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Head of Safety – Kenya

  • Contractor
  • Nairobi Kenya
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Danish Refugee Council profile

  • Job applications may no longer being accepted for this opportunity.

Danish Refugee Council

The DRC Kenya Program is a seeking qualified candidate for the role of Head of Safety.

The Head of Safety is responsible for ongoing context assessment, day-to-day safety and security management, and ensuring the proper application of DRC’s Safety Risk Management System (SRMS). In close cooperation with Senior Management, CSC and Safety Focal Points, he/she contributes to the operational continuity of DRC in Kenya.

About the Job

Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

  • Conduct the Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) for Nairobi area and support the implementation of mitigation measures for static field sites and roving teams.
  • Responsible for providing safety advisory to DRC regional office in Nairobi and GSL staff.
  • Responding to safety concerns raised by international and regional National staff based in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Responsible for all international staff movements in Kenya and those visiting from DRC operations outside Kenya.
  • Approve All Travel Clearances into Kenya from other Countries and advise accordingly on the Kenya safety situation.
  • Manage the Safety Level System (SLS) for Nairobi area, and ensure they strive to improve compliance with Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS).
  • Lead the development and production of contextualized risk management measures, protocols and procedures in close collaboration with the Kenya safety team.
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity in Kenya through the provision of timely, quality and informed information and advice.
  • Manage safety related information and provide regular analysis and reporting through situation reports and advisories.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (training register, incident tracking, maps, etc.)
  • Produce daily, weekly and monthly safety digests (including daily updates, weekly summaries and monthly trend analysis).
  • Develop and facilitate/deliver safety-related training to DRC international and national staff at the regional office.
  • Coordinate with the HQ Crisis Management Team (CMT) when needed, and take part in the programme Incident Management Team (IMT).
  • Work with Programme staff and the Grants Manager to ensure that Safety is adequately budgeted for in grants, and support proposal development and donor reporting requirements where applicable.
  • Represent DRC Kenya on safety issues at inter-agency and donor meetings as requested.
  • Act as the focal point for the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources for Kenya.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Country Director.

About You

To be successful in this role we expect the following:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as conflict studies, developmental and/or political sciences etc.
  • Minimum 5 years as Safety and Security Manager/Adviser for an NGO in a high risk/conflict zone (or equivalent role).
  • Proven experience in context/security analysis and advising humanitarian personnel.
  • Experience of developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents.
  • Proven in-country experience liaising with UN missions or agencies.
  • Proven experience in crisis management.
  • Experience of conducting safety training for international and national staff, and experience of capacity building of national staff.
  • Ability to provide conflict analysis (written).
  • Other security management related qualification.
  • First aid qualification.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Kiswahili knowledge and ability to speak are an added advantage

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 uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

We offer

Contract length: 12 months (renewable subject to performance and availability of funds)

Designation of Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Start date: 1 February 2023

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National staff.

How to apply

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 16 December 2022

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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

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