Safety and Security Analyst

Catholic Relief Services
  • Location
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 15

Position description

About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS' relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Background: Overseas, CRS works in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and Latin America and the Middle East. The security situation in these regions is precarious and the outlook is that the security situation will continue to deteriorate. Staff are CRS' greatest asset, as without them, CRS would not be able to reach those who suffer most. The safety of our staff and partners is a significant concern in the current context; as such safety and security is the highest priority for the agency's management.

Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Director Safety and Security, the Security Analyst uses information from networks, vendors, open source material, social media data to identify, research, and assess potential threats to CRS's mission, programs and staff globally. The Security Analyst develops and implements a training and learning program to build the agency's capacity in security risk analysis, particularly at the regional and country level. He/She is also responsible for overseeing the set up and roll out of a new interdepartmental incident management system.

The Security Analyst supports the development of agency strategies and standards for safety and security risk analysis and supports the regions and country programs in their implementation. This position focuses on non-cyber-related threats.

Position objectives:

  • Develop and facilitate security risk analysis training curriculum and guidance for regional and country security leads, ensuring both online and face-to-face support.
  • Oversee set up and roll out of new joint incident reporting system and subsequently retire old incident reporting system, ensuring captured information is carried over.
  • Advise Director of Security and Deputy Regional Directors for Management Quality on security risk analysis decisions, policies, procedures and best practices.
  • Preparing security related internal reports and communications.
  • Conduct assessments, audits or on-the-job coaching on security risk analysis to regions and country programs worldwide.
  • Support data gathering during initial security assessments before the opening of new CRS offices or closure of existing offices.
  • Interface with security risk analysis networks or fora, key risk analysis contacts and staff from other agencies.
  • Cultivate and lead CRS' global community of practice for security focal points and other interested parties to encourage learning and implementation of best practices in the area of security management.
  • Manage contact with security information vendors.
  • Maintain and ensure optimum use of CRS Security Portal
  • Documentation of metrics achieved in areas of capacity building and security management.
  • Provide intelligence support to crisis managers during incident responses. Track and report metrics around production and deliverables.

Position deliverables:

  • Global security risk analysis training curriculum and guidance is available and training is delivered to key regional and country security leads.
  • Security management and risk information is disseminated in written or oral format to Director of Safety and Security, Deputy Regional Directors for Management Quality and other key stakeholders to enable them to make timely and informed critical decisions.
  • New interdepartmental incident reporting and analysis system developed and rolled out globally
  • Blooming security community of practice with global involvement and participation.
  • Active participation in global security team meetings.

Key Working Relationships:

Internal: Global Security Team, Deputy Regional Directors for Management Quality, Heads of Operations, Heads of Programs, Humanitarian Response Department, HQ GKIM, HQ HR, Regional Technical Advisors for Security, Country programs, Country Security leads.

External: International risk analysis networks, fora and providers, peer security analysists from humanitarian, government and corporate sector.


  • Represents CRS at external meetings or conferences, as needed, which relate to CRS policy, advocacy or operations regarding safety and security risk analysis interests;


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, such as political science, international relations, or geographic area studies


  • A minimum of 3 years of NGO, corporate, or federal government experience in security risk analysis.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms, specifically Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snap
  • Experience as an open source researcher in the public or private sector, using social media to conduct threat research focused on risk.
  • Experience in supporting decision-makers with intelligence about emerging threats, potential issues of concern, or imminent crises.
  • Experience in thinking critically, analyzing information, and summarizing findings in writing under tight time constraints.
  • Experience with Dataminr, Babel Street, or other social media filtering vendors.
  • Experience in working for humanitarian or development organization a plus.


  • Knowledge of safety and security risk management requirements as they relate to international humanitarian assistance agencies;
  • Excellent understanding of "acceptance" methodologies and procedures.


  • Demonstrated ability to work in diverse and cross-cultural teams to achieve common objectives;
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting;
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Exceptional English and French writing skills;
  • Fluency in French, Arabic and Spanish preferred;
  • Excellent computer literacy;
  • Excellent training and facilitation skills;
  • Able to organize and prioritize work with little supervision;
  • Able to adhere to timelines and deadlines with effective time management skills;
  • Willingness to take the initiative and to work at a high level with no on-site supervision;
  • Excellent research and analysis skills;


  • Demonstrates excellent judgement
  • Capacity to influence without having line management authority


  • Availability: 24/7 to provide support for major security emergencies as requested.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally 20% of time, often to difficult and challenging locations and occasionally at short notice.

Physical Requirements/Environment:

  • Normal conditions for an office environment. Requires overseas travel to difficult and challenging regions/countries.

Agency-wide Competencies:

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship



Approximately 20% of travel, sometimes in remote areas with minimal amenities available. At times with short notice.

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate that you saw this position on

follow us on Twitter