Safety & Security Coordinator


About the organization

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.


HIAS seeks a Safety & Security Coordinator to strengthen safety and security management support to emergency response programming and other departmental activities, including security analysis. The preferred candidate is passionate about HIAS’ mission and has a demonstrated interest in international development and professional/academic experience in international relations, international security, humanitarian contexts or similar. They work as part of a small team delivering best practices in safety and security risk management for HIAS staff, assets and programming in the United States and internationally.


- Supports Safety & Security and Emergency departments to effectively respond to emerging humanitarian challenges.
- Assists the Safety & Security department with journey management for emergency response deployees and other personnel.
- Helps conduct threat and risk analyses in support of emergency response activities.
- Works across departments to embed security best practices in emergency response activities.
- Closely monitors and analyzes regional security and political trends, including their potential impact on HIAS offices or operations.
- Works with the Safety & Security team to complete back-office functions to enable provision of safety and security management services.
- Conducts research on security issues and succinctly briefs leadership on security matters that may impact HIAS objectives.


- Undergraduate degree in Development Studies, Humanitarian Studies, International Affairs/Politics, Security, Terrorism or other relevant field; similar degree at graduate level preferred.
- 2-3 years of experience working in the humanitarian space, preferably overseas.
- Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish and/or French strongly preferred.
- Excellent communication and written and oral briefing skills.
- Experience in humanitarian field operations and emergency response a plus.
- Background in safety and security management; experience of risk assessment, incident reporting, incident mapping, information collation and analysis and security technology preferred.
- Overseas work experience in insecure and/or hostile environments a plus.
- Ability to travel up to 20% to country offices, often to complex and insecure working environments, required.
- Experience with data management tools, including data visualization software highly desired.
- Excellent writing, research, and organizational ability.
- Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.

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