USAID/Philippines is expecting to release a five-year Logistics Services in Mindanao (LSM) Activity. The purpose of LSM is to advance USAID's high standards of program design and management by providing demand-driven logistics services in difficult, restricted or non-permissive environments in Mindanao. The activity will provide security risk management and transportation services for short-term visits to Mindanao of USAID and USG officials and staff and USG visitors to appraise status of USG programs, and design and/or launch new activities. The activity will also provide all necessary logistical and support services for effective workshops, meetings, and high-level events for USG personnel. The LSM Activity is expected to start in April 2020.
Summary of Position:
Macfadden/PAE is seeking qualified candidates to fill the role of Security Manager for the anticipated USAID/Philippines Logistics Support for Mindanao Activity. Working under the overall direction of the Chief of Party (COP), the Security Manager will have the primary responsibility of setting up and implement a comprehensive approach for security risk management services throughout the life of the activity. The activity headquarters will be in Zamboanga City with sub-offices in Cagayan de Oro and Davao. The ideal candidate must be willing to live in Zamboanga City, Philippines and travel throughout the country or region as needed.
*This position is contingent upon award. **
Duties & Responsibilities
- Develop security & safety advisories and directives for the provision of logistical and security support services.
- Coordinate with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) counterparts in preparation for VIP visits regarding security requirements; and assign security officers in advance of the visit.
- Prepare “Security Plans” for projects in USAID target conflict affected-areas in Cotabato City, Isabela City, Zamboanga City, Marawi City, Southern Basilan, and Jolo, as well as surrounding areas.
- Ensure security team provides required information and other advisories, geographical information data sets, security presentations, threat analyses, project security plans, and motor vehicle fleet operations.
- As directed, represent USAID and as may be required, also represent implementing partners, in communications/discussions with specific local counterparts on matters relative to security and safety protocols affecting the implementation of USAID projects.
- As required, provide support in the coordination of overland or sea-borne vehicle, convoy and on-site security arrangements (including force protection) for senior USG and other partner/counterpart foreign government visits to project sites individually or jointly with Philippine counterparts.
- Serve as on-site security officer, arrange logistics and manage force protection for visiting U. S. government personnel, and/or USAID expatriate and local staff, and coordinate force protection with local police/military/security agencies.
- Establish working relationship and coordination with Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTP-P) and RSO for VIP visits.
- Establish and maintain a contact network, both formal and informal, for information gathering purposes.
- Undertake any other task as may be assigned and/or directed by the COP.
- University degree in security, military science with training in security management, law enforcement, military, logistics or related fields.
- Over five years of progressive experience in managing security support services for international organizations, or local organizations with international donor funding, preferably in conflict environments.
- Experience in working with foreign embassies and diplomats (or suitable equivalent) in managing overland convoy and force protection for visiting dignitaries and senior officials in conflict-affected, high risk areas is highly desirable.
- Familiarity in working in high stress/high risk areas where there may be occasion for on-site visitor to encounter hostile fire, requiring split second evacuation to identified “safe havens”.
- Demonstrated familiarity with the Philippine government’s military organizations – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)/ Philippine National Police (PNP) -- and their local and regional command and control procedures and organizational structures (Western and Eastern Mindanao Command Headquarters, Army Division headquarters in Cotabato and Cagayan de Oro cities, various Intelligence Services), and other civilian agencies.
- Ability to pass a security clearance.
- Demonstrated English communication skills (written and oral) are required. Command of languages/dialects used in locations of USAID assistance is desirable.