Safety and Security Officer – USIP


Job Description

Organization:The United States Institute of Peace
Job Title:Safety and Security Officer, Sudan
Job Category:Program
Requisition Number:SAFET001953


Who We Are

Peace is our commitment.  The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace worldwide.  We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing, and mitigating violent conflict.

We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world.  Together we tackle the most challenging problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front-row seat on the world stage, USIP is the place for you.


The Safety and Security Officer, Sudan supports USIP’s country office to identify threats to the safety and security of USIP staff within Sudan, provide the education and training of staff, track travel within Sudan, develop plans for and monitor the safety and security of staff, and respond to security and safety incidents within Sudan. In addition, the Safety and Security Officer is responsible for maintaining strong working relationships and communication with stakeholders and partners as part of broader efforts to streamline operations and resolve or prevent disruptions to programming. This position reports to the Operations Coordinator and both coordinates and works closely with USIP’s Office of Overseas Safety & Security (OSS). This individual will be trained on USIP’s International Crisis Management Plan and connected to the Sudan Incident Management Team.

This is a personal services contractor position.


  • Monitors, analyzes, reports, and advises regularly on general conditions and trends with implications for the overall safety and security of USIP’s office, staff, visitors, and assets.
  • Plans, prepares, coordinates, monitors, implements, and updates Sudan safety and security policies, and ensures that all USIP staff within Sudan (including implementing partners) follow the policies and procedures. Policies must align with USIP OSS policies.
  • Actively engages with counterparts in other organizations and institutions, to include USIP OSS, embassy RSOs, OSAC country councils, NGOs, etc., for information and insights that will enhance the quality of USIP’s safety/security protocols for operations, including its country office.
  • Engages with law enforcement, fire department, emergency medical personnel, and other local authorities on relevant matters, to include securing all required authorization and permissions to facilitate smooth implementation of activities.
  • Develops, maintains, and trains on security systems, plans, and controls for country office in Sudan to include standard operating procedures and evacuations as well as supervision of guards.
  • Maintains records of safety evaluations of the office.
  • Surveys, consolidates, and retains pertinent information on in-country travel and operations, e.g., hotels, guest houses, security companies, traveler reports, etc.
  • Conducts After Action Reviews post-incident in coordination with OSS and disseminates incident summaries to relevant parties.
  • Coordinates and schedules regular and ad hoc security meetings.
  • Schedules safety and security related training for office staff and contractors who require such training.
  • Maintains a list of approved sources of regional security training providers.
  • Maintains a daily log of all USIP travelers within Sudan.
  • Serves on the Incident Management Team in accordance with the USIP International Crisis Management Plan.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 7 years of experience at a country or regional level security management position (or a Masters degree and 2+ years of relevant experience).
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with preferred study in risk management, crisis management, or related areas.
  • Strong links with governmental and non-governmental actors working in Sudan.
  • Excellent networking skills and interpersonal skills highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of organizational security standards and practices for public facilities and familiarity with security practices for high threat environments desirable.
  • First Aid Instructor, EMT, Wilderness First Aid qualification, or other equivalent medical certification highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of Sudan-specific characteristics relevant to safety and security.
  • Capacity to rapidly analyze emerging on-the-ground scenarios from a lens of security and risk management to make assessments on staff security.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment.
  • Outstanding surveillance and observation skills.
  • Excellent research and planning skills.
  • Strong skills in written analysis and report preparation.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English. 


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1.  Cover letter
2.  Resume

For questions about this position please email [email protected]Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. 

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only. 

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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