Regional Safety Coordinator | ReliefWeb

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Regional Safety Coordinator.

The Regional Safety Coordinator (RSC) will advise and assist the Regional Director (RD), the Regional Senior Management Team (SMT) and Country Directors to develop and implement DRC’s Safety Risk Management System (SRMS) across DRC programming in the East Africa & Great Lakes (EAGL) region. Fully implementing the SRMS will ensure that DRC meets an appropriate level of duty of care for those who fall under DRC’s responsibility.

The RSC reports to the RD with a technical line to the Global Safety Advisor (GSA) at HQ. While the RSC does not directly line manage significant numbers of safety staff, the RSC provides technical oversight and support to safety staff within the region.

About the job

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Safety Risk Management System

  • Assist and monitor the development of safety risk assessments (SRAs); supervise and endorse the assessment of safety levels; ensure that the safety level system is kept current
  • Advise the SMT, CDs and area managers on available safety management strategies, including the transfer, avoidance, acceptance and/or control of risks
  • Assist in the development of safety plans, including local safety rules (LSRs); standard operating procedures (SOPs); critical incident management plans (CIMPs); and minimum operating safety standards (MOSS)
  • Support the implementation of safety improvement plans (SIPs), and assist in the implementation of staff capacity training plans, including the delivery and prioritization of training modules, specifically personal awareness and safety training (PAST) and incident management team (IMT) training
  • Develop and maintain regional safety operating procedures (RSOPs) and support the contextualization of the RSOPs at country and area levels, as necessary
  • Undertake regular MOSS audits across the region

*Technical support, advice and capacity building

  • Provide technical supervision and support to all senior safety staff across the region. Develop their skills and knowledge through constructive feedback, training events and supporting personal development goals
  • Assist country offices with the selection, recruitment and professional development of safety staff
  • Provide regular analysis, statistics and reporting on key developments within the region
  • Provide safety advice as part of programme development and during programme implementation, including programme assessments
  • Identify potential scenarios, indicators of change and key decision points
  • Provide operational safety briefings and orientation to new staff and visitors
  • Act as the focal point for technical advice on procurement and installation of safety-related equipment
  • Provide strong oversight to consortium’s where DRC is involved to ensure that an appropriate level of duty of care is maintained
  • Oversee the travel clearance request system to ensure compliance


  • Be the focal point for safety co-ordination between relevant actors.
  • Attend IAWG Regional Security Forum (RSF), INSO, UN and other relevant external fora
  • Establish a network of contacts and represent DRC at security meetings

Incident and crisis management and response

  • Support the establishment and maintenance of the Nairobi CMT and country-level IMTs
  • Coordinate the CMT in the event of a crisis
  • Ensure effective country-level CIMPs are in place
  • Brief CMT members on their responsibilities and ensure alternate members are available and briefed
  • Assist in the management of safety incidents and provide timely and accurate incident reports

About You

To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing safety related initiatives. You thrive in managing a wide range of responsibilities, and can effectively communicate and coordinate regional safety processes. You are an effective people manager and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity within the regional team and in support of country operations.

  • Relevant university degree or at least 12 years’ experience in the safety and security sector not including military experience
  • At least 7 years in security and safety management including international safety and security experience in several countries, preferably within EAGL region
  • At least two years as a safety and security manager with an INGO at a country or regional level; preferably with experience in high risk environments within EAGL region
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized safety and security protocols and systems
  • Ability to be flexible and demonstrate an innovative approach to safety risk management
  • Substantial experience in information gathering, analysis and report writing, including conducting and producing high quality SRAs.
  • Demonstrated experience with critical incident management
  • Demonstrated experience with delivering effective safety-related training
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Stable, dedicated team-player with a good sense of humor and a high level of personal integrity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to travel at least 50% of the time


  • High proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Proficiency in French is an advantage

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: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract: 1 year renewable contract

Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates or the DRC national staff salary scale, as relevant. This position is under employment category NM. E on the DRC Expatriate salary scale available at

Availability: 1 September, 2019

Duty Station: Nairobi this is a family duty station with benefits as per DRC Global policy for International staff.

Salary band: E


Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework

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