Dec 2, 2015

Country Safety Coordinator

Employer:  Danish Refugee Council
Location: Somalia
Closing date: 19 Dec 2015


DRC 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 for over a decade, running a combination of livelihood, protection, advocacy and relief programmes. DRC offices are located in Somalia, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya, with a regional office in Kenya.
The Danish Demining Group (DDG) has been operating in Somaliland since 1999 and in Mogadishu since 2007, and Puntland since 2010. DDG will shortly commence programme activities in Yemen.

Overall Objectives
The Country Safety Coordinator (CSC) will manage all aspects of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system in all of Somalia, to include Somaliland and Puntland for both DRC and DDG programmes. The CSC, in consultation with local safety staff and programme manager, is expected to pursue the following objectives in his/her daily work:
Manage the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process
Develop and supervise the implementation of area safety management policies, protocols and procedures
Perform Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and supervise the implementation of mitigation measures
Oversee the information management, analysis and reporting process for DRC/DDG offices within Somalia
Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records for the areas of concern
Facilitate and deliver safety-related training to local and international staff
Mentor and provide technical supervision to local safety staff
Develop the capacity of, and coordinate, the Incident Management Team (IMT) for both DRC and DDG
Provide quality assurance and capacity building of armed and unarmed guards
Act as the focal point for contractual and procurement issues related to safety risk management, including the provision of armed security
Manage all safety related equipment, including communications and B6 armor vehicle(s)

Responsibilities and Tasks
To achieve the position objectives, the Country Safety Coordinator will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:
Manage the development and implementation of the SRM process. Specific tasks include:
Perform area-specific SRAs and conduct Safety Level assessments.
Advise Programme and Area Managers on available safety management strategies, including the transfer, avoidance, acceptance and/or control of risks.
In cooperation with Local Safety Officers and Security Focal Points , develop and supervise the implementation 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).
In cooperation with Local Safety Officers and Security Focal Points ,develop, update and supervise the implementation of safety improvement action plans for both DRC and DDG programmes in Somalia as needed
Monitor and evaluate the SRM process in Somalia, providing regular updates on the quality and progress of SRM implementation

Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice and field trip planning, including:
Provision of regular analysis, statistics and reporting on key developments within the country
Tailored analysis and assessments, including SRAs, on specific areas, themes, issues or scenarios
Monitor negotiations and developments related to access and humanitarian space
Establish and maintain a list of contacts throughout the region
Maintain and update the incident tracking database for South Central Somalia, Somaliland, and Puntland, 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
Oversee the implementation of field travel SOPs and planning

Represent DRC and DDG programmes within inter-agency fora as related to safety issues, including:
Focal point for safety co-ordination between relevant actors within the area of operations
Attend NSP, UNDSS and other relevant external fora
Establish a network of contacts and represent DRC/DDG at security meetings

Capacity building of all staff, consultants and implementing partners, including:
Provide operational safety 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 Safety Training (PST) on a quarterly basis

Incident and crisis management and response, including:
Supervise the establishment of Area IMTs for DRC and DDG, including a shared IMT protocol
Coordinate the IMT in the event of a critical incident or crisis
Develop the area level Critical Incident Management Plan and support area-specific Contingency Plans
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
Oversee the regular review and scenario-based TTXs for both IMTs

Quality assurance of safety-related policies, protocols, procedures and regulations, including:
MOSS audits
Monitoring of armed 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/DDG 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:
Assist logisticians and administrators with the procurement, delivery and control of safety equipment
In cooperation with Local IT department personnel, act as the focal point for telecommunications systems, including radios and satellite phones
Liaison with Private Security Providers (PSPs) and monitoring of payments to PSPs

Manage and oversee all aspects of international staff safety and security including:
Coordinate and directly supervise all field visits outside of the office
Supervise all travel authorizations for permanent and visiting international staff
Oversee and, if necessary, operate the B6 armored vehicle during field visits and travel
Brief all incoming staff and visitors
Insure that all staff, both international and national have attended the mandatory safety training, and arrange for the training of personnel who have not met this requirement

Reporting Arrangements
The Country Safety Coordinator will work in coordination with the DRC/DDG Area Managers and Local Safety Officers / Safety Focal Points for South Central Somalia, Somaliland, and Puntland for day to day management, but will work directly with Country Directors for both DDG and DRC. Technical support will be provided by the Regional Security Advisor in Nairobi and the Deputy Regional Security Advisor for Somalia and Kenya.

Availability: February 2016

Duty Station: Mogadishu, Banadir Somalia (This is a non-family duty station)

Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension.
Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa Regional Office. This position is rated as A10 on the DRC salary scale available at

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

Personal Specifications – Candidates not meeting these criteria will not be considered:
At least 5 years’ military experience with a rank of Sergeant or above
At least 2 years’ operational experience on international deployments
Security management experience with a proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
Detailed knowledge of radio and other telecommunications systems
Experience with critical incident management
Experience with delivering security-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 humor
Excellent communication skills
Fluent in written and spoken English

Experience with the Somali context
UN or NGO experience
Close Protection experience and/or qualifications
First aid instructor qualification


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 on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 19 December, 2015.

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