Safety Coordinator

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
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    Project Management
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Duty Station:       Yangon Head Office, Myanmar (Yangon, with frequent travel to Area Offices and Bases

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

Direct Reports:    No Direct Report but technical line management of field Safety Focal Points (SFPs), Rakhine Safety Specialist, and Country Safety Specialist.

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, identifying known and foreseen risks and to determine and implement appropriate mitigation measures, mechanisms and procedures. 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.


In accordance with DRC Safety policy, the CSC will:

  • Develop the existing DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS) to cover all DRC Myanmar program locations.
  • Support in the recruitment of Safety Focal Points and provide capacity building, mentoring and training.
  • Provide oversight and quality assurance of the DRC Safety Risk Management System (SRMS).
  • Manage the Safety Level System (SLS) for field sites, based on individual Safety Risk Assessments (SRA), and ensure they strive to improve compliance with Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS).
  • Identify actual, perceived and foreseeable risks 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 (staff presence lists, 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.
  • Ensure new staff receive a country briefing on arrival.
  • Provide safety input to meetings and support the Country Director CD and Senior Management Team SMT in the decision-making process.
  • 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 to 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).
  • Develop, maintain, and participate in networks for (safety) information sharing.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum 4 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 Myanmar language in speech and writing, and strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills.
  • Fluency in Myanmar dialects will be considered an advantage.
  • 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.
  • In-depth understanding of previous and current Myanmar context.

Applicants without a dedicated Safety and Security background may be considered if they have the following qualifications:

  • At least four years’ experience as senior program staff or in a senior management position with an INGO in Myanmar.
  • Well connected to relevant stakeholders in the humanitarian community and with current authorities.
  • Previous experience in establishing and maintaining safety and security protocols with an INGO at country and field level.

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.

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s 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.


Contract: DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12-month contract with the possibility of extension. This position opens for National. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment. The position is placed in Employment Band F-non management. This position is open for Myanmar National only.

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Application and CV

Interest? Click Apply Bottom. Please send your application, in English, no later than 13th October 2023.

CV only applications will not be considered. We only accept applications sent online.

(Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and shortlisted candidates may be contacted for interview/an offer made before the advertised closing date)

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