Jul 2, 2016

Safety Advisor , Turkey

Employer: Danish Refugee Council
Location: Antakya Hatay

Overall objective

DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS) is successfully implemented in Turkey through contextualized mentorship of the national safety staffers

Who are we?

DRC is an International non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. Throughout 2015, Turkey continued to play a central role in the Syrian refugee crisis within the MENA region. With its 2.5 million Syrian refugees, Turkey is also the country that is hosting the highest number of refugees in the world. In 2015 Turkey has then faced the impact of other neighbouring countries border restrictions on the entry of Syrians initiated in the last quarter of 2014. In the last month, increasing insecurity in Northern Syria as provoked multiples movements of populations.

DRC has been one of the leading emergency agencies responding to the Syrian crisis since 2011. Operating in Turkey since early 2013, and officially registered in the country since August, DRC works specifically with Syrian refugees and other displacement-affected communities in the southern provinces of Hatay, Kilis and Sanliurfa. DRC is now expending operation in Kahramanmaras, and seeking to expend in Gaziantep, Adana and Mersin. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

Mentor national safety personnel and enable them to implement DRC’s safety risk management system
Undertake and support others to undertake safety risk assessments and facilitate the implementation of mitigation measures
Provide guidance to national safety personnel with regard to the safety level system
Tutor national safety personnel on the subject of reporting by fostering the use of the SIR data base and advance analysis products
Based on an assessment of training needs develop, support, facilitate and/or deliver safety trainings to all staff members
Support the senior management team in all safety-related issues, particularly in cases of emergency, and be a standing member of the incident management team. Assist with the implementation of the CIMP (critical incident management plan) by office/location
Manage safety related information and provide all staff with regular safety updates and advisories.
Facilitate programme access/continuity through the provision of informed advice.
Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (training register, incident tracking, maps, etc.)
Together with national safety colleagues, liaise with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain safety information and analysis.
Together with national safety colleagues, represent DRC Turkey at inter-agency safety fora.Any other duties as agreed with the DRC Country Director/Representative


Essential qualifications:
Master degree

Essential experience:
Previous work experience with humanitarian/development actor
Earlier INGO/IO safety management experience with a proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
Previous work experience in volatile contexts and conflict-ridden environments
Strong analytical as well as writing skills and the ability to provide conflict analysis
Well-versed in data collection/management
Proven experience with delivering safety-related trainings to both national and international staff members. Previous exposure to HEAT is considered to be an advantage.

Essential Competencies:
Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
Stable and robust character with excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
Excellent communication skills and fluent in written and spoken English
Ability to train and convey information to non-safety personnel
Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles
Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
Willingness to travel regularly and extensively.
Good sense of humour.

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


Availability: August 1st, 2016

Duty station: Antakya with frequent travel to the field –

Contract: 6 months, with possibility of extension.

Salary and other conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). The position will be placed at salary level A12. Ankara is a family duty station, rules from MENA Housing Policy and DRC Turkey housing policy will apply.

What we offer:

DRC Turkey offers an employment contract of 6 months with the possibility of extension (depending on funding). The position will be based in Antakya with regular travel to other DRC Turkey offices in the country as directed. We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted. Furthermore, DRC Turkey provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

Start date: 01th August 2016

Need further information?

You are welcome to contact the HR team, at recruitment@drc-turkey.org for more information about the position.


Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or Apply HERE. Please note that application are not to be sent to HR team; we only accept applications sent online via www.drc.ngo.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.ngo.

All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV no longer than four pages, both in the same language as the job vacancy. Your CV should also include contact details of three professional referees as well as your salary expectations.

Applications close: 18 July 2016.

The interviews are expected to take place within 1 week to 10 days after the application closing.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff members are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.ngo/about-drc/vacancies/current-vacancies).

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency.

You can read more about our vision and work on drc.ngo.