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Safety Officer/Assistant

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-04

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate is to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 250 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2022 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for Safety Officer/Assistant to join our team in in Merefa,Kharkiv Oblast.

Overall purpose of the role:

  • Ensure that programs and projects activities are implemented in a secure, safe and effective manner.
  • Provides advice on all manner of safety related manners and protocol

Geographic scope: Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

This role has a focus on the Kharkiv Oblast and ensures compliance to DRC Ukraine procedures and guidelines. The role contributes to the development of action plans and day-to-day tasks run from DRC office located in Merefa, Kharkivshchyna. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to Kharkiv Base Manager while overseeing daily activities.

Main responsibilities:

  • Assist the implementation of safety policies, protocols and procedures.
  • Lead regular safety audits of the offices, warehouses and guesthouses to include, but not limited to, checks of fire extinguishers, safe room supplies, first aid kits, emergency communication equipment and physical security elements (MOSS).
  • Monitor vehicle and personal tracking system. Alert relevant parties in case of an emergency event.
  • Monitor staff movements, report on movement irregularities and initiate emergency response if needed.
  • Ensure that DRC drivers follow Movement SOP and comply with DRC standards.
  • Disseminate safety alerts to staff.
  • Ensure that appropriate access controls are in place for all DRC facilities.
  • Monitor the evolving situation in areas of operation and relay this information to relevant staff members.
  • Establish a network of local contacts which facilitates safe access for DRC operations.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of training to DRC staff and drivers.
  • Lead in the conduct of site assessments of office spaces, guesthouses, warehouses and other sites as required.
  • Contribute to Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs).
  • Assist in the drafting of contingency plans, threat assessments and other documents.
  • Collect, verify, analyse, and report information that affects, or may affect, DRC operations.
  • Assist the preparation and submission of Safety Incident Reports (SIR).

Required experience and competencies:

  • At least 1-year experience in a similar role with an NGO or 2-year relevant experience in security operations and management within Ukraine security forces.
  • English proficiency
  • Fluency in Russian and Ukrainian

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Required education:

Diploma or equivalent professional qualification is mandatory.

Relevant university degree (e.g. political science, international development, economics) or equivalent professional qualification is preferred.

We offer:

Contract length: 3 months renewable depending on performance and funding.

Level: H/I non-Manager

Start date: As soon as possible.

Fou Ukrainian citizens only. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for national staff.

Application process

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: October 16, 2022

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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.