Global Health, Safety and Security Manager

Job Type

Full Time




Kigali City



We are looking for a resilient and experienced health, safety and security professional to take on a leadership role in the Corporate Operations Department. One Acre Fund is a rapidly growing organisation, with a team of over 6,000 staff distributed across 11 locations across Africa and Asia. We believe that our team is our greatest and most valuable asset. We also understand that our locations of work can at times pose heightened risks. We prioritize investing in the safety, security, and well-being of our team, and so see this as a critical role for the organisation.

The Health, Safety and Security Manager will be a key deputy to the Director of Corporate Operations and will work closely with our most senior leaders to create the Health, Safety and Security vision and strategy. S/he will independently deliver this strategy through simple, effective and scalable systems to proactively mitigate risk and improve our preparedness to keep our staff safe and healthy. S/he will also be responsible for leading the response to any situations that do arise, such as staff injury in the field or political instability in one of our countries of operation.

This is a dynamic, challenging and high-impact role. The successful applicant will thrive on creating and delivering on high-level strategy, continuously looking for opportunities to mitigate risks, and making decisions in high-pressure environments.

The overarching goals of this role are to:

  • Design and deliver solutions to observed operational challenges relating to health, safety, and security issue by guiding implementation through a team of staffers across our locations. These challenges, if not managed well, would cause significant risks and barriers to the organisation as we seek to scale up globally.
  • Coordinate acute response to emergencies: Responses to emergencies affecting our staff are important moments in the morale and retention of staff. Getting the response right depends on thinking on your feet, working with a lot of different people, applying a range of skills, and advocating at all times for the well-being of all affected parties.
  • Build Team: Hire and manage a team of in-country security experts who will deliver on ensuring that systems and processes are maintained to an excellent level on a day-to-day basis, to lead on the smooth roll-out of new initiatives, and to provide leadership and strong communication systems on the ground in all locations.
  • Build RelationshipsBuild and maintain strong collaborative relationships across several departments, amongst key in-country leaders, senior leaders in the organisation, and a range of international security partners in order to create alignment and momentum on systemic improvements to our health, safety and security systems.
  • Educate and Influence Behaviour Change: Use intel communications, internal systems, and trainings to improve staff awareness, education, and behaviour patterns to mitigate risks and improve their safety.


One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager and a global support team will commit significant time to your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions.


We are seeking exceptional candidates with 5+ years’ of strong project management experience at an NGO, private organisation, or a security consultancy organisation. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Passion for operations, building scalable and efficient systems and solving problems in a difficult operating environment.
  • Level-headed and able to work well under pressure.
  • Proven ability to manage teams and develop leaders; experience in remote management a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High levels of emotional resilience and emotional intelligence.
  • Creativity and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Related Master’s Degree is an asset, but not strictly required.
  • We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service.
  • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role.
  • Experience working in a multicultural workplace in a developing country a plus.
  • Language: Fluent English required. French and/or Swahili also valuable.
  • Travel: 3-months travel per year to our sites of operations. ~6 weeks unplanned travel in response to emergency incidents.


As soon as possible


We offer a modest starting salary that affords a high quality of life in our areas of operation. This is a career-track role with performance-based raises and the ability to expand responsibilities over time.


Kigali, Rwanda (strongly preferred) or Nairobi, Kenya 


Health insurance, immunizations, flights, housing.



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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