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Safety Specialist (Re-Advertise)

Sittwe (Myanmar)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Sittwe (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-06

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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) / Danish Demining Group (DDG) is an international humanitarian organization implementing relief and development activities in more than 30 countries.

DRC/DDG is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization and, in DRC/DDG, people’s right to a life with dignity is central to all that we do. DRC/DDG has been operating in Myanmar since 2009, responding to humanitarian needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and conflict-affected populations by providing shelter, NFIs, livelihood support, humanitarian mine action and community assistance.

The DRC / DDG programme is rooted in a strong protection outreach that includes protection monitoring, tailor-made assistance and programmatic integration through humanitarian mine action (HMA) including provision of Mine Risk Education (MRE) and Non-Technical Survey (NTS) in the most contaminated and conflict-prone areas of Myanmar.

To support and strengthen the DRC / DDG programme in Myanmar we are looking for highly motivated and capable candidates to fill the below position.

Safety Specialist

Location: Sittwe, Rakhine, with frequent travel (up to 50% of the time) to other DRC offices in Rakhine State.



This role is intended for a citizen of Myanmar, preferably with both a humanitarian background and ideally with experience of working in a safety role who is looking for the next step in his/her career. We are looking for an individual with at least five years of experience and 2-3 years working in the humanitarian sector, preferably with a previous role in safety risk management.



The Safety Specialist’s responsibilities are to manage the DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS) in Rakhine State.

This encompasses: monitoring the overall safety and security risk situation in DRC operational locations in Rakhine State, designing and implementation of effective safety risk management solutions, gather and analyse information to support effective safety risk management, operational support with monitoring, training and capacity development, and working with support services to support safe and effective procurement/maintenance of safety-related items and equipment. Lastly, a key element of the role is to provide sound and timely advice to senior DRC staff and management to support the safe and efficient delivery of programme activities in the designated areas of programming.



  • Monitor the evolving situation in the area of DRC programming in coordination with other actors as per regional, country and programme guidelines, providing sound and timely advice and updates to DRC staff and management
  • Conduct of regular Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) in all bases as per DRC policy, in collaboration with Supply Chain Manager, Base Manager and Area Manager
  • Supervise and monitor the implementation of context specific Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS) and regularly assess the physical safety of DRC facilities and accommodation. Work with the Supply Chain team, and engineering team, to ensure that physical improvements are made to DRC premises as and when required. Support procurement of safety-related equipment.
  • Provide safety-related advice on programme development and implementation
  • Assist with the design and implementation of safety policies, safety rules, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the safe implementation of program activities.
  • Ensure that such SOPs, policies and procedures are well understood by national and international staff, are presented in an understandable manner, and design trainings and to ensure that DRC Rakhine staff adopt a safety culture into all they do, and that SOPs, policies and procedures are implemented effectively by staff at all levels with DRC Rakhine operations
  • Assist in the management of safety related incidents, provide timely and accurate incident reports and analysis, and support organizational lessons learned
  • Management and tracking of DRC staff movements, to include domestic and some international travel risk management
  • Direct immediate responses to incidents and emergencies and support staff in the process
  • Distribute advisories to all staff and senior management team members, including SMS alerts, phone alerts, and email alerts
  • Supervision of safety staff at DRC rented facilities, to include access control measures at DRC rented facilities
  • Act as the local focal point for safety co-ordination with other NGOs and humanitarian actors within the area of operations
  • Collect, verify, analyze and report safety information that affects, or may affect, DRC activities – present this information in a security incidents tracker, and provide daily, weekly and monthly analysis and guidance to area management, and Safety Focal Points
  • Provide operational safety briefings and orientation to all new and visiting staff
  • Prepare and submit reports and analytical products as required



The Safety Officer will report to the Liaison and Safety Manager, Rakhine, and, for technical and information matters, to the International Safety & Security Focal Point, based in Yangon.




  • Experience working with NGOs and/or other international agencies
  • Experience of working in safety management or support
  • Management and/or supervisory experience
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Stable, moral and robust character and a good team-player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven commitment to accountability practices
  • Complete fluency in written and spoken English, Myanmar and possibly different States languages.



  • Training in safety, fire and evacuation procedures
  • Experience working in the designated area of operations
  • Qualification in safety, training or management



  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Contract Type: Regular DRC staff contract, including a probation period of 3 months
  • Salary: Competitive salary according to DRC Myanmar salary scale.



This position is open for Myanmar Nationals only. DRC strongly advocates for equal opportunity and promotes a diversified and inspiring working environment. Qualified applicants have to submit by clicking apply button with CV of no more than 3 pages including contact details of 3 professional references and motivation letter in English with clear reference to position applied for as well as copies of highest degree or employment record:

No later than Friday 6th December 2019 (COB/5pm)

Please be noted that due to the urgency of the position, DRC will review applications on a rolling basis and candidates may be invited to test/interview before this date.

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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