Security Operations Manager

Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 01

Position description

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and civil society to build the institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include enterprise ecosystems, democratic governance, business advocacy, anti-corruption & ethics, and trade.


Position:         Security Operations Manager

Reports to:     Senior Manager, Budget, Audit & Security


Scope:  This position is based in Washington, D.C. The Security Operations Manager will  

              provide operational support to CIPE’s D.C. and overseas field offices to ensure the

              regular functioning of CIPE’s offices.  This position is an integral part of the Operations



This position is a key member of the D.C. based team responsible for the following:


  • Support CIPE’s field offices to strengthen and operationalize office safety and security plans and protocols; work with Country Directors and/or management to ensure implementation across all CIPE’s offices, business locations or events.
  • Serve as one of CIPE’s first points of contact for emergency situations and to coordinate a response as needed 24/7.
  • Regularly evaluate and support revisions to organizational safety and security plans including those that ensure business continuity such as disaster, pandemic or other local contingency plans.
  • Build global organizational capacity on safety/security topics and provide ongoing, tailored mentorship to a network of US and field-based staff.
  • Manage CIPE’s office’s security contractors, systems and logistics, including conducting relevant safety/security trainings and drills, management of the alarm equipment and systems, in collaboration with the Operations Team.
  • Liaise with NGO/INGOs and other relevant partners on matters of safety and security and remain informed of global safety/security events and trends at all times.
  • Facilitate security assessments for the D.C. Office, existing field offices and prospective field office locations and provide recommendations for improvement as necessary.
  • Organize and facilitate regular security meetings and briefings.
  • Coordinate the 24/7 mobile security phone usage.

Information Management

  • Leverage technology solutions and maintain internal knowledge pertaining to safety and security.
  • Partner with the IT Department to design and develop security plans for technical proposals when applicable.
  • In conjunction with HR and IT, develop strategies to improve the security of all Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Ensure staff are taking all necessary steps to protect PII and are following CIPE’s policies.
  • Work with the IT Department to conduct cyber security reviews and audits to identify areas in need of improvement, and to develop mitigation strategies to protect the integrity of CIPE’s networks, information and equipment.

Management, Implementation and Training

  • Develop CIPE’s duty of care portfolio through the development, strengthening, implementation, and maintenance of safety and security systems, policies and procedures, protocols, tools, and trainings.
  • Facilitate pre-travel safety and security briefings, as well as post-trip briefings as needed.
  • Work closely with other functions, including HR, for best practices, training, communication and support of staff.
  • Identify gaps and implement changes in organizational and employee safety and security policies, systems plans, and/or strategies.
  • Develop necessary global policies, procedures and plans for physical security, including country-specific security plans.
  • Develop and refine regular security alerts, reports, travel briefs, country/program security plans consistent with CIPE standards for security management, evacuation contingency and standard operating procedures.
  • Lead the development of emergency planning, disaster recovery, and business continuity plans and systems when needed to respond to changing security conditions and threats.
  • Develop and maintain a CIPE-wide incident reporting system, including the monitoring and analyzation of incident trends; reporting with recommendations to appropriate leadership groups as needed.

Risk Assessment

  • Assist in risk prevention and manage corporate insurance policies relating to the safety and security of CIPE’s personnel and property.
  • Conduct and support assessments of CIPE’s existing and new offices and provide technical assistance as needed.
  • Assist in promoting the concept that safety and security should be among the first planning considerations in program activities.
  • Monitor and update staff members on the security situation of their environments, particularly in regions where there is a high level of safety risk.
  • Monitor and understand global security threats with the potential to affect CIPE staff and operations, including levels of acceptance for civil society and NGOs in countries in which CIPE operates.   

Field Offices

  • Work with Country Director and/or designees to develop country-specific security plans.
  • Develop & maintain an overall CIPE Security Manual.
  • Facilitate security training in field offices as needed.
  • Initiate and organize regular security communication with field office staff.
  • Develop a record retention policy for each field office in collaboration with the Grants, Finance and Operations Department
  • Oversee procurement and maintenance of safety and security related supplies, including but not limited to, shelter in place office supplies, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and first aid kits.



  • Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Terrorism, Security, Intelligence, or other applicable fields of study or relevant work experience required.
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience, of which at least two are in an international, safety/security management function.
  • Experience developing and implementing security mechanisms, including methods of reporting and handling safety and security incidents and emergencies.
  • Ability to conduct situational analyses, physical building security assessments, risk assessments, etc.
  • Highly organized and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed; including high risk areas.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent English writing and verbal skills.
  • Aptitude for clear and effective writing under time-sensitive conditions.
  • Superior telephone and face-to-face verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and explain security and risk management matters and implications to audiences of varying levels of understanding and experience in a manner that is understandable and accessible.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • International NGO experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, establish and maintain good relationships with all staff levels.
  • Ability to work in a team and multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong project management skills; attention to detail and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and supervise junior staff.
  • Strong computer skills, plus proficiency in MS Office, specifically MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint and other communication applications such as Skype, Slack and WhatsApp.

Application instructions

To apply for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV and cover letter, and salary history to [email protected]; subject “SEC-[YOURLASTNAME]”.

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


CIPE offers a salary competitive with other international non-governmental organizations and an excellent benefits package. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States; CIPE is unable to sponsor employees for work visas.

CIPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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