Humanitarian Access and Safety Advisor

Employer:  Danish Refugee Council
Location: Central-South, Iraq
Closing date: 23 Aug 2016

We are looking for a highly qualified Humanitarian Access Safety Advisor for operations in Central-South Iraq. The ideal candidate possesses outstanding interpersonal skills, analytical capability, a desire and willingness to learn and a background in safety operations within NGOs and experience in building capacity of national staff

Who are we?
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, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.

Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. 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, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs about 450 national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations.

About the job

Within its South-Central area of operations, DRC presently works in areas of Anbar, Babylon, Baghdad, Diyala, Kerbala, Najaf and Salahhadin governorates. The Humanitarian Access Safety Advisor, based in Baghdad, will provide guidance and support in the assessment and management of safety risks to DRC staff and resources in current locations and in new areas of operation. The Humanitarian Access Safety Advisor will provide regular analysis and work closely with national safety staff to build professional capacities.

Duties 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 that includes other professionals in external agencies and open sources.

· Establish and update, as needed, operational safety systems based on standard operating procedures, contingency plans and other procedural documentation, and monitor staff compliance with these.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have strong analytical skills with commensurate writing ability to provide practical conflict analysis that effectively enables safe access

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

Moreover we also expect the following:

Required qualifications
· Experience writing access / safety-related situational analysis.

· Strong interpersonal skills, able to work with a wide variety of team members with a positive collaborative approach to work.

· Experience in effective capacity building of national staff.

· Experience creating productive networks and foster working relationships within and outside of the agency.

· Experience in hostile environments / conflict- affected areas.

· Minimum of one year of 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.

· Background working in teams with individuals from various backgrounds and professional disciplines

· Fluent English with strong written and verbal skills. Arabic proficiency a plus.

Desirable qualifications
Ideally, you will also have experience of writing safety advisories, standard operating procedures or other safety documents, as well as:

· 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.

· One year of working in emergency response and/or post-emergency settings.

· Comfortable in the field, especially in conflict-affected environments.

· Demonstrated abilities in mentorship, particularly in building the capacity of national staff

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 from September, 2016 and be willing and able to work in Baghdad.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A15.


Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.
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. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact:

Applications close August 23, 2016. The interviews are expected to take place within two weeks after the deadline.

Need further information?

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website