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NGO Safety Advisor (Safety Manager)

Closing date15 Jun 2020
OrganisationDanish Refugee Council
LocationMalakal, South Sudan
External URL https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1036&ProjectId=159114&uiculture=eng&MediaId=5
Description

We are looking for a highly qualified, self-motivated Safety Manager (NGO Safety Advisor) who is able to manage a large mobile and emergency response programme, work with diverse teams of both national and international staff, and equipped with technical skills to develop and strengthen emergency response capacity in a highly complex crisis.

Background

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is operational in South Sudan since 2005, working with the overall aim of achieving durable solutions for displaced populations. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) started Humanitarian Mine Action in 2006.

Danish Refugee Council main programme objectives (2019-2021) in South Sudan are:

  • To save lives and alleviate suffering among displaced people and their hosts
  • To reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate solutions
  • To promote peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies and address root causes to displacement

DRC primarily operates across Upper Nile and Unity states, both of which are heavily affected by conflict and experience high numbers of internally displaced populations as well as refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. DRC has operational bases in Maban, Malakal, Kodok and Aburoc in Upper Nile and in Bentiu, Mayom, Kodok and Ajuong Thok in Unity state, supported by a country-office in Juba.

DRC recently developed important multi-sectorial mobile response teams based in Juba able to rapidly respond to new and urgent humanitarian situations countrywide at short notice to conduct assessments and responses

Purpose of the post

Based in the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, the Safety Manager will contribute to increasing access for the humanitarian community to affected populations through security information sharing, coordination, and field assessments. The NGO Safety Adviser will provide analysis and advice to other international humanitarian organisations working in the area and will also represent the NGO community at wider coordination mechanisms.

With the aim of enabling safe and conflict sensitive programming across the humanitarian community through strong context and security assessments, and understanding of the local environment, the Safety Manager plays a critical role in meeting the needs of affected populations inside and outside of the PoC. The Safety Manager will also facilitate training courses for interagency staff including; personal safety training, guard training, driver training, communications training, and incident management training.

Though Malakal as the duty station, the Safety Manager will be expected to conduct regular assessments in other locations in Upper Nile state, and elsewhere if required.

In addition to the core focus of supporting in the international community in Malakal, the Safety Manager also serves as the DRC safety focal point in Malakal.

Responsibilities

Representation and coordination

  • Hold regular meetings with NGO safety and security focal points.
  • Represent NGOs as security focal point in the local Area Security Management Team (ASMT), produce meeting notes and brief NGO representatives.
  • Represent (within limits agreed by SMTs of different organisations) the NGO humanitarian community in communication with relevant national stakeholders (representatives of beneficiary community, local government, local armed actors) on safety and security matters.
  • Coordinate activities inside and outside the PoC related to safety with relevant parts of UNMISS (UNPOL, FPU, , UNDSS, etc. E.g. Define and organise convoy procedures with and without UNMISS force protection.
  • Develop and maintain key contact lists of personnel involved in PoC safety management. Act as a liaison between humanitarian partners and those safety and security agencies/personnel (including local actors).
  • Advocate for safety improvement in the Humanitarian Hub, if necessary.

Analysis and contingency planning

  • Build and maintain network of information sources which allow the gathering of reliable data and information to create an actor and incident data base.
  • Conduct safety assessments and provide humanitarian organisations with field reports including access recommendations and safety risk assessments.
  • Produce weekly security reports for humanitarian organisations, including analysis based on context flow and incident reports.
  • Produce regular alerts and advisories relating to incidents and context developments inside and outside of the PoC, as required.
  • Maintain effective channels of communication for the Malakal humanitarian community, such as Skype groups, e-mail groups, etc.
  • Support the development of safety and security contingency plans for NGO staff based in the Humanitarian Hub; fire safety, relocation, hibernation etc.
  • Support development and/or review of NGO contingency plans for PoC.
  • Provide general support and capacity building to humanitarian partners on safety management; personal safety and security training, radio communications, contingency planning, defining threat levels, etc.

DRC safety focal point

  • Represent DRC in all safety related communication with external stakeholders – NGOs, UN, local community, authorities, armed actors and local governance.
  • Provide ad hoc briefings to the diplomatic and donor community on the safety context and environment, and safety and contextual challenges facing the humanitarian community in the Malakal PoC (as arranged by the DRC Country Safety Coordinator).
  • Ensure compliance with DRC global safety policy, code of conduct and safety-related guidelines and ensure internal DRC contingency plans and SOPs reflect prevailing safety situation on the ground.
  • Regularly review and update DRC safety guidelines, safety level, and minimum operating safety standards (MOSS).
  • Responsible for monitoring DRC safety assets and stocks on site; hibernation stocks, radio and communication assets, first aid and trauma kits, etc.
  • Support the Area Manager in incident/crisis management situations, and liaise with Juba as necessary.
  • Provide a safety briefing to all DRC staff at morning meetings, or similar and update the DRC Country Safety Adviser on an ongoing basis.

Experience and technical competencies

  • Degree in developmental and/or political and/or conflict studies is attractive, but not essential.
  • Other security management related qualification.
  • Communication (radio) equipment related qualification.
  • First aid qualification.
  • Minimum 1 year as safety manager/coordinator for an NGO in a high risk/conflict zone (or equivalent role).
  • Proven experience in safety context/analysis and advising/coordinating humanitarian personnel.
  • Experience of developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents.
  • Proven in-country experience liaising with UN and CIVMIL peacekeeping missions or agencies.
  • Proven experience in incident/crisis management.
  • Experience of conducting safety training for international and national staff, and experience of capacity building of national staff.
  • Fluent English, and strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills.
  • Ability to provide conflict analysis (written).
  • Proven ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Computer literate, able to use all common software packages.
  • Be able to diffuse tensions and remain calm at all times and particularly following an incident
  • Be able to encourage, motivate and guide team members to approach safety and security issues with confidence especially during crises.
  • Be flexible to travel at short notice to difficult and risky areas.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Stable and robust character, team-player with a good sense of humour.
  • Determination, self-integrity, unselfishness, cheerfulness in the face of adversity

Key stakeholders

Area Manager and other field-based staff, Juba support staff, Country Safety Adviser, NGO Safety Advisers (DRC), Safety Liaison Officer (DRC), security focal points (other NGO), OCHA personnel, UNMISS personnel including Military Liaison Officers, local authorities, local armed actors.

How to apply

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk.

Applications close 15th June, 2020.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.dk under Vacancies. This position will be placed at Employment Band – F2.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In the light of this, women are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employee. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics

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​For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.dk

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