and Security Procedures and Policy

  • Ensure that Save the Children in Pakistan has strong and effective safety and security procedures in place.
  • Ensure that these procedures are compliant with Save the Children’s regional and global safety and security procedures and policies.
  • Be ready to provide close support to the Country Director to handle safety and security crises.
  • Develop a joint safety and security plan for the country with the involvement of the key staff members i.e. SMT and S&S staff.
  • Review security procedures (SOP) for all field operations in all sub offices and make visits to sub offices
  • Provide detailed analysis to SC management in Pakistan to gain and maintain secured and safe physical access to its field operations, how and what needs to be put in place in order for Save the Children to work in that area with its partners or on its own with minimum  risk to SC staff
  • Lead drafting, review and amendments/updating of the following to keep them relevant and responsive to the changing internal policy environment and external contextual dynamics:
  • Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP)
  • Comprehensive Medevac Plan
  • Evacuation, relocation and hibernation policy, plan and procedures
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines related with security of SC staff and partners, brand, assets and operations in the country
  • Contingency Plans on special occasions (e.g. elections, natural disasters, etc.)

Support to Other Functions

  • Ensure that support departments (HR, Finance, Administration and Logistics/Procurement) have in place appropriate systems to facilitate good security management
  • Establish a process to identify and report to the Country Director on lapses and gaps in adherence to the security SOPs by the staff, partners, consultants, volunteers and interns, in all field locations.
  • Maintain a close co-ordination role with the Asia regional security management team.

Team Management

  • Effective line management of direct and functional reportees.
  • Ensure all staff within the team have clarity about their respective roles and responsibilities
  • Put in place efficient team working structure and system, including team planning, review mechanism
  • Encourage a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation.
  • Strong track record in building high performance teams and future successors/leaders.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a diverse team.

Training and Capacity Building

  • Deliver crisis management / incident management training for staff members.
  • Deliver training to improve the skills and capacities of CO safety and security focal persons (SSFP).
  • Lead development of and oversight of recommendations for new or refined security management policies and procedures based on field, sub office inquiries, training needs, and management reports.
  • Deliver safety and security training for CO staff as it applies to their respective positions and SC Safety and Security Policy.

External Networking and Relationships

  • Main S&S focal point for SC with UN Agencies, INGOs, Govt. of Pakistan, and others.
  • Develop networks and close working relationships with security focal points of other INGOs, NNGOs, the UN agencies, and SC donor organisations, specifically with those NNGO/INGOs/UN that have operations in the same districts and provinces where SC has programmes and in areas through which SC staff routinely travels through.
  • Foster trust-based relationships with relevant stakeholders within the government at all levels.
  • To represent SC in security meetings and security forums of development and humanitarian organisations at national level.

Induction and Briefing

  • Lead security briefings/debriefings to travellers; participate in orientation of new staff.
  • Ensure all staff (including volunteers, consultants, and visitors, if any) are fully aware and understand the security SOPs and guidelines.
  • Induct, in conjunction with the human resources director and other departments, all new staff upon joining the organisation.
  • Provide security briefing to all visitors giving appropriate material to the visitor.
  • Give detailed security briefing to colleagues when needed.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and members accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a country wide/global scale


  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence displays consistent excellent judgement



  • Master’s degree or equivalent, relevant experience in Security Management or related field.
  • Security Management Certifications from accredited institution (IOM, Red-R, ICRC, UN or government security institutions) Completion of OSST2 certification is preferred.
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience, with at least 4 years of field based Security Management experience,
  • Thoroughly understands the socio-political and security related dynamics of the country, at national level and in areas of Save the Children operations.
  • Understands the security related needs, protocols, complexity and values of non-profit international organizations.
  • Willingness and ability to understand, adapt and respond to dramatically changing work practices and hours, and support  incoming surge teams, in the event of humanitarian response
  • Experience in conducting Security Risk Assessments and security incident management and reporting.
  • Good networking and contacts with INGOs, UN and relevant stakeholders within the government and a willingness to improve it further 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and command over Urdu language is essential; knowledge of one or more local languages would be desirable 
  • Experience in successfully establishing and managing collaborative relationships and partnerships with donors and government counterparts.
  • Experience of management of diverse and large workforce including effective distance management, performance management and utilisation of capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments 
  • Commitment to Save the Children values and adherence to its management system

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

 Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

Creates a managerial environment to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

NOTE: As the position advertised is for Emergency response; to fill the position on urgent basis, position might close before due date.



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