Area Safety Coordinator, Yemen

Employer:Danish Refugee Council
Location: Yemen
Closing date: 30 Nov 2015

Overall Objective
The Area Safety Coordinator (ASC) will advise and assist the Country Director and Senior Management Team to develop and implement the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system for DRC in Yemen.

Specific Objectives
The ASC, in consultation with local safety staff and programme managers, is expected to pursue the following objectives in his/her daily work:
Oversee the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process
Develop area and country safety management policies, protocols and procedures
Facilitate Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures
Analyze, manage and report relevant information at the area and country level
Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records for the areas of concern
Support and deliver safety-related training
Mentor and provide technical supervision to local safety staff
Develop the capacity of, and coordinate, relevant Incident Management Teams (IMTs)
Provide surge support to IMTs and the Regional CMT as required
Act as Regional Safety Advisor in the RSA’s absence

Responsibilities and Tasks
To achieve the position objectives, the ASC will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:

·Oversee the development and implementation of the SRM process. Specific tasks include:
Assist and monitor the development of area-specific SRAs; supervise the assessment of Safety Levels and provide recommendations to the RSA for approval.
Advise Programme and Area Managers on available safety management strategies, including the transfer, avoidance, acceptance and/or control of risks.
Assist in the development of area-specific safety plans, including Local Safety Rules (LSR); Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); Contingency Plans (CPs); mitigation action plans; and Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS).
Support the implementation of safety management plans and other related functions; and assist in the implementation of staff capacity training plans, including the delivery and prioritization of training modules.
Monitor and evaluate the SRM process throughout Yemen, providing regular updates on the quality and progress of SRM implementation.

Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, including:
Regular analysis, statistics and reporting on key developments within the region
Tailored analysis and assessments, including RAs, on specific areas, themes, issues or scenarios
Maintain a register of negotiations and developments related to access and humanitarian space
Establish and maintain a list of contacts throughout the region
Maintain and update the incident tracker for Yemen, and provide trend/pattern analysis
Provide advice on programme development and implementation, including programme assessments
Identify potential scenarios, indicators of change, and key decision points

Represent the country programme within inter-agency forums as related to safety issues, including:
Focal point for safety co-ordination among relevant actors within the area of operations
Attend ISAO, UN, and other relevant external forums
Establish a network of contacts and represent DRC at relevant meetings

Capacity building of all staff, consultants, and implementing partners, including:
Provide briefings and orientation to all new and visiting staff
Brief new international and non-local staff on specific cultural norms and behaviours
Train local safety staff in the delivery of establish safety training modules
Organize and coordinate the delivery of Personal Awareness and Safety Training (PAST) on a bi-annual or as needed basis

Incident and crisis management and response, including:
Support the establishment of Area and Country IMTs
Coordinate the Yemen IMT in the event of a critical incident or crisis
Develop the country level Critical Incident Management Plan and support area-specific CPs
Brief IMT members on their responsibilities and ensure alternate members are available and briefed

Assist in the management of safety incidents and provide timely and accurate incident reports
Quality assurance of safety-related policies, protocols, procedures and regulations, including:
Regular MOSS audits of all programme areas
Monitoring of guards, watchmen, and SPUs
Assess the implementation of physical and asset protection protocols and regulations
Ensure that appropriate access controls are in place for all DRC facilities
Conduct regular site assessments and advise on mitigation measures

· Act as the focal point for the procurement and installation of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources, including:
Maintain a list of vendors and prices for safety-related equipment
Assist logisticians and administrators with the procurement, delivery and control of safety equipment
Act as the focal point for telecommunications systems, including radios and satellite phones

The ASC will report to the Yemen Country Director, and work directly with senior programme and operations staff. The ASC will have technical oversight from the Regional Safety Advisor.

University or higher degree in relevant discipline
At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or other International Organizations
At least 2 years’ INGO or IO Safety Management experience with a proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
Demonstrated experience with critical incident management
Demonstrated experience with delivering safety-related and/or first aid 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 humor
Medically fit and ability to adapt to isolated and potentially insecure environments
Excellent communication skills
Fluent in written and spoken English

Experience with the Yemen context
Knowledge of Arabic
Prior programming experience would be an asset, particularly in such fields as refugees, protection, mixed migration, capacity building, or mine action


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC.

Conditions *Availability:* 1 January, 2016, or sooner depending on availability

Duty station: Sana’a, Yemen with frequent travel to areas of implementation and other offices. Yemen is a hazardous environment; all employees must adhere to all security precautions and contribute to the security of the team.

Contract: 1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at under Vacancies). This position is graded as A11. For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff.

How To Apply
Application and CV
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 30 November,2015. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and DRC may fill this position prior to the closing date.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please

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BackgroundDRC is an international non-governmental organization that promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world.
DRC has been operating in the Horn of Africa and Yemen for over a decade, running a combination of livelihood, protection, advocacy and relief programmes. DRC has programme offices in various areas in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and now Djibouti, with a regional office in Kenya. There are numerous sub-offices, and also plans for new offices and programmes throughout the region. There are plans to increase activities in Yemen and Ethiopia/Djibouti.
DRC’s Safety Risk Management system in the HoAY area has been developed to a robust level over the past three years. Procedures, protocols and policies are in place and largely implemented throughout the region. Training modules have been standardized and delivered on a regular basis, and safety management receives strong support and attention from managers at all levels. In the HoAY region, DRC’s safety management structure currently includes a Regional Safety Advisor, one international Area Safety Coordinator for Yemen and Ethiopia/Djibouti, one national Safety Coordinator for Kenya and one international Safety Coordinator for Somalia.