ACT Alliance: Global Security Advisor

Duty station: ACT Regional office (Amman – Bangkok – Bogota – Kenya) or home based as consultant 
Duration: 12 months renewable  
Worktime: 50% initially with possibility to increase in future years 
Deadline: 5th February 2023 


About ACT Alliance  

ACT Alliance is one of the world’s largest coalition of churches and church-related organisations engaged in humanitarian, development and advocacy work. It consists of 144 members working together in over 120 countries, with headquarters in 73 countries, whose aim is to create a positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. 64% of our members are headquartered in the Global South, 30% in the Global North, and 6% are Global members. For more details about the general work of ACT, please refer to 

Major functions 

The Global Security Advisor (GSA) serves as the primary safety and security advisor to the ACT Alliance Secretariat. The role reports to the Director of Operations at the ACT Secretariat in Geneva and advises on security risk management strategy, crisis management and staff security policy 

The position also works with ACT’s Safety & Security Community of Practice (SSCoP) which develops and shares best practice resources, tools, strategies and trainings for the wider ACT Alliance membership. The GSA is responsible for developing functioning relationships with ACT structures including ACT Regional offices, Advisory Groups, other Communities of Practice, regional and national forums help reduce the risks faced by ACT members and partners implementing programmes in complex environments.  

The GSA will build relationships with external agencies with a focus on aid sector safety and security and build the reputation of the Alliance on best practice activities 

Duties and responsibilities 

The main duties and responsibilities related to this position are  

  1. Provide safety, security and crisis management advice and trainings to the ACT Secretariat as a member of their crisis management team.  
  2. Monitor media sources, security networks and other information sources to remain current on global security trends and how they affect the aid sector security  
  3. Promote good security risk management strategies amongst ACT Alliance members through developing tools, resources, capacity building programs and sharing of good practices to improve Duty of Care within the membership.  
  4. Advise on training for ACT members or forums with a primary focus on security risk management, first aid, gender security, crisis management and other topics as requested by ACT members.  
  5. Support the work of the ACT SSCoP  
  6. Provide security related information and stories for ACT’s website and newsletters 

Working relationships  

  • Reports to the Director of Operations at the ACT Secretariat in Geneva 
  • Liaises with ACT’s Safety & Security  Community of Practice (SSCoP) 
  • Engages with ACT Regional offices, Advisory Groups, other Communities of Practice, regional and national Forums. The GSA build relationships with external agencies with a focus on aid sector safety and security. 

Competences and behaviours  

  • Committed to the values of the ACT Alliance and takes pride in delivering on agreed priorities according to the highest standards individually and as part of a global team.  
  • Proactively finds innovative and creative solutions, is efficient and reliable, adapts to change and uncertainty, is decisive and acts with integrity.  
  • Builds effective internal and external relationships, involves others when solving problems and treats others with consideration and respect in an alliance where faith is a key ingredient of people’s lives.  
  • Passion for building and developing core skills for the role and contributes knowledge outside of immediate own role.  
  • Effectively motivates, influences and develops others, drives high performance, inspires people to follow them and acts as a role model.  

Technical skills and experience  

  • Relevant education / degree in social sciences, international politics, management, or a security related field. 
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in an international and NGO environment.  
  • Experience of managing and/or training security for humanitarian organizations or equivalent. You should have field experience with humanitarian organizations in disaster or conflict-effected countries.  
  • Ability to apply logical thinking and common sense to gathering and analysing information, designing, and testing solutions to problems 
  • Experience in developing tools and resources to improve Duty of Care capacity for a diverse range of aid organizations.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (other languages are advantageous) and ability to work effectively in an international and cross-cultural environment  
  • Excellent knowledge of Humanitarian Principles. 



Interested and qualified candidates should send only their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to by 05/02/2023 (24.00 CET). Please put “[name of position]” in the subject line and name your documents: “Firstname lastname CV” and “Firstname lastname Cover letter”. Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.   If you wish to apply as a consultant, please also join with your application a justification of consultancy or company registration. 

ACT adheres to the SCHR misconduct scheme As such, ACT will contact the current and/or former employer(s) of the preferred candidate going back 3-5 years as part of reference checking, asking them to fill in a Statement of Conduct. When applying for this position, please confirm in the body of the email that you give your consent to ACT asking your current/former employer8S) for a Statement of Conduct should you be the preferred candidate after interview.  

Kindly note that if you do not hear from us within four weeks of the vacancy deadline, you should please consider that your application has not been retained.