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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-15

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Safety Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)


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.


Safety Officer will oversee safety matters directly or indirectly related to all DRC personnel, assets, and programs within the Area. This includes assuring Safety Risk Management System (SRMS) and responsibility for: planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting measures required to ensure safe delivery of aid. S/he will also supervise Guards and coordinate day to day movement and transportation, as per standards operation procedures, rules and regulation.


To achieve the overall and specific position’s objectives the STL will perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct context assessment, including draft SLS (Safety Level System) document.
  • Monitor situation and report significant any development and/or changes in safety context. Provide informed recommendations.
  • Develop Safety Plans, including: Local Safety Rules (LSR); Contingency Plan (CP) and Crisis Incident Management Plan (CIMP).
  • Participate in field missions and undertake safety risk assessments.
  • Lead on identifying and minimizing potential safety risks to: staff, partners, assets and operations/programs.
  • Contribute to the development of operational and programmatic contingency plans that respond to different emergency scenarios.
  • Actively support the Access and Safety Team Leader to ensure and monitor compliance with Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS). Conduct safety inspections of field sites to establish and implement corrective measures.
  • Maintain safety upgrade plans and works for DRC-DDG facilities in (xxxxx) Area.
  • Establish phone trees, alert rosters, and alert procedures; ensure the timely dissemination of relevant safety information to all field staff and NGO partners.
  • Ensure monitoring that all visitors are searched, registered and escorted in the area office and other facilities.
  • Prepare weekly movement plan for staff movement and transportation.
  • Supervise and monitor area office radio operators, guards and drivers’ activities.
  • Conduct safety and security assessments as per requirement.
  • Review and recommend approval/non-approval of staff travel requests.
  • Respond to and/or assist Team Leader to respond to any Safety Incident or accident in the field involving any DRC staff, vehicle, asset, or program and report immediately.
  • Prepare guards and drivers duty timetable (schedule) as required on weekly and monthly basis.
  • Ensure proper filing of all vehicle and guards room documents including log books for vehicles, visitors and others.
  • Ensure all vehicles equipped as per required standards and SOPs.
  • Ensure required safety and communications equipment is identified, acquired, and maintained in good working condition.
  • Update and brief all DRC-DDG staff regarding security and context situation.
  • Ensure that all DRC-DDG staff movements area tracked and reported.
  • Assess safety training needs; plan, organize and document relevant safety trainings.
  • Create and conduct safety briefings and training for all personnel and visitors; design and run regular safety drills.
  • Build and maintain contacts with relevant actors in the field, in order to ensure organizational acceptance and awareness of safety concerns.

  • Any other duties as requested by Area Manager and Head of Safety.


Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Internal: CO Safety Manager, Area Manager, Program Manager, Project Managers, Area Management Team, Guards.
  • External: Safety-related stakeholders: local authorities, NGO and UN Safety staff, etc.


  • To be successful in this role you must have:

    Experience: (include years of experience)

  • Having Bachelor degree and 3 years of relevant working experience. 5 years of relevant work experience (Safety or Risk Management) may be considered in absence of full Bachelor Degree.
  • Previous experiences with humanitarian organization in similar field is an advantage.
  • Good working knowledge of English and local languages (Pashto and Dari), both written and verbal is a must.
  • Good reporting and communication skills; ability to coordinate staff, create work schedules and work plan
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office application (Word, Excel), email/internet. 
  • Ability to build relationships with local authorities, good organizational skills and ethics. Flexibility in working hours Good physical condition
  • Ability to work under pressure and be flexible in working hours.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in case of 3 years work experience
  • ·or High school/ equivalent diploma from a recognized learning institution, in case of 5 years’ relevant work experience
  • ·or Specialized training / certification / diploma in safety & transport management, , in case of 5 years’ work experience

Languages: (indicate fluency level)

  • Languages: (indicate fluency level)
  • Strong in both written and spoken English, Pashtu and Dari


  • Availability: As soon as possible
  • Duty station: Kabul, Afghanistan

    We offer:

  • DRC-DDG will offer the successful applicant a contract till end of December 2019, extendable based on funding and performance.
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC-DDG Salary Scale.

Application process:

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applicants must send a cover

letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this

vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close on 15 June 2019. However, please note due to the urgency of this position, shortlisting process will be ongoing. Should we find qualified candidates prior to expiry of this advert, interviews will be held immediately.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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