National Safety Officer

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 30, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009.  With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.
Overall purpose of the role: The National Safety Officer will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system throughout the DRC areas of operation in Ethiopia and Djibouti. This will be done in close cooperation with the Regional Safety Coordinator, Head of Support Services (HoSS), Country Director, Area Managers, and Safety Focal Points in the DRC field offices in Ethiopia and Djibouti.
  • Facilitate compliance audits as part of the Safety Risk Management System (SRMS), including Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS) and Safety Level System (SLS) audits.
  • Provide complementary and follow-up trainings of local staff and mentoring of Safety Focal Points (SFPs), including Personal Awareness and Safety Training, staff inductions, and training on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); inform HoSS of training needs.
  • Provide oversight on safety budgets for the country office in collaboration with the HoSS as Budget Holder to decide on investments and propose improvements to safety.
  • Manage the hibernation stock in the Country Office and follow up on a quarterly basis with all field offices to ensure adequate stock is in place and avoid stock losses due to expiry of goods, support with raising purchase requisitions for replenishment of safety stock as needed.
  • Support safety focal points to assess safety risks for DRC programmes in Ethiopia and Djibouti to facilitate programme delivery, lead safety assessment in Addis. Assessments will be undertaken as described in the DRC organisational handbook.
  • Support HoSS and Regional Safety Coordinator to ensure safety improvement plans (SIPs) are drafted and finalized/approved with Area Managers and the Country Director.
  • Assist in the implementation of safety management policies, protocols, and procedures, including Safety Improvement Plans (SIPs) for each office. Manage the Country Office Safety Improvement Plan and provide monthly reports to HoSS on scoring and planned improvements in line with budget review.
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, weekly sit-reps, and safety advisories, as needed.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Local safety rules (LSRs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are established and updated quarterly as per the deadlines set by the RSC and HoSS.
  • Submit weekly and monthly workplans to HoSS.
  • Maintain current safety risk assessments (SRAs) for all DRC sites in Ethiopia and Djibouti and provide analysis to CD on a monthly basis by reporting trends in safety risks to inform programming and operations across locations.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, such as SOPs, LSRs, pre-arrival briefings and contingency plans, plus records of safety incident and training registers. Ensure that the online safety level system is kept accurate for all program sites in real time by liaising with the DRSC and CD.
  • Ensure minimum safety standards and random compliance checks for security guards are completed.
  • Support coordination of the country level Incident Management Team (IMT)
  • Visit each field office a minimum of every quarter and review the MOSS in liaison with the Area Managers and the DRSC.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other agencies partners and stakeholders on issues related to safety and provide analysis on trends impacting DRC offices, compounds, programs, and staff accordingly.
  • Actively participate as a member of any safety or security related internal Task Forces, as assigned by the HoSS or Country Director.
  • Manage the country telephone tree and bulk SMS safety alert system.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Head of Support Services.

Job Requirements

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with NGOs/International Organizations in Ethiopia
  • Previous experience with humanitarian INGO is preferred.
  • Military and/or Police experience is not required; NGO safety management experience is desirable
  • Computer software skills, including sound knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Stable, moral and robust character and a good team-player
  • Willingness to travel widely throughout Ethiopia, Djibouti
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including negotiations and mediation
  • Previous experience as a trainer/instructor/teacher
  • Excellent written and spoken English
Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
Languages: (indicate fluency level)
English  - Fluency in spoken and excellent in writing.
Basic knowledge of French an advantage.
All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Acting in line with DRC's vision and values

Applying Instructions

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the stated website no later than September 6, 2020. Application will be reviewed in rolling basis.
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics
We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit.
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