Head of Security Training Programmes at Plan International


About "Head of Security Training Programmes at Plan International "

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

We are recruiting suitable candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title:

Head of Security Training Programmes at Plan International

Job Location:

Not specified.

Job Type:

Contract Jobs

Job Description

  • Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation.
  • We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
  • We recognise that our staff and associates may work in or travel to hostile and complex environments that present unique safety and security risks, and we are proactive in identifying and mitigating these risks. We understand that security management should be an enabler rather than a barrier. Plan International is committed to fulfilling its duty of care to our staff and providing a safe and secure environment so that we can better fulfil our purpose and objectives.
  • The Head of Security Training Programmesworks within the Plan InternationalGlobal Safety and Security Team and will oversee design and delivery of our security training courses, certification of trainers, security manager induction and development programs, and other training initiatives. A substantial component of the role will involve travel to Plan International offices to support delivery of these training courses.

Dimensions of the Role

  • The role is not anticipated to have any direct reports. However, based on operational needs other security resources may be assigned to this role in certain contexts.
  • No budget responsibility is required for this position.
  • Frequent travel (up to 50%)
  • The position will provide support and guidance to Regional and Country Management Teams on increasing capacity in local security functions.
  • They will promote a positive security culture, focused on advancing our Security for All initiative to create a more inclusive and intersectional approach to security risk management
  • They will encourage staff to report security concerns and incidents, follow-up and/or investigate as needed, and ensure management incorporates lessons learned into future operations.


  • Oversee development and delivery of the internal high-risk security training program, including the training-of-trainer courses, certifying internal instructors, and ensuring quality control of local course delivery.
  • Conceive innovative ways to realize our ambition to reach every staff member with high-quality security and first aid training.
  • Develop the curriculum for the security manager upskilling workshops, deliver the training, and work with Regional Security Advisors to monitor the professional growth of security managers.
  • Work with the Head of Security Risk Analysis to develop and deliver the security analysis course.
  • Work with the People and Culture team to implement a psychological first aid training-of-trainers course, utilizing our existing network of internal security trainers and managers.
  • Assist the Director of Safety and Security with expanding crisis management training forthe Leadership Team, Country Management Teams, and National Organisation Leadership Teams.
  • Ensure security training is linked with our Security for All strategy to identify and address unique risks to our staff in all their diversity.
  • Identify opportunities to extend training opportunities to implementing partners.
  • Champion the global security strategy and promote a positive security culture, ensuring and enabling a balance between organizational responsibility and individual ownership of security.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant government departments, UN agencies and NGOs.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships:

  • GH, RO, CO Safety and Security
  • GH, RO, CO Logistics and Procurement
  • GH and RO Disaster Risk Management
  • Regional Directors and Directors of Sub-regions
  • Country Directors
  • Emergency Response Managers


  • Peer-based safety and security networks
  • Third party security resources or support systems

Job Requirement


  • Experience teaching or training security courses and workshops
  • Experience developing complex and technical training material, e.g. first aid and medical trauma, crisis management, security analysis
  • Deep conceptual understanding of security risk management and risk assessment processes
  • Experience working in high-risk areas, including disasters and fragile and conflict affected states
  • Experience working in an international NGO
  • Experience leading diverse and geographically dispersed teams
  • Able to build networks and relationships under challenging conditions
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Comfortable in challenging at all levels
  • Able to deliver on time, to work under long term pressure and to prioritise
  • Able to work with standard IT equipment and software suites (e.g. Office)
  • Strong written and spoken English


  • Instructor or teacher certification
  • Ability to work in an additional language, e.g. French or Spanish

We are Open and Accountable:

  • We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent.
  • We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for Lasting impact:

  • We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together:

  • We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors.
  • We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals.
  • We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are Inclusive and Empowering:

  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

Physical Environment:

  • This post may be based at any Plan International Office with good communications links.  The post-holder will be expected to deploy, occasionally at short notice, to high risk areas. This may include fragile or conflict affected states, disaster zones, or remote locations

Level of contact with Children:

  • Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children.


  • We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that the salary and employment benefits will be set according to your location and therefore it is not possible to include full details here. 

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
  • We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
  • Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
  • We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.
  • Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
  • A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.
  • Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.


July 25, 2023
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