Director of safety and security
|Closing date||30 Aug 2022|
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Vibrant, diverse, and robust civil societies are essential to achieving peace, human rights, and environmental justice. But most of the world lives in countries with threatened civic spaces and global freedom continues to decline year on year.
Courageous people and communities around the world are fighting to make rights and justice universally possible within this context. But they face attacks, harassment, and censorship from powerful vested interests. Many pay the ultimate price.
This is where you come in.
You will be leading an international team of consultants providing security mentoring and capacity building to organisations and activists under threat in violent environments and closed civic spaces. You will be liaising with international foundations and high-profile nonprofits in the human rights, environmental, and humanitarian worlds. And you will be central to the organisational culture and strategic planning needed to grow our organisation in a sustainable manner.
As our director of safety and security, your primary responsibilities will include:
Lead our safety and security workstream:
Champion our own security risk management:
Shape our organisational strategy and culture:
On joining, your early priorities will be getting to know our existing clients and team members, taking over the smooth management of current contracts and projects, and understanding our internal processes and workflows.
You will be supported in your role by a safety and security programme associate (four days a month) and an executive PA (20 hours a month) plus a CEO who believes in servant leadership. We also have an extensive internal knowledge base and an up-to-date project management system. To help you grow as a leader, we will co-design your annual objectives, and you will be offered a 360° review, an annual performance review, and executive coaching.
Terms and remuneration
This is a full-time staff role for an initial 12 months, renewable long term by mutual agreement and dependent on funding and performance. This is a remote, working from home role and flexible working is encouraged. If based outside the United Kingdom, we ask that you are based in a time zone that is UTC +/- 4 hours in order to collaborate with team members and clients.
If you are based in the United Kingdom, you will be employed by Open Briefing on a salary of £65,000 per annum. We will offer you a range of benefits, including 25 days’ holiday plus bank holidays and up to two sustainable travel journey days. We will provide you with a package of psychosocial support, including private health insurance and an Employee Assistance Programme. And we will make an employer’s pension contribution of 5%.
If you are based outside the United Kingdom, you will be offered comparable compensation through either a consultancy contract or an Employer of Record, depending on your location.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Open Briefing values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where all belong. We therefore encourage applications from all who meet the person specification and particularly from candidates who are underrepresented in our senior management team. This currently includes those who are black, indigenous, or people of colour.
We will make reasonable adjustments for disabled and neurodivergent people during the recruitment process and any subsequent employment. Please contact Open Briefing’s CEO, Chris Abbott, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss this further.
How to apply
To apply, please email your CV to our CEO, Chris Abbott, at email@example.com. Please also include a cover letter of no more than two pages setting out:
1. What excites you about Open Briefing and the director of safety and security role and motivates you to apply?
If you would like to discuss the role with our current director of safety and security before applying, please email Peter Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Closing date: 09:00 BST (UTC+1), Tuesday 30 August 2022.
Please let us know in your cover letter if any of these dates are problematic and we will try to accomodate. The successful applicant will need to complete a reasonable vetting process before engagement.
** We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised closing date if we receive a large number of applications. If you are interested in the role, please submit your application as early as possible!**
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