Safety and Liaison Officer , Turkey

Employer: Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Location: Turkey

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation.

About the Job
Under the direct supervision of the Sanlıurfa HoO and technical supervision of the Country SLO, the Sanlıurfa Safety and Liaison Officer provides efficient and effective support to Sanlıurfa HoO and Country SLO in conducting their duties covering DRC activities, staff and assets in Sanlıurfa and other offices in Turkey.
Sanlıurfa SLO will be responsible of ensuring the constant communication with local authorities and other stakeholders is established and on the track.
Sanlıurfa Safety and Liaison Officer will be managing the safety system in Sanlıurfa Office, and feeding the Sanlıurfa HoO and Country SLO with information.
Constant interaction with different project teams, units and departments required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

LIAISON (%20) :
Support and facilitate the communication and coordination of DRC activities by serving as an official go-between for DRC staff and local authorities and/or relevant stakeholders.
Attend key meetings and represent DRC as per HoO’s request.
Support strategic partnership with local partner by facilitating coordination, monitoring and reporting in any collaboration.
Ensure the reporting of DRC activities to local authorities on monthly basis and whenever required.
Provide the team with regular updates analyzing the Urfa’s emerging political, socio-economic and administrative developments.
Assisting the project managers and officers to enable the implementation of the projects by liaising and coordinating with local authorities, Turkish security forces and other appropriate national authorities on all matters relating to the safety of DRC staff members and assets, as well as the activities of DRC in the area of Urfa and Suruc.
Support the smooth running of the activities through maintaining a constructive and inclusive relationship with concerned authorities, partners and other agencies.
Maintain and develop day-to-day contacts with key authorities and ensure the prompt sharing of information, conclusions or messages .
Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme’s goals.

SAFETY (%20):
Monitor staff movement, in particular travel to different districts of Şanlıurfa province as well as overland travel to other duty stations in Turkey, report on movement irregularities and initiate emergency response if need be.
Writing Weekly Safety Reports.
Ensure that DRC drivers follow Movement SOP and comply with DRC standards.
Establish an information network and regularly check the news agencies in order to daily collect safety information.
Responsible for disseminating safety alerts to staff (in English, Turkish and Arabic).
Advise on safety mitigating measures related to camp and non-camp distribution activities
Keep senior management informed of any changes in the administrative procedures for obtaining documents;
Establish or reinforce relations with the representatives of the different administrative services;
Meet with the representatives of the different administrative services as often as necessary to obtain documents or solve problems.

Monitor the evolving situation in the area of DRC/DDG operations in coordination with other actors (e.g. NGOs/INGOs, UN agencies, national/local authorities and civil society entities)as per regional, country and programme guidelines
Facilitate access and operations through the provision of reliable advice to staff and managers
Act as the local focal point for safety co-ordination and information sharing between the relevant actors within the area of operations
Collect, verify, analyze and report information that affects, or may affect, DRC/DDG operations
Establish a network of contacts and represent DRC/DDG at safety meetings
Brief visitors and new DRC staff members (including implementing partners where applicable) on safety procedures in Urfa/Suruc and the safety situation Track safety related incidents and developments and provide trend/pattern analysis

Conduct regular Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) as per DRC/DDG policy
Identify indicators and key decision points, and link them to the SRA and security phases
Assist in training on safety procedures as required for program staff
Prepare and submit safety reports and trend analyses as required
Provide advice on programme development and implementation

Assist with the implementation of regional safety policies, protocols and procedures related to the safe implementation of programme activities
Supervise and monitor the development and implementation of context specific MOSS
Supervise the implementation of physical and asset protection protocols and regulations
Ensure that appropriate access controls are in place for all DRC/DDG facilities
Advise, assist and control the procurement and issue of safety and protective equipment
Conduct regular site assessments and advise on mitigation measures
Assist in the management of safety incidents and crises, provide timely and accurate incident reports and analysis, and support organizational lessons learned
Support the HoO in keeping the Safety Level System (SLS) updated

About you
To be successful in this role, you must have the following qualifications:

Tertiary education (Bachelor minimum) in communication, politics, risk management or other related field.
Management and/or supervisory experience.
Experience in reporting to senior managers and government agencies.
Experience working with NGOs, other international agencies or multinational business.
Experience in representing the organization at public meetings.
Fluent in written and spoken English and Turkish (Arabic is an asset).

Other Essential Competencies:
You should have;
Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a strong commitment to teamwork.
Flexibility, enthusiasm and willingness to learn from others.
Strong “Information Technology” skills.
Proven commitment to accountability practices.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.

What we offer:

DRC Turkey offers an employment contract of 10 months with the possibility of extension (depending on funding). The position will be based in Sanlıurfa field office with regular travel to other DRC Turkey offices in the country as directed. We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted. Furthermore, DRC Turkey provides training opportunities to develop and strengthen the quality of its services as well as its staff members’ professional and personal development.

Start date: 15th March 2016

Need further information?

You are welcome to contact Sinan Yucel , HR Officer at for more information about the position.


Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or go to and find Current Vacancies. Please note that application are not to be sent to Sinan Yucel; we only accept applications sent online via Applications sent directly to Sinan Yucel will not be considered. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

All applicants should send a cover letter and an updated CV no longer than four pages, both in the same language as the job vacancy. Your CV should also include contact details of three professional referees as well as your salary expectations.

Applications close 22 February 2016. The interviews are expected to take place within 1 week after the application closing. Due to the urgency of the position DRC Turkey reserves the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.


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About DRC
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.

Application due: 2/22/2016

Workplace: Sanlıurfa (National Staff only)

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