Roving Safety Coordinator – Kenya

DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a human rights framework, the DRC East Africa and Great Lakes (EAGL) operation focuses on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, migrants, and host communities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Project Background

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is implementing a large scale-up project to respond to the drought in the Horn of Africa and contribute to famine prevention efforts. At the current time the project will specifically be implemented in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with some displacement research extending into Djibouti.

Overall purpose of the role

The Roving Safety Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Country Directors and Head of Safety in each of the three countries implementing the project. This support may include ongoing context assessment, training of newly hired staff, and ensuring the proper application of DRC’s Safety Risk Management System (SRMS). This role will collaborate closely with all three Senior Management Teams for prioritization. In addition, this role will support onboarding of two new Head of Safety positions in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Reporting Arrangements:

The Roving Safety Coordinator will report to the Executive Director.

Key responsibilities

In accordance with DRC Safety policy, the Roving Safety Coordinator will:

  • Undertake and support others to undertake Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures for static field sites and roving teams.
  • Support Country Safety team for managing the Safety Level System (SLS) for field sites, and ensure they strive to improve compliance with Minimum Operating Safety Standards (MOSS).
  • Lead the development and production of contextualized risk management measures, protocols and procedures in close collaboration with field teams and management.
  • Manage safety related information and provide regular analysis and reporting through situation reports and advisories.
  • Facilitate/deliver safety-related training to DRC international and national staff.
  • Mentor and provide technical supervision to country safety teams.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Executive Director.

About you

  • University or higher degree in relevant discipline.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working with NGOs and/or international agencies on similar duties.
  • Minimum 3 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 updating SOPs, contingency plans and other risk assessment and management documents.
  • Proven experience in crisis management.
  • Experience of conducting safety training for international and national staff, and experience of capacity building of national staff.
  • Fluent English, and strong interpersonal, communication, and networking skills.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • 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 challenging areas.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Stable and robust character, team-player with a good sense of humour

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five 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.


  • Other security management related qualification.
  • First aid qualification.


Contract: This position is subject to confirmation of funding and it’s for 6 months with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment; Employment band E- NM

Availability: Anticipated start date is 15 March and the successful candidate must be able to deploy

with 15 days’ notice

Duty station: Nairobi with frequent travel within Kenya and to Somalia and Ethiopia

Reporting Line: Executive Director

Key stakeholders:

SMT, Area Managers, Technical Coordinators, Support Staff, Safety Officers, Safety Advisers

Providing equal opportunities We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process

How to apply

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under job.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 28th February, 2023

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