Access & Safety advisor

Danish Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th January, 2019


Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe. We provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

DRC was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

DRC has been working in Afghanistan for twenty years, first through engagement with the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) and through DRC’s mine action unit, the Danish Demining Group (DDG) and since 2012 as part of a full DRC country operation, working in the sectors of mine action, protection, livelihoods and emergency response. DRC Afghanistan’s operation now includes a Country Office in Kabul, a network of five main Area Offices across the country and a range of smaller temporary and permanent satellite sites, providing close to nationwide reach for it’s team of over 1,100 staff.

Geographic scope: Country

This role has a country focus, supporting access planning coutnry-wide and contributing to compliance with DRC-DDG appropriate safety procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country access and safety operations while overseeing country activities.

About the job

Coordinate and support all aspects of DRC’s Access Strategy and access operations, and contribute to the management of the Safety Risk Management system (SRMS) for both DRC and DDG programmes within Afghanistan.

Main responsibilities

Safety Risk Management:

  • Support the oversight of the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process;
  • Develop area and country safety management policies, protocols and procedures;
  • Facilitate Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures;
  • Analyse, manage and report relevant information within geographical area of responsibility in conjunction with safety and programme colleagues;
  • Support the maintenance of relevant safety documentation, data and records for the areas of concern;
  • Develop the capacity of, and coordinate, relevant Incident Management Teams (IMTs);
  • Technically advise on the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources;
  • Support the development and implementation of the DRC Afghanistan Access strategy;
  • Represent DRC at security forums as required.

Access Planning:

  • Develop access strategies in collaboration with DRC and DDG programme teams;
  • Deliver tools and training necessary to operationalise access strategies;
  • Support and quality check ongoing access assessments and other interventions as needed.

Training, supervision and support:

  • Support and deliver safety-related training;
  • provide technical support to local safety staff as required;
  • Facilitate surge support to IMTs as required.

Technical Line Management Responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance and support to other Employees in same technical area, who report to a different Manager as required;
  • Advise on and promote understanding and application of DRC policies, procedures and principles;
  • Raise issues of non-compliance to CD/SMT;
  • When relevant, drives development of policies and standards in region or country and/or localizes global policies to regional or country level;

About you

The successful applicant selected for this role may come from an operational management background (e.g. Area Manager, Emergency Manager, Access Manager, etc.) or a Safety background (e.g. Safety Advisor, Analyst, etc.) but will likely have a strong understanding of humanitarian programming and will definitely have INGO experience gained in a number of contexts. To be successful in this role the applicant will fulfil the following criteria:

  • Minimum 4 years of working experience in a relevant operational INGO role;
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings;
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems;
  • Experience with information gathering, analysis and report writing;
  • Ability to conduct and produce high quality assessments on access and safety issues;
  • Experience with incident management;
  • Experience with delivering training;
  • Experience working in hostile or hazardous environments;
  • Full professional proficiency in English.

Core Competency: 

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: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values.

Source: https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=1036&ProjectId=154910&uiculture=eng&MediaId=5


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