Safety Officer

at Danish Refugee Council
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 29, 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 for DRC Bole Hora and its program implementation areas. This will be done in close cooperation with the National Safety Officer  - Addis , and Area Manager DRC Bole Hora.
  • 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 NSO and Area Manager of training needs.
  •  Assess safety risks for DRC programmes in West Guji and Gedeo to facilitate programme delivery; lead safety assessment in Addis. Assessments will be undertaken as described in the DRC organisational handbook.
  • Support Area Manager to ensure safety improvement plans (SIPs) are drafted, reviewed by Area Manager and NSO - Addis and finalized/approved with Area Manager and the Country Director.
  • Assist in the implementation of safety management policies, protocols and procedures, including Safety Improvement Plans (SIPs)
  • 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), standard operating procedures (SOPs) are established and updated quarterly or as needed.
  • Maintain current safety risk assessments (SRAs) for all DRC field area of Bole Hora and provide analysis to Area Manager on a monthly basis by reporting trends in safety risks to inform programming and operations across field 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 DRC Bole Hora  in real time by liaising with NSO and Area Manager.
  • Ensure minimum safety standards and random compliance checks for vehicles, office and accommodation are completed.
  • Visit each field area a minimum of every 2 visit/location/week and review the MOSS in liaison with the Area Manager.
  • Liaise and coordinate with other agencies partners and stakeholders on issues related to safety and provide analysis on trends impacting DRC Bole Hora office, compounds, programs, and staff accordingly.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Area Manager and National Safety Officer – Addis.

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 the DRC Bole Hora field areas of program implementation.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including negotiations and mediation
  • Previous experience as a trainer/instructor/teacher
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Should be fluent in local language of Afaan Oromoo
Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. .
Languages: (indicate fluency level)
English  - Fluency in spoken and excellent in writing.
Afaan Oromoo Fluency in spoken and excellent in writing.
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.
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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