Safety Specialist

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The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region and has been providing relief and development services since 1997. DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hiran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Somalia operations focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrant.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

Overall Purpose of the role

The Safety Specialist (SS) will be responsible for supporting the Country Safety Coordinator (CSC) in the development and implementation of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system in Somalia and Somaliland, in close cooperation with the Country Director, AM and area Safety Team Leaders for both DRC/DDG.


Safety Risk Management

  • Facilitate compliance audits as part of the Safety Risk Management (SRM) system, including Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS) and Safely Level System (SLS) audits in Somalia/Somaliland.
  • Assist in the drafting and implementation of safety management policies, protocols and procedures, including MOSS and follow up Safety Improvement Plans.
  • Facilitate Program access and continuity through the provision of dependable advice, weekly sit-reps, and safety advisories, as needed.
  • Facilitate Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records, including training registers and incident inquiries and reporting

Training, supervision and support

  • Training of local staff and mentoring of Local Safety Officers (LSOs) and Safety Focal Points (SFPs), including Personal Awareness and Safety Training, staff inductions, and training on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Support and assist in coordinating the country level Incident Management Team (IMT) and Area IMTs.
  • Represent the Somalia Programs within inter-agency fora as related to safety issues.
  • In coordination with the Area Managers, Mentor and provide technical supervision to area safety team in executing their day-to-day safety operations and activities in Somalia and Somaliland.
  • Act as Country Safety Coordinator in the absence of the CSC.

Experience, Education and technical competencies: (include years of experience)


  • Minimum 3 years of working experience in the field of safety with NGOs/INGOs in the Somali context
  • Degree in political science, peace & conflict studies, history or disaster management.
  • East Africa deployment experience.**
  • Previous management and/or supervisory experience, preferably in an NGO setting
  • Ability to conduct and produce high quality safety risk assessments (SRAs)
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
  • Experience with information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings
  • NGO safety management experience is desirable
  • Computer software skills, including sound knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Power point
  • Stable, moral and robust character and a good team-player
  • Willingness to travel widely throughout the Somali region
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing, including negotiations and mediation
  • Experience with delivering safety-related training
  • Experience working in hostile or hazardous environments (DRC SLS 5 and above) with Ability to travel freely throughout Somalia/Somaliland


  • Fluency in written and spoken Somali & English. Fluency in local spoken Language


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the Regional team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables
  • Collaborating: You lead regional initiatives and processes by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively. **
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values


Availability: March 2022

Duty station: Mogadishu

Reporting to: Country Safety Coordinator

Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension based on performance and funding

Contract: This position is graded as Band G-Non-Management for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff.

The position is open to Nationals ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards.

DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.

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How to apply


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

​Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under Vacancies no later than 19 February 2022

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