Security Manager (Consultant) – Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The Center may deploy an international election observation mission to monitor the presidential elections on March 7, 2018 in Sierra Leone. We are currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual to serve as Security Manager. The successful candidate will conduct a security assessment in Sierra Leone, train observers, and develop security protocols, which will be implemented during the election observation mission. The position will require travel to Sierra Leone January through March 2018. This position is contingent upon funding. 


Qualified candidates should have seven to ten years of experience working in security or related fields, preferably with previous experience working on an election observation mission. English language capacity is required and prior work experience in West Africa is preferred. Cross-cultural understanding, demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to work independently are encouraged. Strong writing/communication skills in English and competence with technology required. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Under supervision of the Field Office Director (FOD), the primary responsibilities of the Security Manager include:

  • Conduct an assessment of the overall state of security in Sierra Leone, along with specifics about possible or previously determined deployment sites. This information should be provided in writing to both the FOD and the Atlanta project manager.
  • With input from the FOD and project manager, draft a written security manual for use in training staff and long- and short-term observers about deployment security. Lead observer security training on relevant security protocols and information, incorporating these materials.
  • Provide input into the design of operations and deployment plan for field staff and observers. Refine field office policies and procedures relating to staff travel and security, requests for transportation, communications, etc.
  • In coordination with the FOD and Security Manager, establish and facilitate contacts with the police forces, military, relevant government ministries, and international organizations on security, medical, and health matters. Liaise with key government officials and international organizations regarding the security environment and its repercussions on Carter Center activities. Represent the field office on operational and security matters in meetings.
  • Gather and analyze security-related information from all relevant sources, and stay updated on the security situation in Sierra Leone with particular attention to its impact on the political environment and security of Carter Center staff and observers.
  • Contribute to daily, weekly, and monthly project reporting on security, logistics, and operations in Sierra Leone
  • Produce ad hoc security updates/analysis and recommendations in case of political and security events threatening Carter Center staff, project partners, or national security.
  • Manage observer security status on a daily basis through scheduled reporting and oversight of local staff. In coordination with Observer Coordinator and local security assistant, track movements of staff and observers. Oversee and conduct check-in calls with observers, as appropriate.
  • Train and supervise security-related field office staff as necessary. Provide security training to drivers, guards and other staff if needed, on continuous basis; train staff in the use of all communication equipment (HF radios, VHF radios, sat phones, and cell phones) and provide detailed instructions for all communications methods.
  • Participate in observers’ briefings and debriefings and core team meetings to disseminate relevant information on security, deployment and logistics, as appropriate.
  • Assist FOD with efforts to identify observer deployment sites; visit observer sites as necessary to assess and provide security and logistics advice to observers.
  • Locate and assist in making arrangements for evacuation assets with international and local government agencies as well as private companies. Negotiate and/or review security contracts with local providers for security guards as necessary, and advise FOD on procurement of health and security related services.
  • If evacuation is required, lead the evacuation process in accordance with pre-established plans and arrangements, making decisions in coordination with the FOD.
  • Perform other duties requested by the FOD or project manager.


Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and list of references with subject line “Sierra Leone Security Manager” to:


Review of applications will begin on Jan. 2, 2018

Note: Because this is an international election observation mission, Sierra Leone nationals are not eligible to serve as the Carter Center Security Manager.  Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.