Team Leader-Safety

Danish Refugee Council, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th April, 2019

Job Description

The Danish Refugee Council 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.

The Danish Refugee Council 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.


The Access and Safety Team Leader will ensure a coordinated and compliant management of safety; as well as he/she will provide the Area Office with accurate and updated situation analysis. In order to achieve that, the Safety TL will perform the following.


  • Supervise and manage training and briefing of staff on safety awareness and DRC SOPs (including hibernation and evacuation procedures); as well as conducting Base and ad‑hoc briefings for visitors
  • Give specific training to and supervise performance of guards and drivers
  • Conduct regular assessment of application of security and safety SOPs with the aim of implementing technical guidance, supporting senior management with management of DRC premises; as well as with the aim of recommending corrective actions and report any safety rules violations
  • Contribute to DRC incident management system by reporting any incidents involving staff, assets and premises and, if the case, assisting CIMP in the dealing with the incident
  • Supervise operational safety by monitoring staff duty/official movements; checking and supervising maintenance of safety equipment of premises and vehicles
  • Gathering and, upon clearance by AM, disseminating to concerned staff any information which has, or may have, an impact on operations

Management of guards:

  • Participate to the hiring process of the guards
  • Manage access points and permission to enter the compound and office
  • Prepare and disburse working plans for guards.

Access, liaison and context analysis:

  • Collect and compile information related to situational awareness of the Region
  • Support Senior Management strategic and operational decisions by providing regular and ad‑hoc context and safety analysis
  • Support Area Office with field assessments and liaison, with the aim of maintaining/increasing operational safety and access to established or new areas of operations
  • Support Area Office in establishing/maintaining/expanding effective relations with formal, informal and traditional authorities and key persons
  • Facilitate Senior management in dealing with law enforcement/communities/traditional and informal stakeholders in case of access and/or incident management.

Document filing and representation

  • Representing DRC or participating with Area Manager to access and security meetings with third parties. As well as to individual meetings with specific stakeholders.
  • Maintain filing system of safety files and records
  • Ensure information flow with relevant departments and participating to Area Office Weekly Coordination Meetings Performance of safety administrative matters

Key Deliverable: (in bullet points):

  • Ensure operation to be in compliance with DRC safety procedures
  • Manage and supervise the compliance of DRC premises and staff to security/safety SOPs
  • Disseminate security related information to senior management
  • Maintain and expand DRC relations with key stakeholders.
  • Support Senior Management in setting and implementing an efficient access strategy
  • Provide Area Manager and Senior Management with accurate and updated situational analysis
  • Interact with humanitarian and non‑humanitarian security key persons; individually or in support of the Area Manager


Experience: (include years of experience):

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in security management, access or liaison
  • Experience to work and deal with governmental, non‑governmental and tribal stakeholders Staff coordination and organization


  • Degree in Political Science, Security, Law or similar subjects.
  • Good reporting skills and sound ability of context analysis
  • Good communication skills
  • Sound command of written and spoken English and Pashtu
  • Computer skills Have good organizational skills and personal ethics

Languages: Fluency in speaking & writing in national language & English is required.


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