Deadline: 28 October, 2020

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is seeking to fill the role of Country Safety Coordinator.

DRC carries out its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs).


  • Ensure internal compliance with DRC’s global security policy, risk management system and code of conduct
  • Manage the safety level system for field sites, and ensure that the safety improvement plans are in place and actioned to achieve 90 percent compliance with minimum operating safety standards
  • Review safety risk assessments and safety improvement plans for all field sites on at least a quarterly basis
  • Work with programme staff and the grants manager to ensure that safety is adequately budgeted for in grants, and support proposal development and donor reporting requirements where applicable
  • Act as the focal point for the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities, and other resources
  • Manage the country office safety budget and advise all area offices on safety related budgets in the field
  • Identify actual, perceived and foreseeable risks and define risk thresholds in order to maintain programme continuity while enhancing operational resilience through robust security and risk management
  • Lead the development and production of contextualised risk management measures policy, protocols and procedures in close collaboration with field teams and management
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of timely, quality and informed advice
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (safety incident tracking, maps, etc.)
  • Produce weekly and quarterly security analysis/reports (including ad hoc safety advisories, daily updates, weekly summaries and monthly trend analysis)
  • Create and deliver high quality security training
  • Mentor and provide technical supervision to safety focal points and other staff with safety management responsibilities, including the national security manager and guards


  • A degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Three years, minimum, of experience working with NGOs and/or international agencies on similar duties
  • Three years, minimum, of experience in the role of security coordinator (or similar) for an NGO or equivalent in an evolving context
  • Proven experience in context/security analysis and advising humanitarian personnel
  • Experience in developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans, and other risk assessment and management documents and tools
  • Proven in-country experience liaising with UN missions or agencies
  • Proven experience in incident/crisis management
  • Experience in conducting safety training for international and national staff, and experience of capacity building
  • Fluent English, and strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills
  • Proven ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Computer literate and able to use common software packages
  • Be able to diffuse tension and remain calm at all times
  • Be able to encourage, motivate, and guide team members to approach safety and security issues with confidence especially during crises
  • Be flexible to travel at short notice to difficult and risky areas
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: Danish Refugee Council


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