Safety Coordinator Colombia

from Danish Refugee Council
Closing date: 20 Oct 2019

About the job

DRC/DDG has been present in Colombia since 2011, focused on capacity-building, setting up of mine action programming and providing support to conflict-affected populations in the south of the country. DRC/DDG is currently implementing surveys and clearance activities in the department of Caquetá. The onset of large mixed migration flows into Colombia due to the Venezuela crisis requires a major integrated humanitarian response to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities.

Based on the conclusions of several emergency needs assessments, DRC set up an emergency response in the Caribbean coastal areas of Colombia (Riohacha, Barranquilla, Bogotá and Medellin) and is currently looking to expand to new areas. DRC´s integrated humanitarian response will be based primarily on protection activities, with components of Shelter, WASH, multi-purpose cash assistance, NFIs, and livelihood interventions. DRC/DDG aims to play an important role in humanitarian coordination in support of UNHCR and IOM as coordination lead agencies of GIFMM (Grupo Interagencial de Flujos Migratorios Mixtos).

Under the direct line management of the Country Director, the Safety Coordinator is overall responsible for all aspects of the DRC Safety Risk Management (SRM) system, including implementation, for both DRC and DDG programmes within geographical area of responsibility.

This role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. As such, the role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.

The role provides support and/or technical guidance (including safety assessment) to country operations while overseeing country activities to enable staff to conduct their work in a confident, safe, appropriate and effective manner. The coordinator enables, ensures, contextualizes and report compliance to DRC MOSS security management system, while achieving effective access and continuity of operations through close cooperation with programmes.

Main responsibilities

Safety Risk Management
• Act as the national focal point for safety

• Oversee the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process

• Develop and support implementation of area and country safety management policies, protocols and procedures
• Facilitate Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures
• Analyze, manage and report relevant information within geographical area of responsibility
• Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records for the areas of concern
• Develop the capacity of, and coordinate, relevant Crisis Management Teams (CMTs)

• Liaise with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain safety information and analysis
• Represent DRC at inter-agency safety fora.
• Technically advise on the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources.
Training, supervision and support
• Support and deliver safety-related training
• Mentor and provide technical supervision to local safety staff
• Facilitate surge support to IMTs as required.

As Coordinator the post-holder is responsible for the following:
• Responsible for coordinating strategy and operations within a specific discipline in a region or country
• Usually has technical line responsibilities within a given discipline, for both strategy and operations
• Provides expert advice and support to set strategy and assure operational quality and compliance

Roles reporting to this position

No direct reports (technical position) but supervises safety teams and work closely with area managers, office managers and DRC / DDG programme teams.

About you

Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of working experience as a safety and security manager/adviser with an NGO
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings
  • Proven ability to develop and implement effective and contextualized protocols and systems
  • Experience with information gathering, analysis and report writing
  • Ability to conduct and produce high quality safety risk assessments (SRAs)
  • Experience with critical incident management
  • Experience with delivering safety-related training
  • Experience working in hostile or hazardous environments
  • Full professional proficiency in Spanish and English.


  • Master's degree in political science, peace & conflict studies, history, disaster management or a military education

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

We offer:

  • Designation of Duty Station: Bogota with regular field trips
  • Start date: 04 November 2019 / Please indicate in your application your availability
  • Contact Length: 12 months renewable depending on funding and performance; Salary and conditions will be in accordance to DRC Colombian Terms of Employment. Level: G – non manager
How to apply:

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Application process: Applications must be submitted through our website by clicking Apply button. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four 4 pages) in English. Application sent by email will NOT be accepted. For information about the position, please contact DRC Colombia country Director Yann Cornic –

Closing date for applications: 20th October 2019 CEST+2