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Safety Specialist


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Safety Specialist to support our safety team in Ukraine. Prior police or military experience is not a requirement for this job.


About the job

The Safety Specialist will support the Head of Safety and the wider safety team in Ukraine with the implementation of DRC’s safety risk management (SRMS) throughout the country. The role is intended to be a hands on operational role to allow the Head of Safety to develop and adapt  relevant policies and standard operating procedures in a growing mission with 8 offices across the country and more than 500 staff.



  • Support in the assessment of safety risks to facilitate program delivery. Assessments will be undertaken as described in the DRC operations handbook;
  • Ensure that MOSS and SLS audits (minimum operating safety standards & safely level system) are regularly completed, with the input of the Area Managers and other senior staff under the leadership of the Head of Safety;
  • Assist in developing and updating the local safety rules (LSRs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and critical incident management plans (CIMPs);
  • Train local staff and safety focal points (SFPs), including in basic safety training;
  • Train drivers at DRC sites regularly on riding rules and regulations;
  • Support with the development and implementation of safety improvement plans (SIPs)
  • Facilitate programme access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, regular sit-reps, and safety advisories, as needed and instructed by the Head of Safety;
  • Ensure that the pre-arrival safety briefings and LSRs are kept current and shared with all visitors and new staff;


About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have prior experience as a safety professional for an INGO in at least one other conflict affected context and ideally have already a solid understanding of the Ukraine context.  Moreover, we also expect the following:



  • Minimum three years spent with a humanitarian/development actor, either in a safety/security role or with a strong interest in safety/security.
  • Experience working for an INGO in at least one other conflict affected context.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Experience with delivering safety-related trainings to NGO staff.
  • Stable and robust character with good interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a commitment to humanitarian principles.
  • Fluent in English, fluency in Ukrainian is a strong added value.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or 3 to 5 years work experience;


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 uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


We offer

  • Contract length: 12 months
  • Band: band G non managerial 
  • Designation of Duty Station: Non-family duty station
  • Start date: July 2023


Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.


Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application process

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. CVs exceeding four pages will be excluded. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


Closing date for applications: 30 June 2023.

Please note that CVs are being reviewed on a rolling basis and DRC reserves the right to close the process sooner if a candidate has been identified.


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

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