Safety Team Leader

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Job Overview

In 2003, , DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country. Today, DRC continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable displacement-affected families, including IDPs, returnees, and host communities in Basra, Baqubah, Jalawla, Gatoon, Baghdad, Muqdadiya, Balad, Aziz Balad, Samarra, Mosul, Duhok, Tel Afar, Baa’j, Sinjar, and Erbil.

Find more about DRC operations in Iraq here: Iraq | DRC Danish Refugee Council

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified [catcher/appetizer: use active ‘we/you’ language to reduce the distance between us as an organisation and the candidate]

Overall purpose of the role:

  •  The Safety Team Leader (STL) is to provide professional security advice, support, guidance and expertise to the DRC Iraq programme. Through leadership and expertise, the STL will enable, ensure, contextualize and report compliance to DRC MOSS security management system. This, while achieving effective access and continuity of operations through close cooperation with programs and enabling DRC staff to conduct their work in a confident, safe, appropriate and effective manner.



  • Monitor the evolving situation in the area of DRC operations in coordination with other actors as per country and program guidelines.
  • Act as the local focal point for safety co-ordination and information sharing between the relevant National actors within the area of operations.
  • Collect, verify, analyze and report information that affects, or may affect, DRC operations.
  • Establish a network of contacts that supports DRC safety in operations.
  • Track safety related incidents and developments and provide trend/pattern analysis.
  • Undertake and support others to undertake Risk Assessments (RAs) and facilitate the implementation of mitigation measures.
  • Manage the Safety Level System (SLS) for the programmes.
  • Assist with the implementation of CIMP (critical incident management plan) by office/location.
  • Facilitate program access and continuity through the provision of informed advice.
  • Manage safety related information and provide all staff with regular safety updates and advisories.
  • Maintain relevant safety documentation, data and records (training register, incident tracking, maps, etc.)
  • Support DRC Iraq Head of Safety in the development and update of guidelines to safety for field staff/volunteers.
  • Liaise with UN agencies, NGOs and other external actors to gain safety information and analysis.
  • Represent DRC Erbil at inter-agency safety forums.
  • Advise and assist on the procurement of safety-related equipment, facilities and other resources.


  • Conduct regular Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) as per DRC policy
  • Identify indicators and key decision points, and link them to the SRA and safety phases
  • Prepare and submit safety reports and trend analyses as required
  • Provide Safety and Security advice on program development and implementation


  • Assist with the implementation of safety policies, protocols and procedures related to the safe implementation of program activities
  • Engage and participate in Safety related training as directed by Line Manager
  • Develop and conduct trainings on safety procedures as required for program staff (HEAT, PAST, First Responder)
  • Supervise and monitor the development and implementation of context specific MOSS and DRC framework documents.
  • Supervise the implementation of physical and asset protection protocols and regulations.
  • Conduct regular site assessments and advise on mitigation measures.
  • Assist in the management of safety incidents and crises, provide timely and accurate incident.
  • reports and analysis, and support organizational lessons learned.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of contingency plans, such as medical emergency, evacuation and incident management, movement briefings and contextualization of movement plan.


  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Iraq programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Conduct duties in accordance with DRC Code of Conduct
  • Make sure to spread a positive image of DRC and its activities by explaining what DRC is doing and why DRC operates in that way.

About you

To be successful in this role we expect you to have:-

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 4+ years’ experience in field safety and of operating in a hostile security environment
  • Proven team player and leader.
  • Excellent reporting skills.
  • Good communication and negotiation skills.
  • Able to command and lead by example.
  • Excellent standard of dress and personal appearance (according to visibility profile).
  • Familiarity with humanitarian principles and practices.
  • Experience of operating in a hostile security environment.
  • Geographic and cultural understanding of the KRI  and Iraq region.

Moreover, we also expect the following:

Preferred attributes

  • Strong contextual knowledge on northern Iraq, Ninewa specifically.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize a large and changeable workload, adapt to flexible work hours.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong information technology skills
  • Able to work independently, energetically and perform under stress
  • Experience of working with UN or Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Experience and certificate in Safety Training
  • Experience in resolving CoC issues.
  • Valid driver’s license and preparedness to travel
  • Understanding of gender, protection, and human rights 



  • Relevant Master, Bachelor, University degree or equivalent experience
  • Safety Training (HEAT, PAST, First Responder)

Languages: Fluent in spoken and written Arabic and English – Kurdish is a bonus.

Key stakeholders: (N/A)

  • Area manager
  • Support Services manager
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Guards
  • HR/ Admin TL
  • SC TL
  • Program staff

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: You uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.


  • Contract Length: 31st of Dec 2024
  • Salary Band: MG.1
  • Start Date: 1st of May 2024
  • Comprehensive health insurance for staff, spouse, and up to two children under 18.
  • Personal Accident insurance coverage in the event of work-related accidents during working hours.
  • Psychosocial support for staff and family members.
  • Learning & Development opportunities for professional growth.

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff. Please refer to drc.ngo under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy please contact email address of HR FP working on the recruitment.

Diversity & Inclusion:  DRC Iraq is committed to promoting an inclusive work environment according to our Age, Gender, and Diversity approach (AGD). We aim to have a more diversified leadership structure creating opportunities for qualified women to take on managerial roles. We also continuously work to make our workplace more accessible for persons with specific needs. We offer benefits related to psychosocial support, health insurance, maternity and paternity leave, child sick leave, and lactation breaks. As part of our commitment to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates, persons living with disabilities, as well as representatives of minorities.

Closing date for applications: [14th of April 2024]


For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

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.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer and we consider all applicants regardless of race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. We have a strong ambition to further enhance the diversity of our workforce and our goal is to achieve 50% gender balance and at least 50% representation of national staff in management roles. We acknowledge the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive team to successfully achieve our organizational goals and positively impact the communities we serve.

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