SAFETY OFFICER – DADAAB – Danish Refugee Council

Closing date: 20 Feb 2018

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights based approach to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long term solutions to the problems of forced displacement.

The Dadaab safety officer will be responsible for the implementation of the DRC safety risk management system (SRMS) in Dadaab and northeast Kenya, in Mandera and Wajir counties. This will be done in close cooperation with the Kenya safety officer, the regional safety coordinator, the area managers in Dadaab and Mandera, and the Kenya country director.

To support the Kenya country programme in managing safety risks through the implementation of DRC’s SRMS in Dadaab and northeast Kenya. This will include safety assessments and both introducing and maintaining sound safety management structures to address the safety challenges facing DRC programming in these areas.


Assess safety risks for DRC-DDG programmes in Dadaab and northeast Kenya to facilitate programme delivery. Assessments will be undertaken as described in the DRC organizational handbook.
Facilitate the implementation of the SRMS, including undertaking minimum operating safety standards (MOSS) and safely level system (SLS) audits. Where needed, safety improvement plans (SIPs) will be drafted and followed up on.
Assist in developing and updating the safety management plans. Local safety rules (LSRs), standard operating procedures (SOPs) will need to be established and maintained.
Maintain current safety risk assessments (SRAs) for all DRC sites in Dadaab, Mandera and Wajir.
Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, regular sit-reps, and safety advisories, as needed.
Maintain relevant safety documentation, such as SOPs, LSRs and CIMPs, plus records of safety incident and training registers. The online safety level system will be kept accurate for all program sites.
Coordinate the Dadaab incident management team.
Any other duties as directed by the area manager or regional safety coordinator.
Work closely and coordinate with security officers working in various agencies in operation area.
Attend various internal and external security management related meeting.

To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with experience in safety management. You are an effective people manager and enjoy working with teams of committed staff to build collaboration and capacity in support of country operations.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results in a fast-paced environment
Collaborating: You lead initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while setting high standards
Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.


Minimum two years spent with a humanitarian/development actor.
At least one year INGO/IO safety management experience.
Strong analytical and writing skills.
Stable and robust character with excellent interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.
Ability to train and convey information to non-safety personnel.
Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to humanitarian principles.
Fluency in English.


Background in safety and security training
Fluency in Somali.


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

Availability: As Soon as possible

Duty station: This a national position based in Dadaab with travel to Mandera and Wajir.

Reporting: This position will report primarily to the Dadaab area manager. The technical manager will be the regional safety coordinator.

Contract: 1 year contract dependent on both funding and performance.
Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of National staff.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualifications and a CV. Applications should include contact details of three professional referees who have supervised the candidate in the last five years. One referee must be the applicant’s most recent manager. Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications should be sent no later than: 20th February, 2018

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

Danish Refugee Council does not charge any kind of fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.