Senior Director Global Safety, Security & Safeguarding

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is looking for an experienced NGO professional for the role of Senior Director Global Safety, Security & Safeguarding who will be responsible for oversight of the development, implementation, & management of HFHI’s comprehensive, integrated strategies, policies, & programs for global safety, security and safeguarding. This position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer, with dotted line reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, is a member of the Operations Leadership Team and works closely with HFHI leadership to promote a culture of effective safety, security, and safeguarding programs across HFHI’s operations. The role is responsible for helping embed safety, security and safeguarding into HFHI’s global operations and to integrate/ align the work to: a) enhance HFHI’s programs; b) protect staff, volunteers, and communities where HFHI works, and c) manage enterprise risk. The position supervises the work of the Global Director-Safety & Security & Global Director-Safeguarding and also maintains strategic networks and relationships with external agencies, organizations, and industry groups to inform HFHI’s work in these areas. Habitat has operations in more than 70 countries around the world, so experience working in multiple countries is essential.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Strategic Functional Leadership & Planning
• Provides major contribution to the overall formulation of vision, strategy and direction setting by providing a leadership role in all aspects pertaining to safety, security, and safeguarding (SSS).
• Sets strategic direction for SSS management at HFHI resulting in inclusion and mainstreaming of SSS into enterprise-wide programs including global & regional strategic plans.
• Ensures the development, implementation, and maintenance of SSS policies and procedures that become the accountability framework guiding staff in their roles and responsibilities.
• Facilitates integration of SSS risk management with planning. Periodically reviews SSS plans to ensure relevance, viability; determines whether applicable to various/possible scenarios & develops corrective actions, if required.
• Support and collaborate with the Operations, Governance Risk Management & Compliance, Legal & the Global People Team, to implement strategies and procedures to protect staff, volunteers, consultants, and other stakeholders and monitor/mitigate enterprise risks relating to SSS.
• Ensures effective SSS risk mitigation measures are in place at HQ and other locations.
• Determines appropriateness of responses and support to incidents, specifically in crisis situations.
Advisory Functions
• Provides policy and technical advice to HQ, Area Offices, and the global network of affiliated entities on related SSS policy, best practices, and risk management issues.
• Provides a corporate crisis management capacity through guidance to HQ, Regional and National Offices ensuring immediate response capacity and business continuity.
• Advocates for and leads mainstreaming of the SSS components into corporate initiatives, both at HQ and Area Offices, and the global network of affiliated entities.
• Provide leadership to optimize/re-engineer existing structures and processes to bring focus to SSS in a collaborative manner resulting in enhanced accountability and ownership across organizational lines.
Management and Oversight Functions
• Provides managerial leadership of the Director, Global Safety & Security and Director, Global Safeguarding and matrix management of the Regional SSS Advisors through the Directors; ensuring that comprehensive work plans are established on a timely basis, responsibilities are clearly established, oversight is provided, and corrective actions taken when required. Builds a coordinated and effective team of professionals and communities of practice, promotes a work environment that is conducive to delivering results.
• Performs SSS cross-cutting functions to enable operations, programs and projects for oversight and quality management, SSS training development, management information and advisories, technical advice, business continuity planning, and emergency/crises management.
• Oversee development and implementation of standards, budget and reporting requirements relating to SSS for proposed projects and grants.
Representation, Coordination and Networking Functions
• Interfaces with relevant functional units across the global network of affiliated entities to address policy and implementation dimensions overlapping with SSS.
Knowledge Management
• Ensures SSS information tools are managed effectively, interfaced with respective divisions, and that managers across the organization have access to the necessary SSS information.
• Ensures managers and staff integrate SSS and risk management matters in planning to enhance awareness of policies, prescriptive content, best practices, and proper compliance when required.
• Ensures effective and timely access to prescriptive content such as policy and SSS risk management methodology.

Key Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• 15+ years of progressively responsible positions, of which the last 10 years should be at a senior managerial level in program/operations management with oversight responsibility for safety, security, and/or safeguarding - in the NGO/development context.
• Proven multi-year practical experience in managing SSS operations within an international development context.
• Proven competency in policy development and implementation, particularly for implementation in crisis/disaster situations.
• Fluency in oral and written English required.
• Strong manager, collaborator and influencer across people, regions, and functions
• Ability to navigate change and cultures in a complex global NGO
• Project Management certification (PMP Level 1) or 3-5 years’ project management experience
• Previous experience working in a conflict/post-conflict or crisis environment
• Active support of HFHI Values: Humility, Courage, and Accountability
• Safeguarding: HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.
Remote within one of the countries where HFHI operates
Job Type:
Full-time - Salaried
Employment Type:
International Employment
Job Function:
Disaster Response, International Programs, Operations, Strategy
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About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a global, Christian-based nonprofit organization that grew out of an intentionally multi-racial community in rural Georgia. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat brings together people of all faiths and people of no faith to build homes, communities and hope. Working alongside each other, we help families and individuals build and improve places to call home and achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Habitat seeks individuals who have a willingness to affirm these principles and values.


At Habitat for Humanity International, we embrace a history rooted in creating equity and take our mission seriously by courageously committing to a culture and workplace where all staff feel safe, welcome, visible, respected, supported and valued. As an equal opportunity employer, we realize that our success depends upon building an inclusive workforce of diverse perspectives and encourage people of varied races, ethnicities, national origins, tribes, religions, ages, gender identities and expressions, genders, sexual orientations, marital statuses, disabilities, veteran/reserve national guard statuses, socio-economic statuses, thinking and communication styles to work with us.


We also require that all staff take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities (especially children), and all those with whom we work. In line with the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, all staff must pass a thorough background screening and will be held accountable to upholding our policies around ethical behavior, including safeguarding and whistleblowing.