This position is located in the Office of Safety and Security, reporting to the Chief, Overseas Operations for Office of Safety and Security. The incumbent will be placed overseas in one of the three Regions (Africa, EMA, IAP). The overall role of the Peace Corps Safety and Security Officer (PCSSO) is to serve as technical expert in all matters related to safety and security, providing direction and guidance to posts on policies, procedures, and the implementation Peace Corps safety support.
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Job Title: Security Specialist (Overseas)
The Security Specialist (Overseas) performs the following major duties:
- Security Analysis and Risk Mitigation: The PCSSO will regularly monitor the security environment within his/her assigned sub-region and analyze the threat and potential impact that various risk factors, including: crime trends; political incidents or violence; civil unrest; natural disasters; road and transportation safety; epidemics; terrorism; transnational conflict; and other elements may have on Volunteers, programs and operations.
- Criminal Investigate Program Liaison Activities: The PCSSO will establish and maintain effective working relationships with law enforcement personnel in their assigned sub-region, including, but not limited to the Regional Security Officer, the Legal Attaché or other FBI officials, host country law enforcement officials at the national level, prosecutors, and attorneys that Peace Corps may use for Volunteer representation in criminal cases.
- Emergency planning, preparedness and response: The PCSSO assesses posts’ ability and readiness to respond to a variety of emergencies ranging from country wide crises to individualized emergencies such as a Volunteer death. The PCSSO assists post in identifying potential threats to both Volunteers and operations and coordinates with OSS to provide mitigating strategies and response protocols
- Security Policy and Program Coordination: The PCSSO is the technical resource for the Peace Corps safety and security program, providing a wide range of safety and security guidance, including policy interpretation, enhancement of post developed safety and security systems, evaluation of posts’ Volunteer safety and support systems, compliance with agency policies and drafts of post specific standard operating systems.
- Security Training Facilitation: In collaboration with the Office of Safety and Security, PCSSOs deliver both standard and non-standard security courses and trainings on a variety of topics and utilizing an array of training delivery methods. The PCSSO will work with posts within their assigned sub-regions to identify training needs and assist post in developing culturally appropriate, relevant, and effective security trainings for both staff and Volunteers.