Country Security Manager at FHI 360

Family Health International (FHI 360)

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, youth, research and technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
  • Experience: 8 years
  • Location: Abuja
  • Job Field: NGO/Non-Profit  , Security / Intelligence 

Basic Function:

  • Working closely with the Nigeria Country Leadership and Global Security Team, the position holder will fill an administrative/technical line management role over the in-country security team and provide safety and security support to all FHI 360 projects across the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct country/region specific Security Risk Assessments to determine risk and corresponding mitigations for personnel and project operations.
  • Support the operations of a Security Management Team and closely advise the Country Director and Global Security Team on the evolving security context across Nigeria.
  • Provide administrative/technical line management support to the in-country security team. Work closely with project leadership and field-based personnel to provide tailored, context specific, security support.
  • Build relationships with partner security focal points and remain available to offer guidance and support within the framework of our policies.
  • Manage the implementation and enforcement of FHI 360 security guidelines.
  • Supervise the guard force contract and perform regular performance evaluations to ensure service quality.
  • Collect, collate, and analyze security threat information. Disseminate noteworthy, sanitized, updates to the relevant teams.
  • Provide timely situation assessments and recommendations for action during security incidents.
  • Prepare weekly security reports on context shifts and implications in our areas of operation, security incidents affecting our staff, and security support requests from in country leadership.
  • Prepare and deliver security briefings for new hires, visitors, and project staff on field trips outside of our normal areas of operation.
  • Establish productive liaison with security departments at other INGOs, UN, diplomatic missions, USAID’s Partner Liaison Security Operations (PLSO) and vendor security information providers.
  • With the support of the Global Security team, contribute security plans and budget costs to new project proposals.
  • Organize security, first-aid, fire, HEAT, and other security training and drills as appropriate. Ensure staff maintain their readiness.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • Ability to work closely with various project staff on competing priorities while being geographically removed from some of our areas of operation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of security risk analysis, risk assessments, physical security planning, and incident management and response.
  • Fluent English speaker with strong spoken and written communication skills; candidate must be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences.
  • Comfortable operating in a high stress environment that may require short deadlines and the ability to provide reasoned and immediate support during emergencies.
  • Availability to work on emergency situations during off-hours; if necessary, for an extended period of time.
  • Willing to undertake domestic and regional travel 30% – 40% of the time.
  • Preferred, Some knowledge of local Nigerian languages/dialects.
  • Thorough understanding of GPS Tracker and VHF radio use.


  • Bachelor’s degree or international equivalent in a related field is preferred.
  • Typically requires 8+ years of security risk management experience.
  • Experience with an INGO and knowledge of the humanitarian sector is an asset.
  • A formal security qualification or security management training work experience in complex environments (minimal 7 years) Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic team. Experience and knowledge of personnel and organizational security issues, threat/risk assessment, security management and security awareness in complex context.
  • Experience in incident reporting, incident mapping, compilation of security reports and assessments.
  • Experience in training and coaching national and international staff in safety and security.
  • Demonstrated experience with implementing security strategies, policies, procedures, and standards across a broad scope of projects.
  • Demonstrated experience with contract and vendor negotiations.
  • Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Field work in “extreme-risk” zones is an asset.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office 365 (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams), office telephone, cell phone and printer/copier.
  • GPS Trackers and VHF handheld radios.

Travel Requirements:

  • 30%-40%

Method of Application