Aug 15, 2015

Safety Advisor , Africa

Employer: Danish Refugee Council
Location: Central Africa Republic
Safety Advisor - Central African Republic
We are looking for a highly qualified Safety Adviser (SA) for our programme in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Who are we?
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displace people with shelter, food, income generating activities, legal aid and a wide range of other protection assistance.
DRC is one of the largest INGOs in CAR, working out of 3 Field offices in the North, 3 sub offices and the capital office (Bangui) and a complex funding portfolio. The program strategy for 2015 covers the sectors of Protection, Livelihoods, Legal aid and Emergency Education, IDP profiling and protection monitoring as well as Food Security, Early Recovery and small scale infrastructure including WASH. Interventions are currently located in four Prefectures: Ouham, Ouham Pendé, Bangui and Bamingui-Bangoran.
About the job
You will be responsible for the development and implementation of the DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS), in close cooperation with Senior Management and Safety Focal Points. The position will report directly to the Country Director and will coordinate with DRC’s Global Safety Advisor.
Duties and Responsibilities
Pursuant to Chapters 19 & 20 in the DRC Operational Handbook, the SA will:
  • Facilitate Risk Assessments (RAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures
  • Manage the Safety Level System (SLS) for the programme and ensuring they submit accurate and timely SLS assessments
  • Assist in the development of contextualized risk management policies, protocols and procedures
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of informed advice
  • Manage safety related information and provide regular analysis and reporting through situation reports and advisories 
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (training register, incident tracking, etc.)
  • Develop, support and facilitate/deliver safety-related training
  • Recruit and train a national Safety Advisor in CAR
  • Coordinate the Crisis Management Team (CMT), and support programme Incident Management Teams (IMTs)
  • Carry out quality control and compliance audits of safety-related policies, protocols, procedures and regulations, including MOSS audits
  • Represent DRC at inter-agency security fora 
  • Act as the focal point for the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources
  • Conduct assessment missions to other countries/programmes as directed by the Global Safety Adviser
  • Any other duties as directed by the Country Director who has the lead on Safety for DRC in CAR

About you
To be successful in this role you must have:
  • University or higher degree in relevant discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or international agencies on similar duties
  • INGO Security Management Experience with a proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
  • Proven experience with delivering safety-related training
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Stable and robust character, team-player with a good sense of humour
  • Previous experience as a trainer/instructor/teacher
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English

We offer
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 1 year contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be willing and able to work in Bangui, CAR. The start date will be 1 September 2015 or as soon as possible after that date.
Please note that this is a Non Family Duty Station. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A9.
Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. Please note that as this is a fully French-speaking mission, applicants that do not have a very good command of French will not be considered for the post.
CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact Applications close 30 August 2015. Please note that as this position is urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.
Need further information?
For more details on this position please contact DRC Global Safety Adviser, Mr. Fredrik Palsson (email: .
Please note that applications sent directly to Mr. Palsson will not be considered.
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

About DRC
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.