Response Security Manager

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


To support the Head of Syria Country Office (Response Manager) in ensuring that effective security measures for Operational Response Office programmes within Syria, are both appropriately planned for and addressed within the Response Context. Lead in the optimization of organizational security and the mitigation of operational risks for ministry effectiveness by establishing security systems and mechanisms for institutionalizing an organizational culture and practice of safety and security.

This role is instrumental in conflict crisis and security program development, continuity and enhancing security capacity in analysing change in the context for continuous operational activities’ control. The candidate will work with a wide range of stakeholders across multiple functions in support of key projects and will be responsible for conducting ensuring end-to-end security capability and operational delivery to the field based on the changing context and work requirements.


Strategy & Planning

Develop and implement the Syria Response Country Office security strategy in alignment with Syria Response Strategy and WV security policy.

Ensure Security Risk Assessments, Country Risk Ratings and Core Security Requirement standards, processes and procedures are completed in accordance with current Office of Corporate Security guidelines and training.

Develop and maintain critical security incident contingency plans based on Country Risk Rating and Response Context.

Security Operations

  • Establish and update country Risk Ratings/Designated Security Zone Risk Ratings.

  • Ensure Core Security Requirements are implemented in line with Country Risk Ratings.

  • Provide input and support to management in crisis situations and critical incidents.

  • Conduct security investigations when required/directed.

  • Conduct CIV-MIL-POL coordination to gain access to operational programme areas as required.

  • Provide direct leadership/ management of the security team in country.

Networking and External Liaison

Represent WV at local NGO security network meetings and ensure information from these groups is disseminated to relevant staff.

Build ongoing networks for sharing security information and coordination.

Capacity Building and Technical Training

  • Coordinate the assessment, development and implementation of the Response Office capacity building plan for security management based on local security risk assessments.

  • Seek to develop a culture of security awareness and monitor staff compliance.

Reporting and Documentation

  • Provide a regular security report to the Country Office, Reponses Office, Region and Office of Corporate Security.

  • Ensure that all security incidents are reported in accordance with WV Security Policy.

  • Conduct performance reviews of the field-based security focal persons.

  • Collect, analyse and disseminate security information appropriately.


  1. Bachelor’s degree (Master preferred) in Security Management, Risk Management, Strategic Studies, International Relations or Emergency Management. Or 5 years equivalent field experience. (General Management studies also considered).

  2. Previous experience in the professional security arena (INGO, Corporate, Military, Law Enforcement, or Emergency Services).

  3. Sound knowledge of INGO security practices with proven experience in Security Risk Assessments (SRA), security planning and crises management in the humanitarian context.

  4. Ability to communicate well in English & (verbal and written) – particularly in a crisis situation; Knowledge of Arabic language is an advantage.

  5. Computer literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  6. Demonstrated personal values, attitudes and behaviors that are consistent with World Vision Core Values.

  7. Understanding of setting threat or risk levels for specific contexts, considering the strategic and tactical situation as applied to humanitarian operations.

  8. Understanding of programme delivery in humanitarian relief operations.

  9. Valid Passport and Driver’s License (International).

  10. Internationally recognized qualifications in Risk Management or Business Continuity would be an advantage.


  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 30%of the time.

  • Possibility to travel to ‘high risk’ security environments at short notice.

  • Will be expected to manage high stress security events.