About Danish Refugee Council:
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization working in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC has been present in Afghanistan since the end of 2010 implementing programming that includes livelihoods, protection, emergency response and preparedness, infrastructure development, and supply chain management and logistical support to UNHCR. DRC is registered with the Government of Afghanistan through the Ministry of Economy and MoRR. DRC AFG has implemented programs funded by DANIDA, EC, ECHOP, BPRM, UNHCR and WFP supporting over 25,000 displaced families per year.
DRC adopts a regional approach unifying our country programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Tajikistan around the Afghan displacement axis. This decision is built on the premise that a multi-stakeholder regional response to the massive displacement issue is required. The DRC approach is in line with UNHCR’s push for a regionally based robust and ‘Comprehensive Solutions Strategy’ (2012-2014). The four country programs strive, wherever possible, to adopt a regional approach to activities, including cross border livelihood and protection programs and coordinated emergency preparedness and response planning.
ABOUT THE JOB
This role has a country focus, to Coordinate and support all aspects of DRC’s Access Strategy and the impact of access with regards to DRC’s operations. The role contributes to the management of the Safety Risk Management system (SRMS) for DRC programmes within Afghanistan. The role contributes to the development of Access related strategies at all levels of the country office, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides technical guidance and technical support on access to all relevant focal points. The role is intended to provide support to the Safety Manager regarding strategic linkages between safety, security, and access.
The main duties relating to this position are as follows:
Implement and roll-out national level access strategy in collaboration with DRC program team;
Provide technical support to the Security Manager on all guidelines and planning for staff safety, operational security in Afghanistan.
Travel regularly to field locations in Afghanistan and conduct access trainings with staff, while also ensuring that adequate security measures are in place for DRC staff, assets and operations. Produce training records and ensure further recommendations are compiled/submitted to the Senior Management Team (SMT).
Mentor and capacity build the program’s national Safety and Access focal points in all of DRC’s areas of operation, particularly with regards to Access.
Any other duties as requested by the CD.
Additional roles and responsibilities are outlined in the following categories.
Safety Risk Management (in support of the Safety Manager):
Provide oversight and quality assurance of the Safety Risk Management (SRM) process;
Review and provide feedback and input on country safety management policies, protocols and procedures;
Provide technical support to the CD and Safety Manager on operational security, contingency planning, and program continuity.
Provide quality control to Area Level Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) and support the implementation of mitigation measures;
Analyze, manage and report relevant information within geographical area of responsibility in conjunction with safety and programme colleagues;
Develop the capacity of, and coordinate, Incident Management Teams (IMTs) and Country and Area levels on an as-needed and requested basis.
Technically advise on the procurement of safety-related services, equipment, facilities and other resources;
Represent DRC at security and/or access forums and with relevant stakeholders, as required.
Support the development of regional level access documentation, in coordination with Area Managers and the Head of Operations.
Support developing tools and training necessary to operationalize access strategies;
Map, plan, and coordinate systemic ongoing engagement with all key stakeholders by respective DRC staff, as it relates to humanitarian access;
Support and quality check ongoing access assessments and other interventions as needed;
Ensure access-related analysis, plans, issues, and incidents are conducted and documented
Capacity Building, Training, supervision and support:
Develop Access and Safety Management capacity of Country and Area Management Teams
Provide capacity-building, training, and mentorship to national Access and Safety staff
Support and deliver access and crisis management-related training;
Ensure Access and Safety Training Plans are in place at Country and Area levels, coordinated, and resourced.
Provide technical support to local safety staff as required;
Facilitate surge support to IMTs as required.
Technical Line Management Responsibilities
Provide technical guidance and support to other Employees in same technical area, who report to a different Manager as required;
Advise on and promote understanding and application of relevant DRC policies, procedures and principles;
Raise issues of non-compliance with regards to access and safety policies to CD/SMT;
When relevant, drives development of access policies and standards in region or country and/or localizes global policies to regional or country level;
To be successful in this role you must have:
Experience and technical competencies:
Minimum 4 years of working experience in a relevant operational INGO role;
Experience working in multicultural work settings;
Experience working in Afghanistan is desirable, although not mandatory;
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 assessments and other types of reporting;
Experience with incident management;
Experience with delivering trainings;
Experience working in hostile or hazardous environments;
Positive, solution-oriented approach;
Full professional proficiency in English. Pashto and/or Dari language skills is desirable, although not mandatory.
University degree in the relevant field
Excellent verbal and written English