Director, Safety and Security

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Jul 29

Position description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The role of the Director, Safety & Security, will assist the Palladium Safety and Security, Global Director in completing security risk management activities to ensure best practice and work to address globally and locally foreseeable risks encountered by employees, consultants and visitors, infrastructure and equipment. Security responsibilities at Palladium are focussed on the promotion of a duty of care culture and ensuring that all Safety and Security procedures, plans and processes are implemented, delivered and communicated effectively.

ResponsibilitiesThe Director, Safety and Security in the Americas is responsible for the oversight of Company Safety and Security affairs in the region including ensuring compliance of all relevant safety and security processes, procedures and controls are being managed to ensure the safety of employees and compliance with relevant legislation. Upon request and direction from the Safety and Security, Director (global) the Director in the Americas will refine and improve program support and, in some instances, refine procedures that maximize the safety and security of Palladium staff in the assigned Americas region. Specific tasks include:

  • Work closely with the global security team and provide day-to-day support, ensuring delivery of the assigned regional and global initiatives and projects;
  • Ensure that the Americas crisis response plans are in place and regularly tested and that crises are handled fulfilling any applicable local regulatory requirements.
  • Review and ensure that insurance cover is comprehensive in terms of the required duty of care.
  • Support and advise staff involved in business capture on security and safety issues and ensure adequate provision is made in bids for secure and safe working environments on projects.
  • Provide management for the production of security reports, as assigned. 

Travel Risk Management 

  • The Director will monitor the Americas staff travel and drive informed consent for all movement and deployments. Further, the Director will be expected to liaise effectively with both travellers and travel advisory service providers and request assistance as needed. A non-exhaustive list of travel related activities will likely include;
  • Clearance, monitoring and tracking of Palladium travelers, with existing or new systems.
  • Conducting headcount and/or or traveler safety confirmation activities as needed.   

Security Risk Management 

  • The Director will provide clear and concise security advice to individual staff and/or programs. This advice will be consistent with the Company standard and reflect Palladium policy, guidance and standard operating procedures. These activities will likely include; 
  • Advising upon the provision for security assessment, planning and budget support for Palladium business opportunities in the Americas region.
  • Advising upon the development and implementation of Operational Security Guidelines, Suspension-Hibernation-Relocation-Evacuation plans, including Business Continuity Plans.
  • Advising and monitoring the implementation of contingency plans for specific periods of elevated risk such as election periods, times of local instability, airport closure etc.
  • Providing advice and technical support project nominated Safety and Security Focal Points (SSFP) and/or dedicated Security Managers. 
  • Assist and guide colleagues on how to access medical facilities for international visitors and for local staff with work-related issues.
  • Support and advise on company Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards.     
  • Support the Safety and Security, Director and Business Partners in time of crisis. 
  • Support and ensure safety and security coverage via the “follow the sun” strategy. This may involve supporting other businesses partnerships if required. 
  • Support other tasks as they arise.    


  • Compliance monitoring of all company mandated reporting. This includes ensuring SSFPs/Security Managers provide the Company with timely and credible security information and contextual analysis of the local security situation through: incident alerts, situation reports and in high risk locales bi-weekly analytical reports.

Provider Support 

  • Administrative and instructional support in facilitating Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) and similar training for Palladium staff, projects and partners.
  • Facilitate and support the provision of occupational health and safety training. 
  • At request the consultant may be expected to assess potential providers for suitability, proficiently and/or capability to support the company.  


  • Higher level education in related fields of International Relations, Risk Management, Business, Health and Safety, Security, Humanitarian or Conflict Studies.
  • Experience in development, humanitarian, conflict or government or similar field in the context of safety and security.
  • Previous experience working with USAID funded projects will be considered highly desirable.    
  • Experience working in an insecure/post-conflict environment.
  • Ability to work with limited supervision in difficult conditions.
  • Proficient in the production and presentation of analytical content.
  • Familiarity with the philosophy, priorities, and principals of Palladium’s Positive Impact.
  • Strong social, relationship-building and diplomatic skills across cultures and socially diverse relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; Arabic and French are valuable.
  • Experience in adult training environment
  • Experience in consulting or capacity building.

Key competencies and professional expertise required

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to build a strong team and relationship with clients.
  • Strong focus on systems, impact and results.
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills as well as attention to detail and quality.
  • Formal training in operating in hostile environments.
  • Willingness to travel and work abroad a minimum of eight weeks per year in developing countries and elsewhere.

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