Dec 14, 2015

Humanitarian Access Safety Advisor, Iraq

Employer: Danish Refugee Council
Location: Baghdad  ,  Iraq
Closing date December 21, 2015

Danish Refugee Council-Iraq is seeking a Humanitarian Access Safety Advisor for operations in Central-South Iraq. The ideal candidate possesses outstanding analytical skills, a background in safety operations within NGOs and experiencing building capacity of national staff.]Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.

Being operational in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in South Central. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH and Shelter.

The Iraq programme presently employs about 450 national staff and 40 international staff, and is expanding in responds to the current emergency through funding from various donors.

Roles and responsibilities
Provide timely and practical safety information to the head of office and staff which includes analysis identifying key personal safety aspects, implications on access (present and future) and possible impacts on organizational reputation.
Consult with the Emergency Coordinator and other staff members as necessary to discuss the safety situation of potential distribution sites and other areas targeted for programming.
Draft succinct advisories, guidance letters, addendum commentary to external reports and other ad hoc documentation to raise awareness and effectively inform operations.
Effectively convey procedures to staff and supervise their implementation to include, though not limited to, presentations and conducting drills.
Mentor national safety staff on the subject of reporting and advanced analysis products, in particular access-focused assessments.
Build national staff capacity to produce documented assessments and proactively engage safety requirements which improve the minimum operating standards.
Establish a reliable network of safety information resources to include other professionals in external agencies and open sources.
Establish sustainable operational safety systems through the creation of standard operating procedures, contingency plans and other procedural documentation.
In concert with national safety staff, regularly consult the head of office on the DRC safety level system (SLS) and minimum operating safety standards (MOSS).
Conduct and document safety assessments as required of office spaces, guesthouses and warehouses and oversee implementation of mitigation measures.
Support the incident management team in all safety-related issues, particularly in cases of emergency and serve as a standing member of the incident management team. Assist with the implementation of the CIMP (Critical Incident Management Plan).
Assess training needs then develop and ensure the delivery of relevant safety trainings to staff members and drivers.

Your profile
Essential qualifications, attributes and experience
Strong analytical skills with commensurate writing ability to provide practical conflict analysis that effectively enables safe access.
Experience writing access and safety related situational analysis.
Demonstrated abilities in mentorship, particularly in building the capacity of national staff.
Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to create productive networks and foster working relationships within and outside of the agency.
Minimum one year experience in hostile environments / conflict- afflicted areas.
Experience with international NGOs and a commitment to humanitarian principles.
University degree in relevant discipline (political science, peace & conflict studies, history, etc.).
Naturally proactive with foresight, inclined to take initiative within guidance provided by managers.
Possesses and inspires esprit de corps amongst national and international staff members.
Well-versed in data collection/management.
Ideal qualifications, attributes and experience
Former or current author of safety advisories, standard operating procedures or other safety documents.
Exposure working and living in Iraq and/or the Middle East.
A highly functional understanding of the cultural and political context of Iraq and/or the Middle East.
Two to four years working in the emergency response/development sectors.
Minimum one year experience in a results-based approach to capacity building of national staff.
Comfortable in the field, especially conflict-afflicted environments.
Experience on an incident management team.
Background working in teams with individuals from various professional disciplines.

Availability: Early January 2016
Duty station: Baghdad, with frequent travel to all locations in Central-South Iraq
Contract: 6 months contract. Salary and conditions in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. The position will be placed at salary level A12-11. R&R cycle is every 6 weeks.
Further information and how to apply

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.

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