Security Manager At Chemonics

Chemonics International


Position Title: Security Manager
Location: Abuja, Nigeria

This scope of work (SOW) sets forth the services to be provided by the Security Manager to SAII Associates Ltd/Gte, an associate company of Chemonics International Inc. in the implementation of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) in Nigeria.

Background: The purpose of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program–Procurement and Supply Management single award IDIQ contract is to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families around the world. The IDIQ has three task orders that directly support the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and USAID’s family planning and reproductive health program. GHSC-PSM provides health commodity procurement services and systems-strengthening technical assistance that address all elements of a comprehensive supply chain. All three task orders are implemented in Nigeria.

The Security Manager (SM) will be responsible for managing the security platform which will support all project operations in Nigeria. S/he will develop a strong understanding of Chemonics corporate security policies and procedures and apply these in a consistent and thoughtful manner to the specific requirements of all programs in Nigeria. The SM will also supervise two regional security advisors to ensure regular coordination and consistency of security procedures across Nigeria. S/he will be responsible for building and enhancing strategic relationships with key government ministries (e.g. Nigeria Ministry of Defense) and the Nigerian security sector, including developing relationships with local security professionals, NGO/IP security managers, and security forces. S/he must also be able to work with and coordinate with various stakeholders in the country and the Chemonics Corporate office while demonstrating sound judgment and a high level of discretion.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Lead the development of the security platform. Develop comprehensive and realistic security protocols for program operations in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria that are compliant with Chemonics safety and security policies and procedures. Work closely with the project technical and operations teams to create tailored processes to protect project staff, assets and commodities.
  • Supervise and manage direct-line security advisors and ensure appropriate professional standards, growth, and performance.
  • Build and enhance security relationships. Establish relationships with local law enforcement, civil authorities and development organizations for the purpose of obtaining the most current information affecting the security of the program. Liaise with local security forces, beneficiaries and members of the team and establish a network of contacts who can provide information on a regular basis. In coordination with the projects’ senior leadership, continue rigorous liaising and networking with appropriate international security sources other donors, and their projects. The objectives are to be well-informed of risks and best practices, build strategic and tactical alliances that support project goals, cultivate the flow of timely and actionable information, and continue to establish Chemonics’ leadership in the security community.
  • Provide leadership, strategic guidance, and management for special security requirements. These include but are not limited to: general and facility security assessments; event security; security for staff traveling in and around Nigeria; support for regional assessments and/or project movements in risk areas; and any situation that might threaten the safety of staff and operations. Make recommendations for security enhancements and modifications and ensure that approved recommendations are implemented.
  • Manage Security Provider Performance. Manage security subcontractors and optimize the subcontractor’s performance with actions that include inspections and audits, ensuring compliance with requirements defined in the subcontract SOW, guidance and instructions for remedial actions, and oversight to ensure effective and efficient use of resources. Particularly, work closely with the Country Security Director to educate the security providers to the programmatic approach and methodology.
  • Conduct incident and situation reporting. Reach out to staff and contacts for local and regional updates on security. Compile and disperse timely and accurate security updates, recommendations for changes in posture, and other relevant information to the senior management team and/or staff in-person or via e-mail, phone, or SMS. Transmit security alerts for emerging situations and report all security-related incidents involving Chemonics staff. Provide reports as requested to senior management team that capture major events and any impact on staff or program delivery. Provide guidance with threat information and recommendation on travel prior to any field trips outside of Abuja, to include providing area specific emergency contact information (local hospitals, police stations, etc.).
  • On an activity-by-activity basis, implement the capability to operate safely. In coordination with the senior management team, manage the implementation and quality control of security policies and the standard operating procedures. This includes: ensuring sound security plans that enable the mission while meeting Chemonics standards; problem solving specific security issues; determining resource requirements; and vetting and selection of security resources for a constantly improving platform.
  • Manage and continuously upgrade the Chemonics security management program. Lead Chemonics crisis and incident management preparations and response in Nigeria, in coordination with projects’ senior leadership. In this regard: update, as appropriate, the project emergency action plans and corresponding business continuity plans to ensure a fail-safe emergency communications system; clear emergency duties and responsibilities; and systems that foster fast, deliberate, and coordinated team responses. Conduct scenario training and test exercises and ensure emergency continuity. Act as local incident coordinator. Facilitate training as required, and periodic drills at each project office and residential location; including hotel lodging for short term staff. Ensure all staff are briefed on all safety and security considerations for project personnel arriving in country from overseas—to include information on security risks, incident in the field.
  • Strengthen project staff security skills and habits. Recommend staff training program and monitor completion and compliance. This includes regular briefings, security guidelines, communication procedures, travel precautions, emergency procedures and movement restrictions (as needed).

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Strong contextual knowledge of the security environment in Nigeria.
  • 6 or more years of experience in security management and oversight of security platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate and leverage network connections to promote an accurate understanding of risk and strengthen knowledge of country context.
  • Proven effectiveness in conducting liaison activities in complex and high-risk environments.
  • Prior professional experience working in law enforcement or military coupled with private sector work experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of U.S. government and USAID processes and regulations preferred.
  • Well-connected with local Nigerian authorities and international NGOs operating in Nigeria, as well as possessing a high ability to build strategic relationships and expand network.
  • Proven expertise in Nigerian security issues, including current threat environment, security policy, key actors, risk assessment, and best practices.
  • Experience providing security oversight to an international donor program is desirable.
  • Ability to report to and coordinate with multiple stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Experience in training civilians on safety and security measures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Required Skills

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent technical writing skills
  • Good interpersonal skills: must function well in a team setting.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Training facilitation skills is a plus.


The Security Manager will report directly to the Nigeria Country Security Director. The Security Manager will conduct check-ins with Chemonics corporate office SMU. The Chemonics SMU will provide overall strategic support to the Nigeria PSM security platform and will serve as the key focal point for decisions that impact the entire security platform and in cases of emergency. They will also maintain open communication with the Chemonics Corporate Office Project Management Unit (PMU) regarding any impact that security-related matters will have on project implementation. The Security Manager shall include the SMU and PMU in any communications with security subcontractors that have implications regarding the cost and/or performance.

Working Conditions/Duration of Assignment

This is a long-term position for the life of the contract based in Abuja, Nigeria.

How to apply

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