DanChurchAid: Roving Safety & Security Adviser

DanChurchAid is looking for an Experienced, Energetic, fluent French and English-speaking Roving Safety & Security Adviser

With the increasing complexities in the global contexts in which DCA works, we wish to further strengthen DCA’s Safety and Security Framework including the role out and application of standards and guidelines at country programme level. The primary goal is to provide specialized, coordinated, and focused safety management support to DCA with an aim to reduce the risks posed to DCA staff and programmes. A key component of this position will therefore be to provide systematic and timely support to DCA Country Offices and programmes. This includes training of relevant staff, as well as regular monitoring and documentation to ensure both learning and accountability which will instil and maintain the appropriate Safety and Security structures across the entire organization.

The Roving Safety & Security Adviser will be home based but as a roving position the successful candidate will be required to travel for 70% of their time to DCA’s Country Offices, sometimes at short notice and for longer periods (3-4 weeks) depending on the needs.

You will report directly to the Global Head of Safety and Security based in HQ/Copenhagen. You will be working closely with the DCA Country Directors as well as the country-based Security Focal Points. You will also contribute to the regular security updates for the Programme Director and the Head of Humanitarian Response and Mine Action, as they have the overall responsibility for the Country Directors and the Country Offices.

DCA is a multi-mandated organization with country offices, staff, and programmes in 18 countries. Programmes and project activities are diverse and includes humanitarian action, longer term development, and resilience building activities, as well as humanitarian mine action, including demining.

It is crucial that you thrive in a hands-on training and advisory function and that you can maintain functional and constructive relationships – also in times of stress and uncertainty. Building and maintaining relations with key stakeholders while also respecting and applying the organisational and hierarchical structures is important.

Key tasks and responsibilities

Operational support and vigilance:

  • Proactively inform DCA’s global safety and security framework and objectives.
  • Contribute to the roll out of annual global Security and Safety work-plan in support of the global strategic priorities. The work-plan should inform and consolidate input from country programmes.
  • Regular monitoring of the security situation in DCA’s Country Offices, providing technical advice and support as required.
  • Develop and implement Country Security Plans for country offices, to include risk assessments, standard operating procedures and emergency response plans.
  • Member of the Crisis Management Team at HQ when required and hands-on support to Country Office level during crisis response.
  • Support the implementation of PSEA policies, where staff safety and security are concerned and ensure that the DCA gender policy is foremost in the implementation of security procedures and protocols.

Training and learning:

  • Provide technical support, training, sparring, and mentoring to the DCA network of Safety and Security personnel.
  • Co-ordinate and deliver training events and learning initiatives across the organization.
  • Support the ongoing innovation and concept development in areas related to Security and Safety.
  • Engage in relevant networks such as the ACT Alliance.

Monitoring and documentation:

  • Support the country safety and security threat analysis for potential Country Office implementation in new areas of operations.
  • Support the development and maintenance of KPIs relevant to safety in individual country programmes.
  • Contribute with relevant key data and figures to the International Department.

Make sure that DCA has updated and relevant knowledge about debates and developments in Safety thematic fora and be part of strategic alliances including the ACT alliance.

Key Competencies
The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of documented experience with hands on security management, monitoring, training and learning. You should have:

  • No less than three years field experience in volatile contexts and conflict-affected environments, preferable with an INGO.
  • Minimum bachelor’s degree level education in a related field.
  • Strong analytical as well as writing skills and the ability to provide conflict analysis.
  • The ability to communicate safety and security issues and concerns in a credible, consultative, and professional manner, that engages support and empowers strong decision making.
  • An ‘enabling’ and solutions-driven outlook and excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Vast experience with delivering safety-related trainings to both national and international staff members including the ability to train and convey information to non-safety personnel.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Fluent in English and French – fluency or knowledge of Arabic is a strong advantage.
  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to humanitarian principles.
  • The ability to manage a busy workday with conflicting deadlines, and have an organised, structured approach.

DCA offers:

  • 24-months HQ contract starting as soon as possible.
  • Good colleagues in a rewarding and empowering workplace.
  • A competitive salary package.
  • 30 days of paid annual leave.
  • Insurance per industry standards.
  • Full time position.
  • An interesting and challenging experience addressing humanitarian needs.

Contact and Application 
Please upload your motivated application and CV no later than 30 November 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications received by email will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, abilities or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply. Please read the minimum qualifications of this position carefully. If you do not meet the minimum requirements for this position, please save your time and ours and refrain from applying.

DCA conducts an anti-terror check as part of the recruitment process. It is a prerequisite that you can pass this check and maintain this status throughout your employment with us.  

Everyone applying for a job with DCA must be ready to comply with our Staff Policy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment and our Child Safeguarding Policy.