Regional Safety and Security Advisor (RSSA), Remote ASIA

Catholic Relief Services

Job Responsibilities:

Technical Assistance

  • Provide technical support and coordination to ASIA Country Programs to ensure that appropriate safety and security systems and procedures are in place and are fully operational. 
  • Provide international, regional and local security information and expertise, as well as technical input to all ASIA CPs in the development and management of their Country Security Plans and other risk management documents. 
  • In close collaboration with the Technical Advisors and Health Operations team, assist ASIA CPs in aligning health, safety and security plans and systems with current and future program design. 
  • Conduct initial HSS assessments before the opening of new CRS offices/programs and assignment of staff to a country and in case of office closures.
  • Strengthen and drive the risk assessment process by carrying out regular threat and vulnerability assessments, adapting procedures accordingly and monitoring compliance, together with the CP Security Focal Points. 
  • Provide guidance on and build capacity in HSS risk management procedures, policies and practices, including the management of incidents, to Security Focal Points. 
  • Stay up to date with international trends and developments, monitor open sources and cultivate different sources of information and analysis around safety and security trends in the region and share these with the DRD and RD. 
  • Monitor, review and adjust CRS’ staff tracking systems as necessary and monitor staff compliance. 
  • Feed into and support CRS’ continuous process of improvement on health, safety and security risk management.

Organizational & Systems Implementation and Staff Capacity Strengthening

  • Support the implementation of CRS’ health, safety and security risk management system in the regions.
  • Assist and collaborate with CPs in defining roles and responsibilities for health, safety and security management. Optimizing organizational/departmental efficiency, performance and accountability. 
  • Support the facilitation of the regions’ community of practice for security focal points and other interested parties to encourage learning and implementation of best practices in the area of security management. 
  • Ensure compliance with CRS global HSS training requirements. Organize and facilitate incident and crisis management trainings and exercises, personal health, safety and security and other HSS trainings.
  • Liaise with other members of the CRS health, safety and security community for additional sources of technical or training assistance, best practices and learning.

Key Working Relationships: 

Internal: Regional Director, Deputy Regional Directors for Operations and Programs, Regional Technical Advisors, Country Representatives/Country Managers, Heads of Operations, Heads of Programs, Security Focal Points, Health Safety and Security Unit including Health Operations team, Humanitarian Response Department, Regional Leadership Team. 

External: International and local partners, including local and US Catholic agencies, US Embassy RSOs within the region, contracted security service providers, security officers of other international and local NGOs operating in ASIA.

Language Required: Fluency in English required, knowledge of any other languages of CRS countries in the ASIA region a plus.

Travel: Approximately 15% of the time, primarily to/within the region, and sometimes in remote areas with minimal amenities available. Possibly with short notice.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in security management, politics, international development, non-profit management, or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in operational safety and security management with an international humanitarian organization. 


  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in security and staff safety
  • Experience working in delicate situations with partner organizations
  • Knowledge of and working experience in the regions strongly preferred
  • Strong cross-cultural skills
  • Ability to train and convey information to non-security personnel
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Excellent writing skills and strong communicator
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Diplomatic, able to manage conflict and move groups toward consensus
  • Good judgment and sound decision-making skills
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, detail-oriented, ability to work on multiple task simultaneously
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to humanitarian principles
  • Able to work without close supervision
  • Quick learner, adaptable and creative

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience of successful security program support at regional level
  • Experience engaging partners
  • Ability to present and train different levels and compositions of staff and partners
  • Formal technical training(s) in safety and security is a plus

Agency REDI Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

Agency competencies clarify expected behaviors and attitudes for all staff. When demonstrated, they create an engaging workplace, help staff achieve their best, and help CRS achieve agency goals. These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. 

  • Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission.  Is considered honest.
  • Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
  • Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Agency Leadership Competencies

  • Lead Change – Continually looks for ways to improve the agency through a culture of agility, openness, and innovation.
  • Develops and Recognizes Others – Builds the capacity of staff to reach their full potential and enhance team and agency performance.
  • Strategic Mindset – Understands role in translating, communicating, and implementing agency strategy and team priorities.

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world. 

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. 

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position. 

CRS talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions)