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A security plan sets out the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and contingency plans that staff should follow. Open Briefing can provide security plans for foreign travel, overseas offices, programmes in high-risk countries or local partners, for example.

“Open Briefing’s review of the security plan for our at-risk local partner was of the highest quality and very helpful.”
Lisa-Marie Rudi, Programme Officer, Civitas Maxima

SOPs set out the usual procedures that staff must adhere in order to reduce the likelihood of safety, security or health threats occurring. SOPs can typically cover, among other things:

  • Field travel (convoys, checkpoints and RTAs)
  • Vehicle maintenance and operation
  • Direct and indirect fire
  • Demonstrations and civil unrest
  • Armed robbery, theft or carjacking
  • Landmines, UXOs and IEDs
  • Communications
  • Information security
  • Incident reporting
  • Office security
  • Fire safety
  • Cash management

Contingency plans set out the procedures that staff should follow in the event of a serious incident or crisis in order to reduce the impact. A security plan would typically include contingencies for, among other things:

  • Medical evacuation
  • Repatriation of remains
  • Detention, abduction and kidnapping
  • Sexual violence
  • Hibernation, relocation and evacuation
  • Crisis management

We have recently produced security plans for:

  • A Liberian human rights organisation investigating war crimes.
  • The Iraq offices of a US NGO working to protect civilians in conflict.
  • Human rights defenders in Nigeria.
  • A board member of an international foundation working with anti-poaching initiatives in Mozambique.

Please contact us to discuss your security plan needs. Grants and subsidies may be available to help NGOs access our security risk management services.

Open Briefing is a member of the International NGO Safety & Security Association, BOND and the Charities Security Forum. We are also a certified social enterprise.