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Safety & Security Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean

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HIAS seeks a Safety & Security Manager, LAC to oversee the development of the HIAS security management framework across HIAS operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to developing HIAS’ security management practices across all of our LAC operations, this position will provide technical oversight to the network of HIAS security focal points in the region and act as an advisor to HIAS Country Directors, Technical Advisors and regional staff implementing HIAS program activities across the region.

Note, this position is remote in Latin America, with a preference for Colombia or Panama.


  • Oversees the development of the HIAS security management framework in 9 countries.
  • Supports HIAS’ growth in the region, including advising on new location access planning and security concerns around Emergency Response program activities.
  • Serves as an advisor to HIAS Country Directors, International Programs staff and regional team members on security related matters.
  • Implements security risk measures to address threats to HIAS staff, programs and assets.
  • Provides technical oversight for HIAS security focal points based in each HIAS country operation across the region.
  • Participates in Crisis Management teams for crises impacting countries in the region.
  • Travels to HIAS country offices, completing security risk assessments in support of project proposals, and conducting security training for staff.
  • Enables program activity through risk wise decision making.
  • Develops and manages country office (CO) safety and security management plans (SSMPs).
  • Ensures COs have functioning SOPs in place surrounding communication plans & systems.
  • Implements fleet management plans and SOPs to include movement, tracking, equipment and procurement of vehicles.
  • Monitors implementation of CO SSMPs and follow-up with COs to ensure that they are implemented according to schedule.
  • Stays abreast of regulatory safety and security standards in operational locations.
  • Conducts regular trends and situational analysis of each country in which HIAS operates.
  • Establishes and maintains strong networks globally and in HIAS countries of operation with relevant UN agencies, Government, NGOs and security coordination bodies (INSO, EISF, InterAction).
  • Closely monitors and analyzes regional security and political trends, including their potential impact on HIAS offices or operations.
  • Keeps up-to-date with best practices in safety and security and, when/where relevant ensures roll-out of such practices to COs.
  • Keeps up-to-date on natural disasters in operating locations.
  • Works with Business Development and Programs teams on ensuring safety and security language and costs are incorporated into proposals.
  • Ensures all HQ and CO staff, partners and consultants are aware of and follow emergency communication procedures.
  • In coordination with CO safety and security focal points, ensures that security briefings are provided to all new staff as well as staff travelling between offices or outside home country.
  • Monitors security conditions and liaises and coordinates with external agencies, including private security contractors, UN, peacekeeping missions, NGO coordinating bodies, local governments, etc.
  • Provides guidance and training to CO, regional, and HQ staff on security management, risk mitigation and incident response.
  • Provides guidance and training to regional staff on personal security, security management, trends analysis and SOPs.
  • Advocates for investment in safety and security with internal stakeholders and institutional donors.
  • Works with CO and regional leadership to adopt safety and security standards for HIAS Inc. and HIAS Europe (such as Duty of Care, Hibernation Relocation and Evacuation, and Accountability & Responsibility for Security) in line with best practices in humanitarian security risk management and donor requirements.
  • Develops and institutionalizes culture of safety and security risk management across HIAS operations in LAC.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline required.
  • 5-7 years of experience in safety and security management with a humanitarian or development non-governmental organization.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required.
  • Field experience and security management in high-risk environments desired.
  • Proven experience in project and budget management.
  • Formal security qualification, or security management training is desirable.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including influencing, negotiation, coaching and ability to work with team members of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Sound knowledge of humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence, and humanity outlined in the International Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Experience with risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis, and security technology.
  • Ability to train and coach staff in safety and security measures.
  • Experience working with institutional donors such as EU, US and UN agencies a plus.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office, internet and email applications.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time to country offices (including complex and insecure working environments).


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice •Tzedek

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status.

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