National Safety Officer – NGO Job Vacancy Ethiopia

Posted on: Monday Mar 4 , 12:48 PM , 2019
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Job/Task Description

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.


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, Deputy Regional Safety Coordinator, 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 DRSC of training needs
  • 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 DRSC 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)
  • 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 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 2 months 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.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Country Director 

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

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
  • Good written and spoken English


Bachelor’s degree in relevant field 


English  – Fluency in spoken and excellent in writing.

Basic knowledge of French an advantage

How to Apply

Deadline: March 11, 2019

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 though online application system >>> under Vacancies.

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