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Security Officer, Rapid Response Activity

International Development
21600001478 Requisition #

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.


Project Summary:

The Rapid Response Activity is anticipated to be a two-year project that seeks to improve stability in conflict affected areas, particularly the northern West Bank. It aims to alleviate grievances, to strengthen communities’ abilities to withstand shocks and stressors, and to provide opportunities for youth impacted by violence and conflict. Managed under the GISR MENA mechanism, the activity will operate to respond to immediate and emergent needs, to improve short-term stability in specific geographic areas that have recently emerged as flashpoints.


**Please note: Only West Bank-Gaza residents are eligible for this position**


Position Summary:

The Security Officer will support the safety and security of the Rapid Response Activity team and ensure compliance with MSI and Tetra Tech Duty of Care Standards in close coordination with the MSI Headquarters (HQ) Security Team. The position will be supervised by the Chief of Party (COP) in close coordination with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) as well for security operational and administrative issues. The position will also closely work with the HQ Global Security Team and will be based in Ramallah.



Context Monitoring and Analysis

  • Monitor and evaluate security conditions continually in the West Bank and more specifically in the areas where the program works such as Jenin and Nablus, via local media, security reports, and first-hand information collected from field-based staff and local partners/contacts.
  • Help assess security risks that may impact staff movements and safety in different parts of the country and communicate them in a timely manner to ensure real-time decision-making and up-to date situational awareness, as well as inform program strategy and field operations.
  • Compile and submit regular reports that track incidents and trends in and local security contexts within MSI’s areas of operation.


Field Travel and Journey Management

  • Conduct risk assessments of all proposed field travel areas and develop corresponding risk mitigation plans for each trip.
  • Monitor field travel in real time and provide timely guidance, advice, and emergency support.
  • Conduct all necessary preparations, as outlined in MSI security plans and procedures, to prepare staff for site visits and field travel.


Develop and Implement Security Assessments, Plans and Procedures

  • Develop and maintain all project standard operating procedures, guidelines, and planning for staff safety, operational security, and program continuity.
  • Ensure the continued relevance and consistent implementation of Standard Operating Procedures related to the safety and security of all team members in coordination with COP and MSI HQ Global Security Team.
  • Evaluate, review, and update project security plans, risk assessments, and contingency plans on a regular basis.
  • Ensure compliance with MSI and Tetra Tech Duty of Care Standards.
  • Evaluate, review, and update the hibernation and evacuation plans for MSI locations in the West Bank and ensure that practical preparations are in place and known to all relevant staff.
  • Conduct risk assessments of prospective offices and residences.
  • Follow up on actions to be taken to ensure compliance with safety and security standards.


Communication and Incident Reporting

  • Develop and implement a project incident reporting procedure.
  • Ensure COP/DCOP and the HQ Security Team and other relevant staff are informed of all incidents and follow up actions.
  • Provide and implement best possible solutions for use of equipment to facilitate communication between staff, including proposing safe means of communication.
  • Liaise with relevant security actors e.g., IP security staff, security forces, local community stakeholders, and local authorities.
  • Undertake continual assessments of communication equipment and the protocols by which that equipment is used.
  • Provide regular briefings to relevant staff and partners on the security situation and mitigation measures.


Training and Capacity Building

  • Provide regular training for MSI staff on a broad set of safety and security preparedness topics.
  • Work with relevant staff to develop and implement training curriculums appropriate for current program operations and risks.
  • Guide regular incident management team tabletop exercises.
  • Work with relevant project staff to develop on-boarding packages and trainings for new hires.
  • Coordinate external training, such as HEAT, as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences and/or security-related studies, business administration, international relations, or related field is required.
  • Minimum five years of experience in security management and oversight of security platforms is required.
  • Experience working in the West Bank required.
  • Experience working with State Department and/or USAID implementing partners in high-risk environments preferred.
  • Experience with implementing security strategies, policies, procedures, and standards required.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to produce high-quality written reports with minimal/no supervision or support, including Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments, Security Surveys, Security Audits, and Contingency Planning required.
  • Strong adaptability, communication, problem-solving, service-oriented, and interpersonal skills required.
  • High level of computer literacy, including thorough knowledge of all Microsoft Suite Office applications, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Fluency in Arabic and proficiency in English required.


MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.


We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.


MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.


Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please visit Tetra Tech’s Disability Assistance Page. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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