Country Safety Advisor

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income generating activities, and wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Country Safety Advisor Locations: Maiduguri, Borno Contract Type: Expatriate contractThe JobThe Country Safety Advisor (CSA) will manage all aspects of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system in all of Nigeria, for both DRC and DDG programmesThe CSA, in consultation with local safety staff and programme manager, under the technical supervision of Regional Safety Advisor and under the direct line management of the Country Director is expected to pursue the following objectives and duties in his/her daily work:Overall ObjectivesManage the development and implementation of the Danish Refugee Council’s (DRC’s) Safety Risk Management System (SRMS)Ensure compliance with DRC safety policy as stated in Chapters 19 & 20 of the DRC Operations HandbookSupervise and mentor the Local Safety Officers (LSOs) in Yola and Mubi and the Safety Focal Point (SFP) in AbujaDevelop policies and procedure, in coordination with project staff, for the safe delivery of program activitiesResponsibilities  Risk Analysis:Conduct regular Safety Risk Assessments (SRA) for each programme area pursuant to DRC Safety PolicyProvide quality control for SRAsSafety Improvement Plans:Based on the SRA, advise programmes on achievable and cost-effective mitigation measures through the development of contextualized Safety Improvement PlansSupervise and monitor the progress of Safety Improvement PlansMinimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS)Ensure Nigeria is compliant with the DRC global MOSSBased on the SRA, advise programmes on context specific MOSS requirementsMonitor programme compliance with MOSSLocal Safety Rules (LSR):Based on the SRA and MOSS, ensure all areas have updated LSREnsure all staff are provided with a copy of the LSR and are briefed on their responsibilitiesStandard Operating Procedures (SOPs):Ensure each programme area has appropriate SOPs developed and implementedMonitor compliance with SOPsContingency Plans (CPs):Facilitate the development of context-specific contingency plans for each programme areaSupport Incident Management Teams (IMTs) with the implementation of contingency plansConduct regular reviews with IMTs to ensure CPs are up to date, realistic and understoodCapacity Building:Conduct - or facilitate the delivery of - safety training for staff at all levelsEnsure watchmen and guards are trained and aware of their responsibilities, in accordance with the SOPs governing access control LiaisonDevelop a network of contacts through other NGOs, UNDSS, Government agencies and other useful contactsAct as the primary representative for DRC Nigeria on safety mattersCrisis and Critical Incident Management:Act as the Country level coordinator for the Incident Management Team (IMT)Ensure IMT members are aware of their responsibilitiesEnsure IMT logs are maintained and updated as requiredAdvise the IMT at country and area levels on safety related issuesAct as the primary point of contact for safety related matters with the Regional Office and other local actors (UNDSS, etc)Conduct after action reviews of all critical incidents to facilitate organizational learningInformation Management and Reporting:Maintain detailed soft and hard copy files of all relevant safety documentsMonitor the overall situation and provide regular situation reportsMaintain an up-to-date incident tracking databaseProvide staff with relevant and concise safety related information and analysis, both through external and internal reports, publications, etcCoordinate the submission of Safety Incident Reports and ensure that all SIRs are completed within 48 hours of an incident occurringConduct post-incident inquiries, if required, and monitor compliance with action points on SIRsBriefings:Ensure an up-to-date visitor briefing package is provided to all visitors and international staffConduct safety briefings for all visitors and international staff at the country level; at the field level, ensure that individual areas do the sameProvide briefings on thematic and specific issues, as requested by the Country Director or Regional Safety Advisor (RSA)Field Travel:Ensure compliance with the Field Travel SOPAssist with the planning of field travel, including briefing escorts if requiredAct as the focal point for issues related to armed escortsWhen required, manager and coordinate field travelExperience and Technical Competencies  Essential:At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or other international agenciesExperience working in the designated area of operations (West Africa)Management and/or supervisory experience within an NGOProven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines Stable, moral and robust character and a good team-playerExcellent communication skills, calm and a good sense of humourProven commitment to accountability practices.Emergency First Aid qualification (within the last year)Preferable:Training in safety, fire and evacuation proceduresTraining in safety and disaster managementNGO/UN Security Management experienceMilitary/Police experience (those with officer-level or senior non-commissioned officer rank should apply) 

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