NGO Safety Adviser, Bentiu

Employer: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Location: South Sudan
Closing date March 7, 2016

Please note, as these position are urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is providing assistance to conflict affected populations, through our presence and operations in most major humanitarian emergencies. In support of our objective to continue delivering high quality assistance, DRC is offering the opportunity for motivated, experienced and dedicated professionals, to join one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs.

Since the outbreak of violence in South Sudan in December 2013, fighting has continued despite several attempts at a peace agreement. Currently 1.4 million people have been displaced from their homes and tens of thousands killed. 95,000 civilians are currently seeking refuge inside UNMISS bases across the country. DRC has been working, since the start of the crisis, providing camp management, protection and shelter/NFI interventions in three locations, Bentiu in Unity State, Malakal and Melut in Upper Nile states.

About the job

In order to ensure safety of NGO staff working in Bentiu Protection of Civilians site and to better understand risks to operation outside the site, DRC is looking to recruit an NGO Safety Advisor who will provide accurate, analyzed information to the NGO community working in Bentiu to inform their programming and risk management. In addition as humanitarian partners strive to access populations and work outside the POC site the Safety Advisor will work to provide information on risk analysis and dynamics in Rubkhona county and neighbouring counties as access permits.

Key tasks and responsibilities
Hold regular meetings with humanitarian safety and security focal points.
Represent NGOs as security focal point in the Bentiu Area Security Management Team, provide meeting notes and brief NGO representatives.
Coordinate activities inside and outside the POC related to safety and security with relevant parts of UNMISS (UNPOL, FPU, Force, etc.), UNDSS, e.g. define and organize convoys procedures with and without UNMISS force protection.
Develop, maintain and dispatch list of key contact and personnel involved in POC safety and security management. Act as a liaison between humanitarian partners and those security agencies/personnel.
Analysis and contingency planning
Build network of information sources which allow the gathering of reliable data and information to create incident data base.
Perform safety and security assessment (SRA, TRA) and provide with field reports including access recommendations.
Provide with weekly report and regular advisories to humanitarian partners on operational safety within and outside POC (including basic analysis based on incident report).
Develop safety and security contingency plan for NGO staff in humanitarian hub (fire safety, safe haven, other as required.) and participate in developing safety messaging (including humanitarian principles and conditions of assistance, etc.).
Support development of contingency plans for POC
Provide general support and capacity building to humanitarian partners about security and safety management (radio com, contingency plan, defining threat level, etc.).
The Safety Adviser also serves as DRC safety focal point
Ensure compliance with DRC policy and security guidelines (local SOP, etc.)
Regular review and update DRC safety and security guidelines.
Responsible of monitoring DRC stock and minimum assets in site (food and water stock, radio and com asset, first aid and trauma kits, etc.).
Support the area manager in crisis management situation and liaising with Juba emergency team.

About you
Mandatory qualifications

Degree in developmental and/or political and/or conflict studies ( or equivalent work experience)
Minimum 4 years as security/safety manager/adviser for an INGO in a conflict zone or equivalent (safety and security focal point).
Proven experience in context/security analysis and advising humanitarian personnel (creation of data base and analytical tools).
Experience of developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents.
Proven experience in country with UN integrated and peacekeeping mission and CIVMIL relations.
Proven experience and capacity in preparing security reports for senior UN and INGO managers.
Proven experience in crisis management.
Experience of conducting safety training and capacity building
Speak fluent English

Preferable qualification
Arabic language skills
First aid/medical qualification
Knowledge and work experience in South Sudan
We offer
DRC will offer the successful applicant a six months contract renewable dependent on both funding and performance.
You must be available to start work immediately and be willing to live in basic accommodation.
The position is at A11 in DRC’s salary scale. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.

How to apply
To apply for this position please use this link and click on the ‘apply’ button.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

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Applications close by March 7th, 2016.
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About DRC
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organisation 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.