NGO Safety Advisor – Malakal

Employer:Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
Location:South Sudan , Malakal
Closing date August 28, 2016

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world, including South Sudan. DRC DDG fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organisation focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine action.

DRC DDG commenced work in South Sudan, formerly Southern Sudan, in 2005 and
currently provides expertise in camp coordination and camp management (CCCM), community services, protection and the provision of emergency shelter and non-food items in Unity and Upper Nile states. Activities implemented by DRC DDG are funded by money raised from the Danish public and by project grants from the Danish government and other bilateral and multilateral donors.
About the job

Based in the Malakal Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, the NGO Safety Adviser will contribute to increasing access for the humanitarian community to affected populations through security information sharing, coordination, and field assessments. The NGO

Safety Adviser will provide analysis and advice to other international humanitarian organisations working in the area, and will also represent the NGO community at wider coordination mechanisms, such as the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).

In addition to the core focus of supporting in the international community in Malakal, the NGO Safety Adviser also serves as the DRC safety focal point in Malakal.

With the aim of enabling programming across the humanitarian community through strong context and security assessments, and understanding of the local environment, the NGO Safety Adviser plays a critical role in meeting the needs of affected populations inside and outside of the PoC. The NGO Safety Adviser will also facilitate training courses for interagency staff including; personal safety and security training, guard training, driver training, communications training, and incident management training.

Though Malakal is the duty station, the NGO Safety Adviser will be expected to conduct regular assessments in Wau Shilluk and other locations in Upper Nile state, and elsewhere if required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Representation and Coordination
Represent the NGOs in safety and security matters, and hold regular meetings with NGO safety and security focal points.
Coordinate activities inside and outside the POC related to safety and security with relevant parts of UNMISS (UNPOL, FPU, etc), UNDSS.
Develop and maintain key contact lists of personnel involved in PoC safety and security management. Act as a liaison between humanitarian partners and those security agencies/personnel.
Advocate for safety improvement in the Humanitarian Hub, if necessary.
Analysis and contingency planning
Build and maintain network of information sources which allow the gathering of reliable data and information.
Conduct safety and security assessments and provide humanitarian organisations with field reports including access recommendations.
Produce weekly security reports, alerts, and advisories for humanitarian organisations, including analysis based on incident reports.
Maintain effective channels of communication for Malakal humanitarian community, such Skype groups, e-mail groups, etc.
Develop safety and security contingency plans for NGO staff based in the Humanitarian Hub; fire safety, safe haven, etc.
Provide general support and capacity building to humanitarian partners about safety and security management.
DRC safety focal point
Represent DRC in all safety and security related communication with external stakeholders – NGOs, UN, local community, authorities, and armed forces.
Provide ad hoc briefings to the diplomatic and donor community of the security environment and security challenges facing the humanitarian community in the Malakal PoC (as arranged by the DRC Country Safety Adviser).
Ensure compliance with DRC policy and safety-related guidelines and ensure internal DRC contingency plans and SOPs reflect prevailing security situation on the ground.
Provide briefings to DRC staff, and support the DRC Area Manager in crisis management situations.
About you

To be successful in this role you must have:
Mandatory qualifications
Degree in developmental and/or political and/or conflict studies (or equivalent work experience).
Minimum 2 years as Safety and Security Manager/Adviser for an NGO in a high risk/conflict zone (or equivalent role).
Proven experience in context/security analysis and advising humanitarian personnel. Experience of management of security incident database and analytical tools is a plus.
Experience of developing and updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents.
Proven in-country experience with UN integrated and peacekeeping mission and CIVMIL relations.
Proven experience and capacity in preparing security reports for senior UN and NGO managers.
Proven experience in crisis management.
Experience of conducting safety training and capacity building.
Fluent English and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Preferable qualification
First aid qualification.
Knowledge and/or work experience in South Sudan.
We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 month contract renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work immediately and be willing to live in basic accommodation. The position is at A14 in DRC’s salary scale. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies.
How to apply

Apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

Applications close by August 28th, 2016

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Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.

DDG is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), which is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach – Respect – Independence & neutrality – Inclusion – Honesty & transparency.

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