Risk, Safety & Security Officer At International Potato Center

The International Potato Center (CIP) is looking for a Risk, Safety and Security (RSS) Officer to enhance the CIP Risk, Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program through training, information management, and development of resources.

About the role: The selected candidate will maintain and improve CIP Risk, Security, Occupational Health and Safety, and Emergency Preparedness Programs in Africa and Asia through leading change, training, information management, and development of resources. This position will be based in CIP’s Nairobi, Kenya office and will report directly to the Head of Risk, Security and Facilities.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Support the implementation of risk, safety and security policies and protocols including business continuity and crises management plans across Africa and Asia.
  • Systematically ensure that CIP leadership are executing and adhering to CIP’s safety and security policies and protocols through the management of key performance indicators.
  • Coordinate and lead training procedures for CIP staff to identify and mitigate risk and execute their respective roles in response to incidents/crises.
  • Coordinate closely with Africa and Asia Regional Directors, Country Managers (CM) and Country Security Focal Points (SFP).
  • Maintain a database of resources, presentations, responses, and other activities conducted by RSS Africa and Asia program office.
  • Review and update safety and security information provided to CIP Staff including, orientation and other training sessions, country specific visitor briefs, record of emergency documents, country evacuation plans, vehicle management systems, vehicle GPS program and tracking systems, MS SharePoint information.
  • Provide staff orientation briefing sessions for both local and international staff.
  • Assist with the upkeep of CIP’s travel restrictions and all related systems/resources. (ISOS, Travel Tracker, etc.
  • Assist in assessing high risk independent travel and provision of recommendations for CIP staff.
  • Maintain awareness of security issues and emergencies in the Countries CIP operates in using available resources. Provide timely and relevant summaries to key staff. Work to have staff registered for online notifications / alerts from CIP travel security providers.
  • Support Country Offices to establish and maintain emergency notification systems using WhatsApp and CIP’s contracted SMS texting service.
  • Maintain awareness of Globally Recruited Staff (GRS) family and dependents in Africa and Asia. Support SFP knowledge of localized security situation to inform GRS of appropriate locations to live and manage their security and evacuation plans.
  • Support Incident Reporting in Africa and Asia. Summarize, analyze and report key trends and statistics regarding safety or security issues experienced by CIP staff and GRS families, and recommend preventive actions as necessary.
  • Assist in conducting risk assessments as needed for current or prospective CIP office locations and project work areas. Provide timely and thorough reports to management regarding particular safety concerns.
  • Participate in Internal Safety and Security Committee at ILRI Campus and stay informed of industry best practices, trends and discussions regarding occupational health, safety, and security. Help ensure that CIP is in compliance with relevant laws, regulations and current best practices related to health, safety and security.
  • Understand insurance coverage that is in place, work with the Country Mangers and Human Resource Managers to ensure that staff are aware of their coverage and how to use it in an emergency. Work with Country Managers to have designated persons and procedures in place to respond in case of need.
  • Work closely with the CIP Global Risk, Security and Safety Manager and Africa and Asia Regional Manager to identify any areas of concern and/or evaluate health and safety conditions at existing or potential future CIP project sites.
  • Respond to inquiries from staff regarding CIP’s occupational health, safety, and security policies, protocols and resources.

Coordinate/execute/monitor course of action (COA) in response to crises, events, or incidents:

  • Help coordinate Africa and Asia Incident Response including communications to ensure that CIP’s response is effective and consistent.
  • Ensure key staff are informed and aware of incidents and any high risk activities that are being undertaken in CIP’s Africa and Asia offices.
  • Conduct investigations and participate in after-action reviews to identify opportunities for training/improvement of CIP practices.
  • Be available for after-hours incidents.
  • Monitor Africa and Asia events regarding health, safety and security that may impact CIP operations and staff. Support Africa and Asia Country Managers and Security Focal Points to do so.
  • Keep the Global RSS Manager informed of alerts and announcements of Africa and Asia events, including how our operations or participants are being affected and any relevant response by CIP or host organizations.

What are we looking for?

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, Emergency Management, or Industrial Engineering. (Required).
  • At least 6 years of experience in related or similar positions.
  • Relevant experience in risk management, security, safety, emergency readiness, and occupational health. Prior police or military service is preferred.
  • Experience living, studying, interning, volunteering, or working outside of home country.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws and standards such as ISO 18788, 45001, 35000 related to Risk, Security, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Business Contingency Planning.
  • Certification / education (courses/diplomas) in one or more of the following: Occupational Health and Safety, Security, Risk Management, emergency preparedness (such as ASIS International or Institute of Risk Management, or other).
  • Advanced level of MS Office, especially in Excel, outlook and sharepoint.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Fluent in Kiswahili.

How to apply

Visit the following link: https://cipotato.org/open-vacancies/ and submit your cover letter and a full C.V. with your references. Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2022 and will continue until the post is filled. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

This position WILL NOT have contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org.

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply.

CIP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, or training). CIP also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

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