“Don’t wait for a crisis to think about security.” – Maurice McQuillan, Security Advisor
Security is a tricky area in our line of work - finding the balance between keeping everyone safe but also serving people in potentially risk prone areas with little infrastructure. We tend to not prioritize it if we are in more stable countries where there is less conflict or chance of a natural disaster, even though aid workers are more likely to be in a car accident than be victim of a man-made attack.
So whose responsibility is it to keep you and your staff safe? Although everyone is responsible for his/her security, it is ultimately the leaders of an organization that are responsible for creating a security culture, according to this episode’s guest, Security Advisor Maurice McQuillan. Maurice has 14 years experience working in insecure environments in aid work, and has spent a lot of time advising leaders in minimizing risk.
In this episode Maurice has some great advice for leaders in aid work on how you can integrate security into your work and keep your team safe including:
Why people break the rules
How to motivate staff to understand and follow security guidelines
How to mitigate risk versus reacting to it
Useful tools to use to map security risk
How to gauge a staff’s perception of risk
Why hiring the right people is so important
How to best support your staff in making decisions around security
Why managers should manage security
Some tools and resources mentioned in this episode include: