World University Service of Canada and CECI Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada et le CECI Spécialiste de la sécurité Contract in Montréal, QC

World University Service of Canada and CECI Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada et le CECI

Branch Montréal QC CA

Spécialiste de la sécurité
Montréal, QC

The WUSC Director of Human Resources. Post-graduate university degree (or bachelor’s degree plus relevant experience) in International Development, Political…

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Position location: Position is based in Ottawa or Montreal

with frequent travel between

the two locations

Reports to: The WUSC Director of Human Resources

and Organizational Services and

the CECI Director of Programs

Contract term: One year (renewable)

Application deadline: December 19, 2016

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) are seeking a qualified Security Specialist to lead on safety and security management. The Security Specialist will provide/develop quality safety and security information, training, policy and standards guidance, tools, and ongoing support that will enable successful program delivery, deployment of personnel (volunteers and staff) and preparedness for travel in accordance with WUSC and CECI’s duty of care obligations and the organizations’ security strategy – policies and operating procedures.


WUSC is a leading Canadian international development organization committed to building a more equitable and sustainable world. WUSC works with a unique and powerful network of post-secondary institutions, private-sector partners and volunteers to provide education, employment and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of youth, women, and other marginalized populations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. WUSC is headquartered in Ottawa with offices in 20 countries and employs more than 300 staff worldwide; over 100 in Canada and nearly 200 in its country offices.

CECI is a leading Canadian international development organization that aims to combat poverty and exclusion. To this end, CECI builds the development capacities of disadvantaged communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas by supporting initiatives in four thematic areas: economic development, food security, human security and emergency response, and gender equality. CECI is headquartered in Montreal with offices and activities in 18 countries. CECI employs more than 300 staff worldwide; 60 in Montreal and 240 in its country offices.

WUSC and CECI partner on an international volunteer cooperation program, Uniterra, which annually sends more than 600 Canadian volunteers to 14 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Nature and Scope

Under the direction of the WUSC Director of Human Resources and Organizational Services and the CECI Director of Programs, the Security Specialist will serve as a technical resource to WUSC and CECI program staff and volunteers, providing security management support, risk assessment and analysis, security awareness training, safety and security guidance and timely advisory information.


Standards, Policies and Procedures Compliance

  • Lead the review and enhancement of safety and security standards, policies and best practices in accordance with our duty of care obligations in Canada and in the countries where we operate
  • Lead/support country teams to implement the above
  • Monitor compliance and assist country program teams to meet the security standards and policies, and help revise or establish protocols for personnel (staff, volunteers and consultants) and their dependents
  • Contribute to the reshaping of the organizations’ security management systems, tools and training
  • Apply gender equality principles to all procedures as mandated by WUSC and CECI’s GE policies

Security Awareness and Training

  • Assess and prioritise training needs and conduct (or co-ordinate) training as part of personnel deployment and travel preparedness and as part of the induction process for new staff
  • Provide guidance and support to staff in preparing safety and security information for the volunteer programs (pre-departure security and in-country training)
  • Provide required training to relevant personnel in Canada and field offices on security management, crisis management, traveller’s security and fragile/hostile environment awareness training
  • Assist country program offices in arranging security training workshops, for staff and volunteers, appropriate to their security environments
  • Where necessary, determine, negotiate and manage the contracts and relationships with external training providers, reviewing and evaluating content to ensure relevance

Security Management and Technical Support

  • Act as a focal point for safety, security and crisis management for all personnel, with a direct line to the crisis or security management teams for all programs
  • Monitor and assess safety and security trends that may affect WUSC and CECI and provide recommendations to security management teams
  • Conduct security assessment for new programming or current programming as required
  • Support program teams by providing ongoing advice and responding to security issues, queries, assessment needs or support as required
  • Receive all incident notices and reports, and assist in developing strategies to manage incidents and security situations
  • Support field security risks assessments – help research and assess all factors pertaining to security in programming regions, examining key issues related to staff, assets, offices, residences, field sites, projects and partnerships, and help compile reports with findings and recommendations
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the security management systems on a continual basis, including the effectiveness of procedures, materials and tools and the security preparedness of the security management teams and the Canadian and field staff/country teams.

Security Monitoring and Timely Advisory Information

  • Monitor daily security notifications to identify key alerts and emerging trends, and produce and distribute communications to appropriate personnel
  • Provide alerts on immediate threats and emerging security trends of concern to key personnel for informed decision making
  • Monitor and record key security decisions
  • Establish regular contacts and dialogs with each field office and Regional Coordinators, drafting reports and analyzing developments in security
  • Analyze information and maintain a clear picture of evolving global, regional or local political context affecting the security of personnel and dependents in programming area

Internal and External Networking

  • Work closely with both organizations’ health & safety committees and security management teams on health, safety and security issues, learning and sharing best practices
  • Participate in relevant key INGO and security coordination networks to keep abreast of the latest developments in security management
  • Liaise with external security counterparts and provide advice to WUSC and CECI on government policy change, obligations, insurance, likely to impact the organizations’ security policies and practices and decision making
  • When appropriate, share information, exchange on tools, frameworks, benchmarks from other INGOs and discussion to support the optimizing the security management systems



  • A minimum of 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in an international NGO or organization that deploys personnel internationally
  • Experience in designing and implementing security management and training plans, including risk assessments and mitigation measures
  • A minimum of 2 years international field experience, with work experience in high risk environments
  • Working experience on cross organisational initiatives and working/coordination with colleagues from various departments and teams

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong technical competency in safety and security management and knowledge of principles and current best practices in security management models/frameworks
  • Ability to actively support team members and facilitate their engagement and compliance with policies and procedures
  • Ability to facilitate the learning of others and support training initiatives
  • Commitment to WUSC and CECI’s missions, values and approach
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and reporting skills
  • Self-starter; ability to work alone and as part of a team, prioritise tasks, and deliver against deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to adapt to different contexts
  • Adherence to the principles of gender equality
  • A high level of computer literacy


  • Post-graduate university degree (or bachelor’s degree plus relevant experience) in International Development, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Emergency/Risk Management, or related area


  • Competency in English and French are required. Competency in Spanish is an asset.


  • Position is based in Ottawa or Montreal with frequent travel between the two locations

Must be willing and able to travel internationally to insecure regions


WUSC and CECI are equal opportunity employers. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

If you wish to apply for this position, please follow this link to register on WUSC’s candidate database.

Détails de l’emploi

Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada et le CECI

Catégories d’emploi

Gestion de programmes/projets

Type de poste

Contrat – plein temps


ON – Région d’Ottawa , QC – Montréal


Ottawa and Montreal

Niveau de carrière

Expérimenté(e) (poste hors gestion)

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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Montreal, QC, CA
Posted on: 2016-12-06
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