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Country Safety Coordinator

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-24

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Duty Station: Yangon, with frequent travel to Area Offices and Bases

Reporting to: Country Director with a technical reporting line to the Regional Safety Coordinator in the Regional Office.

Direct reports:  Technical line management of field Safety Focal Points (SFPs)

Overall purpose of the role:

The Country Safety Coordinator (CSC) is responsible for ensuring the proper application of DRC’s Safety Risk Management System (SRMS), including Global Safety Policy, setting risk thresholds, identifying known and foreseen risks and mitigate appropriately and proactively attempting to target potentially unforeseen risks. In addition, ongoing context assessment and day-to-day safety and security management shall be done in close cooperation with Senior Management and Safety Focal Points, thereby enhancing the operational continuity and resilience of DRC Myanmar’s programme.

Tasks and Responsibilities

In accordance with DRC Safety policy, the CSC will:

  • Provide oversight and quality assurance of the DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS).
  • Manage the Safety Level System (SLS) for field sites, and ensure they strive to improve compliance with Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS).
  • Identify actual, perceived and foreseeable risks while also defining risk thresholds in order to maintain programme continuity and enhance resilience through robust security and risk management.
  • Lead the development and production of contextualized risk management policy, protocols and procedures in close collaboration with area offices  and management.
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of timely, quality and informed advice.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (training register, incident tracking, maps, etc.)
  • Produce, weekly and quarterly security analysis/reports (including ad hoc daily updates, weekly summaries and monthly trend analysis).
  • Create and deliver high quality security trainings that reach a maximum number of national and international staff. Develop and facilitate workshops for security focal points,  heads of departments, area managers and other key staff.
  • Mentor, coach and provide technical supervision to safety focal points and other staff with safety management responsibilities.
  • Coordinate with the RO/HQ Crisis Management Team (CMT) when needed, and take part in the programme Incident Management Teams (IMT)
  • Support the development of the capacity of Incident Management Teams (IMTs) at Area levels.
  • Work with Area Managers  and the Head of Support Services  ensure that safety is adequately budgeted for in grants, and support proposal development and donor reporting requirements where applicable. Internal and external reporting on budgets and activities under the grants.
  • Act as the focal point for the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources.
  • Act as a member of the country extended Senior Management Team (ESMT).

About you

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years as Security Manager/Advisor for an NGO in a high risk/conflict zone (or equivalent role).
  • Proven experience in context/security analysis and advising humanitarian personnel.
  • Experience in developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents and tools.
  • Proven experience in incident/crisis management.
  • Experience in conducting safety training for international and national staff, and experience of capacity building.
  • Fluent English, and strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills.
  • Ability to provide conflict analysis (written).
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Computer literate, able to use all common software packages.
  • Be able to encourage, motivate and guide team members to approach safety and security issues with confidence especially during crises.
  • Be flexible to travel at short notice to difficult and risky areas.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working in Myanmar is a strong advantage.


Education/qualifications: (includes certificates, licenses etc.)

  • Degree in security and/or developmental and/or political and/or conflict studies.
  • Other security management related qualification.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or international agencies on similar duties.
  • QGIS and data management software proficient

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 act in line with our vision and values.

We offer

  • DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12-month contract.
  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates.
  • This position will be placed at G band, level 1.

Application process

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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.

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Applications close on March 31, 2021.

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

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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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