Security Manager (Zimbabwe) Recruitment Notice

The Carter Center

Democracy Program
International Election Observation Mission
Harare, Zimbabwe

Security Manager Recruitment Notice

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.

Pending donor funding and accreditation, The Carter Center plans to deploy an international election observation mission to Zimbabwe, and is recruiting technical experts for a core team. The Center is currently recruiting a highly-qualified individual to serve as Security Manager surrounding Zimbabwe’s 2018 general elections. This independent contractor position would be assigned for a minimum of three months, pending the availability of donor funds and a possible runoff. Core team deployment is June 1. The position requires relocation to Zimbabwe in June and involves travel within the country. 


  • Serve as an official representative of the Carter Center’s international election observation mission in Zimbabwe, with a particular focus on security issues.
  • Under the direction of the Field Office Director (FOD), the Security Manager assumes a lead in designing and overseeing implementation of security protocols for field staff and observers.
  • Represents the mission on all security and related operational matters in meetings.
  • Provides input into the design of operations and deployment plan for field staff and observers, developing field office policies and procedures relating to staff travel and security, requests for transportation, lodging, communications, etc.
  • Establishes and facilitates contacts with the relevant government officials, domestic and international organizations on security, medical, and health matters.
  • S/he liaises with key government officials and international organizations regarding the security environment and its repercussions on observer activities.
  • Gathers and analyzes security-related information from all relevant sources, and stay updated of security situation in Zimbabwe with particular attention to its impact on the political environment and security of Carter Center staff and observers, updating procedures and troubleshooting security-related concerns as necessary.
  • Contributes to weekly and monthly project reporting on security, logistics, and operations as relates to the Harare office and Zimbabwe program implementation.
  • Produces ad hoc security updates/analysis and recommendations in case of political and security events threatening Carter Center staff or national security.
  • Trains observers and drivers in security protocols and equipment, evacuation plans, and departure procedures, which will be implemented as needed throughout and after the election observation mission.
  • Tracks movements of staff and observers, and oversees and conducts daily check-in calls with observers. S/he will take responsibility for the use of appropriate communications technology and enactment of security protocols during deployment.
  • Assists DFOD and Observer Coordinator with efforts to advance long-term observer deployment sites;
  • In collaboration with the DFOD and Observer Coordinator, assesses potential leadership observer itineraries as necessary to provide security and logistics advice, liaising with security personnel as necessary.
  • Locates and assists in making arrangements for evacuation assets with international and local government agencies as well as private companies if appropriate. In coordination with FOD, assumes lead role in evacuating staff, if necessary.
  • Negotiates and/or reviews security contracts with local providers for security guards, and advise FOD and DFODs on procurement of health and security related services.
  • Contributes to internal briefing memos and reports, as well as public statements on security issues.


  1. Applicants should have a minimum of 7-10 years of experience working in the security or related fields, preferably with previous experience working on an election observation mission or similar development project.
  2. English language skills required.
  3. Strong writing/communication skills and competence with technology required.
  4. Prior work experience in Zimbabwe and/or sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable.
  5. Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a background dealing with sensitive political situations are encouraged.

Please send cover letter, CV, contract requirements, dates of availability, and a list of references with subject line “Zimbabwe Security Manager”:
Email application materials to

Applications must be received by May 11 though interested applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible; decisions will be made on a rolling basis from the deadline until the position is filled. As this is an international election observation mission, Zimbabwean nationals are not eligible to serve as core team members. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview or additional consideration will be notified by the Center.