Security Management For Country Directors

This 5-week course focuses on what senior field managers need to do to manage security well in their country programmes. You will learn key management approaches to enhance your thinking about security management, how to keep your staff safe and your programmes running.

Suitable for country Directors and Deputy Country Directors.

Course description:

This course helps Country Directors and Deputy Country Directors to manage the security of their programmes and their teams when working in challenging environments. 

If you’re a CD or DCD and you haven’t received security management training appropriate for your strategic responsibilities join us for the next course on your journey to better security management. Sign up today!

NB. The course is aimed at a strategic level. If you are a senior field manager and you do the in-depth technical work of managing security yourself, we advise you to consider taking our ‘Essentials of Field Security Management’ course.


You will learn:

For the course contents, please see below.

In brief, you will learn how to keep your field programmes running whilst looking after your organisation’s staff and protecting its assets. By doing this well you will enhance your organisation’s (and your own) reputation amongst peer agencies and donors.

As a CD or DCD you have overall responsibility for the safe and secure delivery of your organisation’s programmes, the welfare of your staff and the protection of assets in your country of deployment. It is vital that you receive good-practice security management training on how to carry out these responsibilities effectively.

As senior management in the field, you have both a legal and ethical responsibility for the duty of care of your staff. They must be able to safely and securely deliver programmes, and you must put in place measures to shield them from certain risks. To do this, you need a good understanding of what duty of care means, what your responsibilities are, and what approaches and tools you can use to meet your duty of care responsibilities.

The training covers essential security practices that you, as a senior field-level manager with responsibility for security, should follow. It focuses on the key knowledge, attitudes, and skills you need to manage security more effectively across your country programme.

The course looks at the hard ‘technical’ skills you need to manage security at a senior level, and the soft ‘people’ skills you need to build networks and communicate effectively about security both within and outside your organisation. We will look at management structures that help improve your understanding of the security situation, and how you respond to it. 

Learning is based on the relevant international standards for risk management.

How you will learn:

The training has a fixed start date and you will work through the course with a group of other senior managers from different organisations. 

The course content is delivered in daily chunks using different methods: videos, podcasts, reading assignments, knowledge checks, interactive projects, and live webinars. You will be assigned to a learning group, and you will meet weekly and discuss your learning with your peers. By doing this you both deepen your contact with others who manage security at a senior level and share ideas and insights on different practical ways to manage security at a Country Director level.

Who is this course for?

This course is for Country Directors and Deputy Country Directors.

Your trainer

The training is led by Ian Woodmansey, the founder of Crucial Safety. Ian has worked in the humanitarian and development space since the mid-1990s, and has worked for the UN, ICRC, MSF-Holland, Save the Children, Oxfam and RedR UK (as Country Director for South Sudan, Global Security Manager and Lead Security Trainer). For the past decade Ian has been a security trainer and consultant with clients including Mercy Corps, Save the Children, Tearfund and GIZ.

Course content

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