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Ethiopia: Safety Coordinator Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 14 Sep 2018

Title: Safety Coordinator

Location: Addis Ababa, with travel to field locations throughout the country.

Reports to: Country Director with technical management from the Regional Safety Coordinator.

Salary and conditions: in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of National staff**.**

Start of Contract & Duration: One Year

Availability: As Soon as possible

Posting date: August 27, 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.


DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Yemen (EAY) operation focuses mainly on populations affected by displacement in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Yemen and regional mixed migration flows. DRC aims to create a synergy between the different humanitarian aid and development projects in EAY – both in terms of geographical coverage and types of activities implemented in support of refugees and populations displaced or otherwise affected by conflict, consequences of climate change and natural hazards in the region.



The Ethiopia Safety Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of the DRC safety risk management system (SRMS) in Ethiopia. This will be done in close cooperation with the Ethiopia Country Director, the relevant Area Managers, and the Regional Safety Coordinator**.**


To support the Ethiopia country program in managing safety risks through the implementation of DRC’s SRMS in Ethiopia. This will include safety assessments, training, and both introducing and maintaining sound safety management structures to address the safety challenges facing DRC programming in Ethiopia.


  • Assess safety risks for DRC-DDG programs in Ethiopia to facilitate program 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. Safety improvement plans (SIPs) will be drafted and followed up on.
  • Provide safety training to DRC staff in Addis Ababa and field sites.
  • 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 Ethiopia.
  • Facilitate program 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, pre-arrival briefings and contingency plans, plus records of safety incident and training registers. The online safety level system will be kept accurate for all program sites.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Country Director or Regional Safety Coordinator.


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 will also be expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for Excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
  • 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.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management or other related field &/or sustained period of directly relevant work experience (i.e. military, police, security management consultants).
  • Minimum three years spent with a humanitarian/development actor.
  • Background in safety and security training.
  • 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.



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

How to apply:


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 and cover letter, in English through the stated website no later than September 14, 2018. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

*We encourage only qualified Ethiopian Nationals to apply. DRC considers all applicants based on merit. It is DRC policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to gender, race, national, clan or tribal origin, religion, age, sex, origin or ancestry, marital status, social status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled individual.*

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