Safety Advisor

Employer: Danish Refugee Council
Location: DRC
Closing date: 07 Feb 2016
Danish Refugee Council is looking for a highly qualified Safety Advisor to provide safety and security support and analysis to a large operation in a volatile and complex operating environment.

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 take place 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:
Manage safety related information and provide regular analysis and reporting through situation reports and advisories
Assist in the development of contextualized risk management policies, protocols and procedures
Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of informed advice
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
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 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:
At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or international agencies on similar duties
Prior international deployment experience with INGOs and/or international agencies
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
University or higher degree in relevant discipline
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 22 February 2016 or as soon as possible after that date.

Please note that this is a Non Family Duty Station. The position is currently eligible for Rest & Recuperation leave and benefits, according to DRC’s policies. 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.

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact DRC Global Safety Adviser, Mr. Fredrik Palsson (

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

Application process
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button here. 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 07 February 2016. Please note that as this position is urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.