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Safety Team Leader ( Access )

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-10

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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 Safety and Access Team Leader will ensure a coordinated and compliant management of safety and security. The position will also provide the Area Office with accurate and updated context analysis as well as required training and briefings. In support of these, the Safety and Transport Team Leader will perform the following:


Security and safety management

  • Supervise and manage briefing of staff on safety awareness and DRC SOPs (including hibernation and evacuation procedures); as well as conducting ad‑hoc briefings for visitors.
  • Identify and arrange for regular safety training of staff to include, but not limited to: First Aid Training; Mine Risk Awareness and Personal Safety Awareness, and maintain training records of each staff member.
  • Engage DRC’s SRMS to include but not limited to updating SLS ratings and the MOSS.
  • Conduct site assessments with recommendations for physical security improvements and with the Safety Manager, follow the procurement process to ensure the completion of approved upgrades.
  • Conduct location/area assessments with mitigation/avoidance recommendations.
  • Report to Area Manager / Safety Manager, all incidents involving staff, assets and premises that compromise access in any way.
  • Serve on any convened critical incident management teams and assist with dealing with the incident.
  • Oversee or if necessary, conduct regular functionality checks of safety equipment of all premises and vehicles, to include, but not limited to: First Aid Kits; Hibernation Stores; Smoke Detectors; Fire Extinguishers; Fire Blankets.
  • In concert with support services, provide plans for transportation along with driver schedules, ensuring the vehicle equipment are in right place and in good conditions as well as facilitating safe transportation for all staff.

Personnel Management

  • Participate in the hiring process of guards and drivers as required.
  • Manage access points and permission to enter the compound and office.
  • Provide regular training (new and refresher) to guards and drivers.
  • Prepare and disburse working plans for guards.

Access and context analysis

  • Collect, compile and distribute information in order to assist programming,
  • Support Senior Management strategic and operational decisions by providing regular and ad‑hoc context and safety analysis.
  • Take initiative to raise issues that impact safety and access in the program, particularly in regular meetings on these topics.
  • Create and maintain a network of contact who may be contacted to corroborate information, engage in consultation with, in the event of an incident,
  • Serve as local access focal point for negotiating access.

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.
  • Performance of safety administrative matters

Key Deliverables:

  • Enhance DRC programming by facilitating safe access whenever and wherever possible.
  • Ensure operation to be in compliance with DRC safety procedures.
  • Disseminate security related information with analysis to all staff members whom should receive it.
  • Assist in the effort of stakeholder management.
  • Assist in creating a culture of safety awareness in the program by arranging relevant training to staff on a regular basis. This may require this position conducting the training directly, organizing internal staff members to put on the training, such as the DDG Doctor / senior members of the Safety Department, OR engaging the procurement process to bring in external trainers.


To be successful in this role you must have:

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • 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
  • Functional working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Earth Pro
  • Solid organizational skills and strong personal work ethic


Fluency in speaking & writing in Dari and English is required, Pashto also very helpful.

We Offer:

  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC salary scale
  •  DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract till end of 2020.

Application process:

Interested? Then apply for this position, 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 10 July 2020. However, please note due to the urgency of this position, the shortlisting process will be ongoing. Should we find qualified candidates prior to the 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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