Safety Officer

The Job

Safety Officer

Duty Station [Sa’ada]

Who are we?

 The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an International non-governmental organization, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people in over 30 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in East Africa and Yemen  (EAY) region for over a decade, running a combination of emergency, livelihood, protection and advocacy programs through Country Offices (COs) in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia/Djibouti, Yemen and Uganda/Tanzania with a Regional Office (RO) in Nairobi.

DRC, through its specialized business unit, Danish Demining Group (DDG) aims to recreate a safe environment where people can live without the threat of landmines, unexploded ordinances and small arms and light weapons”. These goals can be effectively advanced through cooperation and joint action with other organization as well as with integration of operations and programs with its sister organization, DRC.

Overall purpose of the role:

The SO responsibility is to monitor the overall safety situation, track staff movements, enforce safety regulations, and provide sound and timely advice to DRC/DDG staff and management in order to support the secure and efficient delivery of program activities in the area of operation in northcentral/ area of his/her responsibility (Sa’ada). In addition, the government liaison functions ensure that requirements relating to DRC’s national registration are fully met.

Provide guidance in all areas of safety – Access.

Main Responsibilities:

  •     Assist Team Leader – Safety with the implementation of regional safety policies, safety rules, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the safe implementation of program activities;
  •     Track access and operations and monitoring of staff filed movements;
  •     Act as the local contact for safety coordination and information sharing between the relevant actors within all areas of operations in north;
  •     Collect, verify, analyze, and submit timely and regular reports on issues that affect, or may affect DRC/DDG operations;
  •     Support Liaison Officer in Sana’a for obtaining visitors and staff travel permits to Sa’ada governorate
  •     Monitor the evolving situation in the area of DRC/DDG operations in the area of his/her responsibility (Sa’ada) in coordination with other actors as per regional, country, and program guidelines;
  • Establish a network of contacts with relevant government offices, including SCMCHA, and represent DRC/DDG at safety meetings, including active participation in safety-Liaison meetings in Sa’ada as needed);
  • Provide operational safety briefings and orientation to all new and visiting staff in the area of his/her responsibility;
  • Assist in training on safety procedures, security awareness, PAST, access and counter-surveillance; mission planning, and fire safety (as required) for field offices staff in the area of his/her responsibility;
  • Assist in the management of safety incidents and crisis, provide timely and accurate incident reports and analysis, including analysis of organizational lessons learned;
  • Monitoring and supervision (as required) of security guards, watchmen, and drivers where it relates to safety measures, local safety rules, and standard operating procedures;
  • Supervise the implementation of physical and asset protection protocols and regulations;
  • Ensure that appropriate access controls are in place for all DRC/DDG facilities;
  • Assist in regular Security Risk Assessments (SRAs), including regular review of Safety Level System (SLS) and Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS) as per DRC/DDG policy;
  • Advise and assist the procurement and issue of safety equipment;
  • Track safety-related incidents and developments and provide trend/pattern analysis;
  • Conduct regular field site assessments and advise on mitigation measures;
  • Carry out other activities as requested by Base Manager and Team Leader

Reporting Arrangements

With regards to safety policy, DRC has a dual-line reporting structure. The North/west Safety Officer will report to the Base Manager and, for technical and information matters and tasking, to Safety Team Leader – North in Hajjah. The dual reporting structure is designed to eliminate any delays and to promote transparency in the reporting process. The SO is expected to coordinate closely with the Acting Heads of Sub-Offices in Sa’ada and other in north, and with existing Safety Focal Points there, as needed.

Weekly Deliverable:

  1. Check with Team Leader and confirm that all new staff and visitors have completed their Travel Clearance Requests (ITCRs), Record of Emergency Data (RED) forms, received both a written and verbal Safety Briefing and Local safety Rules (LSRs), and that all visitors’ movements are tracked;
  2. Confirm that all planned staff movements are indicated on the movement boards and that all field movements are pre-approved, tracked (via regular phone check-ins), and followed up a post-trip briefing.
  3. List of all Advisories sent out to all staff and /or management, including SMS alerts, phone alerts, and email alerts.
  4.  Confirm that DRC drivers are checking the condition of their vehicles daily, before travel.
  5. Inspect the entire DRC compound for any problems (perimeter lights, walls, generator, spare fuel, trash, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc.) and received verbal confirmation of compound checks
  6. Check on guards (are they performing their duties, on time, log books filled, etc.) and confirm guard performance
  7. Check that First Aid kits are fully equipped and in good condition (in vehicles, staff house, offices).
  8.  Liaise with ISAO’s Sa’ada office and, if necessary, Dhamar if required.
  9.  Submit weekly updates to BM& Safety Team Leader to complete Safety Situation Report

About you


  • A university degree in a discipline related to security management, international studies, or other relevant studies.
  • Diploma or equal of public relations.


  • 4 years of experience in security, preferably in the military or police context or related field of work.  
  • Prior experience with the UN System or an International NGO is highly desirable.

Key stakeholders:

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.                                    

Moreover, we also expect the following:


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic is required.
  • Excellent reports writing

Other Skills and Requirements:

  • Solid computers skills (MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint);
  • Ability to travel
  • Physically fit

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6 months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 19th of Dec, 2020 and be willing and able to work in Sa’ada.

  • Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level (H2).
How to Apply

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the link below.
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 closing date 2nd Dec, 2020

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

  • Employer: DRC
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Sa'dah
  • Posted on: 19 November 2020
  • Deadline: 2 December 2020